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Aleks Sierz

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Soho artistic director Steve Marmion unveils first season

INTERVIEW: STEVE MARMION The new artistic director of the Soho Theatre tells Aleks Sierz about his innovative first season, including the first London production of Anthony Neilson’s Realism (2006) and OperaUpClose’s Don Giovanni, and his plans for two new performance spaces at this new writing venue. Recorded at the Soho Theatre.

Aleks Sierz discusses his new book: Rewriting the Nation

17 March 2011

in Books, Playwrights, Theatre People

NEW WRITING SPECIAL Philip Fisher talks to critic and theatreVOICE co-editor Aleks Sierz about his new book, Rewriting the Nation: British Theatre Today (Methuen Drama), the legacy of 1990s in-yer-face theatre and the ups and downs of new writing in the UK during the past decade.

Dramaturg and academic David Lane on contemporary drama

24 November 2010

in Books, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: DAVID LANE The playwright, dramaturg and academic tells Aleks Sierz about his new book, Contemporary British Drama (Edinburgh University Press), which surveys the role of the writer in the different fields of new writing, verbatim theatre, collaborative processes, black theatre, plays for young people and various forms of adaptation. Recorded at the Young Vic.

Nicholas Dromgoole on the history of criticism

2 August 2010

in Books, Criticism

ON CRITICISM Nicholas Dromgoole, onetime dance critic of the Sunday Telegraph, talks to Aleks Sierz about his new book, The Role of the Critic (Oberon), which surveys the history of arts criticism from the ancient Greeks right up to the present.

Career overview: playwright Dennis Kelly

NEW WRITING: DENNIS KELLY The playwright gives a career overview to Aleks Sierz, talking about his plays, Debris (2003), Osama the Hero (2005), After the End (2005), Love and Money (2007), Taking Care of Baby (2007), and Orphans (2008). Recorded at Narrative in Drama, the 19th Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Drama in English, held in Paderborn. Substantial extract. Expletives not deleted. (Edited transcript available as ‘Narrative in Contemporary Drama (Dennis Kelly in Conversation with Aleks Sierz)’, in Merle Tönnies and Christina Flotmann (eds), Narrative in Drama (CDE 18), Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011.)

New Diorama Theatre: an exciting London venue

NEW DIORAMA SPECIAL On the eve of its inaugural show, David Byrne, Programming Manager of the New Diorama Theatre (a newly built 80-seat venue in central London), and Robert Gillespie, author of Love, Question Mark, the venture’s first show, tell Aleks Sierz about the thrill of opening a new theatre.

Dennis Kelly and Maria Aberg: The Gods Weep

INTERVIEW: DENNIS KELLY AND MARIA ABERG The playwright and director of The Gods Weep, a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Hampstead Theatre, starring Jeremy Irons, talk to Aleks Sierz about this epic play, which depicts the descent into an apocalyptic nightmare of Colm, its turbo-charged capitalist protagonist. Recorded at the RSC.

Ian Rickson on Jerusalem in the West End

INTERVIEW: IAN RICKSON The director of Jez Butterworth’s smash-hit, mythic extravaganza Jerusalem (currently at the Apollo Theatre) talks to Aleks Sierz about his long relationship with the work of this playwright, including The Night Heron, The Winterling and Parlour Song. Recorded at the Young Vic.

New writing in British theatre today

16 February 2010

in New Writing, Playwrights, Transcripts

NEW WRITING SPECIAL Lecture entitled Blasted and After: New Writing in British Theatre Today, about in-yer-face theatre in 1990s and its aftermath, given by Aleks Sierz (Visiting Research Fellow, Rose Bruford College) at a meeting of the Society for Theatre Research, at the Art Workers Guild, London. Expletives not deleted.

V&A National Video Archive of Performance

17 December 2009

in Producers, Theatre People, Transcripts

FOCUS ON VIDEO Jill Evans, producer of the V&A’s National Video Archive of Performance, and Kate Dorney, curator of Modern and Contemporary Performance, tell Aleks Sierz about the V&A’s extensive collection of video recordings of theatre performances, and discuss the hazards as well as the joys of creating them.

Playwright Michael Wynne on The Priory

9 December 2009

in Playwrights, Regional Theatre

INTERVIEW: MICHAEL WYNNE The playwright chats to Aleks Sierz about his latest comedy, The Priory (Royal Court), which depicts a group of old friends who gather to celebrate New Year’s Eve, and about one of his previous hits, The People Are Friendly (2002). Recorded at the Royal Court.

Playwright Mike Bartlett on Cock

20 November 2009

in New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: MIKE BARTLETT The playwright talks frankly to Aleks Sierz about his new play, Cock (Royal Court). It stars Ben Whishaw, tackles sexual confusion and has been staged in an experimental production by James Macdonald. Recorded at the Royal Court.

Verbatim drama: Jean Charles de Menezes (2/2)

STOCKWELL SHOOTING (2/2) Playwrights Paul Unwin and Sarah Beck, authors of This Much Is True (Theatre 503), an imaginative verbatim account of the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station in 2005, talk to Aleks Sierz about the incident and its repercussions.

Verbatim drama: Jean Charles de Menezes (1/2)

STOCKWELL SHOOTING (1/2) Playwrights Paul Unwin and Sarah Beck, authors of This Much Is True (Theatre 503), an imaginative verbatim account of the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station in 2005, talk to Aleks Sierz about the incident and its repercussions.

Directing the award-winnning Yasser

21 October 2009

in Directors, International, New Writing

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE Director Teunkie van der Sluijs tells Aleks Sierz about his production of Abdelkader Benali’s Yasser (Arcola), a monologue about a Palestinian actor who is performing Shakespeare’s Shylock. It is staged by Double Agent, an Anglo-Dutch theatre company. Recorded at the Arcola Theatre, London.

Director Rupert Goold on Enron

9 October 2009

in Directors, New Writing

INTERVIEW: RUPERT GOOLD (1/2) The director and chief of Headlong theatre company talks to Aleks Sierz about Lucy Prebble’s Enron (Royal Court), the mega-hit show about the collapse of the American energy giant, and about plans for its West End and Broadway transfers. Recorded at Headlong, London.

Trevor Griffiths on Comedians

3 October 2009

in 1970s Drama, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: TREVOR GRIFFITHS (2/2) The political playwright tells Aleks Sierz about the revival of his 1975 play, Comedians (currently at the Lyric, Hammersmith), which is about an evening class of working lads who are learning to be comics. Recorded at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Academic Graham Saunders assesses Sarah Kane

FOCUS ON KANE Graham Saunders of Reading University talks to Aleks Sierz about his latest book, About Kane: The Playwright and the Work (Faber), which examines the output of Sarah Kane in the context of 1990s British theatre, and of her growing reputation.

David Edgar on plays and playwriting

6 July 2009

in Books, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: DAVID EDGAR The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his new book, How Plays Work (Nick Hern), which discusses the role of the audience and the importance of genre, as well as examining the elements that make up a piece of written theatre. Plus: the insider view of the All Together Now? British Theatre after Multiculturalism conference at Warwick University.

Playwright April De Angelis on Amongst Friends

29 May 2009

in Feminism, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: APRIL DE ANGELIS The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about her latest black comedy, Amongst Friends (currently at the Hampstead), set in a gated community, and about her career, which started in acting and in the feminist theatre of the 1980s.

Katie Mitchell on the art and craft of directing

20 January 2009

in Books, Directors

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FOCUS ON DIRECTING Top director Katie Mitchell talks to Aleks Sierz about her book, The Director’s Craft: A Handbook for the Theatre (Routledge, 2008), which explains all aspects of directing for the stage, from choosing the play to surviving the press night.

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