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Chills and thrills at the London Horror Festival

INTERVIEW: STEWART PRINGLE The co-director of the London Horror Festival (which runs at the Courtyard Theatre until 27 November) tells Diana Damian about the seasonal theme of ghosts stories, the relationship between horror and theatre, and the scope of this year’s festival as well as his future ambitions.

David Slack of Manchester’s 24:7 Festival

INTERVIEW: DAVID SLACK The Executive Producer of the 24:7 Theatre Festival, an event that focuses on new writing in Manchester and is now in its eighth year, chats to David Chadderton about the origins, significance and influence of the festival, which runs annually in late July.

Fringe hero Adam Spreadbury-Maher on pub opera

12 April 2011

in Directors, London Fringe

INTERVIEW: ADAM SPREADBURY-MAHER The inspirational artistic director of the Cock Tavern Theatre and the King’s Head Theatre talks to Mary Mazzilli about his Olivier-award-winning production of La Boheme (OperaUpClose, 2010), his career to date, and the role of the London fringe. Recorded at the Cock Tavern, London, sound editing by Simon McCabe.

Latest play from EastEnders star Arinze Kene

11 January 2011

in Black Voices, London Fringe, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: ARINZE KENE The playwright talks to Amardeep Sohi about his latest play, Suffocation, currently at the Oval House Theatre, and about his previous hit, Estate Walls, as well as about his parallel careers as an EastEnders actor, playing Connor Stanley, and a director. Recorded at the Oval House Theatre, London.

Neil McPherson celebrates the Finborough fringe theatre

11 January 2011

in Directors, London Fringe, New Writing

INTERVIEW: NEIL McPHERSON The artistic director of the award-winning Finborough Theatre, which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary, gives Aleks Sierz a lesson in the history, economics and aesthetics of this London fringe venue. Recorded at the Finborough’s occasionally noisy offices.

Writer and performer Michael Laurence on Krapp, 39

INTERVIEW: MICHAEL LAWRENCE After a brief extract from the work, the writer and performer talks to Matt Boothman about his new play, Krapp, 39 (Tristan Bates Theatre), which is an autobiographical piece in which Laurence, a Samuel Beckett fan and inspired by Krapp’s Last Tape (1958), creates a diary using video, a laptop and audio recording on his 39th birthday. Recorded at Tristan Bates.

Big Chief Mehmet Ergen talks about the future for the Arcola

4 November 2010

in Directors, London Fringe

INTERVIEW: MEHMET ERGEN The artistic director of the acclaimed Arcola theatre in Dalston, East London, talks about his Turkish upbringing, his career in the UK and the imminent plans to relocate the theatre. Steven Luckie quizzes.

The Print Room: the newest theatre in Londonfringe

29 October 2010

in Directors, London Fringe

INTERVIEW: LUCY BAILEY and ANDA WINTERS The co-artistic directors of The Print Room in Notting Hill, London’s newest theatre venue, talk to Matt Boothman about the venture, which launches with Fabrication by Italian writer Pier Paolo Pasolini. Recorded at The Print Room.

The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams discussed

INTERVIEW: CATHERINE CUSACK and PAUL McEWAN The two actors, who are appearing together in a rare revival of The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams at the Jermyn Street Theatre, join the production’s director, Gene David Kirk, to discuss the challenges of this experimental piece. Dominic Cavendish quizzes.

Edinburgh 2010: No Child, a Fringe smash

EDINBURGH 2010 Nilaja Sun, the New York actor and writer, talks about No Child (Assembly Rooms), her one-woman tragicomic expose of the worst aspects of the American schooling system, and her attempts to improve kids’ lives through the use of theatre. Excerpt from monologue. Interview by Philip Fisher.

Edinburgh 2010: an introduction to Forest Fringe

EDINBURGH 2010 Andy Field and Deborah Pearson, co-artistic directors of Forest Fringe, talk to Dominic Cavendish about their Fringe-transforming venue, which creates new opportunities for artists to make work during the festival while letting audiences in on a pay-what-you-can basis. Recorded at Forest Fringe, Edinburgh.

Alternative theatre special: Mike Bradwell (2/2)

INTERVIEW: MIKE BRADWELL (2/2) The director talks to Aleks Sierz about his new book, The Reluctant Escapologist: Adventures in Alternative Theatre (Nick Hern), which tells of his experiences of making contemporary theatre with Hull Truck, which he founded in 1971, and at the Bush, which he headed 1996-2007, and with Ken Campbell. Expletives not deleted.

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.

Edinburgh: Underbelly co-directors speak out

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2008 Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood, co-directors of the Underbelly venues, give their overview of 2008′s underperforming Fringe – and outline what needs to be done to improve the state of play. Dominic Cavendish quizzes.

The death of the Edinburgh Fringe? A discussion

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2007 Carol Tambor (host of the Best of Edinburgh Award), Guy Masterson (veteran Fringe impresario) and John Clancy (theatre director and writer) share their thoughts with Philip Fisher on the Fringe today, and on its future. Excerpt.

Take Flight creative team in conversation

TAKE FLIGHT SPECIAL (1/2) A brief roundtable chat involving the composer David Shire, Menier Chocolate Factory producer David Babani, director Sam Buntrock and designer David Farley about the forthcoming world premiere of Take Flight.

Hoipolloi: who are they and why are they so darned funny?

INTERVIEW: HOIPOLLOI Shon Dale-Jones and ‘Hugh Hughes’ of Hoipolloi talk to Philip Fisher about their fringe hit Floating, as it arrives in London at the Barbican Pit. It’s about the year ‘the Isle of Anglesey broke free from the Welsh mainland and drifted into the North Atlantic…’

The Mark Shenton Show’s Fringe Focus

THE MARK SHENTON SHOW Fringe focus: what exactly is the fringe today, and what is its future? Critics Lyn Gardner and Kieron Quirke join David Jubb, head of BAC, and Sofie Mason of to discuss theatre beyond the mainstream. Mark Shenton hosts.

Paul Robinson and Tim Roseman get to grips with Theatre 503

19 January 2007

in Directors, London Fringe, New Writing

INTERVIEW: PAUL ROBINSON and TIM ROSEMAN The new artistic directors of Theatre 503 in Battersea talk to Culture Wars critic Andrew Haydon about life on the London fringe, and how the search for new political plays might lead to a questioning of the liberal consensus.

Debate: a crisis in new writing?

DEBATE: A CRISIS IN NEW WRITING? Round-table featuring Paines Plough director Roxana Silbert, young writers James Graham and Duncan Macmillan, Guardian critic Lyn Gardner, Theatrevoice co-editor Aleks Sierz, and Royal Court young writers programme administrator Claire Birch. Culture Wars critic Andrew Haydon hosts.

Perrier Award-winner Will Adamsdale: exclusive excerpt of The Receipt

17 November 2005

in Actors and Performers, Comedy

THE RECEIPT Perrier Award-winner Will Adamsdale and sonic artist Chris Branch present an exclusive excerpt from their new show, running at London’s BAC.

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