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Dan Barnard and Rachel Briscoe direct Lydia Adetunji’s Fixer

INTERVIEW: DAN BARNARD and RACHEL BRISCOE The co-directors of Lydia Adetunji’s new play, Fixer, which is currently on at the Oval House Theatre in south London, take Aleks Sierz on a journey into its dark tale of oil company PRs, inquisitive journalists and militant rebels, set in northern Nigeria. Briscoe is also, with Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, co-director of the venue, and she outlines its future.

Roundtable discussion of Gotcha by Barrie Keeffe

FOCUS ON GOTCHA Post-show discussion about enduring lessons to be learned from Barrie Keeffe’s school rebellion drama of 1976, Gotcha, in which an aggrieved comprehensive school pupil holds three teachers hostage. Participants: the writer Barrie Keeffe; the veteran actor Phil Davis; the newcomer Jake Roche, who plays the central role of Kid; the director Poppy Burton-Morgan; and the critic Dominic Cavendish. Excerpt. Recorded at the Riverside Studios. Sound level variable.

Simon Callow on Twelfth Night and Sir Toby Belch

SHAKESPEARE: TWELFTH NIGHT Heather Neill talks to the award-winning veteran actor and author Simon Callow about playing Sir Toby Belch for 80-year-old Sir Peter Hall in Twelfth Night, which is currently at the National. He also discusses the broader cultural context of postwar theatre. Recorded at the National.

Debate – what will the cuts mean for diversity in theatre? (2/2)

COALITION CUTS SPECIAL (2/2) Steven Luckie asks what the arts funding cuts might mean for black, Asian and other diverse theatrical cultures in the UK. His guests – Deborah Bestwick (Oval House Theatre), Patricia Cumper (Talawa), Tyrone Huggins (Sustained Theatre), and Jatinder Verma (Tara Arts) – continue by looking at the future of training and education.

Legendary South African playwright Athol Fugard interviewed

INTERVIEW: ATHOL FUGARD Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest play, The Train Driver, at Hampstead Theatre, South Africa’s leading playwright, now 78, a key figure in the artistic struggle against Apartheid, talks to Dominic Cavendish about the play, his career and his feelings of disillusion about the state of his country today. Recorded at the Hampstead Theatre.

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.

George Perrin and James Grieve of Paines Plough plan the future

12 October 2010

in Directors, New Writing, Regional Theatre

INTERVIEW: GEORGE PERRIN and JAMES GRIEVE The new joint artistic directors of Paines Plough, talk to Dominic Cavendish about their plans for the touring new writing company on the eve of the UK premiere of Love Love Love by Mike Bartlett at the Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth.

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.

Nick Grosso talks about Ingredient X

29 May 2010

in New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: NICK GROSSO The playwright talks to Philip Fisher about Ingredient X (Royal Court), his new play about the nature of addiction, and also about his close relationship with this new writing venue. Recorded at the Royal Court.

Thea Sharrock on After the Dance by Rattigan

INTERVIEW: THEA SHARROCK The director offers a few thoughts about playwright Terence Rattigan and his so-called lost 1939 play, After the Dance, which she is reviving successfully now at the National Theatre. Dominic Cavendish quizzes.

Oladipo Agboluaje defends black British theatre

BLACK VOICES: OLADIPO AGBOLUAJE The playwright, whose play Iya-Ile (The First Wife) won the 2009 Alfred Fagon Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award this year, talks to Steven Luckie about current work, and responds to recent newspaper criticism about the ‘ghetto mentality’ in Black British theatre.

An introduction to the Revolutions season at the RSC

20 September 2009

in New Writing, Playwrights, Producers

INTERVIEW: JEANIE O’HARE The Royal Shakespeare Company Dramaturg gives a quick curtain-raiser overview of the new Revolutions season at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Dominic Cavendish quizzes, with a competing chorus of swans, ducks and geese in attendance by the waterside too.

Decibel: the pioneering Benji Reid

INTERVIEW: BENJI REID As part of Steven Luckie’s Black Voices special, recorded at the 2009 Decibel showcase in Manchester, acclaimed cross-arts performer Benji Reid explains how he got into physical theatre and discusses key projects, including his attempt to stage A Clockwork Orange at the National Theatre.

Decibel: Sustained Theatre Oscar Watson

17 September 2009

in Black Voices, Directors

INTERVIEW: OSCAR WATSON Continuing his Black Voices special, recorded at the 2009 Decibel showcase in Manchester, Steven Luckie talks to Oscar Watson about the Sustained Theatre network, aimed at ‘keeping issues relating to Black, Asian and minority ethnic theatre artists and practitioners alive and in the national debate’.

Decibel: the biennial performing arts showcase explained

16 September 2009

in Black Voices, Producers

BLACK VOICES: DECIBEL SPECIAL Steven Luckie visits Manchester and talks to Nike Jonah, the Project Manager of Decibel, the biennial cross-arts showcase that displays the ‘best work from artists with diverse practice, including those who may have had limited opportunities to participate in the arts’.

In-depth interview with Olivier-winning Clare Higgins

INTERVIEW: CLARE HIGGINS Currently starring as Countess Rossillion in All’s Well That Ends Well at the National, the award-winning actress tells Philip Fisher about her life and work, including Vincent in Brixton, and reveals her designs on Macbeth. Recorded at the National Theatre.

Black Voices returns with… actor Tyrone Huggins

BLACK VOICES: TYRONE HUGGINS The actor, director and writer talks to Steve Luckie about his varied career, as well as about the Sustained Theatre, and its aims to transform the theatre scene.

Adriano Shaplin of the Riot Group talks science

23 November 2008

in New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: ADRIANO SHAPLIN The American playwright and director talks about his first commission for the Royal Shakespeare Company: The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes (currently at Wilton’s Music Hall). Mark Brown quizzes.

Playwright, director Peter Gill recalls Brecht in 1962

INTERVIEW: PETER GILL The playwright and director talks to Heather Neill about Apprenticeship (Oberon), a new book reflecting on a long-lost diary that documented the RSC’s pioneering 1962 production of Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle – in which Gill acted.

A Disappearing Number: the inside story

ASIAN VOICES: PAUL BHATTACHARJEE The actor, currently appearing in a restaging of Complicite’s 2007 play, A Disappearing Number (Barbican), inspired by the collaboration between Indian autodidact Srinivasa Ramanujan and Cambridge professor GH Hardy, talks to Suman Bhuchar.

Star of Wicked and Rent – Idina Menzel – talks

24 September 2008

in American Drama, Musicals

INTERVIEW: IDINA MENZEL The American Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter, and star of Wicked and Rent, is on the way to becoming a pop diva. She talks to Philip Fisher about her career to date.

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