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Paines Plough new writing company celebrates 40 years of nationwide touring (1/2)

INTERVIEW: JAMES GRIEVE and GEORGE PERRIN (1/2) The two artistic directors of Paines Plough talk to Carole Woddis about the 40th anniversary of the touring company, what they look for in a new writer, the effects of the digital age, and how four decades of writer-led work is a symbolic map of the constant reinvention of British playwriting.

Paines Plough new writing company celebrates 40 years of nationwide touring (2/2)

INTERVIEW: JAMES GRIEVE and GEORGE PERRIN (2/2) The two artistic directors of Paines Plough talk to Carole Woddis about the 40th anniversary of the touring company, what they look for in a new writer, the effects of the digital age, and how four decades of writer-led work is a symbolic map of the constant reinvention of British playwriting.

Caroline Bird reveals her Secret Theatre play, Chamber Piece

INTERVIEW: CAROLINE BIRD Continuing TheatreVOICE’s examination of the Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre, poet and playwright Caroline Bird tells Matt Trueman about her play Chamber Piece, which is the third show of the season. A deranged, Ortonesque farce around an imagined system of capital punishment in a futuristic capitalist state, Chamber Piece has since been shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize.

The National Theatre Story: author Daniel Rosenthal’s epic history (1/2)

INTERVIEW: DANIEL ROSENTHAL (1/2) The author of the critically acclaimed The National Theatre Story, published by Oberon Books, talks to Aleks Sierz about his massively comprehensive and very readable account of this flagship, its prehistory, its Old Vic years and its move to the South Bank, where it now celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Giving Voice to the Nation: the archives of the Arts Council of Great Britain now open

INTERVIEW: JOHN BULL, GRAHAM SAUNDERS and KATE DORNEY Three leading lights of Giving Voice to the Nation, a five-year research project into the archives of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1945 to 1995 (University of Reading and V&A Museum) inform Aleks Sierz of what they found when they delved into the records of the state funder of theatre and performance.

Patrick Marmion talks about his Terms and Conditions

5 November 2013

in London Fringe, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: PATRICK MARMION The journalist, critic and lecturer talks to David Cottis, literary associate at the White Bear fringe theatre in Kennington, about his new play there, Terms and Conditions, billed as “an unnerving comedy about the stuff you don’t want to know, but you ultimately have to accept”.

Clean Break: playwright Katie Hims discusses her new play Billy the Girl

INTERVIEW: KATIE HIMS The playwright discusses her new play, Billy the Girl (Soho Theatre), which was commissioned by the Clean Break Theatre Company, with Carole Woddis. She talks about the workshop process and about Clean Break’s work in women’s prisons, and the differences between stage and radio plays.

Playwright Sarah Rutherford on her play Adult Supervision

22 October 2013

in London Fringe, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: SARAH RUTHERFORD The playwright talks to Heather Neill about her new drama, Adult Supervision, a story about race which is currently playing at the Park Theatre in London’s Finsbury Park in Jez Bond’s production.

Edinburgh Fringe 2013: Traverse artistic director Orla O’Loughlin talks theatre

INTERVIEW: ORLA O’LOUGHLIN The Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre explains to Philip Fisher about what the Fringe means to her and the theatre, as well as talking about theatre in Scotland today.

Ben Power: going behind the scenes at the National’s Shed

INTERVIEW: BEN POWER The National Theatre Associate Director tells Matt Trueman how the Shed – the NT’s temporary studio theatre filling in for the Cottesloe, which is being refurbished – came into being, what lies behind his programming and muses on what its lasting effects might be. In a theatre landscape undergoing a lot of rapid change, does the Shed serve as an unmissable icon anticipating the theatre of tomorrow?

Soho Theatre: public platform about supporting new writers (1/2)

SOHO THEATRE PUBLIC PLATFORM: NEW WRITERS (1/2) Soho Theatre artistic director Steve Marmion chairs a panel of writers to discuss developing and supporting new work: Arinze Kene, whose play God’s Property (Talawa) is currently running at this venue, playwright Laura Wade, performance artist Bryony Kimmings and Talawa theatre company director Michael Buffong.

Soho Theatre: public platform about supporting new writers (2/2)

SOHO THEATRE PUBLIC PLATFORM: NEW WRITERS (2/2) Soho Theatre artistic director Steve Marmion chairs a panel of writers to discuss developing and supporting new work: Arinze Kene, whose play God’s Property (Talawa) is currently running at this venue, playwright Laura Wade, performance artist Bryony Kimmings and Talawa theatre company director Michael Buffong.

Canadian playwright Arthur Milner discusses his controversial Facts

INTERVIEW: ARTHUR MILNER The Canadian Jewish playwright and theatre practitioner talks to Judi Herman about his play Facts (Finborough Theatre). Set in the West Bank in Palestine and inspired by a true story, two detectives — one Israeli, one Palestinian — put aside their differences to find the killer of an American archaeologist and discover what he was excavating that cost him his life. Milner also reads from the play and speaks about its tour to the West Bank and Israel in an Arabic translation and about his career.

Justin Audibert surveys his Gruesome Playground Injuries

INTERVIEW: JUSTIN AUDIBERT The Leverhulme Bursary-winning director tells Matt Trueman about the intricate relationship at the heart of Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries (2009), which he directs for the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, and why the play’s greatest asset is its theatricality.

Theatrical review of 2012: the hits, the stinkers, the verdict

REVIEW OF 2012 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), David Benedict (Variety) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) assess the highs and lows of the reviewing year in a brilliantly informed and entertaining session.

Sebastian Born, Associate Director (Literary) at the National Theatre

17 January 2013

in New Writing, Playwrights, Theatre People

INTERVIEW: SEBASTIAN BORN The Associate Director (Literary) at the National Theatre tells Sophie Reynolds about the work of a literary department, from how plays are programmed and developed to the relationship a writer may have with a theatre; with reference to playwrights such as Alan Bennett, Lucy Prebble and Alecky Blythe.

Playwright Nick Payne discusses Constellations: quantum multiverse theory, love and honey

28 December 2012

in New Writing, Playwrights, Theatre People

INTERVIEW: NICK PAYNE The playwright tells Sophie Reynolds about his award-winning play Constellations, which was first produced in January 2012 at the Royal Court and is now running in the West End, starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall.

New writing special: David Eldridge and Duncan Macmillan discuss the Antelope group

2 December 2012

in Books, New Writing, Playwrights

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NEW WRITING SPECIAL: THE ANTELOPES Playwrights David Eldridge and Duncan Macmillan tell Aleks Sierz about the origins and aims of the Antelopes, an informal network of playwrights who started meeting in 2009, and about two new publications from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, together called The Working Playwright.

RADAR Festival – Kieran Hurley: playwright?

INTERVIEW: KIERAN HURLEY The writer-performer talks to Matt Trueman about his award-winning play Beats, a fable about rave culture in the mid-nineties and the legislation against it, about theatre’s remit as a political act and why he’s finally coming round to the idea of himself as a playwright.

RADAR Festival – Playwright Luke Barnes on the buzz of new writing

INTERVIEW: LUKE BARNES The playwright talks to Matt Trueman about discovering new writing, the process of emerging as a playwright and how his first plays Chapel Street and Bottleneck, both hits at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, are more than just reflections of himself.

Arab Nights: tales of revolution and hope

INTERVIEW: POPPY BURTON MORGAN The co-artistic director of Metta Theatre tells Sophie Reynolds about Arab Nights (Soho Theatre), the company’s new production that brings together six new plays inspired by recent events in the Middle East and North Africa, within the framework of The Arabian Nights.

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