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The Orange Tree’s Sam Walters discovers a forgotten 1920s feminist play

INTERVIEW: SAM WALTERS The artistic director of the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond takes Aleks Sierz on a journey of discovery to explore the world of Githa Sowerby’s 1924 play, The Stepmother (currently playing at this venue), and its themes of male domination, female independence and bankruptcy. Best known for Rutherford and Son (1912), Sowerby failed to get a full production of the later play in her lifetime.

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 – 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.

Jermyn Street Theatre’s Gene David Kirk and Anthony Biggs on fringe success

INTERVIEW: GENE DAVID KIRK and ANTHONY BIGGS Jermyn Street Theatre’s out-going artistic director talks about how he turned this tiny central London venue into a theatrical powerhouse, the venue’s latest coup – Trevor Nunn’s production of Beckett’s All That Fall – and the programme for the coming six months while associate director Anthony Biggs, appointed his successor, shares the experience of working alongside Nunn and outlines his vision for the theatre’s future too.

Award-winning director Sam Pritchard ignites Marius Von Mayenburg’s Fireface

INTERVIEW: SAM PRITCHARD The young director, who won the JMK award this year, talks to Aleks Sierz about his revival of Marius Von Mayenburg’s 1997 play, Fireface, which is currently at the Clare studio, Young Vic.

New writing special: Steven Atkinson and the HighTide Festival

INTERVIEW: STEVEN ATKINSON The artistic director of the HighTide Festival in Halesworth, Suffolk, talks to Aleks Sierz about this annual new writing event, his mission of finding and developing new talent, and about two plays in particular: Ella Hickson’s Boys (which was also seen at the Soho) and Vickie Donoghue’s Mudlarks (which is coming to the Bush).

Director Michael Buffong outlines his vision for Talawa

BLACK VOICES: MICHAEL BUFFONG The new artistic director of Talawa, Britain’s leading black theatre company, talks to Aleks Sierz about his vision for the company, its opening programme of Talawa Firsts and Hotspots, as well as introducing some upcoming new plays.

Director and writer Lisa Goldman breaks the rules

INTERVIEW: LISA GOLDMAN The director and writer talks to Aleks Sierz about her new book, The No Rules Handbook for Writers (Oberon), which is an antidote to prescriptive writing guides, and also recalls her site-specific walkabout play, Hoxton Story (2005).

New Bush supremo Madani Younis — his debut season

INTERVIEW: MADANI YOUNIS On the eve of the opening of his inaugural production of Lee Mattinson’s Chalet Lines at the Bush Theatre, the venue’s new Artistic Director and Chief Executive talks to Philip Fisher about his vision for the theatre and his first season, called New Writing and New Artists.

Interview with Elyse Dodgson of the Royal Court

25 March 2011

in Directors, International

INTERVIEW: ELYSE DODGSON Carole Woddis talks to the head of the International Department of the Royal Court about their current work, beginning with the relationships fostered in the Middle East. Recorded at the Royal Court.

Director Ian Rickson discusses Lillian Hellman

INTERVIEW: IAN RICKSON The director talks to Carole Woddis about his hit West End production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre), which stars Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss in a play that was scandalous on its first outing in 1934, and continues to be relevant. Recorded at Graeae.

James Roose-Evans career overview (2/2)

5 October 2009

in Books, Directors, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: JAMES ROOSE-EVANS (2/2) The director, writer and actor continues his reminiscences of his long career, with anecdotes about his greatest hit, 84 Charing Cross Road, Martha Graham, Kenneth Williams, the Bleddfa Centre, and his interest in psychotherapy and spirituality. Recorded at Chalk Farm Library, London.

Ola Animashawun on young writers at the Royal Court

BLACK VOICES: OLA ANIMASHAWUN The Associate Director of the Royal Court (Diversity) and former head of the venue’s hugely successful Young Writers Programme talks to Steven Luckie about his career and vision for theatre today.

Director David Farr on Pinter’s The Birthday Party

INTERVIEW: DAVID FARR The artistic director of the Lyric, Hammersmith, talks to Dominic Cavendish about his staging of the fiftieth anniversary production of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, and about the play’s personal significance for its author.

Playwright Doug Lucie on youth theatre and much more

INTERVIEW: DOUG LUCIE The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his contribution to the 2006 NT Shell Connections season, Pass It On, and four decades of hardhitting drama.

Royal Court Special: artistic directors (3/4)

ROYAL COURT SPECIAL (3/4) Bill Gaskill, Max Stafford-Clark and Ian Rickson field questions about the Court’s past, present, legacy and future. Aleks Sierz hosts. Recorded live.

Reputations: Harold Pinter (2/3)

REPUTATIONS: HAROLD PINTER (2/3) Michael Billington, Dan Rebellato, Charles Spencer and Ian Smith continue to discuss the playwright’s achievements. Aleks Sierz hosts. Recorded live.

Reputations: Harold Pinter (1/3)

REPUTATIONS: HAROLD PINTER (1/3) At the end of his birthday week, a day after he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pinter’s work is critically assessed by Michael Billington, Dan Rebellato, Charles Spencer and Ian Smith. Aleks Sierz hosts. Recorded live.

Black Theatre: Writing from Reality (1/3)

BLACK VOICES: WRITING FROM REALITY (1/3) Major forum about black writing with Michael Buffong, Joan Carty, Angus Jackson, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Justice Williams and Roy Williams. Tyrone Huggins hosts at the Birmingham Rep. Recorded live.

Edinburgh 2004: Philip Howard of the Traverse Theatre

EDINBURGH 2004 Philip Howard, artistic director of the Traverse, talks to Philip Fisher about Scotland’s new writing powerhouse.