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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”.

TheatreVOICE special: full-length programme about Philip Ridley’s The Fastest Clock in the Universe

THEATREVOICE SPECIAL: THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE Special in-depth programme about polymath Philip Ridley’s 1992 classic, The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Hampstead Theatre). Aleks Sierz talks to the legendary playwright, and to the directors of two revivals of the play: Edward Dick, who directed a 2009 production at Hampstead, and Tom O’Brien, whose Old Red Lion version opens this week.

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.

Controversial theatre legend Steven Berkoff on the Edinburgh Fringe

INTERVIEW: STEVEN BERKOFF In a series of thoughtful and outspoken extracts from a conversation with Dominic Cavendish in the wake of a media furore about comments he made about Twitter while on stage at the New Town Theatre, Edinburgh, the legendary actor, playwright and director Steven Berkoff airs his controversial views, mourns the dearth of stimulating world drama on the BBC, extols the virtues of the Fringe, and explains the impulses behind his theatrical exploration of the acting life, An Actor’s Lament (Assembly Hall).

Rahila Gupta and Jaye Griffiths on Don’t Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong

ASIAN VOICES: RAHILA GUPTA and JAYE GRIFFITHS Suman Bhuchar finds out about Don’t Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong, Rahila Gupta’s monologue based on the true story of the life and death of her son – who had cerebral palsy – performed by Jaye Griffiths. It was seen to acclaim in London at the Chickenshed and the Cockpit, and now plays the Gilded Balloon, in Edinburgh.

American playwright Will Eno discusses Oh, the Humanity and Thom Pain

INTERVIEW: WILL ENO The New York playwright tentatively introduces his work to Aleks Sierz, especially his well-received Oh, the Humanity (and other good intentions) at the Soho and Thom Pain (based on nothing) at the Print Room, as well as briefly speculating about the emotional state of the American nation.

Playwright David Eldridge revisits his Essex roots

INTERVIEW: DAVID ELDRIDGE The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his latest hit, In Basildon (Royal Court), a family play which includes a battle over an inheritance, class antagonism and an epic account of working-class migration from the East End of London to south Essex. He also reveals the origins of his 2005 play, Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness, and encourages playwrights to stand up for themselves.

Polymath playwright Philip Ridley discusses his work

INTERVIEW: PHILIP RIDLEY The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about the first London revival of his 1991 classic, The Pitchfork Disney (currently at the Arcola) and about his new play, Shivered (about to open at the Southwark Playhouse).

Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens rewrites Jarry’s King Ubu

INTERVIEW: SIMON STEPHENS The award-winning playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his new play, The Trial of Ubu, which is currently at the Hampstead Theatre in a production directed by Katie Mitchell and which features a puppet version of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi (1896).

Playwright Howard Brenton on a revival of his Bloody Poetry

INTERVIEW: HOWARD BRENTON The playwright and screen writer talks to Aleks Sierz about Bloody Poetry, his 1984 play about Shelley, Byron and the loves of these Romantic poets, which is currently being revived by Tom Littler at the Jermyn Street Theatre in the West End.

Playwright and screenwriter Abi Morgan explores love and death

INTERVIEW: ABI MORGAN The playwright and writer of the film The Iron Lady talks to Aleks Sierz about Lovesong, her latest collaboration with Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett of Frantic Assembly, currently at the Lyric Hammersmith as part of a nationwide tour.

Award-winning playwright Joe Penhall discusses Haunted Child

13 January 2012

in New Writing, Playwrights

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INTERVIEW: JOE PENHALL The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his latest Royal Court play, Haunted Child, which is about a man who suddenly walks out on his wife and child and then returns as a cult member, and about his upcoming play, Birthday, which will be at the same venue in June.

Co-authors of the powerful new play Fog speak out

INTERVIEW: TASH FAIRBANKS and TOBY WHARTON The co-authors of Fog, which is currently playing at the Finborough Theatre, tell Aleks Sierz about their unique cross-generational collaboration, which produced a powerful and disturbing drama, in which Wharton also plays the lead.

Interview: Sean Holmes talks about Saved

INTERVIEW: SEAN HOLMES The artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith discusses in detail, with Aleks Sierz, his revival of Edward Bond’s landmark 1965 play, Saved, which features the stoning to death of a baby in a pram by a group of London youths.

Playwright Julia Pascal dramatises a Mossad honeytrap

INTERVIEW: JULIA PASCAL The director and playwright explains to Aleks Sierz the politics and psychology behind her new play, Honeytrap (New Diorama), which tells the story of a Swedish-born mother who decides to work for Mossad, helping to avenge the killing of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

Angle teams up with Bush Theatre to find new plays

INTERVIEW: CHARLOTTE GWINNER and ROY WILLIAMS The director and founder of East London’s Angle theatre company and the playwright and supporter tell Heather Neill about teaming up with the Bush Theatre to launch a new call for plays. Angle specialises in seeking playwrights from the wider community. Recorded at the Bush’s new venue, which opens in the autumn. More info:

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.

Playwright Steve Waters on plays and playwriting

4 November 2010

in Books, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: STEVE WATERS The playwright and teacher instructs Aleks Sierz in the mysterious arts of playwriting, and talks him through his new book, The Secret Life of Plays (Nick Hern), which explores the emotional as well as the technical aspects of the writer’s craft. Recorded at the Bush Theatre.

Theatre 503 directors speak of new writing

NEW WRITING SPECIAL Paul Robinson and Tim Roseman, artistic directors of Theatre 503 in London, tell Aleks Sierz about their theatre’s work with new playwrights, including their contribution to the current Latitude Festival. They also discuss Nimer Rahsed’s Wild Horses, Porn the Musical, and Urban Scrawl, as well as their upcoming projects. Recorded at RADA.

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.)

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.

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