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The Confessions of Gordon Brown, post-show debate (excerpt)

5 July 2014

in Political theatre

THE CONFESSIONS OF GORDON BROWN, roundtable. Post-show talk in which Kevin Toolis, the author and director of this acclaimed one-man show about former Labour PM Gordon Brown, hears the views of Iain Martin, political commentator for the Daily Telegraph and Dominic Cavendish, one of its theatre critics. Recorded at the New Ambassador’s Theatre, London on 24-June-2014.

Writer Stella Feehily and director Max Stafford-Clark on This May Hurt a Bit

INTERVIEW: STELLA FEEHILY and MAX STAFFORD-CLARK The playwright and Out of Joint’s artistic director talk about This May Hurt a Bit, which tracks the embattled NHS since its foundation in 1948, while also telling the story of one woman and her family. Report by Judi Herman.

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.

Director Alex Thorpe discusses Michael Hastings’ play Lee Harvey Oswald

INTERVIEW: ALEX THORPE The director talks to Judi Herman about his revival of the late Michael Hastings’ play, Lee Harvey Oswald, currently at the Finborough Theatre on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. Told through the eyes of Oswald’s wife and mother, coupled with extracts from the Warren Commission’s report, and based on Oswald’s own diary notes and interviews, this rediscovery is the first London production in more than 40 years.

Asian Voices: playwright Abhishek Majumdar on The Djinns of Eidgah

ASIAN VOICES: ABHISHEK MAJUMDAR The playwright talks to Suman Bhuchar about his new play, The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court), a story about the Kashmir insurgency, and also about his career in Indian theatre.

Headlong’s Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan talk Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four

INTERVIEW: ROBERT ICKE and DUNCAN MACMILLAN The director and playwright talk to Dominic Cavendish about their much acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Nineteen Eighty-Four for Headlong theatre. This co-production with the Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida is currently touring.

Award-winning actor Richard McCabe talks about his role in The Audience

INTERVIEW: RICHARD McCABE The Olivier winning actor talks to Heather Neill about playing Harold Wilson in The Audience, Peter Morgan’s superb new play about the Queen’s audiences with her Prime Ministers (Gielgud Theatre), and which stars Helen Mirren as Her Majesty.

Julia Pascal and Ailin Conant: war crimes, guilt and trauma in Nineveh

INTERVIEW: JULIA PASCAL and AILIN CONANT The writer and director of Nineveh (Riverside Studios) talk to Judi Herman about Theatre Témoin’s powerful play, born of Conant’s year speaking to ex soldiers about the trauma of guilt, explored by Pascal through the Biblical story of Jonah, the prophet swallowed by a whale in punishment for not taking God’s word to Nineveh.

The Tricycle’s Indhu Rubasingham celebrates her first year as artistic director

INTERVIEW: INDHU RUBASINGHAM The new artistic director of The Tricycle Theatre in north London talks to Suman Bhuchar about her first year in the job, and about the pleasures as well as the challenges of running this high-profile Off-West End venue, whose 2012 hit, Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet, has just been nominated for an Olivier Award.

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.

Activist playwright Anders Lustgarten challenges the ideology of austerity

INTERVIEW: ANDERS LUSTGARTEN The playwright and political activist talks to Aleks Sierz about his latest play, If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep (Royal Court), which questions the pervading clichés about austerity and challenges the global financial system. He explores the politics of the drama and previews his plans for the future.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Roxana Silbert on A Life of Galileo

DIRECTOR’S TALK: ROXANA SILBERT The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s A Life of Galileo in conversation with journalist Paul Allen. They talk about what Galileo means to Roxana, who comes from a family of physicists, about working with Mark Ravenhill, who provided the new translation of Brecht’s play, and about how Brecht’s Galileo relates to the real Galileo. A Life of Galileo is playing as part of The World Elsewhere, a season of three plays exploring what was going on in the rest of the world during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Playwright Richard Vergette explores American Justice

INTERVIEW: RICHARD VERGETTE The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his award-winning West End success, American Justice (Arts Theatre), which is a psychological thriller, set in the Deep South, about an American Democrat politician and a prisoner who is a murderer.

Playwright James Graham talks about his hit, This House

INTERVIEW: JAMES GRAHAM The prolific young playwright talks to Dominic Cavendish about his politically minded career to-date and This House, his backstage House of Commons drama and look back in detail at the 1974-1979 years of British parliamentary life, a hit at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe stage and which transfers to the Olivier in the New Year.

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.

Playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak examines the Arab Spring in Cairo

INTERVIEW: HASSAN ABDULRAZZAK The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his latest, The Prophet (Gate Theatre), a thrilling play about the Arab Spring in Cairo which enjoyed a successful run earlier this summer and was a long-awaited follow up to his multi-award-winning debut, Baghdad Wedding (Soho, 2007).

Belarus Free Theatre’s Natalia Koliada: Minsk 2011

INTERVIEW: NATALIA KOLIADA The Co-Artistic Director of the exiled radical Belarus Free Theatre talks to Diana Damian about the making of Minsk 2011, part of this year’s London International Theatre Festival, and about citizenship and theatre as a political site.

Uninvited Guests on their interactive Make Better Please

INTERVIEW: RICHARD DUFTY and PAUL CLARKE The co-artistic directors of Uninvited Guests talk to Matt Trueman about their latest show, Make Better Please, which — under the slogan of “We will make things better!” — involves the audience in the news stories of the day and exorcises their demons.

David Edgar’s masterpiece, Pentecost, revived

INTERVIEW: DAVID EDGAR The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his 1994 RSC play, Pentecost, a panoramic sweep through European history, culture and art that covers the new world order after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and which is currently being revived in a production at St Leonard’s church, in Shoreditch, East London, directed by Gavin McAlinden.

Elgiva Field explores the dark world of Sofi Oksanen’s Purge

INTERVIEW: ELGIVA FIELD The Artistic Director of Oblique House theatre company leads Aleks Sierz through the dark deeds and political complexities of Sofi Oksanen’s Purge, the play version of her bestselling novel, and a powerful production which is currently enjoying a successful run at the Arcola Theatre.

Angus Jackson directs Edward Bond’s flinty study of the bard

INTERVIEW: ANGUS JACKSON The director talks to Aleks Sierz about his sellout revival of Edward Bond’s Bingo: Scenes of Money and Death (1973), which is currently at the Young Vic in a co-production with the Chichester Festival. The play, which stars Patrick Stewart, looks at Shakespeare’s last weeks of life.

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