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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.

Leicester Curve chief Paul Kerryson celebrates the venue’s fifth birthday with Chicago

13 December 2013

in Directors, Musicals, Regional Theatre

INTERVIEW: PAUL KERRYSON The artistic director of the Leicester Curve celebrates the new venue’s fifth anniversary with Heather Neill, talking about his well-received production of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s musical Chicago, which runs until 18 January.

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.

Critic Benedict Nightingale’s Great Moments in the Theatre

INTERVIEW: BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE The former critic of The Times talks to Aleks Sierz about his new book, Great Moments in the Theatre (Oberon), which comprises accounts of more than 100 significant first nights from theatre history, from Aeschylus’s The Oresteia to Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem.

Tom Morris introduces the newly renovated Bristol Old Vic

INTERVIEW: TOM MORRIS The artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic talks to Heather Neill about the £12m refurbishment and renovation of the oldest working theatre in the country, on the eve of its reopening production of John O’Keeffe’s Wild Oats.

Just a Must introduce Austrian Nobel-Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek’s Sportsplay

INTERVIEW: VANDA BUTKOVIC and BERISLAV JURAIC The director and producer of Just a Must touring theatre company talk to Mary Mazzilli about their current project, Sportsplay by Austrian playwright Elfriede Jelinek, the Nobel-Prize winning writer. They also explore her other work and the aims of their company in the context of European theatre.

Dot Wood MBE of M6 looks back at 30 years of youth theatre

INTERVIEW: DOT WOOD The artistic producer of the legendary M6 company, a Theatre-in-Education group based in Rochdale, looks back with David Chadderton at her 30 years with this project, which resulted in producing an extraordinarily varied and wide-ranging body of work for young people.

A new radical spin on The Odyssey in Oxford

INTERVIEW: MADELEINE HYLAND and JAMES ERSKINE A performer with The Factory and the executive director of Creation Theatre talk to Ella Parry-Davies about a new collaboration between the two companies, a staging of Homer’s The Odyssey, directed by Tim Carroll, performed in the Norrington Room in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford, until 28 April.

Shakespeare’s First Acts: Love’s Labour’s Lost

SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST ACTS: LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST Barrie Rutter, artistic director of Northern Broadsides, discusses the first act of the play with Dominic Cavendish. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays.

Executive director John Blackmore on 12 years at the Bolton Octagon

INTERVIEW: JOHN BLACKMORE The executive director of the Octagon Theatre in Bolton looks back on his forty-plus year career, during which he saved the Octagon and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres from bankruptcy and headed theatre companies such as the Library Theatre Company in Manchester, Northern Stage in Newcastle (which he created), The Dukes in Lancaster, Warwick Arts Centre and the English Shakespeare Company.

Ian Brown discusses King Lear, starring Tim Pigott-Smith

SHAKESPEARE: KING LEAR Ian Brown, the outgoing artistic director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, talks to Heather Neill about his well-received production of King Lear, starring Tim Pigott-Smith and currently running at the Quarry theatre.

David Ward on the Theatre by the Lake

INTERVIEW: DAVID WARD The journalist and literary consultant of the extraordinary 400-seat Theatre by the Lake in Keswick talks to David Chadderton about the history of this venue, which he also explores in his book, Encore! Ten Years of Theatre by the Lake (Bookcase, 2009).

Pete Postlethwaite remembered… by Greg Hersov

PETE POSTLETHWAITE REMEMBERED Greg Hersov, artistic director of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester (in tandem with Braham Murray & Sarah Frankcom), pays tribute to the recently deceased actor (1946-2011) with whom he worked on two major productions (The Homecoming and The Tempest). He also recalls earlier encounters both at the Exchange and in Bristol. Interview by Dominic Cavendish.

Greg Hersov on life at the Manchester Royal Exchange

5 January 2011

in Directors, Regional Theatre

REGIONAL THEATRE: MANCHESTER Greg Hersov, artistic director of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester (in tandem with Braham Murray and Sarah Frankcom) talks about his long-term association with the theatre and the city. Dominic Cavendish quizzes. Recorded in Manchester.

Regional theatre: election 2010 roundtable

REGIONAL THEATRE SPECIAL On the eve of the election, Patrick Sandford (artistic director of the Nuffield, Southampton), Simon Stokes (artistic director of the Theatre Royal, Plymouth) and Rachel Tackley (director of English Touring Theatre) join Dominic Cavendish to discuss the state of play in theatre outside London. Recorded at the Young Vic, London.

Daniel Evans and Sheffield Theatres

28 September 2009

in Directors, Producers, Regional Theatre

REGIONAL THEATRE: SHEFFIELD Actor manager Daniel Evans, new artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, talks to Heather Neill about his upcoming first season at the venue, which opens with his own production of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, plus plays about Muslims, football and Alice, as well as revivals.

Decibel: MC posse Decypher

INTERVIEW: DECYPHER Steven Luckie wraps up his Black Voices special, recorded at the 2009 Decibel showcase in Manchester, by chatting to the Decypher Collective, spoken-word artists who officially opened the event: Evoke, RT, LCB and the Nutty Professor are currently working at the Birmingham Rep.

Willy Russell: Stags and Hens and Liverpudlian theatre

6 February 2008

in Playwrights, Regional Theatre

INTERVIEW: WILLY RUSSELL The legendary playwright talks to Dominic Cavendish about his rewritten classic Stags and Hens (Royal Court Liverpool), and mulls over thoughts about living in Liverpool, working-class experience, and his smash hit Blood Brothers.

Behind-the-scenes at the Colchester Mercury: all-female Julius Caesar (1/2)

IN REHEARSAL: JULIUS CAESAR In another behind-the-scenes installment from the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, actors Gina Isaac and Nadia Morgan talk about playing in Dee Evans’s all-female revival of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Behind-the-scenes at the Colchester Mercury: all-female Julius Caesar (2/2)

IN REHEARSAL: JULIUS CAESAR In the run-up to Dee Evans’ all-female version of Shakespeare’s play at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, members of the creative team talk about the production. Here, Ansuman Biswas speaks to Luke O’Loughin about composing the score.

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