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Out of Joint’s Max Stafford-Clark tackles arts funding cuts

DIRECTOR’S TALK: MAX STAFFORD-CLARK Out of Joint’s Artistic Director talks to Chris Campbell, the Royal Court’s Literary Manager, about his new book Journal of the Plague Year; part personal memoir, part “howl of rage” over Arts Council England’s round of funding cuts announced in March 2011. The conversation is prefaced by a reading from the book by actor Danny Webb and is followed by questions from the floor.

Paul Bhattacharjee memorial event celebrating his life and work (1/2)

PAUL BHATTACHARJEE SPECIAL (1/2) Memorial, attended by more than 100 people from the theatre industry, for actor Paul Bhattacharjee, who died on 12 July 2013. Introduction by Jatinder Verma of Tara Arts; The Windhover by Gerald Manley Hopkins read by Katherine Walkden; Reflections by director Nicolas Kent (Tricycle Theatre); actor Naushaba Shaheen Khan; actor Avin Shah; actor Sohm Kapila.

Paul Bhattacharjee memorial event celebrating his life and work (2/2)

PAUL BHATTACHARJEE SPECIAL (2/2) Memorial, attended by more than 100 people from the theatre industry, for actor Paul Bhattacharjee, who died on 12 July 2013. Actor Shelley King reads a poem on behalf of a family friend; reflections from Balbeer Bahi (ex-Tara Arts), director Simon McBurney (A Disappearing Number) and poem February, written by his mother Anne Bhattacharjee, read by family member Jill Anderson.

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.

Asian voices: actor Vincent Ebrahim on The Djinns of Eidgah

ASIAN VOICES: VINCENT EBRAHIM The actor talks to Suman Bhuchar about his role as Dr Baig in Abhishek Majumdar’s The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court), a play about Kashmir, and also about his career in the theatre and on television.

Edinburgh Fringe 2013: Phoebe Waller-Bridge unpacks her Fleabag

INTERVIEW: PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE The writer and actor talks to Philip Fisher about her new solo show Fleabag (Underbelly, Cowgate) and working in Edinburgh for the first time, as well as about a career that has encompassed the West End and the Royal Court.

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.

Rufus Norris and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith pick apart Feast

INTERVIEW: RUFUS NORRIS & KOBNA HOLDBROOK-SMITH Director Rufus Norris and actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith talk to Matt Trueman about Feast, a staged celebration of the Yoruba culture and belief system at the Young Vic. The production, the final part of World Stages London’s first programme, is a multi-authored project incorporating distinct scenes into a whole united by song, dance and spectacle to chart the spread of Yoruba culture from Africa around the world.

Designer Lizzie Clachan uncorks the National Theatre’s Port

INTERVIEW: LIZZIE CLACHAN The designer and co-founder of Shunt talks to Matt Trueman about the National’s revival of Port (2002) by Simon Stephens and her journey from experimental, off-site work into more conventional theatre as the boundaries between different forms have dissolved.

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.

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.

Playwright EV Crowe explores sexuality in her latest, Hero

INTERVIEW: EV CROWE The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about Hero (Royal Court), her new play which examines the themes of sexual identity and courage in daily life by looking at a gay primary-school teacher who comes out to the children.

Three British-Nigerian playwrights discuss their latest work

BLACK VOICES: BOLA AGBAJE, JANICE OKOH and ADE SOLANKE Three British-Nigerian playwrights talk to Aleks Sierz about their latest plays — Belong (Royal Court/Tiata Fahodzi), Egusi Soup (Soho) and Pandora’s Box (Arcola) — and how their work tells stories that are new to most audiences.

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.

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.

Playwright April De Angelis on sex, sense and feminist comedy

2 November 2011

in Comedy, Feminism, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: APRIL DE ANGELIS The playwright talks to Carole Woddis about her new play, Jumpy (Royal Court), which is a hilarious comedy about the relationship between mothers and daughters in the new digital age.

Interview: Edward Bond talks about Saved

INTERVIEW: EDWARD BOND and SEAN HOLMES The playwright joins the artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith to discuss the latter’s revival of his landmark 1965 play, Saved, which features the stoning to death of a baby in a pram by a group of London youths. Extracts from a conversation with Dominic Cavendish for a Daily Telegraph article to coincide with this production, the first London showing for the play in 27 years.

Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell on The Faith Machine

3 October 2011

in New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: ALEXI KAYE CAMPBELL The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his latest play, The Faith Machine, an ambitious drama of ideas which starred Ian McDiarmid and has just finished its run at the Royal Court theatre.

Professor Colin Chambers explores the history of black and Asian theatre (2/2)

12 August 2011

in Asian Voices, Black Voices, Books

INTERVIEW: COLIN CHAMBERS (2/2) The professor of drama at Kingston University, and former journalist and literary manager of the RSC, talks to Suman Bhuchar about the long and previously obscure history of African, Asian and Caribbean diasporic practitioners as recounted in his new book, Black and Asian Theatre in Britain (Routledge).

Playwright Penelope Skinner on The Village Bike

20 July 2011

in Feminism, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: PENELOPE SKINNER The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about her new Royal Court play, The Village Bike, which explores the sex lives of a couple who have just moved into the countryside, and about Eigengrau, which was at the Bush Theatre in 2010.

Actor Danny Webb on Wesker hit revival

INTERVIEW: DANNY WEBB The actor discusses Dominic Cooke’s well-received revival of Arnold Wesker’s seminal 1958 play, Chicken Soup with Barley (the first part of the Wesker Trilogy about a politically motivated East End Jewish family across 30 years of history), with Carole Woddis.

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