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Edinburgh Festival 2013: critical roundup

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2013: CRITICAL VERDICT Philip Fisher (British Theatre Guide) joins Mark Fisher (The Scotsman) and Neil Cooper (The Herald) to talk about offerings at the Traverse, International Festival and the Fringe, especially Yael Farber’s Nirbhaya and, from Chile, Teatrocinema’s Histoire d’amour, and also identify trends and recommend personal highlights.

Veteran playwright Doug Lucie enjoys a revival of his Hard Feelings

INTERVIEW: DOUG LUCIE The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about the current revival of his 1982 play, Hard Feelings (Finborough Theatre), a flatshare drama which examines the lives of a group of Oxford University graduates living in Brixton, south London, at the time of the first Brixton Riots.

Playwright Amanda Whittington investigates the life of 1950s hostess Ruth Ellis

INTERVIEW: AMANDA WHITTINGTON The playwright tells Aleks Sierz about her fascination with the case of Ruth Ellis, who in 1955 became the last woman to be hanged in Britain after murdering her lover, and about her drama about her, The Thrill of Love (New Vic), now playing at the St James Theatre in London.

Michael Walling’s Border Crossings investigate sex, money and the internet

INTERVIEW: MICHAEL WALLING The artistic director of Border Crossings theatre company talks to Suman Bhuchar about their latest show, Consumed (touring), which features a story about Tong Zheng, who returns to Shanghai with money on his mind after spending 20 years in the USA. But the China he finds is very different from the one he left behind.

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.

Panel discussion about Anthony Burgess and A Clockwork Orange (1/2)

THE GENIUS OF ANTHONY BURGESS (1/2) Panel discussion about A Clockwork Orange (Soho Theatre), chaired by Soho’s artistic director Steve Marmion, with Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the director of the production, plus Andrew Biswell (author of The Real life of Anthony Burgess) and John Sutherland (Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature at University College London). With an extract from Burgess’s reissued Napoleon Symphony (Serpent’s Tail) read by Martin McCreadie, the actor who plays Alex.

Panel discussion about Anthony Burgess and A Clockwork Orange (2/2)

THE GENIUS OF ANTHONY BURGESS (2/2) Panel discussion about A Clockwork Orange (Soho Theatre), chaired by Soho’s artistic director Steve Marmion, with Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the director of the production, plus Andrew Biswell (author of The Real life of Anthony Burgess) and John Sutherland (Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature at University College London). With an extract from Burgess’s reissued Napoleon Symphony (Serpent’s Tail) read by Martin McCreadie, the actor who plays Alex.

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.

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.

Playwright Chris Hannan: new play and career overview (2/2)

13 August 2011

in New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: CHRIS HANNAN (2/2) The award-winning Scottish playwright discusses his latest play, The God of Soho (Shakespeare’s Globe), which is an extraordinary satire on celebrity and sex partly set in heaven, with Carole Woddis.

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.

Director Joe Hill-Gibbins revives Martin McDonagh

INTERVIEW: JOE HILL-GIBBINS The director talks to Philip Fisher about his cracking revival of Martin McDonagh’s 1996 debut, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic). He also looks back at his controversial debut, Wallace Shawn’s A Thought in Three Parts, and forwards to his upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie. Recorded at the Young Vic.

New Diorama Theatre: an exciting London venue

NEW DIORAMA SPECIAL On the eve of its inaugural show, David Byrne, Programming Manager of the New Diorama Theatre (a newly built 80-seat venue in central London), and Robert Gillespie, author of Love, Question Mark, the venture’s first show, tell Aleks Sierz about the thrill of opening a new theatre.

Richard Eyre on Kim Cattrall in Private Lives

11 March 2010

in 1930s Drama, Directors

INTERVIEW: SIR RICHARD EYRE The director tells Philip Fisher about directing Kim Cattrall and Matthew MacFadyen in Noel Coward’s Private Lives (Vaudeville), a triumphant debut at New York’s Met with George Bizet’s Carmen, and his ongoing relationship with the National Theatre. Recorded at the National.

Director Michael Attenborough on Measure for Measure

SHAKESPEARE: MEASURE FOR MEASURE Director Michael Attenborough talks to Heather Neill about his modern-dress production of Shakespeare’s problem play, currently on at the Almeida, and starring Rory Kinnear and Anna Maxwell Martin. Recorded at the Almeida.

Playwright Mike Bartlett on Cock

20 November 2009

in New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: MIKE BARTLETT The playwright talks frankly to Aleks Sierz about his new play, Cock (Royal Court). It stars Ben Whishaw, tackles sexual confusion and has been staged in an experimental production by James Macdonald. Recorded at the Royal Court.

Stella Feehily on her Dreams of Violence

29 July 2009

in New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: STELLA FEEHILY (1/2) The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about her current play, Dreams of Violence (Out of Joint/Soho), a comedy about family life and the politics of the banking crisis, directed by Max Stafford-Clark. Recorded at Out of Joint, London.

British Library exhibition: British Theatre 1945-1968 (1/2)

29 September 2008

in 1950s Drama, 1960s Drama, 20th-century Drama,

GOLDEN GENERATION SPECIAL (1/2) The British Library’s Jamie Andrews, Head of Modern Literary Manuscripts, and co-curator Alec Patton discuss their current exhibition, The Golden Generation: British Theatre 1945-1968, with Aleks Sierz. Recorded at the British Library.

Anupama Chandrasekhar, Lolita Chakrabarti on Free Outgoing

ASIAN VOICES: ANUPAMA CHANDRASEKHAR AND LOLITA CHAKRABARTI The playwright and the actor talk to Suman Bhuchar about the taboo-busting play, Free Outgoing (Royal Court), which is now touring to the Traverse, Edinburgh.

Bush Theatre’s Josie Rourke at the Latitude Festival

18 July 2008

in Directors, New Writing, Outdoors

INTERVIEW: JOSIE ROURKE The artistic director of the Bush theatre chats to Dominic Cavendish about the multi-authored Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover, which hits London after wowing festivalgoers in Suffolk. Recorded at the Latitude festival.

National Theatre Connections playwrights roundtable (1/2)

FOCUS ON YOUTH THEATRE (1/2) Heather Neill talks to Roy Williams, Dennis Kelly and Lin Coghlan about their plays – Baby Girl, DNA and The Miracle – which originated in the NT Connections festival of work for young people.

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