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Director David Mercatali explores the thrilling work of playwright Philip Ridley

INTERVIEW: DAVID MERCATALI The director talks to Aleks Sierz about his current production of Philip Ridley’s superb new play, Dark Vanilla Jungle, which is at the Soho Theatre and is a monologue featuring a stunning performance by Gemma Whelan. He also explores other plays by Ridley, especially Moonfleece and Tender Napalm.

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.

Chris Thorpe discusses his Edinburgh hit There Has Possibly Been an Incident

INTERVIEW: CHRIS THORPE Writer-performer Chris Thorpe tells Matt Trueman about his first play for multiple voices, the complex and involving There Has Possibly Been An Incident (Edinburgh, and tour). Juxtaposing four stories about different forms of heroic acts, the play asks what it means to stand up and change the world, whether for the better or for the worse. Expletives undeleted.

OperaUpClose perform a radical new version of Puccini’s Tosca

INTERVIEW: ADAM SPREADBURY-MAHER and DEMELZA STAFFORD The co-founder of OperaUpClose, and director and librettist of the company’s production of Puccini’s Tosca, and one of the two sopranos sharing the title role talk to Judi Herman about setting the opera in East Berlin in 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. They also discuss OperaUpClose’s intimate production style, how it works especially well for Puccini and about why they chose this setting.

Soho Theatre: public platform about supporting new writers (1/2)

SOHO THEATRE PUBLIC PLATFORM: NEW WRITERS (1/2) Soho Theatre artistic director Steve Marmion chairs a panel of writers to discuss developing and supporting new work: Arinze Kene, whose play God’s Property (Talawa) is currently running at this venue, playwright Laura Wade, performance artist Bryony Kimmings and Talawa theatre company director Michael Buffong.

Soho Theatre: public platform about supporting new writers (2/2)

SOHO THEATRE PUBLIC PLATFORM: NEW WRITERS (2/2) Soho Theatre artistic director Steve Marmion chairs a panel of writers to discuss developing and supporting new work: Arinze Kene, whose play God’s Property (Talawa) is currently running at this venue, playwright Laura Wade, performance artist Bryony Kimmings and Talawa theatre company director Michael Buffong.

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.

Arab Nights: tales of revolution and hope

INTERVIEW: POPPY BURTON MORGAN The co-artistic director of Metta Theatre tells Sophie Reynolds about Arab Nights (Soho Theatre), the company’s new production that brings together six new plays inspired by recent events in the Middle East and North Africa, within the framework of The Arabian Nights.

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.

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.

Director and writer Lisa Goldman breaks the rules

INTERVIEW: LISA GOLDMAN The director and writer talks to Aleks Sierz about her new book, The No Rules Handbook for Writers (Oberon), which is an antidote to prescriptive writing guides, and also recalls her site-specific walkabout play, Hoxton Story (2005).

London International Mime Festival: Blind Summit

MIME FEST SPECIAL Postshow discussion with Blind Summit hosted by Dorothy Max Prior with performers Mark Down, Nick Barnes, Sean Garratt, Sarah Calver and Ivan Thorley about their show, The Table, performed as part of the 2012 London International Mime Festival, at the Soho Theatre.

Debate: the most controversial play in London

DEBATE: HAS THEATRE GONE TOO FAR? Panel discussion chaired by Paul Warwick of China Plate Theatre with participants Steve Marmion (Artistic Director Soho Theatre), Simon Stokes (Artistic Director Theatre Royal Plymouth), David Jubb (Artistic Director BAC), Joe Murphy (Artistic Director Nabokov) and Laura Barnett (journalist) about Ontroerend Goed’s Audience (currently at the Soho Theatre).

A Walk On Part: Changing the World after New Labour

2 December 2011

in Directors, Reviews and Roundtables

DEBATE: CHANGING THE WORLD THROUGH POLITICS AND THE ARTS Panel discussion chaired by Michael Crick with participants Diane Abbott MP, Don Foster MP, Artistic Director Steve Marmion and actor John Hodgkinson, about the political background of Michael Chaplin’s adaptation of Chris Mullin’s diaries, A Walk On Part: The Fall of New Labour (currently at the Soho Theatre).

Esther Baker describes the Synergy theatre project

INTERVIEW: ESTHER BAKER The artistic director of the Synergy theatre project, which works with prisoners, ex-prisoners and young people at risk, tells Aleks Sierz about her work, with a focus on Convictions, the company’s first festival of new writing, which includes Every Coin by Carlon Campbell Robinson and The Archbishop and the Antichrist by Michael Ashton.

Soho artistic director Steve Marmion unveils first season

INTERVIEW: STEVE MARMION The new artistic director of the Soho Theatre tells Aleks Sierz about his innovative first season, including the first London production of Anthony Neilson’s Realism (2006) and OperaUpClose’s Don Giovanni, and his plans for two new performance spaces at this new writing venue. Recorded at the Soho Theatre.

Clean Break: Playwright Rebecca Prichard on Dream Pill

12 November 2010

in Feminism, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: REBECCA PRICHARD The playwright talks to Carole Woddis about her new play, Dream Pill (Soho Theatre), on the subject of child trafficking, which features in Charged, a two-part season of six plays produced by Clean Break theatre company. She also discusses her 1998 hit Yard Gal. Recorded at the Soho Theatre.

Oladipo Agboluaje defends black British theatre

BLACK VOICES: OLADIPO AGBOLUAJE The playwright, whose play Iya-Ile (The First Wife) won the 2009 Alfred Fagon Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award this year, talks to Steven Luckie about current work, and responds to recent newspaper criticism about the ‘ghetto mentality’ in Black British theatre.

Black Voices: Playwright Michael Bhim (2/2)

BLACK VOICES: MICHAEL BHIM (2/2) Steven Luckie talks to the rising playwright about his development and work, including Pure Gold, which was staged at the Soho Theatre in October 2007. Expletives not deleted.

Right to reply: defending the Polish play

20 March 2008

in International, Playwrights

RIGHT TO REPLY The Soho Theatre’s Paul Sirett, co-translator of Dorota Maslowska’s A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians, defends the play against critical brick-bats, and asks why British reviewers have a problem with foreign writers. Aleks Sierz quizzes.

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