Gareth Machin, artistic director of Salisbury Playhouse, on William Golding’s The Spire

30th October 2012



The new artistic director of Salisbury Playhouse talks to Dominic Cavendish about the challenges of running a regional theatre, and about his bold new project to bring to the main stage The Spire, a fictionalised slice of local cathedral-building history, courtesy of Lord of the Flies author William Golding.
Recorded: 20 October 2012.

There are definitely parallels with Ibsen’s The Master Builder – one of the interesting parallels is the way that both Golding and Ibsen use a young woman as part of the story – they combine a sexual energy with the desire to build.