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Interview: Hamish MacDougall

September 27, 2011

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Director Hamish MacDougall talks to Tom Wicker about reviving Howard Korder’s The Lights in the aftermath of the London riots and the importance of theatre as a communal experience. Hi Hamish. So, what is The Lights, which you will be reviving at The Spring from next Monday, about? The Lights, which is written by Howard […]

Interview: Mark Shenton on fringe theatre

September 20, 2011

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In the second part of Tom Wicker’s interview with Mark Shenton, the theatre critic and journalist explains why he accepted a position on the Off-West End ‘Offies’ Awards panel, talks about his experiences of producing a show on the London fringe and reveals what he’s looking forward to seeing in the new season. You were […]

Ragtime

September 20, 2011

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Clutching the baby she has recently tried to bury alive, young black girl Sarah sings ‘Your Daddy’s Son’. Her face is etched with pain and her voice with sorrow and confusion. It’s one of many electrifying moments in Robert McWhir’s skilful and hugely evocative re-staging of ‘Ragtime’, first performed on Broadway in 1998. Based on […]

One for the Road/Victoria Station

September 19, 2011

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Harold Pinter’s refusal to tie his plays to a specific time or place makes them ideal for repeated resuscitation as script-long metaphors for the most recent human rights’ abuses to fill our headlines. Their battering of the mundane into dark and twisted shapes reveals the desperation and casual horror of human nature. However, such a […]

Interview: Mark Shenton on the changing role of the theatre critic

September 19, 2011

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In the first of a two-part interview, Tom Wicker talks to leading theatre critic and journalist Mark Shenton about the changing role of theatre criticism, the impact of the internet and the challenges of achieving the right tone in reviews. Mark Shenton is not a man shy of an opinion. As we sit in a […]

Interview: Blanche McIntyre

September 14, 2011

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Interviewing Blanche McIntyre – one Saturday evening in late August – feels like a first date. We’ve known each other for 12 years, since university, where she directed me in Hamlet and Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love. We’ve faced enraged harpists storming an Edinburgh stage when we exceeded our allotted slot during the Fringe Festival, […]

Interview: Rick Bland

September 12, 2011

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Most writers and actors would claim personal investment in the projects they undertake. But few could do so with the same legitimacy as Rick Bland, whose first stab at play-writing, dark comedy Thick, almost bankrupted him when the Arts Council refused to fund an eight-week tour of the USA in 2005. But Bland, his credit […]