Photo: Dave Beswick

I spoke to choreographer Gary Clark about dancing in assembly, carving out his career, and Alice in Wonderland.

Interview for The Stage.

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Director of BBC Arts Jonty Claypole talked to me about the upcoming season of Culture in Quarantine and addressed the rumours that BBC4 could become an archive and repeats channel.

Interview in The Stage.

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Black Victorians | Photo: Stephen Wright

GDIF is ambitious any year, but even more so in the time of Coronavirus. I spoke to Bradley Hemmings, festival director, about organising an enormous socially distanced outdoor festival.

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Photo by David Jensen

On July 11th, the government announced that outdoor theatres could reopen. Timothy Sheader and William Village told me what it’s been like to reopen Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre with next to no warning.

For The Stage.

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The Believers Are But Brothers by Javaad Alipoor

For the Stage, I wrote about the Electric Dreams online festival. I spoke to the festival’s producers, Mark Atkin and Tom Millen, as well as a few of the artists taking part. One of the most exciting collection of online shows I’ve seen through lockdown.

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Photograph by Polyphem Filmproduktion

I spoke to Germaine Acogny, founder of École des Sables, and Suzanne Walker, Executive Producer of Sadler’s Wells, about their last-minute film production of Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring. They filmed it after the sun went down on the beach in Senegal, on the last night before lockdown. It’s an incredible film, and it was a pleasure to write this.

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Rehearsals for Alice in Wonderland

Making theatre during the pandemic is tough and strange, and companies are tackling the various issues from multiple directions. Oxford-based Creation Theatre have been creating interactive shows on Zoom. For The Stage, I talked to Chief Executive Lucy Askew and Director Zoe Seaton about their new AI-based production of Alice in Wonderland.

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Robbie Jack

In all the interviews I read with Simon McBurney, he was painted as a very difficult figure to talk to. I found the opposite. He asked about me, the birds, how lockdown was going. His style of conversation is definitely unique – he pauses for five or ten seconds after every question, and his stories meander unexpectedly at length – but his answers always lead somewhere exciting.

I loved speaking to him, and I’m proud of this piece.

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“Charlotte has always said: ‘If Paines Plough ever comes up, we’re going to go for it and we’re going to get it.’ I think she just knew.” Because two artistic directors ran the company previously, it set an expectation that a job share could be possible. “There’s this old idea of artistic director as rockstar,” Bennett says. “But the idea of a singular vision is not something I buy into.” As a pair, Posner says: “You’re scrutinising things through two lenses. You’re challenging each other all the time in a really healthy way.”

For The Stage, I spoke to Katie Posner and Charlotte Bennett about their aims and ambitions for Paines Plough.

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Joseph Lynn

For The Stage’s Big Interview, I chatted to Prema Mehta about her candlelit design for Swive [Elizabeth], in which lighting is a key storytelling tool. Mehta spoke beautifully about designing for the wood-panelled Wanamaker, the wonder and strangeness of working with candles, and the work that still needs to be done to make the backstage industry more diverse and inclusive.

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Ioana’s design for The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

For The Stage, I spoke to designer Ioana Curelea, winner of the Naomi Wilkinson prize launched by Told By A Idiot. It was particularly interesting to hear about her views on theatre in Romania, and the support – or lack thereof – for young people in theatre.

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