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: The Guardian/ Murdo Macleod

‘”If your partner dies,” Caroline Twigg wrote in an article for the Guardian in 2015, “a lot of admin also comes your way. And, these days, people die a digital death alongside their physical one, which creates a whole new world of admin that didn’t pass the radar of grieving widows 50 years ago.” After the death of her husband, Twigg found herself unsure how to handle his remaining digital presence.’

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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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We don’t hear enough about failure from successful people. For this piece, I spoke to four prolific playwrights – Alan Ayckbourn, Lynn Nottage, April De Angelis and Anthony Neilson – about times when their shows have gone disastrously wrong. This was all before the pandemic, so there was still an element of innocent joy in hearing about these relative crises.

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Daughter caused chaos at the fringe in 2018. A lot of people hated it. I loved it. When I spoke to Lazarus about the controversy, he was really thoughtful. He was very clear that the show is not for everyone, and it can be incredibly hard to watch.

” The hardest responses to reconcile are from the people – primarily women – who have been hurt by the performance. “I don’t think everyone needs to see the show,” Lazarus says frankly, when I ask about those who reported crying in the toilets afterwards, wishing they hadn’t seen it. “The show picks at a scab and if you have a trauma or a trigger that’s in there, it’s gonna peel really bad. I don’t know how to prepare people for that.” After every performance the company hold a space to talk, led by producer Aislinn Rose. Lazarus doesn’t attend those sessions; audiences feel more comfortable without him.”

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