INTERVIEW: Declan Donnellan

Declan Donnellan

“Is there a little bit of Ubu Roi in all of us?” Emily Hardy asks acclaimed theatre director Declan Donnellan. It was an interview that started like any other Declan Donnellan and I exchange pleasantries and begin, as intended, by discussing Cheek by Jowl’s touring production of Ubu Roi, directed by Donnellan and designed by company co-founder, Nick Ormerod. Alfred Jarry’s 1896 brutal satire comes to … Read more

INTERVIEW: Philip Ridley, Telling Stories

Philip Ridley

Phil Matthews meets celebrated playwright Philip Ridley. His new play Feathers in the Snow premieres at Southwark Playhouse this month. Walking into the Southwalk Playhouse during the day is an odd experience. Gone are the atmospheric lights and energy that form part of the theatre’s famous character. This feels more like being in a nightclub post-event. The cleaners have mopped up the detritus of the … Read more

TALES FROM THE DRESSING ROOM : Penelope Keith

Penelope Keith

In the first of our Tales From The Dressing Room series, Penelope Keith chats candidly to JBR about the changes in the industry since her training. “Come in, come in. Welcome to the most elegant dressing room in the West End.” How could it not be? This is, after all, the famed Dressing Room No. 10 at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Current resident, the ever … Read more

INTERVIEW: Martin Harvey – Dirty Dancing

Martin Harvey in Dirty Dancing

Martin Harvey first performed at the Aldwych Theatre at the age of six. Now 24 years later he is back playing the lead in Dirty Dancing. He drops in for a chat. You made your stage debut aged 6 at the Aldwych in Peter Pan. How was it playing Michael at such a young age? Like a big adventure, I got to fly around the … Read more

INTERVIEW: Hannah Vassallo – Dirty Danciing

Hannah Vassallo

Nobody puts Hannah Vassallo in the corner – certainly not since she made her acting debut in West End’s Dirty Dancing. You hail from a family of creative types. Was it par for the course you being a performer? My whole family is definitely very creative and we all work in artistic fields. It wasn’t always the case that I would perform on stage as … Read more

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