INTERVIEW: Chris Urch, Playwright

Chris Urch

Actor Chris Urch has written his first full-length play and there is already talk of him perhaps being the British Tennessee Williams. BT: Chris, you trained as an actor, what spurred you on to play writing?CU: Whilst training at the Drama Centre there was this lesson called Character Analysis where I would have to create a character, write a scenario and act it out on my own in front of my peers. It was quite an exposing lesson, you wrote the scene, acted the scene and directed it yourself but I always enjoyed creating these characters and dialogue. This then spurred me on to start secretly writing plays alongside my training. Talk to us about the process of writing your first play, Land of Our Fathers. I’m from a small mining community and wanted to write about that as it’s personal to me. There was a tragic mining disaster in … Read more

INTERVIEW: Seth Rudetsky

Seth Rudetsky

David Richards sits down for a quick chat with Seth Rudetsky – A multi-talented and multi-faceted entertainer. It is a rare balmy and sunny day, the first official day of Summer, when Seth Rudetsky and I sit down in Leicester Square to chat about his life, profession and current collaboration with Patti LuPone. His work to date has been really quite unique; a mixture of actor, pianist, enthusiast and chatty man. ’My career is like a big pie. I’ve always been interested in multiple aspects. I’ve never been interested in one thing. I was a classical piano major in college, but at the same time I was conducting the musicals, I was also in the musicals, and then I was hosting the comedy night: we would do this thing called ‘Mock Students’.’ Clearly Rudetsky has always had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and first-hand experiences of the theatrical world, particularly musical … Read more

Broadway Interview – Jason Ralph

Jason Ralph in Peter And The Star Catcher

I was a real goth kid at school and my mum was terrified of all my friends. She really pushed me in the direction of theatre. I found out later that she had actually persuaded the drama teacher to give me all the roles I’d played at school, but I’m so grateful because I was able gain a lot of experience.

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 the Barbican in April as part of Dancing around Duchamp, a season celebrating Marcel Duchamp’s influence on artists of the 20th Century. Featured is the work of Duchamp’s predecessors, his collaborators and those who continued his radical legacy, safe in the hands of leading contemporary artists. It comes as no surprise that Cheek by Jowl, who, in my opinion, represent the country’s theatrical achievements internationally like a premiership football team, have their own contribution to make. “This production of Ubu grew out of a performance … 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 previous hedonistic party, and we’re left with the bare bones of the building – warts and all. Sitting in the theatre bar though, it feels rather poignant, considering the venue is in its final days of life here, a move to make the London Bridge Station redevelopment possible. Boy, if these walls could talk. I’m meeting Philip Ridley, the celebrated playwright of The Pitchfork Disney, Mercury Fur and Shivered. The latter premiered at the theatre earlier this year in a hugely successful production, and now … Read more

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