Stage Directions

Sir John Drummond investigates the current state of British theatre.


01A Risky Business20010331

Former director of the Royal National Theatre Richard Eyre, impressario Cameron Mackintosh and director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse Jude Kelly discuss the challenges facing large organisations in today's cultural climate.

02Another Part Of The Forest20010407

Giles Havergal, Tamara Malcolm and Terry Hands - who run theatres of different sizes in Glasgow, Chipping Norton and Mold - discuss their artistic policies and achievements and talk about where their theatres get their funding from.

03A Stream Of Words20010414

Dominic Dromgoole talks about the conclusions he came to in his book `The Full Room', in which he wrote about more than 100 living British playwrights.

And Mark Ravenhill and David Hare talk about their approaches to playwrighting.

04Looking For Meaning20010428

Actor Juliet Stevenson and directors Deborah Warner and Simon McBurney reflect on their approaches to their work and on what makes a good actor or director.

05Spaces And Voices20010505

Featuring a look at how the spaces in which drama is performed condition both style and the use of the human voice. Historian Iain Mackintosh analyses changing ideas about theatre design. Writer and director John Barton discusses contemporary attitudes to speaking. And Denis Quilley talks about acting in styles ranging from classic texts to musicals.

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