'I think actually people go to the theatre because they want a conversation and the play is only an excuse to have that conversation'
In this episode I talk theatre criticism's past and future with Megan Vaughan and Catherine Love; I interview Shôn Dale-Jones about the artistic and political journey that led to his latest show Me & Robin Hood; and then I discuss 'theatrical heterotopias' and the Gate Theatre's The Unknown Island with Professor Kim Solga.
- 00.00.00 Introduction
- 00.01.21 Theatre criticism: introduction
- 00.08.11 Theatre criticism: discussion
- 00.45.47 Shôn Dale-Jones: introduction
- 00.50.38 Shôn Dale-Jones: interview
- 01.22.33 Kim Solga: what she's read and what she's seen
- 01.47.13 Closing remarks and credits.
- 01.58.51 End
Clips of Shôn Dale-Jones's work came from these sources:
- Welcome to Invisible Town Stories
- Hugh Hughes: Story of a Rabbit - a song from the show
- The family, doing nothing... from The Doubtful Guest
- Searching in the night... from The Doubtful Guest
- Me & Robin Hood trailer
And you can find out more about his work and the work of his company Hoi Polloi here.
The book I discuss with Kim Solga is:
- Tompkins, Joanne. Theatre's Heterotopias: Performance and the Cultural Politics of Space. Contemporary Performance Interactions. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
And the show we saw was:
- The Unknown Island, Gate Theatre, September 2017, directed by Ellen McDougall, adapted by Ellen McDoughall and Clare Slater from the short story by José Saramago. Performers: Jon Foster, Hannah Ringham, Thalissa Teixeira, Zubin Varla. Designed by Rosie Elnile. Lighting by Lizzie Powell.
Kim Solga's staff page at Western University is here:
And her blog about teaching in the academy is here:
Music by Nick Powell and Nick McCarthy
Graphics by Liam Jarvis
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