I have been waiting to chat to my next guest for ages! I first met Olivia Williams when I was understudying Matthew Fox in Neil Labute’s two-hander “In a Forest Dark and Deep” back in 2011, and have had the privilege to share the stage with her on numerous Word Theatre stages around London. I am in AWE of her talent. Olivia doesn’t just play characters, she inhabits them. Rosemary Cross in Rushmore or Anna Crowe in The Sixth Sense to Miss Stubbs in An Education. On screen, you just believe her. And that’s brilliant acting. As for her on stage exploits...she’s such a powerhouse. And she's going from strength to strength in her latest production "Mosquitoes" at the National Theatre in London.
Curtain Call had the privilege of attending a Q&A after a performance of Man to Man at the Wilton's Music Hall this week. Director Bruce Guthrie and Translator Alexandra Wood talk about their journey of taking the challenging, yet completely elastic script by Manfred Karge.
This week's podcast was recorded in the press room of The Stage Debut Awards, where winners and guest presenters spoke to Curtain Call's Theo Bosanquet about their own debuts. The answers were touching and surprising in equal measure (suffice it to say, we're keen to see Rufus Norris reprise his performance of a chicken).
Guests you'll here from include Preeya Kalidas, Dan Gillespie Sells, Grace Moloney, Noma Dumezweni, Christina Bennington, Abraham Popoola, Lekan Lawal, Rufus Norris, Nica Burns and Kenneth Cranham.
This week, I thought I would sit down with the Casting Directors Guild and find out just what it means to be a casting director. What it means to have those three little letters (CDG) following your name, and the path one takes to become a casting director…and believe me, you will be surprised at the journeys of my two guests this week, Alastair Coomer and Ginny Schiller...CDG.
Alastair and Ginny both sit on the committee of the Casting Director’s Guild. Alistair is currently the Casting Director at the Donmar Warehouse working on all productions there, as well as freelance theatre productions for the West End and Regional theatres. Before that he worked at the National Theatre for a decade. Ginny Schiller has been Casting Director for the RSC, Chichester Festival Theatre, Rose Theatre Kingston, English Touring Theatre and Soho Theatre, and is the current casting director for the Ustinov Theatre, Bath.
We were also joined by Sophie Hallett the CDG Administrator who looks after the members of the guild.
This week's podcast is all about gender, a hot topic both in the news headlines and the arts world currently. It features a conversation with Camden People's Theatre (CPT) artistic director Brian Logan and acclaimed writer/director Lucy J Skilbeck.
CPT is about to launch its festival Come As You Are, which features 'a host of gender-anarchists with more questions than answers'. Theo Bosanquet went along to find out more about it, and Skilbeck's new play Bullish, which is headlining the festival.