As Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on London’s South Bank, Dominic Dromgoole oversaw 10 successive and extremely successful seasons at the Bard’s theatre. His tenure started with his directing Corialanus with Alastiar Macaulay for The Financial Times saying, "If Dromgoole can build from this promising start, the best years at Shakespeare’s Globe lie ahead.". And the final production he directed, The Tempest, was similarly well received with The Stage saying “Few directors can take a space and make Shakespeare feel as alive in it as Dromgoole.” But he oversaw many productions from a multitude of talented directors including Jeremy Herrin’s 2016’s production of Macbeth was similarly revered with David Lister of the Independent stating “This is the Globe at its best.”
In his last season, two of the Globe’s productions would hit the West End with Nell Gwynn and Farinelli and the King… the later even ended up on Broadway picking up 5 Tony Award nominations.
And now, Dominic Dromgoole is turning his hand to film directing, with his feature film debut “Making Noise Quietly” which hit the screens on the 19th of July and is written by Robert Holman - the script having been adapted from the acclaimed stage play of the same name and written by Holman, Nick Drake and Mark Rosenblatt.
I sat down to talk to Dominic about the transition from theatre to film, working with some of his favourite actors and what he sees himself doing next.
The Actor's Nightmare, a collection of Christopher Durang's short plays, is having it's World Premiere this week at the Park Theatre here in London. I sat down in their rehearsal room at the Jerwood Space with director Lydia Parker, and pretty much all of the company including Meaghan Martin, Layo-Christina Akinlude, Stefan Menaul and Kate Sumpter to talk about getting their heads around playing many characters in numerous plays in the same production, the language of Durang, working in the round and their own actors nightmares.