August 28: Theresa Heskin, Dave Gorman and the New Diorama
From a London council estate via an Oxbridge education, Theresa Heskins is now making in Staffordshire as the artistic director of the New Vic Theatre. Steve Orme speaks to her to find out about what drives her, the importance of engaging the whole community and what the theatre has planned in its programme of events
I wanted to take the audience on a bit of a theatrical adventure, tell a narrative as much through the physical and visual language as through the text. I was surprised how immediately and quickly the audience grasped it and were excited by it.
Dave Gorman’s show Genius returns to BBC2 next month as part of the Corporation’s autumn comedy season. We talk to the travelling comedian about live touring, his darts obsession and the revamp to the Genius format
With TV being a slightly different medium, when we did that kind of “we’re taking ourselves very seriously, finding geniuses and it will be good for the country” thing, it sort of looked like we meant it.
The tongue in cheek element wasn’t always apparent, even though it was there in our intentions. So we wanted to make it more relaxed and more of a conversation.
The New Diorama Theatre, which opened in April, is gearing up for its first official season with a diverse schedule of epic tales and gripping yarns. David Byrne, the venue’s programme manager, shares his vision with Elizabeth Davis and reveals his ambitions to offer a London home for touring companies
As the Royal Court is the place of writers, I want this to be the place for ensembles… They love the fact they don’t have to beg — and that is so often the case, to get good space in London
Also this week:
Southport singer James Loynes won The Stage/PureSolo search for a musical theatre star. We follow him as he takes up his prize, recording a song for Silva Screen Records’ forthcoming album of musical standards
At one point it looked like the Edinburgh Comedy Awards — formerly the Perrier and if.comeddies — may not happen at all in 2010. Then Foster’s Lager stepped in as a sponsor. Simon Tait look at why corporate sponsorship is becoming increasingly important to the arts
Dear John: How do I make best use of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe experience?
Insight: In the sceond of two pieces exploring casting in the online age, head shot photographer Michael Wharley observes the accelerating pace of change and usggests actors - and agents - need to do more to keep up
We are on the hunt for your regional theatre champions as we begin the search for the recipient of the Stage Award for Special Achievement in Regional Theatre, to be awarded at this autumn’s TMA Theatre Awards.
Tblisi International Theatre Festival is making waves, and with a co-production showcasing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Nick Awde finds out how it is building an international reputation