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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

‘The audience want to connect with her’: portraying the Queen after her death by Emine Saner

The Kiln theatre’s Handbagged, about the monarch’s meetings with Margaret Thatcher, has opened in a week of mourning. Its stars reflect on the play’s humour and their tears in rehearsa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:13AM
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

What a showstopper! How The Great British Bake off became a musical by Emine Saner

From songs about slapping dough to scripting the perfect innuendo, the creators of a new musical explain the ingredients for bringing the wildly successful TV show to the stage The first not…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:37AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

‘Everything I do is urgent’: actor Liz Carr on confronting mortality, taking risks – and winning awards by Emine Saner

The Olivier winner on how activism has helped her deal with online abuse, her two years of shielding – and why her life is amazing For most of the past two years, Liz Carr has been shieldi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:06AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Paddy Considine: ‘I feel like an impostor acting – this is what I love’ by Emine Saner

He’s an acclaimed actor and director, but Paddy Considine’s first and enduring passion is music – and on his band’s new album he’s confronting the ghosts of his childhood Were you …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Monday, April 11, 2022

‘I don’t want any stage school brats!’: Sylvia Young on nurturing Billie Piper, Daniel Kaluuya and a host of stars by Emine Saner

For 50 years, Sylvia Young’s theatre school has trained the likes of Dua Lipa, Nicholas Hoult and a ‘very naughty’ Amy Winehouse. The 82-year-old tells us how it started – and why sh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18AM
Monday, March 7, 2022

‘I don’t have penis envy. I have 12 in a drawer at home’ – the fearless female standups of the 60s by Emine Saner

They were pigeonholed, derided – and even shot at. With The Marvelous Mrs Maisel back on TV screens, we find out what life was really like for women who dared to be funny in the postwar ye…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:07AM
Thursday, February 17, 2022

Kit Harington on Henry V and life after Jon Snow: ‘We need to start dealing with male anger’ by Emine Saner

As the Game of Thrones star swaps furs for modern dress to play Shakespeare’s monarch, he reflects on what the play tells us about masculinity, and how it addresses the issues that drove h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM
Thursday, January 6, 2022

‘Shame, ageism and nudity – there’s a lot to identify with’: actor David Pevsner on his memoir by Emine Saner

Having survived teen shame and the Aids crisis, the Broadway actor – and erstwhile escort – is now blazing a trail for silver sexuality There were things in the first draft of his memoir…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Monday, September 6, 2021

‘I went to school drunk in a bikini’: how Sophie Willan turned her chaotic life into sitcom gold by Emine Saner

She won a Bafta for Alma’s Not Normal – and that was just the pilot episode. As the full series launches, the ex-standup talks about growing up in care, getting the comedy bug in Ibiza a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Michael Ball: ‘My breakdown made me a better performer – and a better person’ by Emine Saner

As his new show, Hairspray, leads the return to theatres, the singer talks about his mental health struggles, going back to his mining-town roots – and how the government has let down the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Searching for Sam: Adrian Dunbar on Samuel Beckett review – go on, call him ‘fella’! by Emine Saner

The Line of Duty actor follows in the footsteps of his great hero, though his intriguing film is ultimately elusive. Beckett would surely approve If the work Adrian Dunbar is best known for …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Thursday, October 17, 2019

'God, I was disgusting!' – Ali Wong on why women's bodies are the last taboo by Emine Saner

The standup behind Baby Cobra found fame with her candid material on sex and pregnancy. Back with a memoir, she talks about her work ethic, the taboo of miscarriage – and performing in fro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:07AM
Monday, July 8, 2019

Arabella Weir on her aggressively unhappy mother: ‘In my memory, she got rid of me’ by Emine Saner

The actor and comedian has been a fixture on British TV for more than two decades. Now, in her first one-woman show, she unpicks the difficult maternal relationship that shaped herEven close…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Camilla Cleese on her dad John: 'He's not my favourite Python!' by Emine Saner

The comedian is doing a show about her father in Edinburgh. She talks about the sexist LA standup scene, her reconciliation with her dad – and doing jokes about his ex-wivesWith just a hin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:48AM
Monday, July 2, 2018

Recipe for disaster: what's behind the rise of 50s-style domesticity? by Emine Saner

Fetishised nostalgia for a bygone era of cosy domesticity and bake-offs is dangerous, say the team behind new play Home, I’m DarlingJudy Martin is a proud, archetypal 1950s housewife. She …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:36AM
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Prasanna Puwanarajah: 'I thought Planet Acting didn't need someone like me' by Emine Saner

He used to get cast as either a doctor or a terrorist. Now Prasanna Puwanarajah is on stage at the National, starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Patrick Melrose – and even writing hi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18AM
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

'I was scared after watching': new play tackles online porn's impact on children by Emine Saner

Drama created after Tackroom Theatre teamed up with Barnardo’s to conduct the largest piece of research ever done into the subjectThere’s no holding back in the rehearsal room, with talk…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

'It's very sweary!' What Labour MPs make of James Graham's political comedy Labour of Love by Interviews By Chris Wiegand and Emine Saner

The mountains of leaflets, the WhatsApp groups, the election night panic … Harriet Harman, Tracy Brabin and David Lammy on what the play gets right – and wrong Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42AM
Friday, October 6, 2017

Mike Bartlett: Doctor Foster writer whose work 'attacks apathy' by Emine Saner

The TV show took the playwright’s talents to a wider audience, highlighting his ability to create brilliantly complex womenNobody, observes one of his friends, gets out of a Mike Bartlett …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Friday, August 4, 2017

Paul Chowdhry: ‘People write this abuse to me, and I’ve just got to take it?’ by Emine Saner

He’s not a TV favourite, but the actor and comedian has built one of the most diverse audiences of any current standup, partly through the subversive use of social media. Now he’s writte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Friday, March 24, 2017

Larry Lamb: 'I lived in fear' by Emine Saner

Larry Lamb played Archie Mitchell in EastEnders for two years, basing him on his bullying father. What's he going to do next?The rehearsal room for Educating Rita sits high up on a corner of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24AM
Friday, November 25, 2016

Phyllida Lloyd: a director who's determined to put women centre stage by Emine Saner

From all-female Shakespeare trilogys to hit musicals and films, she has a gift for works that focus on – and resonate with – womenWhen Phyllida Lloyd took on Shakespeare, it was never go…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:31PM
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The best alternative Christmas activities of 2016 – from medieval singing to theatrical adventures by Emine Saner

Sharpen up your low-light photography skills, recite poetry and sing along to Messiah – or the MuppetsWhen darkness falls at the 19th-century Waddesdon Manor, the grand house and gardens p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Friday, November 4, 2016

Jez Butterworth: playwright 'without equal' turns his gaze on the Troubles by Emine Saner

Excitement greets new play The Ferryman by a writer as at ease writing for theatre as writing Bond films It will come as no surprise to those who have followed Jez Butterworth’s career tha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12PM
Monday, October 17, 2016

Katherine Parkinson: 'I'm scared of the brutality of Hollywood' by Emine Saner

The Humans and IT Crowd actor is about to star in a play about the world of humourless comedy fans. Good job she has experience in that field …It’s break time at a rehearsal space in sou…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:08PM
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Laura Wade: ‘It’s the last time they can let their hair down’ by Emine Saner

Laura Wade’s play Posh ushered in the Tory government in 2010. Is the film version, The Riot Club, here to bury the Bullingdon boys’ era of inequality? She tells Emine Saner how she got …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:30PM
Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Saturday interview: Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler by Emine Saner

The Vagina Monologues shot writer Eve Ensler to stardom. Now she is a global campaigner who plans to call a billion women out on strike against rapeWho could have predicted what an effe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:08PM
Monday, June 13, 2016

Rewriting classical theatre: ‘Female characters are sad, have babies or talk about men’ by Emine Saner

The Faction’s writer and director are putting women centre stage in their new production of a Maxim Gorky play In one rehearsal of Vassa Zheleznova, the new adaptation of the Maxim Gorky p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:58AM
Friday, December 4, 2015

Inside the Snowman's suit: how we brought Christmas characters to life by Emine Saner

Meet the actors and puppeteers behind the creatures from this year’s top Christmas shows – including the BFG, the Lorax and the Cheshire CatIronically for a show set largely in the froze…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:44AM
Friday, August 21, 2015

Claire Foy: an actor bringing a subtle talent to majestic roles by Emine Saner

Her steely, understated approach won praise when playing Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall and now Foy is taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in a new dramaSome castings seem so obvious in retro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:27PM
Sunday, July 26, 2015

The outrageous fortune of Benedict Cumberbatch by Emine Saner

Five years ago, Sherlock propelled him into the stratosphere. Now he’s photobombing the Oscars and selling out Hamlet a year in advance. Friends and co-stars reveal why the world is wild f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:34AM

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