Theatremaker Emma Frankland talks us through contemporary, devised and classical performance, taking in Ghostbusters, Don Quixote and John Lyly’s Galatea, and ranging from Jerwood Arts, Shakespeare’s Globe, Roehampton University, Cornish beaches and Stratford, Ontario.
When is a coconut not a coconut? When it’s a cup! Kathleen Kennedy explores the history of coconuts and their uses as drinking vessels in Renaissance Europe. Yes we have migrating coconuts. Yes there is a Monty Python reference.
In our third film on wrestling, the wrestler, writer and comedian RJ City tells Andy Kesson about storytelling with the body, playing against genre conventions and wrestling as a kind of exploration of bodily intimacy and care. Basil Fawlty, Roland Barthes and Bertolt Brecht also feature.
Callan Davies talks to filmmaker Ellen Evans about truth and storytelling in documentary, collaboration, how we all watch trash on TV and the inevitable “What is Literature?’ question ahead of the launch of the film Motherland. Visit ellen-evans.com for more about Ellen’s work.
Ian Burrows chats to Emma Whipday about slapstick, so-called ‘snowflake’ students, and content warnings for Shakespeare Ian works on early modern drama, and is particularly interested in how actors’ physicality was presented and interpreted on stage and in print.
Alison Bomber, voice coach, tells us about making the ‘right noise’, using breath and vibration to make connections between sounds, bodies and imagination. You’ll never think about inspiration in the same way again.
The early modernists Derek Dunne, Tom Harrison and Paul Salzman get together from their own places of social isolation to discuss plague and social isolation in Ben Jonson’s early seventeenth-century play, The Alchemist.
Following the cancellation of their 2020 production of Ben Jonson’s The Silent Woman due to COVID-19, Edward’s Boys perform extracts from the play and reflect on their experiences of rehearsing and (almost) performing it.
Scripted and presented by Harry McCarthy
Recorded by Eddie
Edited by Peter Knowles
Edward’s Boys: Callum; Enrique; Ewan; Felix; Jamie M; Joe M; Johan; Myles; Nilay; Rhys; Ricky; Ritvick; Seb; Tom H; Tom L; Will; Yiannis.
Directed and produced by Perry Mills
Music Credits: “Shanty Shanty”, “Without Name”, “Synthwave”, “Elipsis” and “Exess-1” by Electronic Senses, licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.