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.
Nora J. Williams (Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama, University of Essex) chats to Emma Whipday about her practice as research project ‘Measure (Still) for Measure’, which allows participants to talk back to Shakespeare, and what it means to perform early modern plays today.
The O.J.M.O. tells us about wrestling, especially acrobatics, grappling and selling. We hear about what it’s like to be in the ring, and the way in which audiences, promotions and the match’s contexts change the ways wrestlers perform.
Perry Mills discusses Edward’s Boys, a school theatre company specialising in non-Shakespearean early modern drama. He tells us about the company’s rehearsal process, production choices and what it means to work with such unusual and often surprisingly violent and sexual plays.