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STILL DREAMING: SHAKESPEARE WITH SENIORS (SHAKESPEARE UNLIMITED) ·

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(via Pam Green)

In 2011, Ben Steinfeld and Noah Brody, co-directors of New York’s Fiasco Theater, were invited to an assisted living facility and nursing home just outside New York City to work with its residents on a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Because it was the Lillian Booth Actors Home—a facility filled with retired singers, actors, dancers and musicians—Ben and Noah expected to work with a group of seasoned Broadway professionals. While there were some, the cast they finally assembled was largely anything but. Ben and Noah were invited on this adventure by filmmakers Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson, who turned the process into a documentary called Still Dreaming. We talk about the experience with Ben Steinfeld and Hank Rogerson.

Hank Rogerson is a filmmaker who, with Jilann Spitzmiller, produced Still Dreaming. Ben Steinfeld is co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater. He co-directed, with Noah Brody, the Lillian Booth Actors Home’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hank and Ben are interviewed by Barbara Bogaev.

PATERSON JOSEPH: JULIUS CAESAR AND ME  (FOLGER, SHAKESPEARE UNLIMITED) ·

(from the Folger Shakespeare Library; via Pam Green.)


 Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 98

In 2012 the Royal Shakespeare Company staged the first-ever, high-profile, all-black British Shakespeare production, Julius Caesar, set in Africa. The actor who played Brutus, Paterson Joseph, recently wrote a book about the experience called Julius Caesar and Me: Exploring Shakespeare’s African Play.

Paterson Joseph in Julius Caesar. Photo by Kwame Lestrade © RSC

On this podcast episode, he also talks about his early work, his thoughts about race in the British theater, about the proper way to play Brutus, and much more. Paterson Joseph is interviewed by Barbara Bogaev.

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IBSEN: ‘THE WILD DUCK’ TRANSLATED AND ADAPTED BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON ·

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David Threlfall, Samuel West and James Fox star in Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece – as strong on comedy as profound, tragic drama. A family creates an imaginary forest in their loft room for a wounded wild duck.But will someone come to shatter their dreams?

Translated and adapted by Christopher Hampton

Hjalmar ….. David Threlfall
Gregers ….. Samuel West
Werle ….. James Fox
Gina ….. Lise-Ann McLaughlin
Hedvig ….. Lauren Cornelius
Ekdal ….. Clive Hayward
Relling ….. Michael Bertenshaw
Mrs Sørby ….. Georgie Glen

Solo flute played by Martin Feinstein

Director: Peter Kavanagh.

‘SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM’: LISTEN TO BBC RADIO 3 IN CONCERT ·

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM: LISTEN TO RADIO 3 IN CONCERT

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Keith Lockhart conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra and a host of music theatre stars in the European premiere of a brand new review of the work of Stephen Sondheim, featuring some of his best-known songs such as ‘Send in the Clowns’ and ‘Losing my Mind’, from some of his greatest shows including Company, Follies, Gypsy and A Little Night Music. The concert includes specially recorded introductions to some of the songs by Stephen Sondheim himself.

Singers: Liz Callaway, Claire Moore, Julian Ovenden; Rebecca Trehearn, Tyrone Huntley, Damian Humbley

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart
Director: Bill Deamer.

Photo: BBC Radio 3

INGMAR BERGMAN: ‘WILD STRAWBERRIES’ (LANDMARK, BBC RADIO 3) ·

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Matthew Sweet discusses Ingmar Bergman‘s Wild Strawberries with the writer Colm Toibin, the film critic Larushka Ivan-Zadeh and the Swedish Cultural Attaché Ellen Wettmark.

Released in 1957 and inspired by Bergman’s own memories of childhood holidays in a summerhouse in the north of Sweden, Wild Strawberries tells the story of elderly professor Isak Borg, who travels from his home in Stockholm to receive an honorary doctorate. On the way, he’s visited by childhood memories. The film stars veteran actor and director Victor Sjostrom, Bibi Andersson and Ingrid Thulin.

With additional contributions from the film historian Kevin Brownlow and Jan Holmberg from the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, which administers Bergman’s archives.

The BFI in London is running a season of Ingmar Bergman films until March 1st 2018 as part of the global celebrations of the centenary of world-renowned Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918 – 2007).

A Matter of Life and Death: the Films of Ingmar Bergman has been republished with a new introduction by Geoff Andrew of the BFI.

Wild Strawberries is being screened on 26 Feb, Newlyn Filmhouse; 8 March, Borderlines Film Festival; 11 March, Chapter Arts Centre.

This programme was originally recorded in December 2015.

Producer: Laura Thomas

(Main image: Ingmar Bergman. Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images.).

JOHN FORD: ‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE’ (LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 4–LINK BELOW) ·

 

 

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Compassionate and disturbing, John Ford’s great story of doomed love between a brother and sister in this new, visceral production for radio, intercut with the music of Jimi Hendrix and Nick Cave.

Annabella ….. Jessie Buckley,
Giovanni ….. Damien Molony
Signor Florio ….. Niall Buggy, 
Putana ….. Fenella Woolgar, 
Friar Bonaventura ….. Oliver Cotton. 
Lord Soranzo ….. Matthew Pidgeon, 
Vasques …… Enzo Cilenti, 
Hippolita ….. Indira Varma.
Grimaldi ….. Gary Duncan, 
Cardinal ….. Neil McCaul, 
Officer ….. Adam Fitzgerald 
Dorando ….. Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong.
The original song – In Deep – composed by Jules Maxwell, and sung by Jessie Buckley, Indira Varma, and Abby Andrews
Introduction by Professor Emma Smith from Hertford College, Oxford.

Adapted and directed by Pauline Harris.

Further info:-

Jessie Buckley stars in her first radio appearance as Annabella. Credits include War and Peace for BBC One, The Last Post – BBC One and Taboo.
She played Anne Egermann in the West End revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Buckley played the part of Emily Strong in Rosamunde Pilcher’s four-part TV adaptation of her book Shades of Love. 
She appeared opposite Jude Law in Michael Grandage’s West End production of Henry V at the Noël Coward Theatre, and played Perdita in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s production of The Winter’s Tale.

 

RESURRECTING MAYAKOVSKY (BBC RADIO 3—LINK BELOW) ·

Listen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09fmkh5

Vladimir Mayakovsky was THE poet of the Russian Revolution.

A revolutionary in his personal life as well as in his art, Mayakovsky sought to overthrow traditional practices and became the spokesperson for a radical new society. But the tensions and demands of speaking on behalf of the state would take its toll. In 1930 a nation went into mourning when Mayakovsky took a pistol and shot himself through the heart.

Ian Sansom has been reading Mayakovsky since he was a teenager, inspired by Mayakovsky’s uncompromising example as a total artist, prepared to sacrifice everything for his vision.

Ian travels to Mayakovsky’s birthplace in Georgia and speaks to poets, translators and academics who are seeking to keep Mayakovsky’s legacy alive. With rare archive recordings of Mayakovsky reading his own work, a Russian Futurist soundtrack from the period and on-location recordings from Moscow, Georgia and London, Ian attempts to resurrect the spirit of Mayakovsky.

Producer: Conor Garrett.

 

BARRY EDELSTEIN: THINKING SHAKESPEARE ·

(from the Folger Shakespeare Library; via Pam Green.)

Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 82

How do actors breathe life into Shakespeare’s texts? How do they take language that’s centuries old and make it sound so real and immediate?

Barry Edelstein, the Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director at The Old Globe in San Diego, is one of the nation’s most experienced Shakespeare directors. Twice a year, The Old Globe holds an event called Thinking Shakespeare Live! – a master class where you get to watch actors act and Edelstein direct – in essence, pulling back the curtain on the rehearsal room.

In this podcast episode, Edelstein works with Barbara Bogaev to go through a very abbreviated version of Thinking Shakespeare Live!

(Read more)

https://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited/thinking-shakespeare-barry-edelstein

Photo: La Times

AMANDA WHITTINGTON: ‘THE THRILL OF LOVE’ WITH MAXINE PEAKE (LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 4—LINK BELOW) ·

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Listen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b081jn4t

Maxine Peake plays Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

Starring alongside a cast that includes Siobhan Finneran and Joe Armstrong, Amanda Whittington’s hit stage transfer imagines the role played by the women close to Ruth during the months between Ruth’s murder of her lover David Blakely and her subsequent death by hanging.

Framed with interviews and laced with the music of Billie Holiday, this is an intimate, evocative and thought provoking drama directed by Kate Chapman.

Writer Amanda Whittington 
Director Kate Chapman
Producer Justine Potter
Executive Producer Melanie Harris
Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Music by Billie Holiday

A Savvy production for BBC Radio 4.

Credits

Role Contributor
Ruth Ellis Maxine Peake
Sylvia Siobhan Finneran
Jack Gale Joe Armstrong
Vickie Martin Phoebe Dynevor
Doris Judd Victoria Brazier
Home Secretary Gwilym Lloyd George Alan Williams
Writer Amanda Whittington
Director Kate Chapman
Producer Justine Potter

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