fri 15/11/2019

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

'I’m having too much fun writing novels': author Nicolas Searle on The Good Liar

Joseph Walsh

"Surreal" is how the man calling himself Nicholas Searle describes the last five years of his life. He began working on his debut novel The Good Liar in 2014 at the age of 57, having recently retired from the Civil Service. The nature of his former employment remains undisclosed.

theartsdesk Q&A: Shakespears Sister

Russ Coffey

When goth-pop duo Shakespears Sister split in 1993, the music press dubbed it the break-up of the decade. Partly it was because at the time they were one of the biggest, and coolest, bands around (their single "Stay" managed a record eight weeks at number one).

10 Questions for musician Craig Finn

Lisa-Marie Ferla

As frontman and lyricist of US rockers The Hold Steady, Craig Finn specialises in vivid storytelling featuring larger than life characters. It’s a...

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David Nice

There's something about the very opening of a Mahler symphony which gives you an idea of how the rest of the performance will go. In the case of the...

'A laboratory for everything': Jasper...

Jasper Parrott

Fiftieth anniversary? It seems incredible but also so exhilarating not least because these times we live in now seem to me to be a golden age for...

10 Questions for conductor Charles Hazlewood

Thomas H Green

The man with the baton talks books, Brexit, minimalism, techno and time machines

10 Questions for author Martin Gayford

Marina Vaizey

The prolific writer on his love of art and jazz, and what makes a good writer

theartsdesk Q&A: composer Alastair White on his new opera ROBE

Miranda Heggie

Emerging Scottish talent describes creating layers of reality in his latest work

theartsdesk Q&A: Lia Williams on the challenges of theatre

Heather Neill

As 'The Night of the Iguana' opens, the actor renowned for playing dual roles talks Tennessee Williams, Pinter - and Wallis Simpson

Bob Dylan Special - theartsdesk Q&A: Scarlet Rivera

Tim Cumming

The violinist on 'Desire' and 'Rolling Thunder Revue' talks about working with Dylan at his peak

'I wrote a letter to Björk in Icelandic and it did the trick': Helgi Tomasson on an intervention that saved a ballet

Jenny Gilbert

The artistic director of San Francisco Ballet heralds its all-new season at Sadler's Wells

Chamber Music, Brighton Festival 2019 review - Wu-Tang Clan depths divined

Nick Hasted

The social and musical roots of the Wu-Tang Clan's debut discussed

10 Questions for Cellist Raphael Wallfisch

Gavin Dixon

On composers in exile, the forgotten beauty of English cello concertos, and why you shouldn’t mess with Beethoven

10 Questions for Director Benedikt Erlingsson

Nick Hasted

Woman at War's Icelandic director on eco-activism, being chained to a whaling ship and a peculiar Cold War childhood

10 Questions for Musician Will Gregory

Thomas H Green

The Goldfrapp mainstay talks physics, Moogs, Morricone and his work with the British Paraorchestra

10 Questions for Musician Soumik Datta

Mark Sheerin

The British-Indian sarod player talks jazz, colonialism, film and more

theartsdesk Q&A: playwright William Nicholson

Heather Neill

The 'Shadowlands' author talks about CS Lewis, love, pain and being a writer

10 Questions for actress and playwright Nicôle Lecky

Thomas H Green

The rising star of stage and screen talks grime, feminism, sex work, Nicki Minaj and SENSE8

theartsdesk Q&A: Bananarama

Thomas H Green

The indestructible girl group on singing, clubbing, post-punk, Lemmy, George Michael and much more

Director Jason Barker: ‘Trans lives are often portrayed so bleakly’

Owen Richards

A Deal with the Universe filmmaker shares the story behind his pregnancy

Interview with director Agnès Varda, who has died at 90

Demetrios Matheou

The French/Belgian filmmaking legend talked with Demetrios Matheou about her career

10 Questions for Brighton Festival CEO Andrew Comben

Thomas H Green

Helmsman talks art forgery, politics and the highlights of this year's programme

Q&A special: The making of Local Hero

Jasper Rees

As it becomes a stage musical, the film's writer-director and stars recall the birth of a masterpiece

An encounter with John Richardson, Picasso's biographer who has died at 95

Jasper Rees

Picasso's definitive biographer recalls the artist he knew

10 Questions for Candice Edmunds of Theatre Company Vox Motus

Thomas H Green

The Glasgow-based artistic director talks theatre with a difference

Director Toby Macdonald: 'Comedy is something people need at the moment'

Owen Richards

Old Boys director talks about adapting Cyrano de Bergerac into a boarding school

Q&A Special: Actor Bruno Ganz on playing Hitler

Jasper Rees

The Swiss actor, who has died aged 77, was the first to play the Führer in a lead role in German

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician, writer and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti

Guy Oddy

The “Wrecker of Civilisation” on artistic independence, magick and motherhood

theartsdesk Q&A: Robert MacFarlane's Spell Songs

Tim Cumming

The nature writer discusses a stage version of The Lost Words, featuring musicians including Julie Fowlis and Seckou Keita

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