mon 27/05/2019

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

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

Nick Hasted

Martial arts mayhem, Shaolin philosophy, a tribe of masked hip hop warriors emerging from the mist of Staten Island, a Funkadelic-Parliament collective sprawling through the music industry in the age of black mass incarceration: the Wu-Tang Clan were all these things, immediately.

10 Questions for Cellist Raphael Wallfisch

Gavin Dixon

Cellist Raphael Wallfisch thinks outside of the box. His concert repertoire spans the popular concerto choices – the Elgar, the Dvořák – but he doesn’t stop there, and makes a point of seeking out the lesser-known and the little-heard.

10 Questions for Director Benedikt Erlingsson

Nick Hasted

Benedikt Erlingsson (b.1969) was already an established theatre director and actor in Iceland when he directed his debut film, Of Horses And Men, an...

10 Questions for Musician Will Gregory

Thomas H Green

Will Gregory (b.1959) is best known as one half of the alt-pop duo Goldfrapp but has a long career in music that dips into many areas. Throughout the...

10 Questions for Musician Soumik Datta

Mark Sheerin

“I think we need to get rid of labels, certainly World Music,” insists Soumik Datta, who is both composer and musician, and has lived in the UK since...

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

theartsdesk Q&A: Matthew Heineman on directing 'A Private War'

Adam Sweeting

Getting inside the mind of Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer Michel Legrand

Jasper Rees

He worked with everyone: the veteran composer tells his life story

Screenwriter Adam Price on 'Ride Upon the Storm' - 'If we discuss faith, we will possibly not kill each other'

Adam Sweeting

Lars Mikkelsen stars in new Channel 4 drama Ride Upon the Storm about a flawed priest battling his many demons

'I'll show the lot of you!' Richard E Grant's Oscar nomination

Jasper Rees

The Withnail star celebrates his Academy Award nod for 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Director Alexandria Bombach: 'I feel like a completely different person'

Owen Richards

Director of On Her Shoulders on filming Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad

theartsdesk Q&A: Hedvig Mollestad, Norway's bridge between heavy metal and jazz

Kieron Tyler

The genre-busting guitarist talks about new album 'Smells Funny', a rotting eyeball and more

theartsdesk Q&A: concert pianist Lucy Parham

Sebastian Scotney

Sixth Composer Portrait marks the Clara Schumann bicentenary

Tim Wardle: 'A documentary director has huge power over the interview subject'

Owen Richards

Director of Three Identical Strangers on the most successful UK-made documentary in American box office history

Laurent Cantet: 'Young people have different preoccupations nowadays' – interview

Demetrios Matheou

The award-winning director discusses his new film, The Workshop, in which some newbie writers get in a tizz over the fine line between fact and fiction

Robert Hastie: 'a seam of love runs through the play' - interview

Heather Neill

The director talks about Macbeth in the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, cross-gender casting and the director's role

theartsdesk Q&A: Theatre Producer Elyse Dodgson

James Woodall

Remembering the unsung heroine of new theatre in translation, who has died aged 73

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