Thursday, 21 January 2010
Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen's Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT | map THIS EVENT HAS TAKEN PLACE
Presented by Gregory Doran
In fact, since the 'Wickham' had been delivered extempore, we were never going to get an actual repeat. Doran, who has already directed half the Shakespeare canon, as well as modern plays and a season of rare Jacobean plays (Olivier Award winners in 2003), did cover some of the same ground, in a fresh and engaging way.
His introduction looked at the way that Peter Quince handles his company in A Midsummer Night's Dream as an example of the manner in which any director has to work, from chosing and casting the play, thought cuts and handling actors, to thinking about publicity. Going on to consider his own approaches, Doran drew examples from a number of different productions, but especially from his production of Hamlet, with David Tennant in the title role. Amongst other issues, he dealt with some of the ideas developed in adapting the stage production for its television presentation, before inviting questions from the audience.
Gregory Doran was a lively and engaging speaker, who kept his audience wrapt beyond the point when many lecturers would be running out of steam. To our delight, the question and answer session continued well past the usual end-time.
It is hoped that a more complete report will be available on this website soon.
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