Ep. 7 Pt. 2: Greg Doran's Hamlet starring David Tennant
21st Folio Podcast
This is the second half of our discussion about Greg Doran's film adaptation of his RSC Hamlet production starring David Tennant. For detailed show notes, visit: http://www.seventh-row.com/2016/05/06/ep-7-hamlet-david-tennant/Follow us on Twitter @21stFolio. Find us online at http://seventh-row.comHost: Alex Heeney (@bwestcineaste)Guests: Noemi Berkowitz (@noemiola), Caitlin Merriman (@CaitlinSnark), Mary Angela Rowe (@lapsedvictorian), Craig Ruttan (@crut)Sound recordist and editor: Cam White (@JediDusk)00:00–0:50 Intro0:50–7:50 Ophelia’s madness - why does she always have to be naked when she’s crazy7:51–14:24 Keeping up appearances, how everyone is performing for everyone else in this world, and the surveillance state14:24–30:59 A controlled, diplomatic Polonius, the great Patrick Stewart, and David Tennant's performance31:00–39:35 The problems with Horatio, the need for a dispassionate observer, and the role of the camera39:35–55:50 How does this "hybrid" film/play production work as a means of capturing theatre?55:50–1:05:02 The humour in the production and the Hamlet/Polonius relationship1:05:02–1:07:52 Sign-offs, the Yorick skull story, and outro
Ep. 7 Pt. 1: Greg Doran's Hamlet starring David Tennant
21st Folio Podcast
In this episode, we discuss Greg Doran's film version of his RSC production of Hamlet starring David Tennant. The production is currently available to stream on PBS.org in the US.For detailed show notes, visit http://www.seventh-row.com/2016/05/06/ep-7-hamlet-david-tennant/00:00–1:58 Intro1:58–7:00 Initial thoughts on the production7:00–11:23 Claudius in Act IV & Act V and the worldbuilding in the production11:23–21:04 Translating the play into a hybrid film of the play (the sets, the cameras within the production, breaking the fourth wall)21:04–31:05 Incest-y things: Laertes-Opehla and Hamlet-Gertrude31:06–36:33 The Laertes-Ophelia-Polonius family unit36:35–42:40 Denmark is a Prison? + Rearranging Act 2 & 3 (and the “To be or not to be” speech)42:40–49:40 Excising (almost all of) Fortinbras and cuts to Horatio’s scenes49:40:–1:00:06 Women in the production1:00:06–1:00:50 OutroHost: Alex Heeney (@bwestcineaste)Guests: Noemi Berkowitz (@noemiola), Caitlin Merriman (@CaitlinSnark), Mary Angela Rowe (@lapsedvictorian), Craig Ruttan (@crut)Sound recordist and editor: Cam White (@JediDusk)Follow us on Twitter @21stFolio. Find us online at http://seventh-row.com/21st-folio
Greg Doran is one of those lucky people who seem to have found his perfect place in life. From the age of 13, when his mother first took him to the theatre in Stratford, Shakespeare's been his passion; as a boy he dedicated himself to seeing every single Shakespeare play - sometimes managing to watch three Macbeths in a day.So - what better job than Artistic Director of our great national Shakespeare company, a role he took on 18 months ago. His production of Richard II with David Tennant in the lead opens on 10 October, and he's directing Henry IV next year with his partner Anthony Sher playing Falstaff.Doran doesn't come from a theatrical background - his father ran a nuclear power station. But his passion for music began early, thanks to a concert in the local village hall in Lancashire. A friend of his mother's, Mrs Sidebottom, got up on stage and sang 'Blow the Wind Southerly'. And young Greg was hooked. That haunting folk song begins his choice of music - sung in this case by Kathleen Ferrier. Other choices include Duke Ellington, a song by Cervantes, and a Vivaldi Concerto which changed Doran's life when he heard it in Paris. It was a low point - a love affair had ended, his ambition to be an actor was foundering. And the music spoke to him, and gave him a new direction.In Private Passions, he talks to Michael Berkeley about his passion for Shakespeare, and about his relationship with Antony Sher. Its foundations are a shared life in theatre, but also a love of food: when Anthony's depressed, Greg cooks for him the comfort food he ate as a child in South Africa. He's even learned how to make a special lamb stew - and he gives us the recipe: "I believe there is a Jewish saying that food is love. For me, tomato bredie is an expression of love."First broadcast in October 2013.
Libby Purves meets Dick Robinson, the Royal Shakespeare Company's new artistic director Greg Doran; broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald and Lord and Lady Fitzalan Howard.Dick Robinson is the great nephew of Sister Edith Appleton who was a nurse in France during the First World War. Sister Edith recorded her experiences in her diaries - contrasting the horrors of her job with her love of the natural world. The diaries provide a record of the terrible effects of gas attacks and shell shock as well as a personal insight into nursing care during that period. War Diaries - a Nurse at the Front, The First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton is published by the Imperial War Museum with Simon and Schuster.Greg Doran has recently been appointed artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, taking up his new role in September. He joined the company as an actor in 1987 before switching to directing. He is currently rehearsing Julius Caesar, set in modern day Africa, as part of the World Shakespeare Festival. His production of David Edgar's new play Written on the Heart is about to open at the Duchess Theatre in London.Sir Trevor McDonald OBE broadcaster, presenter and former ITV newsreader is presenting a new three part series for ITV, 'The Mighty Mississippi' which discovers how the river has played a central role in American history. He travels 2500 miles up the Mississippi to explore its place as the backdrop to some of the most painful chapters of life in America's Deep South. Lord and Lady Fitzalan Howard live at Carlton Towers, near Selby in Yorkshire. They feature in a new Sky Atlantic TV series The Guest Wing in which four stately home owners show how they have kept their properties running by opening their doors to weddings, corporate events and even dog shows.Producer: Paula McGinley.
With Mark Lawson.Greg Doran discusses his appointment as the next Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which was announced today, and reflects on his priorities in his new role. Award-winning documentary maker Molly Dineen reviews Werner Herzog's new television series based on interviews with inmates on Death Row in the United States.The renowned Complicite theatre company's new production is a staging of The Master And Margarita, based on Bulgakov's novel. Sarah Churchwell gives her first-night verdict. Singer and bass player Esperanza Spalding reflects on her unexpected success at last year's Grammy Awards, and discusses her approach to song-writing. Producer Stephen Hughes.