fri 22/05/2015

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Actress Pippa Bennett-Warner

Marianka Swain

At just 26, Pippa Bennett-Warner has already achieved many actors’ goals, from treading the boards at the National and having a part written specially for her to sharing scenes with luminaries like Derek Jacobi and Eddie Redmayne. She debuted aged 11 as one of the young Nalas in The Lion King, but since graduating from RADA, she has focussed on “straight acting”. Her projects are nevertheless diverse, from classical (Grandage’s King Lear and Richard II) and contemporary (The Witness at the...

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Thea Gilmore

Lisa-Marie Ferla

It takes a particular combination of talent, guts, perseverance and sheer bloody-mindedness for an artist to take the creative decisions that Thea Gilmore has across her approaching 20-year career and get away with it – thankfully, all qualities that the Oxford-born songwriter has in spades. Since the release of her debut album, Burning Dorothy, when she was still a teenager, Gilmore has won admirers ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Joan Baez, re-recorded an entire Bob Dylan album, pioneered...

theartsdesk Q&A: Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin

David Nice

Whatever the recording industry may try to tell you, there is rarely any such thing as a single “best” among today’s pianists. We’ve had Benjamin...

theartsdesk Q&A: Spooks, the movie

Adam Sweeting

During its 10-season run on BBC One between May 2002 and October 2011, Spooks built a lasting reputation as a superior espionage thriller,...

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Peter Perrett

Thomas H Green

Peter Perrett (b. 1952) is best known as the singer and songwriter of The Only Ones, a group who originally flared to brilliant life between 1976 and...

10 Questions for Human Rights Campaigner Shami Chakrabarti

Thomas H Green

The leading civil rights advocate talks Brighton, Billy Bragg, the war on drugs and more

10 Questions for Musician Ron Sexsmith

Russ Coffey

Canadian songwriter talks yoga, dogs, hipsters and much more besides

Percy Sledge: 'When a man loves a woman he can't even think right'

Jasper Rees

The great soulman, who has died, on the creation of his classic ballad

10 Questions for Mezzo-Soprano Alice Coote

Thomas H Green

The singer speaks about opera, loneliness, time machines and her special Brighton Festival event

theartsdesk Q&A: Günter Grass

Kate Connolly

An unplanned encounter with the great German writer, who died on Monday

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Stephen Mear

Marianka Swain

The theatrical dance dynamo talks striptease, triple threats and the power of escapism

10 Questions for Composer Unsuk Chin

Gavin Dixon

Introducing her latest work, inspired by dance, but also by tales of sinister obsessions with artificial life

10 Questions for Artist Marcus Coates

Thomas H Green

Eccentric visionary talks birds, shamanism, intoxicated animals and the Brighton Festival

10 Questions for Playwright Richard Nelson

Thomas H Green

Ahead of the UK premiere of his Apple Family plays at the Brighton Festival, the award-winning playwright talks theatre, cinema and television

'The Pain Swallowed Her Up' – Rebecca Ferguson Sings Billie Holiday

Matthew Wright

X Factor soul-pop star on her new album to celebrate the jazz singer's centenary

'Most of the time I play complete losers'

Jasper Rees

From the archive, an encounter with Hugh Bonneville as one of his finest roles at last appears on DVD

10 Questions for Composer Dobrinka Tabakova

Sebastian Scotney

The Grammy-nominated Bulgarian-British composer talks about her music

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Mark Stewart

Thomas H Green

The Bristolian songwriter talks suedeheads, semiotics, Roxy Music, William Blake, the return of the Pop Group and much more

10 Questions for Filmmaker Desiree Akhavan

Demetrios Matheou

New York's latest multi-hyphenate on making sense of her place in the world

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress MyAnna Buring

Adam Sweeting

The Swedish-born doctor's daughter on her rapid rise from 'Kill List' and 'Twilight' to 'Downton', 'Ripper Street' and Jimmy McGovern's 'Banished'

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain

Thomas H Green

On riots, drugs, drunkenness... and jazz

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Sakari Oramo

David Nice

A Finn firing up the London concert scene talks Nielsen, Sibelius and concert halls

10 Questions for Rumer 2015

Thomas H Green

The singer-songwriter opens up about her new album and her punk rock side

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress Liz Fraser

Graham Fuller

She put the come-hither in Brit comedies, but has done her finest work in dramas

10 Questions for Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor

Jessica Duchen

The young British pianist talks about rare repertoire and his suspicion of major competitions

theartsdesk Q&A: Novelist Hilary Mantel

Jasper Rees

A BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall is only the latest triumph for the double Booker winner. But what is the novelist's story?

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Ayub Khan Din

Jasper Rees

The author of 'East Is East' on bringing his tyrannical father back to life onstage

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Nina Raine

Jasper Rees

As a hit play about the NHS returns, the author-director explains its creation

Miloš Karadaglić, 'the guitar player of the people'

Adam Sweeting

How the man from Montenegro put the classical guitar in the spotlight

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