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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

DVD: Around the World with Orson Welles

Graham Rickson

Orson Welles was commissioned by ITV in 1955 to make a 26-part series of travelogues. Always in search of money to fund his independent projects, he was initially enthused by the plan - though predictably he didn’t see it through. Only six episodes were broadcast – none of which stray out of Welles’ favourite European destinations.They’re full of artifice; sequences are repeated, and stock footage is used liberally. Welles is frequently seen posing with his handheld camera, though it’s...

10 Questions for Actor Jason Hughes

Jasper Rees

Jason Hughes belongs to an influential generation of actors who emerged from South Wales in the 1990s. A promising rugby player as a teenager, his head was turned by theatre. Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon were only a few years above him at school in Porthcawl. In the National Youth Theatre of Wales he met Michael Sheen. The name may be less familiar, but the face is known from two very different Joneses whom Hughes has created on television: Warren Jones, the young gay lawyer in This Life, and Ben...

theartsdesk Q&A: soul singer Joss Stone

Matthew Wright

Joss Stone is one of our most popular and successful soul singers, with a rich bronze voice and supple delivery that’s already earned her two Brit...

10 Questions for Eno Williams of Ibibio Sound...

Matthew Wright

Eno Williams is lead singer and composer of the band Ibibio Sound Machine, an eclectic fusion in which contemporary dance and synth are laid over...

10 Questions for Broadcaster Bettany Hughes

Jasper Rees

How do you live a good life? Is wealth a good thing? How do you create a just society? The United Kingdom's electorate recently pondered such...

theartsdesk Q&A: Actor Roger Rees

Jasper Rees

Remembering the star of Nicholas Nickleby and much else, who has died aged 71

Q&A Special: Pianist Lucas Debargue

Ismene Brown

First interview with 'self-taught' Lucas Debargue who captivated the Tchaikovsky piano competition

We Made It: Stage Technician Tom Robinson

Bella Todd

Peek behind the scenes with the set builder of the Young Vic's amazing mirrored box for Caryl Churchill's A Number

Sinatras on Sinatra: 'He was a lonely soul'

Jasper Rees

Ol' Blue Eyes is back at the Palladium. His daughters Nancy and Tina remember Frank

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Michael Longhurst

Jasper Rees

The stellar young theatremaker who is suddenly everywhere

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Richard Thompson

Russ Coffey

Folk-rock master on Kanye, songwriting, vagrants, cricket and much besides

Robert Glasper: 'When hip hop took over the world'

Matthew Wright

Genre-straddling pianist on his covers project, and how the hip hop home studio denudes music

We Made It: Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Marianka Swain

Gallery director Alice Workman on housing contemporary art in the threshing barn

10 Questions for Musician Kevin Martin (AKA The Bug)

Guy Oddy

The electronica titan talks collaboration, fatherhood and the Supersonic Festival

We Made It: Jonathan Thomas, Maker

Simon Munk

The designer maker on the future of furniture and working with Thomas Heatherwick

10 Questions for Musician Pokey LaFarge

Lydia Perrysmith

American roots music's freshest face talks dancing, touring and 'dreamlike melancholia'

10 Questions for Actress Pippa Bennett-Warner

Marianka Swain

The rising star talks comedy, corsets and colour-blind casting

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Thea Gilmore

Lisa-Marie Ferla

On looking forwards, not back; and why 'female singer/songwriter' is not a genre

theartsdesk Q&A: Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin

David Nice

Phenomenal Russian talks about thinking orchestrally, inspirations, partnerships and Scriabin

theartsdesk Q&A: Spooks, the movie

Adam Sweeting

How the popular MI5 drama finally made it to the big screen

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Peter Perrett

Thomas H Green

The Only Ones' elusive frontman tells all – a tale of love, sex, drugs and extraordinary music

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

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