fri 24/03/2017

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Poet Tommy Sissons

Thomas H Green

Tommy Sissons is a 21-year-old poet, originally from Brighton, now based in London. He has won a number of poetry slam championships, and has performed across the UK at venues ranging from the Boomtown Festival to the Royal Albert Hall. His debut collection Goodnight Son was published last year. Sissons has taught classes and workshops as far afield as Germany and as close to home as the Victoria & Albert Museum.

10 Questions for Director Olivier Assayas

Nick Hasted

Olivier Assayas was born into French cinema, as the son of screenwriter Jacques Remy, but his three acclaimed decades as a director have followed a mazy course.

10 Questions for Conductor Paavo Järvi

David Nice

Now at the very top of his game and master of sundry great orchestras around the world, Paavo Järvi is the conductor students of the art like to...

10 Questions for Director Ellen McDougall

Heather Neill

In a few days' time, Ellen McDougall will become artistic director of the dynamic little Gate Theatre in Notting Hill where she is already an...

10 Questions for Director Gurinder Chadha

Jasper Rees

Gurinder Chadha is still best-known for directing a low-budget comedy set in Hounslow about two girls who just want to play football. Bend It Like...

10 Questions for TV Producers Stan Lee and Gill Champion

Ralph Moore

The Marvel Comics legend and his production partner talk 'Lucky Man', London and longevity

10 Questions for Musician Kevin Rowland

Thomas H Green

The Dexys main man talks songs, books, and much else - but not the 1980s

10 Questions for Actor Conleth Hill

Jasper Rees

He's George to Imelda's Martha, Varys in 'Game of Thrones', and an acting genius

Andrew Marr: 'I don’t want to look like I'm in pain'

Saskia Baron

Filmmaker Liz Allen explains how she persuaded a wary political journalist to let down his guard

10 Minutes with Director Paolo Sorrentino

Nick Hasted

A rapid visit with the Youth and The Young Pope maestro in Rome

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress Emily Watson

Jasper Rees

From 'Breaking the Waves' to 'Apple Tree Yard', the actress discusses her remarkable career

10 Questions for Actress Phoebe Fox

Jasper Rees

Cumberbatch's queen, Mark Strong's guilty secret, and now she's pocket Olivia to Tamsin Greig's Malvolia

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Jakub Hrůša

David Nice

Heir to the Czech tradition discusses his Bamberg orchestra's links to the homeland

10 Questions for Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight

Jasper Rees

'Moonlight' is second only to 'La La Land' among this year's Oscars nominations. Meet its maker

Interview: Marius de Vries, musical director of La La Land

Jasper Rees

Everything you need to know about the creation of the music for an instant classic

When Snowdon starred in Peter Sellers' home movie

Jasper Rees

Remembering an awkward encounter with the royal photographer to talk about Sellers. Then Goldie Hawn turned up

Interview: Claire Foy, Netflix queen

Jasper Rees

Celebrating the great British actress who rules the waves (and the Golden Globes)

10 Questions for Hull 2017's Martin Green

David Kettle

Interview with the 2017 UK City of Culture director about curating a 365-day project

Richard Adams: 'If I'd known how well I could write I’d have started earlier'

Jasper Rees

The author of 'Watership Down', who has died, explains the book's deep roots in his childhood

10 Questions for Director Christopher Luscombe

Jasper Rees

The master of ceremonies who is bringing his double bill of Shakespearean comedy to the West End

10 Questions for Playwright James Graham

Jasper Rees

The author of This House on the arcane world of Parliamentary whips

theartsdesk Q&A: Pianist Idil Biret at 75

David Nice

A great artist's life, from lessons with legends to playing marathons from memory today

Mobydick: North Africa's outrageous rapper

Peter Culshaw

North Africa's dissenting rapper talks about opposing ISIS, women's rights and manga

'It’s a much more freeing experience than Harry Potter'

Jasper Rees

David Yates, director of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', on moving on from Hogwarts

10 Questions for Actor David Troughton

Heather Neill

The RSC stalwart, Gloucester in Gregory Doran's production of King Lear, talks politics, blinding and cricket

theartsdesk Q&A: Mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter

David Nice

Most elegant and eclectic of singers on new operas and fresh collaborations

theartsdesk Q&A: Actor Robert Vaughn

Adam Sweeting

An encounter with the former Napoleon Solo, who has died aged 83

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Marc Almond

Thomas H Green

In an epic interview, the veteran singer talks Soft Cell, parrots, rehab, blues rock, and much, much more

10 Questions for Director Lucy Bailey

James Woodall

Is Milton's rarity Comus such a far cry from her shocking Globe hit Titus Andronicus?

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