fri 19/04/2019

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

theartsdesk Q&A: Bananarama

Thomas H Green

Bananarama are one of the most successful girl groups of all time. Consisting of Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward, the band’s third original member Siobhan Fahey left in 1988 to form Shakespears Sister. The trio reunited in 2017 for a tour but new album, In Stereo, sees them back as the long-standing duo. The pair have been friends since their school days.

Director Jason Barker: ‘Trans lives are often portrayed so bleakly’

Owen Richards

When Jason and Tracey were trying for a baby, the worst happened. Tracey was diagnosed with breast cancer, and although she eventually recovered, was unable to carry a child. For Jason, the answer was clear - as a trans man, he would become pregnant instead.

Interview with director Agnès Varda, who has died...

Demetrios Matheou

I met Agnès Varda, who died today aged 90, just once, for the interview that’s reproduced below. It was in Paris in January 2018, shortly before the...

10 Questions for Brighton Festival CEO Andrew...

Thomas H Green

The Brighton Festival begins in May. Since 2014 theartsdesk has had a media partnership with this lively, multi-faceted event which takes place over...

Q&A special: The making of Local Hero

Jasper Rees

Local Hero, released in 1983, has been adapted into a musical, with a book by playwright David Greig and more songs from the soundtrack's original...

An encounter with John Richardson, Picasso's biographer who has died at 95

Jasper Rees

Picasso's definitive biographer recalls the artist he knew

10 Questions for Candice Edmunds of Theatre Company Vox Motus

Thomas H Green

The Glasgow-based artistic director talks theatre with a difference

Director Toby Macdonald: 'Comedy is something people need at the moment'

Owen Richards

Old Boys director talks about adapting Cyrano de Bergerac into a boarding school

Q&A Special: Actor Bruno Ganz on playing Hitler

Jasper Rees

The Swiss actor, who has died aged 77, was the first to play the Führer in a lead role in German

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician, writer and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti

Guy Oddy

The “Wrecker of Civilisation” on artistic independence, magick and motherhood

theartsdesk Q&A: Robert MacFarlane's Spell Songs

Tim Cumming

The nature writer discusses a stage version of The Lost Words, featuring musicians including Julie Fowlis and Seckou Keita

theartsdesk Q&A: Matthew Heineman on directing 'A Private War'

Adam Sweeting

Getting inside the mind of Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer Michel Legrand

Jasper Rees

He worked with everyone: the veteran composer tells his life story

Screenwriter Adam Price on 'Ride Upon the Storm' - 'If we discuss faith, we will possibly not kill each other'

Adam Sweeting

Lars Mikkelsen stars in new Channel 4 drama Ride Upon the Storm about a flawed priest battling his many demons

'I'll show the lot of you!' Richard E Grant's Oscar nomination

Jasper Rees

The Withnail star celebrates his Academy Award nod for 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Director Alexandria Bombach: 'I feel like a completely different person'

Owen Richards

Director of On Her Shoulders on filming Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad

theartsdesk Q&A: Hedvig Mollestad, Norway's bridge between heavy metal and jazz

Kieron Tyler

The genre-busting guitarist talks about new album 'Smells Funny', a rotting eyeball and more

theartsdesk Q&A: concert pianist Lucy Parham

Sebastian Scotney

Sixth Composer Portrait marks the Clara Schumann bicentenary

Tim Wardle: 'A documentary director has huge power over the interview subject'

Owen Richards

Director of Three Identical Strangers on the most successful UK-made documentary in American box office history

Laurent Cantet: 'Young people have different preoccupations nowadays' – interview

Demetrios Matheou

The award-winning director discusses his new film, The Workshop, in which some newbie writers get in a tizz over the fine line between fact and fiction

Robert Hastie: 'a seam of love runs through the play' - interview

Heather Neill

The director talks about Macbeth in the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, cross-gender casting and the director's role

theartsdesk Q&A: Theatre Producer Elyse Dodgson

James Woodall

Remembering the unsung heroine of new theatre in translation, who has died aged 73

Erik Poppe and Andrea Berntzen: 'When white young men do stuff like this, we just shake our heads'

Owen Richards

Director and lead actor of Utoya: July 22 on working with survivors to recreate the Norwegian terror attack

Matthew Holness: 'I wanted to make a modern silent horror film'

Owen Richards

Footlights alumnus leaves comedy behind in disturbing debut feature Possum

theartsdesk Q&A: guitarist Sean Shibe

David Nice

A wise head on young shoulders questions the nature of expression and programming

theartsdesk Q&A: Soft Cell

Thomas H Green

Prior to their O2 show the Eighties synth-pop icons talk new music, old music, 'Top of the Pops', 'Sex Dwarf', drugs, and Dennis Waterman

theartsdesk Q&A: Chas and Dave

Jasper Rees

A memorial interview with the lovable rockney duo following the death of Chas Hodges

'It’s more fun to dance in a tutu': Tory Dobrin of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Jenny Gilbert

The artistic director of the Trocks explains how he keeps his ballet parodists on their toes

Ryuichi Sakamoto: 'Ideally I'm recording all the time, 24 hours a day' - interview

Joe Muggs

From Xenakis to Oneohtrix Point Never via Bowie and Bootsy, Sakamoto recalls an extraordinary life in music

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