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Off Book - a podcast by the Young Vic
30 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Changing Destiny: How Kwame Kwei-Armah and Ben Okri tell a 4000 year old tale
The Young Vic podcast investigates the power of a 4000-year-old story about exile and home: how the tale of Sinuhe inspired Ben Okri to write Changing Destiny. And Kwame Kwei-Armah speaks to Egyptologist Allison Hedges about mummies, myths and the origins of theatre.
44 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
Nadia Latif on the importance of the bookshelf, first steps in Theatre and developing Fairview
Director of stage and film Nadia Latif chats to Off Book presenter Dan de la Motte about growing up between Sudan and London, her early experiences of London theatre, drama school, and why what’s on your bookshelf is so important. Nadia also discusses working with Jackie Sibblies Drury and her experiences of directing the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fairview at the Young Vic. Nadia Latif was the 2018-2020 Young Vic Genesis Fellow and Associate Director, a position which supports someone to develop their craft as a theatre director whilst working closely with the Young Vic’s Artistic Director. Opportunities whilst in post include supporting the theatre’s programming and artistic planning, contributing to the work of the Young Vic’s Directors Program and mentoring Genesis Future Directors Award recipients. The Young Vic presents Off Book, a podcast where we shine a light on the creatives who inspire us, offering a candid insight into their life and careers.
25 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
Dadiow Lin on Taiwan, classics and collaboration on in a word
Director Dadiow Lin chats to Off Book presenter Dan de la Motte about growing up in Taiwan, the influence of classic texts and how she combines a range of skills to collaborate on her plays. in a word written by Lauren Yee was the play Dadiow chose direct as part of the Genesis Future Directors Award, a Directors Program and Genesis Foundation initiative which offers emerging directors the opportunity to stage a production fully supported by our creative, administrative and production teams. The Young Vic presents Off Book, a podcast where we shine a light on the creatives who inspire us, offering a candid insight into their life and careers.
36 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
Luke Barnes on The Jumper Factory, how he became a playwright and the role of a writer
Playwright Luke Barnes chats to Off Book presenter Dan de la Motte about developing authentic stories shaped by real experiences. Luke opens up about his process, through which he has created work with prisoners and people affected by the criminal justice system (The Jumper Factory), asylum seekers (Fable), and NHS service users (Men in Blue), and how tackling politics, society and stories that make an impact are the responsibilities of the writers of today. The Young Vic presents Off Book, a podcast where we shine a light on the creatives who inspire us, offering a candid insight into their life and careers. Please note: this podcast episode contains swearing and the political views held are of the guest.
41 minutes | Sep 9, 2019
Josh Parr on his first job, drama school and making his mark
Theatre Director Josh Parr grew up in the mining town of Rugeley and never saw arts as a viable career. Fast forward a few years, he's directing The Jumper Factory at HOME Manchester. Speaking to Off Book about how he entered the arts, what he's faced along the way to get to this point and why his ambition is to inspire people with the same background as him. Off Book is a podcast from Young Vic where we shine a light on the creatives that are inspiring us and a candid discussion about their career so far.
45 minutes | Jul 26, 2019
Sharon D. Clarke on her first job, winning an Olivier and how she approached Linda Loman
Stage royalty, Sharon D. Clarke speaks to Off Book about her role as Linda Loman, her journey into Theatre and what it meant to her to win the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Sharon also shares an insight into what it's like rehearsing Blues In the Night and performing Death of a Salesman and the importance of having a family of good people around you. Off Book is a podcast from Young Vic where we shine a light on the creatives that are inspiring us and a candid discussion about their career so far.
49 minutes | Jul 26, 2019
Wendell Pierce discusses Willy Loman, activism and his first steps into theatre
Wendell Pierce first visited London over 40 years ago, what does it mean to make his London debut and join the select group who have played Willy Loman in 'the American Hamlet' Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Wendell talks about his first steps into Theatre, navigating through the industry and how political activism is a part of his identity as an artist. Off Book is a podcast from Young Vic where we shine a light on the creatives that are inspiring us and a candid discussion about their career so far.
40 minutes | Jul 26, 2019
Emma Dennis-Edwards talks The American Dream 2.0, drama school and her career so far
Multi award winning Writer, Actor and Performer Emma Dennis-Edwards talks to Off Book about her new play The American Dream 2.0, a politically charged dystopian play about hope, idealism and humanity. Off Book is a podcast from Young Vic where we shine a light on the creatives that are inspiring us and a candid discussion about their career so far.
35 minutes | Jan 4, 2019
The Convert director Ola Ince rejoins us to talk about her latest YV show and Tina the Musical
Director of Danai Gurira's The Convert, Ola Ince joins us as the first director to return to our tiny recording studio. We caught up on the very busy two and a half years Ola has had since she was last on Off Book where she spoke about her Genesis show, The Dutchman by Amiri Baraka. Naturally, Dan and Ola talk about the current YV main house show, The Convert based in what is now Zimbabwe in the late 1800s. Ola talks about how Gurira's text explores what it means to indoctrinate and colonise people and discusses how the creative team and cast work with the audience's big reactions to the show. We cover Ola's time spent as Associate Director for Tina the Musical and the development of 2017's Start Swimming with James Fritz and the YV's Taking Part team. Ola also talked to Dan about her recent Royal Court production Poet in Da Corner, a grime musical featuring Debris Stevenson and how they wanted to ensure they represented Grime as an art form, as well as broadly how power is addressed and feeds into to lots of Ola's recent work and the age old saying "the show must go on".
48 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
Kwame Kwei-Armah discusses Twelfth Night and taking charge at the Young Vic
Writer, director, actor, musician and YV’s artistic director - Kwame Kwame Kwei-Armah joins Dan in the studio to talk about his return to London after 7 years in the US, and his most recent musical foray into Shakespeare with Twelfth Night. They chat about upcoming production of The Convert written by Danai Gurira and starring her Black Panther co-star Letitia Wright, alongside Kwame’s ongoing digital projects including My England, a response to his perceived changes in living in England since his childhood in Southall. We also talk about the upcoming 2019 Season, with shows including creatives Idris Elba, Marianne Elliot, and Yael Faber, and the incredible acting talents of Sharon D. Clarke, Arinzé Kene and Wendell Pierce.
43 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
Jenna Russell, fresh from Fun Home joins us to discuss her colossal acting career - Off Book Podcast
This month, Dan de la Motte was joined in the old YV stationary cupboard by stage icon, Jenna Russell. We hear how Sylvia Young was integral to giving teenage Jenna a start in theatre and a way out of 'normal' schooling, as well as talking about her successes later in life in productions such as Grey Gardens, Into The Woods and of course, Sam Gold's production of Fun Home at the Young Vic.
35 minutes | Aug 31, 2018
Debbie Hannan discusses her Genesis production & identifying as a working class director
Debbie Hannan, Genesis Future Director Award Winner and recent director of Naomi Wallace's Things of Dry Hours joined us for a chat this month. We discuss what initially got her interested in theatre whilst "being an incredibly bossy child with large imagination" and the early influences of the Fringe Festival, as well as her journey from the suburbs of Edinburgh to the Young Vic Stage via the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal Court. Debbie also discusses what self identifying as a working class director means in today's industry, as well as her approach to Things of Dry Hours; acknowledging and interrogating "who has the right to tell what story and how" and being a white director directing a story set in 1930s Alabama in which race is so integral.
41 minutes | Jun 29, 2018
Alison Bechdel & Sofie Hagen talk about Fun Home, the Bechdel test & being seen - Off Book Podcast
Guest host, comedian and podcaster Sofie Hagen is joined by Alison Bechdel, the cartoonist who wrote the graphic novel Fun Home for a special Off Book episode. Alison and Sofie discuss Alison's the graphic novel, the autobiographical coming of age and coming out story that delves into her childhood memories and her relationship with her father. They also talk about the musical's role for queer audiences to be seen and represented on stage as well as why Alison chose drawing cartoons as a means of artistic expression as well as storing and processing memories.
55 minutes | May 25, 2018
Oscar winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney talks The Brothers Size, Moonlight & his career
The Brothers Size writer and Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney joined us in Feb 2018 during the revival of the Young Vic's production of his play, The Brothers Size, directed by Bijan Sheibani. Tarell discusses his Brother/Sister trilogy of plays and how he came to write these incredibly powerful shows after originally starting out as an actor and later collaborating with Peter Brook and David Lan and working at the RSC. He also explores what it meant to train as an 'artist' and how you learn to express yourself and find your voice. And of course we also discuss Moonlight and *that* suit at the Oscars and if fame has changed who he works with or how he works. Tarell also discusses why teaching has always been an important part of what he does, starting aged 12 supporting his peers at school to his classes and programs of high school and college students.
56 minutes | Apr 20, 2018
Justin Martin discusses making "theatre that's necessary" & his long-term collab with Stephen Daldry
Having worked back to back on The Jungle and The Inheritance at the Young Vic, Justin Martin, long-time collaborator with Stephen Daldry, spoke to us about his "14 year conversation" with the Oscar nominated director and his career to date making "theatre that's necessary" and getting his work "off the arts pages...and finding yourself part of the national conversation". An Australian native, Justin talks through his first experiences with theatre between his early musicals and trying to break down his family's comic timing. Justin also discusses taking Billy Elliot to the US, developing The Jungle with Stephen Daldry and Joe Robinson and Joe Murphy and the differences between directing for theatre and his work as associate director on Netflix's The Crown and The Inheritance at the Young Vic.
51 minutes | Mar 9, 2018
The Inheritance writer Matthew Lopez discusses his early influences, his Florida roots & his writing
Writer of The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez joins us to discuss his hilarious and profound heart-breaking play in two parts, directed by Stephen Daldry. Matthew discusses everything from his upbringing in the Florida panhandle and seeing Peter Pan on broadway to his aunt's Tony award and writing about a community and safe spaces in The Whipping Man. We also deep dive into the issues from The Inheritance, writing from personal experience and casting straight men as gay characters.
63 minutes | Jan 30, 2018
David Lan, Young Vic Artistic Director talks about his 18 year tenure - Off Book
“We should be thinking about the totality of people’s experience” The Young Vic’s Artistic Director, David Lan spoke to us about well, everything. And in a beautiful twist of fate we happened to chat on the 18th anniversary of him starting the role. We cover his politicised upbringing growing up in Cape Town as a second generation Eastern European migrant, his first forays into theatre and the arts, his move to the UK in the 70s and how the London theatre scene has changed for the better. David names a few of his favourite productions from his tenure and how he’s balanced his time producing shows, leading a team of over 50 people and ensuring the artistic and financial success of the Young Vic.
49 minutes | Dec 21, 2017
Olivier Award-winner Juliet Stevenson on Wings, women in theatre and activism - Off Book
Olivier Award-winner Juliet Stevenson joins us this week following her recent production of Wings at the Young Vic. Juliet discusses her recent performances in Wings, Happy Days and Hamlet, the limitations still faced by women in theatre, and her activism and response to the refugee crisis.
33 minutes | Dec 1, 2017
Nancy Medina on Yellowman, her Brooklyn influences and being a director of colour
Nancy Medina, Genesis Future Director Award winner and director of Yellowman joins us this week. Nancy discusses directing Dael Orlandersmith's Pulitzer nominated play and their conversations ahead of it coming to the Young Vic, how growing up in Brooklyn influenced Nancy's work and what being a director of colour is like in 2017. We'd also recommend you stick around 'til the very end to catch a little surprise from a special guest.
41 minutes | Oct 31, 2017
Natalie Abrahami - Off Book
Natalie Abrahami got her theatre break as the Royal Court Graduate Trainee, before winning the JMK Award at Battersea Arts Centre in 2005. A spell at the Gate theatre followed, and then associate director at the Young Vic. Natalie spoke to us about these experiences, the difference between directing for stage and screen, embedding sustainability into theatre making, as well as her friendship with Juliet Stevenson, and their current production of Wings at the Young Vic.
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