I was, putting it mildly, thrilled to see my name connected in any way, shape or form with Oedipus Retold, a show that runs at the Tristan Bates Theatre until mid-February.
Written by Jeremy Kingston, directed by Robert Gillespie, and starring Jack Klaff, Clare Cameron and David Shaw-Parker amongst others, it’s a terrific production with considerable talent in every department.
My very small contribution was to interview actor Jack Klaff as well as director Robert Gillespie for Entertainment Focus.
At the show, press were given a copy of the play text, published by Playdead Press. Flicking through it the following morning as I started my review, I spotted this:
Occasionally worlds collide, and I have a love of theatre and cult British TV. When I heard Sally Knyvette was directing a piece of new writing to be shown at Theatre503, I wasn’t going to turn down an interview.
Now an established director, Sally is also an actor, and she had played Jenna in the first two series of Blake’s 7 (one of the seven!).
Again, she was a real pleasure to interview, very insightful and intelligent. You can see the results here.
I was shopping in Morrisons when I realised I had a missed call. There was a voice message from Jack Klaff. It was surreal listening to the refined and cultured voice whilst queuing to buy my groceries, and quite thrilling since he is an actor who has been in one of my favourite episodes of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett, and has been bumped off by Roger Moore (no less) in For Your Eyes Only.
I did get back in touch and he was a real pleasure to speak to, and so eloquent that it was an absolute breeze to transcribe! You can see the results here.
I was luck enough to talk to director Andrew Keates, who doesn’t usually give such in-depth interviews. Two of his shows, Passing By and As Is, made my EF top ten theatre of 2013 list.
It ended up in three parts but you can read it all here, here and here.
Here are a few more links to my interviews with Robert Gillespie.
You can see the second part of my in-depth discussion with him about his career here, in which Robert talks about his life in situation comedy.
The third and final part is about his time with the RSC in the 1990s up to the founding of his company, Jane Nightwork Productions.
More recently I did a video interview with him about the play for one actor Portia he has written and directed, which starred Clare Cameron.