Big Interview

  1. Coming to England

    Coming to England  

    Floella Benjamin is an actor, singer, writer and member of The House of Lords with a major commitment to children’s welfare. Susan Elkin spoke to her about her work, life and forthcoming family stage show Coming to England Like many people of my generation, I have fond, warm happy memories of Floella Benjamin entertaining my […]

  2. Adapting with Pride

    Adapting with Pride  

    Isobel McArthur wrote, appears in, and co-directs Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) which is running at the Criterion Theatre in London. Susan Elkin met her. They are rehearsing in an additional understudy. And I sit at the back of the empty stalls and watch the meticulous work until there’s a short “tea break” and Isobel […]

  3. Learn from a Maestro

    Learn from a Maestro  

    Susan Elkin visited prolific author and former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson to discuss her life, work and new tutorial course, Writing Children’s Picture Books.

  4. Vivid Direction

    Vivid Direction  

    Matthew Parker is a theatre director. His recent Henry V in the Roman Amphitheatre for Maltings Theatre, St Albans wowed Susan Elkin, herself a Henry V veteran, so she met him to find out more. I fell in love with theatre when I was four years old – and it was for life”, Matthew tells me, […]

  5. Passionate Artisite

    Passionate Artisite  

    Alexia Khadime is a talented actress of stage and screen, taking time to support others during the enforced closure of theatres. Susan Elkin caught up with her for a chat.

  6. Dear in the spotlight

    Dear in the spotlight  

    Producer, social commentator, author and now performer, Susan Elkin met the West End Producer to chat about his alter ego and recent successful Edinburgh run.

  7. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Beyond the Cart

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Beyond the Cart  

    Having ‘retired’ from running their hugely successful company, Oily Cart, Susan Elkin caught up with Tim Webb and Dave Bennett to find out what the future now holds in store.

  8. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Role Reversal

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Role Reversal  

    Moira Buffini, 53, is an award-winning playwright and director whose innovative reworking of Macbeth is part of the current National Youth Theatre Rep Season. Susan Elkin met her to talk about her career so far. Moira Buffini meets me after work in Islington on a chilly, dark autumn evening. Always busy she has been working […]

  9. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Dynamic Duo

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Dynamic Duo  

    Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell, both pianists, met at Royal College of Music. Worbey and Farrell, their unusual double act – four hands on one piano – combines virtuosic playing with family-friendly humour. Susan Elkin caught up with them in London on their way home to Edinburgh following a working week on a P&O Cruise […]

  10. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Garry Robson during rehearsals for Our Country’s Good

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Garry Robson during rehearsals for Our Country’s Good  

    Proving disability and deafness can be incorporated into mainstream theatre, Susan Elkin met up with Garry Robson during rehearsals for Our Country’s Good