Big Interview

  1. 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.

  2. 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, […]

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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

  9. BIG INTERVIEW: playwright Jessica Swale, composer Joe Stilgoe and director Max Webster

    BIG INTERVIEW: playwright Jessica Swale, composer Joe Stilgoe and director Max Webster  

    Susan Elkin spoke to playwright Jessica Swale, composer Joe Stilgoe and director Max Webster during the rehearsals for a brand-new adaptation of The Jungle Book which opened at Royal and Derngate, Northampton before Christmas and tours nationally this year. Everyone connected with this production mentions the 1967 Disney film, with its songs by George Bruns which have […]

  10. BIG INTERVIEW: Anne Cassidy

    BIG INTERVIEW: Anne Cassidy  

    Crime fiction author Anne Cassidy, who writes for young adults, hit the headlines in 2004 with her controversial novel Looking for JJ – one of over fifty titles she has to her credit. Susan Elkin meets her.