Big Interview

  1. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Unlocking Potential

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Unlocking Potential  

    Darren Raymond, artistic director of Intermission Theatre in Knightsbridge confounds every stereotype. Any preconceived idea of what a theatre director “should” be evaporates as soon as you meet him. Susan Elkin did. For a start Darren, 37, is employed by the Church of England and Intermission Theatre is based at part-converted St Saviour’s Church which […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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.

  6. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Neal Foster

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Neal Foster  

    The Birmingham Stage Comapany, one of the world’s leading producers of theatre for children, is celebrating its 25th anniversary and Susan Elkin met up with its founder Neal Foster We meet in his theatreland London office, a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus and not much further from the Garrick Theatre where Gangsta Granny is to […]

  7. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Vicky Featherstone

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Vicky Featherstone  

    As champions of new writing, the Royal Court plays a vital role in the link between education and the theatre. Here their artistic director, Vicky Featherstone, chats to Susan Elkin Vicky Featherstone’s middle name might just as well be “new writing”. It has characterised everything this dynamic woman, currently artistic director at the Royal Court, […]

  8. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Ben Ofoedu

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Ben Ofoedu  

    Ben Ofoedu chats with Susan Elkin about his life and career, from global singing star to scene-stealing genie and beyond He bounds beaming up the stairs to meet me in a Mexican café in Soho. He has chosen this establishment because they’ve given him a Gold Card in acknowledgement of his celebrity status. His rather […]

  9. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Annemarie Lewis Thomas

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Annemarie Lewis Thomas  

    Annemarie Lewis Thomas, composer, musical director and founder principal of Musical Theatre Academy chats to Susan Elkin

  10. Cosmopolitan Writer

    Cosmopolitan Writer  

    SUSAN ELKIN is enchanted by the multi-faceted and prolific writer Adèle Geras, still writing – at her own pace – at the age of 72. Most interviewees elect to meet journalists on neutral territory such as a coffee shop, hotel or reserved space at a theatre or publisher’s. It is typical of the warmth and […]