Big Interview

  1. 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 […]

  2. 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, […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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

  5. 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 […]

  6. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Evan Placey

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Evan Placey  

    Playwright Evan Placey chats to Susan Elkin about his Canadian roots, challenging writing and his concerns for the future of drama in schools Within a couple of minutes of our meeting, playwright Evan Placey and I are chatting comfortably about his partner Daniel and life in south London with the little boy (now 20 months) […]

  7. Big Interview – David Troughton

    Big Interview – David Troughton  

    David Troughton, currently playing the eponymous Mr Tom, took time out during rehearsals to chat with SUSAN ELKIN about his extensive career – from Exeter to Ambridge via Stratford. I catch David Troughton, 65, in a break between rehearsals for Goodnight Mr Tom. We’re at Open Air Theatre in Regents Park just before the move down […]

  8. Slyvia Young OBE – Young at Heart

    Slyvia Young OBE  – Young at Heart  

    Slyvia Young OBE, the doyenne of theatre education for children, talks to SUSAN ELKIN about her life, future plans, and why her love for the theatre is as strong as ever.

  9. Big Interview – Hugh Maynard – Inner Strength

    Big Interview – Hugh Maynard – Inner Strength  

    Hugh Maynard plays John in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward  Theatre. He has a long musical theatre track record, a new album out and a powerful personal back  story. SUSAN ELKIN finds out more. Some actors present themselves as exuberant show offs presumably because they dare not stop performing. Hugh Maynard isn’t one of […]

  10. Monkey business

    Monkey business  

    Steven Green is making waves with Fourth Monkey, the school with a difference he formed after treading the boards himself. LESLEY FINLAY caught up with him during a break in rehearsals...