Catching the Light: Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale - A by Mark Leipacher

By Mark Leipacher

Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale have cast probably the most winning operating partnerships in modern theatre historical past. throughout 20 years and 8 productions their collaboration has advanced, matured and retains thriving via their paintings on degree; six Shakespeare and Chekhov performs shape their universal physique of labor so far.

Mark Leipacher's correspondence with Mendes and Beale and his thorough learn into archival fabric on their collaborations, bargains the reader an in depth account of the productions and, uniquely, Mendes' and Beale's personal observations on their approach to paintings and at the discoveries they made in all the performs. How do moments of magic on degree come up within the practice session room? Catching the sunshine, packed with anecdotes and gemstones of information, is an vital learn for actors, administrators, scholars and someone who loves the theatre.

Features a foreword from Kevin Spacey, creative Director of the outdated Vic.

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Catching the Light: Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale - A Working Partnership

Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale have cast some of the most profitable operating partnerships in modern theatre background. throughout two decades and 8 productions their collaboration has advanced, matured and retains thriving via their paintings on degree; six Shakespeare and Chekhov performs shape their universal physique of labor up to now.

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But in Woza Andries? 2 Woza Andries? com). by black and white clown noses, which alters the dynamic, because there are now two boss clowns. And when there are two boss clowns, this leads to war. In this version, the back-and-forth banter between the clowns ends in a stalemate, before exploding into outright civil conflict. The clowns are caught up in their own buffoonery, and this results in bloodshed. Olwagen says that the idea for Andries? 70 Olwagen and Volker were fascinated by the paranoia which swept through the white Afrikaans communities via social media like Twitter, Facebook and blogs.

48. oid=93081&sn=Detail (accessed September 24, 2012). 49. , unpublished play script, 2010. 50. Volker, Woza Andries? The worst-case apocalyptic scenario has the Afrikaner Weerstand Beweging [Afrikaner Resistance Movement] (AWB) becoming a guerrilla campaign (the Boere Mag already planned such a campaign of civil unrest in the 90s, but were caught). Meanwhile, the ANC nationalizes the mines, losing all foreign investment (which is also not an unlikely scenario). 51. Volker, Woza Andries? 52. com/ Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Verkragting-ontstel-in-Potch-20121002 (accessed October 14, 2012).

Bhekizizwe Peterson, “Apartheid and the Political Imagination in Black South African Theatre,” in Politics and Performance: Theatre Poetry and Song in Southern Africa, ed. Liz Gunner (Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand Press, 2001), 50. 8. See, for example, Philip Fisher, “Woza Albert,” British Theatre Guide, www. info/reviews/wozaalbert-rev (accessed September 22, 2012). 9. Francis Ngaboh-Smart, “The Politics of Black Identity: Slave Ship and Woza Albert,” Journal of African Cultural Studies 12, no.

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