Category Archive: 30 seconds with…

30 seconds with….Kate O’Flynn

It’s now only a month until the Roundabout Season London gets underway and we are all getting very excited!

Rehearsals for LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan and ONE DAY WHEN WE WERE YOUNG by Nick Payne both kick off next week and with that in mind we asked Kate O’Flynn (starring in LUNGS and THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN) to give us an insight into what it is like acting in the round…

Q: Have you worked in the round before?

A: Most of the theatre work I’ve done has been in the round – in fact I don’t think I’ve done anything proscenium arch – and what I love about it is how intensely you can feel whether or not the audience is engaged with the piece; being aware of that really keeps you on your toes.

Q: What surprised you the most about working in and creating work for the ROUNDABOUT auditorium?

1.       A: It was during LUNGS that I was most affected by the space; the production has two actors on a bare stage and that’s it for 90 mins, I think that gave me a heightened sense of the environment we were acting in. There was something about the structure being built out of wood that made it really warm, nonthreatening, and open.

Q: What do you think makes ROUNDABOUT auditorium a different audience experience?

1.       A: There was also a real ‘in it together’ relationship with the audience that you don’t always get in theatre.

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30 seconds with…Richard Wilson

With The Roundabout Season London only 7 weeks away, we’re all getting very excited. If like us you can’t wait that long, we have a treat for you.

Theatrical legend Richard Wilson, who is directing LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan for the Roundabout Season, shares his thoughts about directing in the round…

Q:  Have you worked in the round before?

A: Yes I have directed in the round before at the Royal Exchange  and the Royal Court Theatres.

Q: What surprised you the most about working in and creating work for the ROUNDABOUT auditorium?

A: ROUNDABOUT is a very special space once you see it it creates its own boundaries, and once you start to apply them the process becomes very exciting. Having decided on a “ no set, no props” format also added to the production’s style and feeling.

Q: What do you think makes ROUNDABOUT auditorium a different audience experience?

A: What makes the ROUNDABOUT auditorium unique is the way the audience embraces it and enters in to the very marrow of the play with the actors.

 

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30 seconds with… Emma Chapman

Ahead of our Roundabout Season in London this Autumn, Lighting Designer Emma Chapman discussed her experiences of working in the round…

Q:  Have you worked in the round before?

A: One of my first experiences in theatre was as a work placement at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond.  It is a beautiful space in the round.  I have previously lit a production for the New Vic in Stoke which is also in the round.

Q: What surprised you the most about working in and creating work for the ROUNDABOUT auditorium?

A: The ROUNDABOUT auditorium is a unique space to work in, designed to fit within existing buildings, it has a language of its own which requires you to approach it in a particular way.  The fact the first row of the audience are raised helps the lighting angles into the space, making it easier to light an actors face without lighting into the eyes of the audience behind.  The position of the entrances opposite the staircases means it is possible to float the actors within the round, this allows a new dimension to the space.  The entrances also provide the chance to use strong keylight to emphasis for example a doorway, throwing the actors shadow across the space – the ability to pursue a film noir quality.  The first outing of the roundabout in Sheffield saw the structure remain in it’s original bare wood structure, this provided some challenges as wood bounces light making it difficult to focus the space – the audience however helped this with the variety of clothing!  Everything within the ROUNDABOUT is visible so decisions about houselights, step lighting and lighting underneath the rostra is vital to the overall experience of the ROUNDABOUT.

Q: What do you think makes ROUNDABOUT auditorium a different audience experience?

A: The proximity of the audience to the actors is fantastic, it has an old fashioned  amphitheatre feel.  The height of the auditorium gives uninterrupted views of the acting area from all seats, offering a unique experience from different areas – the front row feels as though you are onstage, whilst the areas over the voms give the feeling of a private box.  It is quite unusual to have a pure round, from my first experience of working in the ROUNDABOUT I feel this accentuated the audiences experience of the text and their ability to connect with the actors.

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