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Christopher Luscombe, RSC Director: Interviewed by Al Senter
7th March 2018 at 2:00 pm - 24th May 2018 at 4:00 pm
Members and visitors packed the hall for a spellbinding March afternoon as Al Senter interviewed theatre director and actor Christopher Luscombe, to give us an insight into directing, acting and meetings with well known actors.
Christopher’s direction of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” was the first topic, with Al asking him what was the secret of getting the most out of Shakespeare. Christopher said he had always worked in comedy and enjoyed making the most of the comic situations in the plays. Location was also important as well as the music. His production of “Twelfth Night” was set in Victorian times, where it was easier to express romantic notions than in 2018. Gender issues had to be dealt with in a manner appropriate to a period in which such matters were not usually acceptable. He said it was important to find a way of telling the story to a modern audience to make it come alive.
Al went on to ask about Christopher’s encounters with actors such as Racquel Welch, Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent. He had also worked with Penelope Keith, which led to him becoming a director after producing a previously unpublished Noel Coward play. Rachel Welch had specifically requested his assistance as a voice coach as she had previously only done film and TV work. He had had a small improvisation part with Meryl Streep in “Iron Lady”, when he had to hold ‘the handbag’. Brian commented on the professional conduct of the interview with Al moving the discussion along smoothly and taking questions which reflected the high interest level of the audience. Robbie was so enthralled she stopped taking detailed notes so this report is just a flavour of a very entertaining afternoon. (Edited version of notes from Robbie and Brian)