TravCast is the Writer's Podcast from the Traverse, Scotland’s New Writing Theatre. Associate Director, Hamish Pirie, interviews well known playwrights whose work features in the year round programme at the Traverse.
In this episode, Hamish Speaks to John Nicholson and Steven Canny who have co-authored The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society which features in The Traverse Theatre's autumn programme. This episode also features interviews with director Orla O'Loughlin and performer Javier Marzan. It also features an extract of the performance in rehearsal starring John, Javier and Gabriel Quiqley.
Steven Canny (co-writer)
Steven is a four-time Sony Gold winning Writer, Executive Producer and Director. As writer and adaptor work includes: No Wise Men (Liverpool Playhouse); Origins (Pleasance and Theatre Severn); Foot/Mouth (Soho Theatre);Spyski (Lyric Hammersmith & National Tour); The Hound of the Baskervilles (West Yorkshire Playhouse, national tour, Duchess Theatre, West End and 30 international productions); A Dulditch Angel (national tour); A Shropshire Lad (R4 adaptation & Cottesloe); Mnemonic (R3 adaptation for Complicite); The Virtuous Burglar by Dario Fo (World Service). Directing for stage and radio includes: Rik Mayall’s Bedside Tales; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (with Simon Russell Beale); Brian Gulliver’s Travels by Bill Dare; Beautiful Dreamers by James Lever and Nat Segnit;Hum by Laura Wade; People Snogging in Public Places by Jack Thorne; Donation by Sean Buckley; Burglar Bewareby Matthew Broughton (Union Chapel); Eleven Lessons For The Paranoid (BAC); The Observed (BAC). As Executive Producer credits include: Just a Minute, Now Show, News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Work as Associate Director and Dramaturg with Complicite includes: Measure for Measure; The Elephant Vanishes; Mnemonic; The Noise of Time; Light; Genoa 01. Steven was Associate Director of Al Pacino’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.
John Nicholson (co-writer, performer)
John works as a writer, director and performer. He is an artistic director of Peepolykus with whom he has toured worldwide since 1995 in 10 productions including The Midsummer Rude Mechanicals (National Theatre). Performing credits include: No Wise Men (Liverpool Playhouse); The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo (Royal Shakespeare Company); Spyski, Jekyll and Hyde (Lyric Hammersmith); The Hound of the Baskervilles (West Yorkshire Playhouse and West End); The Wrong Door, The Bearded Ladies, P.S Sketch Show (BBC Comedy); Brian Gulliver’s Travels, Marley was Dead, Baskervilles (BBC Radio 4). Writing credits include: The Hound of the Baskervilles (West End and numerous licensed overseas productions); Rik Mayall’s Bedside Tales, Marley was Dead, Baskervilles (BBC Radio 4); Richard’s Rampage (Kevin Spacey Foundation) and Origins (Pentabus). Recent directing includes: Force 9 (NYMT winner of MTM award); The First Thing That Ever Happened (Lyric Hammersmith); Advice on Watson and Oliver (BBC2); Sick Room (National Youth Theatre); Nina Conti - Dolly Mixtures and Mike Mcshane in Mon Droit (Edinburgh Festival and Touring), Paul Merton - Out Of His Head (West End).
Orla O’Loughlin (Director)
Orla is Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre. Prior to taking up post at the Traverse, she was Artistic Director of the award-winning Pentabus Theatre and International Associate at the Royal Court Theatre. Directing work for the Traverse includes the Herald Angel award winning Dream Plays (Scenes from a play I’ll Never Write) and The Artist man and the Mother Woman by Morna Pearson.
Other directing work includes: For Once (Hampstead Theatre Studio, National Tour); Kebab (Dublin International Festival/ Royal Court Theatre); How Much is your Iron? (Young Vic); The Hound of the Baskervilles (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ National Tour/ West End); Tales of the Country, Origins (Pleasance/ Theatre Severn);Relatively Speaking, Blithe Spirit, Black Comedy (Watermill Theatre); Small Talk: Big Picture (BBC World Service/ ICA/ Royal Court Theatre); A Dulditch Angel (National Tour) and The Fire Raisers, sob stories, Refrain (BAC). Orla has also directed two large-scale, site-specific productions: Shuffle with the National Youth Theatre at Merry Hill, one of Europe's largest shopping centres and Underland, performed 200 feet below ground at Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean. Orla was winner of the James Menzies Kitchin Directors Award and recipient of the Carlton Bursary at the Donmar Warehouse.
Javier Marzan (performer)
Javier is a co-artistic director or Peepolykus. Work for Peepolykus includes: The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Spyski(co-produced with West Yorkshire Playhouse) Mindbender, Rhinocerous, Goose Nights. And The Horse You Rode On(The Barbican); Royal Jelly (David Pugh Productions); No Wise Men (Liverpool Playhouse); The Critc (Minerva Theatre); Jack And The Beanstalk, Cinderella, A Christmas Carol (Lyric Hammersmith); A Streetcar Named Desire(Nuffield, Southampton); Beauty And The Beast (Told By An Idiot/Hammersmith Lyric Theatre). Television includes:Mongrels (BBC 3); Clone (Roughcut TV); Extr@ (Channel 4). Film work includes: The History Play: Maggie Heart Galtieri, Hound Of The Baskervilles (BBC Radio 4); Beautiful Dreamers, Cabin Pressure, Marley Was Dead (BBC 4)
Gabriel Quigley (Jennifer)
Gabriel studied English Literature & Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow. Theatre work for the Traverse includes: Gordon Brown: A Life in Theatre, 15 Secs and Chic Nerds. Other theatre work includes: Enquirer, Rupture (National Theatre of Scotland); Get Santa (Royal Court Theatre); Macbeth, The Demon Barber (Babel);Strawberries in January (Paines Plough, awarded a Herald Angel for her performance); The City, Bliss/ Mud, San Diego, Love Freaks (Tron Theatre); White Tea (Fire Exit); Six Black Candles (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); Top Girls(New Vic); Burning Bright (V.amp Productions); Mainstream (Suspect Culture); Dissent (7:84);Trainspotting (G & J Productions); The Gun (Wildcat); Grimm Tales (Leicester Haymarket) and in many productions for Òran Mór’s A Play, a Pie and a Pint. TV work includes: New Town, Rab C Nesbitt, Gary Tank Commander, Welcome to Strathmuir, Chewin the Fat, The Karen Dunbar Show, Glasgow Kiss, Haywire, Only an Excuse, Millport, Life Support, Bumping the Odds (BBC); Taggart, Instant Credit (ITV). Film work includes: Festival (Pirate Productions); Psykotika, The Three Musketeers (Ink Animation); Mandancin (1A Productions). Gabriel has worked extensively for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 5 Live.
Original music by James Iremonger www.jamesiremonger.co.uk
Produced and engineered by Cian O Siochain
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