every evening this week (monday 12th to friday 16th), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3
staging arthur miller (5 talks)
“To mark the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth (17th October 1915), playwrights, directors and an actor, reflect on what his work means to them and describe their personal connection with the playwright and his work.
In modern stage classics such as The Crucible, A View From the Bridge, All My Sons and Death of a Salesman, Miller located life’s social, political and even metaphysical issues in the lives of ordinary people. He engaged with his times, and was attuned to the tremors of his culture. He stood up to be counted and was an ardent advocate for writer’s freedom of expression. Drawing on examples across a range of Miller’s roles and plays.”1. “Director Richard Eyre begins the series with a set of personal recollections of the playwright. He recalls conversations with Arthur Miller about the House Un-American Activities hearings; the first production of Death of a Salesman and his experience of directing The Crucible on Broadway. And he reflects on Miller’s impact on British theatre.”2. “Actor Margot Leicester has performed in many Arthur Miller plays. She writes about the deep personal connection she feels with his characters; recalls her experiences of working in the rehearsal room with Miller; and the process as an actor of, in Miller’s words, ‘making the lines land’.”3. “Ron Hutchinson is an Emmy award winning screenwriter who recently adapted Arthur Miller’s unproduced screenplay The Hook for the stage.
Miller wrote The Hook in 1951 but withdrew it from production when the studios demanded politically motivated changes, which he refused to make. Hutchinson writes about the process of working with Arthur Miller’s drafts and handwritten notes to ‘get inside his writing head word by word’ and examines the sheer potency of Miller’s technique. ‘The Hook’ received its world premiere in Northampton in 2015.”4. “British director David Thacker writes about his close friendship and working relationship with Arthur Miller. He reflects particularly on working with Miller on the script for ‘Broken Glass’ for its British premiere in 1994.”5. “Tony Kushner is a Pulitzer prize-winning playwright and screenwriter who knew Arthur Miller and has recently edited Miller’s Collected Plays. He reflects on the importance of Arthur Miller in American theatre.”
(if you miss it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06gqzhz)