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#61 Epicoene

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:54 PM

View PostPharaoh, on 09 October 2012 - 10:36 AM, said:

These are the current NT Associate Directors:

Sebastian Born
Howard Davies
Marianne Elliott
Katie Mitchell
Rufus Norris
Ben Power
Bijan Sheibani



Sebastian Born ? Never heard of him. I've heard of Ben Power but he isn't a director.

Bijan Sheibani doesn't have an impressive track record so how he gets to rank alongside Howard Davies or Marianne Elliott I don't know, but I suppose he fits right into the public school/Oxbridge coterie who tend to get the top directing jobs in London.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:46 PM

View PostEpicoene, on 09 October 2012 - 12:54 PM, said:

Sebastian Born ? Never heard of him. I've heard of Ben Power but he isn't a director.

Bijan Sheibani doesn't have an impressive track record so how he gets to rank alongside Howard Davies or Marianne Elliott I don't know, but I suppose he fits right into the public school/Oxbridge coterie who tend to get the top directing jobs in London.

Never heard of Mr Born either.

Sheibani (from his Wiki entry): Sheibani was born in Liverpool, and raised in Brighton and was schooled at Brighton College. He studied English Literature at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and holds an MA in advanced theatre practice from the Central School of Speech and Drama.



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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:53 PM

Sebastian Born is the person who decides what new writers the NT should be encouraging

http://ntconnections...stian-born.html

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:16 PM

Ah, the literary director. Not doing a v good job then, responsible for all these underwritten plays at the NT.



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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:24 PM

This makes great reading: http://www.timeout.c...mned-by-despair

(ta dude-1981 for the link)



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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:26 PM

Ok, so I have read his instructions. He has a very responsible job. Now who does it at The Royal Court? I'm just asking because they seem to have made a better job of choosing contemporary drama over the last decade.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:29 PM

View PostLynette, on 09 October 2012 - 02:26 PM, said:

Ok, so I have read his instructions. He has a very responsible job. Now who does it at The Royal Court? I'm just asking because they seem to have made a better job of choosing contemporary drama over the last decade.

Christopher Campbell, joined April 2010. Was Deputy NT Literary Manager for 6 years prior.



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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:18 PM

Crumbs, incestuous. Pity the poor writer who hawks his wares round only to meet the same prejudices/person in each theatre.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:44 PM

The West End Whingers hated it as well http://westendwhinge...tional-theatre/

Reading that Time Out article makes me think they are cutting things out (I never saw any fake body being dragged out and beaten) so are aware of faults. I wish they would just cut the whole play.

It does seem the National Theatre need a dud a year (Greenland, Fram, Damned by Despair) is it for tax reasons? ;)

I cannot wait for the press night reviews on Thursday!

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:50 PM

It's down to 2hr10 apparently. Maybe they should just do a Greenland and cut the interval?






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