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Created and hosted by Ian Rickson, one of British theatre’s most celebrated directors, What I Love is a series of intimate conversations with actors, writers, comedians, and producers, conducted on the empty stages of some of Britain’s most iconic theatres, shut down due to the pandemic. Against this backdrop of isolation and loss, guests explore what matters most to them through sharing three cultural highlights: a cherished piece of writing, a memorable song and a favourite film. Guests in ...
 
The Arthur Miller Society Podcast was set up in the summer of 2020 by Dr. Ciarán Leinster and Dr. Ambika Singh. Intended to be a resource for school teachers, academics, casual theatregoers, and everyone in between, we'll be featuring interviews with scholars and educators; discussions of Miller productions and Miller-related media; and tell some of the less well-known stories from the life of one of America's greatest writers.
 
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Over the last six months Ciarán and Ambika have been busy correcting essays, finding new jobs, getting vaccinated, and trying to read Gravity's Rainbow, and suddenly all that time passed without a new episode! To mark the beginning of the new semester, we spoke with Prof. Ann C Hall about the relationship between Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter. Tw…
 
March is Women's History Month in the UK, the US, and Australia, and so we've dedicated this episode of the Arthur Miller Society Podcast to discussing Arthur Miller's female characters. We spoke with senior Miller scholar Prof. Jane K. Dominik about what critics and scholars may have missed when discussing Miller's female characters, the impact of…
 
To mark the 60th anniversary of the release of Arthur Miller's first screenplay, The Misfits, we spoke to Dr. Kate Egerton about the film, the short story it was based on, the stories around filming, and the influence it had on Miller's life and work. Directed by John Huston, written by one of the world's foremost playwrights, and starring Marilyn …
 
For the first episode of the New Year, we interviewed Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, Producing Artistic Directors of A Noise Within, based in California. This week, they are performing a live read of Arthur Miller's 1968 play The Price, with a live talkback on Sunday evening. Details below. We talked about the company's origins, their f…
 
In the second episode of the Arthur Miller Society Podcast, I was joined by my co-host Dr. Ambika Singh from Jaipur, India. We spoke with Prof. Jan Balakian of Kean University about her life in teaching. Prof. Balakian has taught for several decades, and been a prolific scholar, with works on Arthur Miller, Wendy Wasserstein, and Tennessee Williams…
 
On the stage of the Hackney Empire in East London, Ian Rickson and folk musician and actor Johnny Flynn discuss the cultural highlights that bring Johnny inspiration: D. A. Pennebaker’s seminal documentary ‘Don't Look Back’, which charts Bob Dylan’s 1965 concert tour of England; Alice Oswald’s epic poem ‘Dart’, which tells the sprawling stories of …
 
Comedian, actor and, latterly, life-guru Russell Brand meets with host Ian Rickson on the stage of his local arts centre, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead. Russell's cultural choices include the film of seminal stand-up Bill Hicks’ blistering stage show ‘Revelations’; Oscar Wilde’s 19th century fable ‘The Selfish Giant’, which offers u…
 
Bafta-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor meets Ian Rickson on the empty locked-down stage of the Young Vic theatre in London in July 2020. They discuss the deep resonance of Michael Kiwanuka’s soulful song ‘Love & Hate’; Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 expressionist political drama ‘Il Conformista’, a film which profoundly altered Chiwet…
 
The Young Vic theatre, London, August 2020. On the stage where she was due to take on the role of Hamlet before lockdown intervened, actress Cush Jumbo discusses her three cultural highlights with host Ian Rickson. These include the transcendent nature - and the producer’s health and safety headache - of classic musical ‘Singin’ in the Rain’; the c…
 
On the darkened stage of the locked-down Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End, Ian Rickson meets with Bafta and Golden Globe-winning actor Ben Whishaw, in July 2020. They discuss pioneering American independent director John Cassavetes’ 1984 film ‘Love Streams’; Joy Williams’ moving and mysterious short story ‘Chaunt’; and the solace offered …
 
For the first episode of the Arthur Miller Society Podcast, I was delighted to chat to American Drama scholar, ukulele player, and fan of Liverpool Football Club, Professor Sue Abbotson. Prof. Abbotson has published multiple books and articles on Arthur Miller, and during our conversation, we discussed the source of her interest in Miller's work, t…
 
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