Free Masterclasses at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

James Graham Masterclass
Friday 11 October
2.30pm – 4pm
Theatre Royal Haymarket

Award-winning writer James Graham will be leading a talk, followed by a Q&A.

James Graham is a multi award-winning playwright and screenwriter.

His play This House gained critical acclaim, enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre’s Olivier in 2013 and its 2017 West End revival was Olivier-nominated. It was chosen by popular vote as the best play of the 2010s by Methuen Drama.

James created theatre history when his two plays Ink, about the early days of Rupert Murdoch, and Labour of Love, a romantic political comedy, played in theatres next to each other in the West End in 2017. James won an Olivier award in 2018 for Labour of Love and Ink transferred to Broadway in 2019, receiving six Tony award nominations.

James’ play The Vote (Donmar Warehouse) aired in real time on TV in the final 90 minutes of the 2015 polling day and was BAFTA-nominated. His most recent television film, Brexit: An Uncivil War (Channel 4/HBO) was nominated for a 2019 Emmy Award.
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Matthew Xia Masterclass
Thursday 17 October
2.30pm – 4pm
Theatre Royal Haymarket

Matthew will be leading a Masterclass on Exploration of Text, looking at ‘actioning’ along with the textual analysis of a scene and its practical application in the rehearsal room.

Copies of the scene will be handed out on the day and volunteers will be chosen then.
No further preparation required.

Matthew Xia was appointed Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company in November 2018.

Matthew is one of the busiest and most exciting directors in the UK. He is a former Associate Artistic Director of Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Director in Residence at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Associate Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. He is currently an Associate Artist at Nottingham Playhouse.

Some of Matthew’s acclaimed productions include: Frankenstein, Wish List (also Royal Court) and Into The Woods (All Royal Exchange Manchester), Blue/Orange and Sizwe Banzi is Dead (Young Vic), One Night In Miami and Shebeen (Nottingham Playhouse).

Other work of note includes: Blood Knot (The Orange Tree), Sleeping Beauty (Stratford East), Scrappers and Migration Music (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse), Dublin Carol (Sherman Theatre Cardiff) and NitroBeat’s Suckerpunch Boomsuite (Barbican).

Matthew is a founding member of Act for Change, a trustee of Artistic Directors of the Future and of Cardboard Citizens and a Patron for the charity Common. He has served on the boards of Rich Mix, Creative Futures and Theatre Royal Stratford East. He has also been a judge for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting (2017) and the Alfred Fagon Award

Published on:
8 Oct 2019


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