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Max Stafford-Clark

An English Director
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Walter Daley

on 13 December 2012

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Transcript of Max Stafford-Clark

Exploring the role of
the director. Max Stafford-Clark First attended Riverdale Country School
in New York City. His directing career began in 1966 at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Then in 1974 co-founded the
Joint Stock Theatre Company. There he worked with writes like David Hare & Howard Brenton. From 1979 - 1993 he was the artistic director of The Royal Theatre where he helped create figures such as Jim Cartwright & Sarah Daniels His Style of Theatre Life & Influences Other Plays: 'The Permanent Way' addresses a subject that has long interested Max – the privatisation of Britain’s railways. He read the book, ‘The Crash That Stopped Britain’ by Ian Jack, that investigated the Hatfield train crash of 2000 in which four people died. Max approached David Hare about making it into a play. Picture! An image from the performance of... How He Works With Actors A workshop was organised with Max, David, and a group of actors. They interviewed people related to the train crash including union bosses, a survivors group, a victim support group, relations of people who died in the crash, the head of Rail Track Gerald Corbett, and Richard Branson.
Actors also went out and interviewed people in pairs or groups. Instead of recording the interviews they returned to the rehearsal room and assumed the role of the interviewee while the rest of the group asked them questions. Using this Stanislavskian technique of observation, improvisations would emerge and characters were developed. Two of the actors went so far as to get jobs in the railway for a few months to immerse themselves in the industry. What Influences Him Max Stafford-Cark is heavily influenced
by real life, tragedy stories and works hard
on finding people related to hard-hitting
incidents and creating a piece of theatre
out of this. Our Country's Good Clip Max Stafford-Clark has been and continues to be a
pioneer in Verbatim Style of theatre. Much of his
work revolves around asking people about their life
stories, and then transferring that through Verbatim
into his theatre pieces. His first play like this was
called, 'Yesterday's News' and it was about mercina-
ries in Angloa. It was a Joint Stock Production. 'The Permanent Way' Verbatim Theatre Verbatim theatre

Verbatim theatre is also called ‘documentary theatre’- it’s a journalistic style of presenting ‘real life’ on stage. It has roots in naturalism and also Brechtian theatre. Like a film documentary it consists of interviews with people on a particular subject- and also in my piece there are a variety of sources such as YouTube. The ‘writer’ (although not really a writer in the strictest sense) will go out and interview people- and record those interviews. Then the interviews are transcribed (typed out) and edited down into a script- interwoven with other interviews to make a coherent narrative.

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