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A series of arts programmes looking at the creative process behind some of 2010's highest-profile productions

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A series of arts programmes looking at the creative process behind some of 2010's highest-profile productions

  • Swallows and Amazons

    Swallows and Amazons: Bristol Old Vic Sets Sail

    A look at the first ever stage production of Swallows and Amazons, directed by Tom Morris, Bristol Old Vic's artistic director.

    As well as exploring the staging of this childhood classic, the film also examines the challenges facing Britain's oldest continuously running theatre. This production of Arthur Ransome's much-loved book - adapted for stage by Helen Edmunson, with original songs by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy - is part of a highly innovative programme at Bristol Old Vic.

    How will the story of a children's adventure in the Lake District translate to a stage in Bristol? And how can a regional theatre steer a course through the increasingly choppy waters of arts funding?

  • The Duchess of Malfi

    The Duchess of Malfi

    This documentary follows English National Opera in the eight weeks leading up to the opening night of its first immersive opera, and gains a unique insight into the often secretive workings of radical, award-winning theatre company Punchdrunk's creative process.

    The Duchess of Malfi was a new commission for composer Torsten Rasch, directed by Punchdrunk. The adaptation of John Webster's infamously bloodthirsty Jacobean play took place earlier in 2010 at an enormous site in the East End of London, with its audience free to wander where they pleased.

    As opening night approaches, how will everyone cope with the challenges of the music, the narrative and the venue? Is it possible to present an opera in an abandoned office block with no stage, no set narrative and very few rules?

  • The Habit of Art

    Alan Bennett and The Habit of Art

    Alan Bennett and director Nicholas Hytner talk candidly about their working relationship. They discuss and dissect the process they went through to produce the final version of The Habit of Art, the critically acclaimed play in which a group of actors rehearse a play about WH Auden and Benjamin Britten.

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A series of arts programmes looking at the creative process behind some of 2010's highest-profile productions

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