tiistai 24. tammikuuta 2012

Josie Rourken haastattelu (Evening Standard 24.1.2012)

Her opening production is George Farquhar's The Recruiting Officer. "The Donmar has never done a Restoration comedy in its entire history," says Rourke. "It's a very funny, humane, very sexy play with a very pragmatic and dark heart." She thinks it'll be interesting to see how the asides and bawdry of the piece work in the theatre's intimate space.

Rourke's creative choices are arguably influenced as much by her age as her gender. She studied The Physicists at school, and both Holman's play and The Recruiting Officer were pieces she saw when her theatrical tastes were first forming. The Recruiting Officer introduces a new generation of stars to the Donmar, which previously lured Jude Law and Rachel Weisz back to the boards. The new influx are Rourke's peers: Mark Gatiss, Mackenzie Crook, Rachael Stirling, Nancy Carroll and Tobias Menzies. In rehearsals she had to stop herself being "a mad fan" of Gatiss, as a devotee of BBC1's Sherlock, which he co-created and co-starred in as Mycroft Holmes: "So I had to squeak a bit, then park that and direct him."

Actually, I can't imagine Rourke being star-struck. She's directed at our finest theatres, including the Royal Court and the National, where she helmed the majestic tenement drama Men Should Weep. The same year she faced down the Bush's arts council cut, she chose as her first, big, commercial venture the bold West End production of Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

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Kursivoinnit on omia. Ja liputhan Recruiting Officeriin on 8.3. :-)

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