We were thrilled to reunite with DSL graduate, theatre director and playwright, Lisa Goldman as part of our Industry Talks Programme. Lisa is an expert in new writing, was a former Artistic Director of the Soho Theatre and set up her own theatre and production company, The Red Room.
Lisa shared her knowledge with our graduating students, discussing her approach to new writing and how in a fast-paced world of re-writes and re-drafts actors need to be open to change.
Student actors read draft versions of Baghdad Wedding by Hassan Abdulrazzak which Lisa directed at the Soho Theatre (winner of the George Devine Award and Meyer Whitworth Award 2008) and a previously unseen commissioned work by Lisa. Our actors were able to discuss the progression of the drafts and how each one changed the relationship of the actors, the pace, the tone and the impact as the work transfers from page to stage
"It was delightful to hear from Lisa Goldman about all things in relation to directing and 'new writing'. Understanding her tips and tricks for new and emerging artists was especially valuable knowledge. I also had a great opportunity to be able to read in for the character of Marwan from 'Baghdad Wedding' and get to grips with the character and relationship in the scene we read from. I felt inspired after speaking with Lisa, and will not let anything hold me back, and will allow myself to be an open and adaptable artist. A big thank you to Lisa for her time and talking to us with all of her powerful knowledge and great career stories." - Imogen Till, 1 Year Diploma