3 February 2016 at 3.37pm | Comment on this article
Earlier this Season, Edith Bowman was joined by a panel of directors to discuss The Art of Directing. The event saw three directors from stage and screen — opera director Kasper Holten, theatre director Thea Sharrock and film director David Yates — discuss their role.
Thea, who has directed stars such as Daniel Radcliffe in Equus, Keira Knightley and Damian Lewis in The Misanthrope, and Danny DeVito in The Sunshine Boys, says that it's vital for a director to trust their cast:
‘You can’t be there [on stage] but the playwright's words will be with them – so you have to be the person that guides these two things, so it can be as magical as possible.’
Kasper echoed this element of control, and ultimately relinquishing it when the curtain rises:
'You have to let it all go. You’re very powerful and then ultimately you can do nothing', he said.
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