Natasha Sutton-Williams interviews Jessica Brewster and Dan Ball about Theatre Delicatessen’s history, and the latest project at 119 Farringdon Road.
We went from one floor to a whole building; that opened up a huge new range of possibilities. We brought in theatre-makers for a six-week long festival called Theatre Souk where each artist had a room to create their own world, based around the theme of money, in response to austerity kicking in. We suddenly had this whole community of artists to work with and it hasn’t changed since.
Roland Smith and Jessica Brewster talk to Tom Powell on the eve of SPACED2014 – a Theatre Souk staged at 35 Marylebone High Street.
With such a range of shows, some of which are unbearably intimate, you could think that Spaced is almost a mechanism for making sure that kind of immersive magic happens. It is, but it is also, Brewster says, “a space for emerging artists to get it horribly wrong”. Smith grins, “…or horribly right”.
An interview with Stevie Martin of IdeasTap giving a few handy hints on setting up a venue.
In a surprisingly revealing interview, Roland Smith talks with Tom Powell of Varsity, the Cambridge University student paper.
A lengthy feature on Theatre Delicatessen’s space at 35 Marylebone High Street for the local ‘village’ newspaper, the Marylebone Journal.
“We were just young theatre directors looking for opportunities to stage our own work,” Roland Smith artistic director of Theatre Delicatessen tells me as we relax on the ‘village green’ of Marylebone Gardens, deep inside the old BBC building at 35 Marylebone High Street.
Artistic Directors of Theatre Delicatessen, Jessica Brewster and Roland Smith talk to Kirsty Lang about Bush Bazaar, and the inspiration behind the Theatre Souk concept. The interview can be found at 11mins 38seconds through the programme.
How much should you pay for theatre? What’s it worth? Kirsty reports from the Bush Theatre, London, which has opened up all its spaces for Bush Bazaar, a theatrical marketplace, where audiences pay performers according to the quality of the work. Artistic Director Madani Younis and the founders of Theatre Delicatessen discuss the project.
An interview with Laura Barnett of The Guardian discussing 35MHS and the opening of Bush Bazaar.
An interview with Claire Alfree of The Metro discussing the concept behind Bush Bazaar.
Artistic Directors, Jessica Brewster and Roland Smith, spoke to Time Out’s Caroline McGinn about setting up Marylebone Gardens as a creative hub. This article contains the rather wonderful description of Jessica and Roland as “…connected, experienced, presentable and persistent…”, which in a strange way sums up the company.
When I ask why more theatre companies don’t do this, Brewster and Smith – who juggle day jobs, young children, commutes, and multiple collaborators- grin wryly and reel off the skills they’ve had to master in pursuit of their dream. It’s impressive: but not nearly as impressive as what they’ve achieved here.
The Observer profiled four new companies who are transforming theatre, and changing what audiences expect from their night out.
A piece on our collaboration with ‘big business’ written by Roland Smith for The Guardian blog.
Jessica Brewster and Roland Smith discuss the realities of funding theatre through the pop-up model.
A lengthy interview – most of which hit the sub editor’s floor.
Roland Smith of Theatre Delicatessen, a theatre group (currently based in a building yards from Selfridges), talks of the “thrill” of the transient but tangible pop-up experience in a world increasingly dominated by the impersonal internet.
Roland Smith interviewed about Pedal Pusher as part of a wider piece on verbatim theatre.
As Edinburgh Fringe festival kicks off, over 2,000 shows will be performed daily between now and the end of August. Comedy, music and fictional drama are the mainstays, but Andrew Thomas finds another genre is becoming increasingly common – the ‘verbatim play’.
Before our run of Pedal Pusher at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010, Thom Dibdin interviewed Roland Smith for The List Edinburgh Guide. They talked about the play, its inception and whether sport can work on stage.
Roland Smith talks to Jack Thurston of Resonance FM.