Zoë Wanamaker CBE is an American-born English actress. She has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company; in films, including the Harry Potter series; and in a number of television productions, including a long-time role as Susan Harper in the sitcom My Family. Wanamaker has been nominated for a BAFTA Film Award, two BAFTA TV Awards, Four Tony’s and nine Olivier Awards, winning two.
FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION WITH ZOË WANAMAKER CBE, THEATRE DIRECTOR NICOLAS KENT AND FILM DIRECTORS TRACIE HOLDER AND KAREN THORSEN : ‘A NEW DEMOCRATIC THEATRE FOR THE UK’
Attending this event
Tracie Holder is an award-winning filmmaker, engagement specialist for social issue documentaries and consultant to Women Make Movies. Joe Papp In Five Acts is the fruit of her personal passion for the subject.
Nicolas Kent started his career at Liverpool Playhouse in 1967 as an ABC TV trainee regional theatre director. In 1970 he became Artistic Director of the Watermill Theatre, from 1970-72 Associate Director of the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and from 1976-81 Administrative Director of The Oxford Playhouse Company. From 1984-2012 he was Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre in London.
He has directed productions in over 100 theatres around the world including the West End and New York; as well as for notable companies in Great Britain including The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court, The Donmar Warehouse, The Hampstead Theatre, the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and the Young Vic.
He is probably best known for the political work he did at Tricycle Theatre, where the verbatim plays he directed became known as the Tricycle Tribunal plays, and included The Colour of Justice (the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry), Nuremberg, Srebrenica, Bloody Sunday and Guantanamo. Most of which were broadcast by the BBC, and two which were performed in the Houses of Parliament and on Capitol Hill.
He has also directed many plays in the USA both regionally and in New York, on television for the BBC and for BBC radio.
Films screening at this event
- Tracie Holder & Karen Thorsen
- 84 min
A riveting portrait of a transformative figure in the New York theatre scene, Joe Papp – a poor, tough kid from Brooklyn – who created Central Park’s free Shakespeare In The Park Festival, which launched the careers of everyone from Meryl Streep to Kevin Kline, all of whom feature here.
This radical and tumultuous personality introduced colour-blind casting, nurtured emerging playwrights, fostered countercultural plays like Hair, and revolutionized commercial theatre with the Broadway smash hit A Chorus Line, as well as founding the Public Theatre.
Packed with testimonials from Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, James Earl Jones and Meryl Streep – and framed by Kevin Kline’s exquisite monologues.
Official selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2013