INTERVIEWED: 'Martial Arts Stories' 1....Phillip Zarrilli reflects on his relationship to kalarippayattu and taiqi

I am pleased to share this interview in which I reflect on my relationship with Asian martial arts and how and why I utilise these trainings in my work with actors. [Please note that the credits yet to be added to the video include citing my primary teacher, Gurukkal Govindankutty Nair at the CVN Kalari, Thiruvananthapuram, as well as my work with his son, Sathyan Narayanan Nair (now Gurukkal) and Rajashekharan Nair, as well as my other teachers. Also yet to be posted are the credits to the teachers and students shown in short video/film clips.]

Recipes for remixing Shakespeare's Richard III

       RECIPE 1:  Take One Actress + Three Personas = Sara Beer's richard III redux

One actress takes the audience on three simultaneous journeys in response to Shakespeare's Richard III:

  • a child's self-awakening as she unexpectedly finds 'herself' IN Shakespeare,
  • a professional actress' journey toward playing Richard, and
  • a personal journey through Wales in search of the historical 'richard' on the 'Henry Tudor Trail'
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RECIPE 2: Take One measure "cutting wit" add One measure thoughtful reflection =

Sara Beer in richard III redux

In response to Sara Beer's performance of the idiosyncratic role of the outsider for the world premiere performances of Kaite O'Reilly's Cosy at Wales Millennium Centre in March 2016, here's what the critics and the audiences said:

  • 'Sara Beer...steals the show...a brilliant and disconcerting comic turn that from the off envelops the play in a sense of the otherworldly' (Gary Raymond, The Arts Desk)
  •    ...'bloody hilarious...a cutting wit...(Denis Lennon, Arts Scene in Wales)
  •    'Maureen (Sara Beer), the strange friend lurking. She is the jokes, the light touch, the kind heart finding the patterns in the confusion of a family tale. (Holly Joy, 3rdActCritics)
  • ...'one of the stand-out performances...witty, funny, and astutely observed... (Dr. Mark Taubert, Clinical Director & Consultant, Palliative Medicine, Velindre NHS Trust, Cardiff)
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RECIPE 3: Take Sara Beer x 3 personas + live performance + video + on-stage live-camera = 

                                                        richard III redux

Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff): March 8, 9, 10, 16, 17 (8pm) and 17th (3pm matinee)

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Studio: March 14-15 (7:45pm)

Theatr Clwyd (Mold): March 19-20 (7:45pm)

The Torch Theatre (Milford Haven): March 21 (7:30pm)

Small World Theatre (Cardigan): March 23 (8pm)

 Sara Beer at the 2017 re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth

Sara Beer at the 2017 re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth