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Sgript Xplosure! 4 @ Chapter – Friday’s events     

There is an unmissable event this Friday, as part of Sgript Xplosure! 4 at Chapter, when a double bill is on offer in the Chapter Studio – Michael Kustow in conversation with Geoff Moore and a late night sampler by Mike Pearson.

Michael Kustow has had a wide-ranging career in the arts, and has been for nearly four decades at the leading edge of innovation and classical excellence.

He has been director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Associate Director of both the RSC and then the National Theatre, before becoming Channel 4’s first commissioning Head of Arts at its launch in 1982.

Since leaving Channel 4, he has pursued a high profile career as freelance producer, writer and broadcaster. Among a dazzling array of artists, he has worked closely with, the likes of Peter Brook, Harold Pinter, Pina Bausch, Peter Greenaway, Tony Harrison, Michael Nyman and most recently with John Barton and Sir Peter Hall in the epic and highly praised ten-play cycle Tantalus that toured the world with its exploration of Greek myth and the Trojan War.

While reflecting on the Herculean task of producing Tantalus, Michael Kustow wrote his vivid memoir and polemic theatre@risk, which was published and reissued in paperback this year by Methuen.

The book explores the place of live performance in our “tightly interconnected cyber-world” and asks stirring questions about what the longstanding medium of theatre can offer to audiences in the digital age.

Given that they have been friends for twenty-five years, but also because he is an innovative theatre maker in his own right, we thought it would be of great interest to see writer-director Geoff Moore in conversation with Michael Kustow.

Continuing to explore the links between text, performance, form and innovation, at 9.45pm Mike Pearson presents a late night sampler that is part performance, part conversation, part reflection on and part screening of previously unseen surveillance footage from recent Pearson/Brookes collaborations Carrying Lyn and Polis. Mike has been at the cutting edge of performance for many years through his innovative work with Brith Gof and more recently with Pearson/Brookes.

Sgript Xplosure! is accessible to anyone who becomes a subscriber to the mailing list at a cost of £5. This allows you free entry to any of the events for a year.

For further information, contact Sgript Cymru on 029 2023 6650

About Michael Kustow’s theatre@risk:

<i>&#8216;Rare is the book that transforms the personal experiences of a theatregoer into the testimony of a pulsating polemic and a cultural statement of significance. Writers such as George Bernard Shaw, Kenneth Tynan and Charles Marowitz have managed this trick. Now Kustow, who knew those last two pretty well, has done it himself.&#8217; </i>
(Daily Mail)

<i>&#8216;This is an urgent, illuminating report from the front line, born out of a very practical experience of trying to make something unusual happen in the world of theatre today&#8217;.</i>
(Time Out)

<i>&#8216;What the book is - and why it should be read by everyone who cares about our culture - is an incomparable record of what our most daring artists attempted to do with the theatre of their times. Kustow was there; and his elegy for what has been lost and what may yet be lost is a deeply eloquent argument for the importance of that work.&#8217; </i>
(The Sunday Times)

<b>theatre@risk</b> by Michael Kustow (published by Methuen at £12.99)
will be available at a discounted rate on the night to Sgript Xplosure! subscribers.
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Simon Harris
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