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Artistic Director of National Theatre at Keble

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Heloise Lowenthal (Geography 2013) writes:

On Wednesday 6th May, Keble’s O’Reilly Theatre was lucky enough to host the Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris in conversation with our Honorary Fellow Robin Geffen. A huge event for both Keble and those with an interest in theatre, Norris gave insight into how he came to hold what is widely regarded as the biggest job in British Theatre.

Having had a career with a focus on more experimental theatre, he talked us through some of the techniques and processes he has gone through to create the work he does.  His emphasis on collaboration in theatre, between all parties involved, shone through.  He stressed the importance, for him, of only producing work that speaks personally and emotionally to him, and that he will continue working on a production until he is completely happy with it.

It was a brilliant insight for all of the actors, directors and producers present, as well as for all current and aspiring thesps and techies in Oxford Drama. His closing sentiment was to just ‘get out and do it’, that if one wants to make a film or play, not to talk about it, but to do it. I’m sure this rang true for everyone present, whether about initial production ideas or in the rehearsal room, to get up and do it is the best way to start making great theatre.  It was a brilliant evening and we cannot thank Rufus enough for coming to speak to us.

A video recording of the event is available on the Oxford University Podcast site.