|01||In Our Nature||19980404|
Actors, writers and directors debate whether the instinct to make or enjoy theatre is rooted in our nature. With Peter Brook, Alan Ayckbourn, Sir Peter Hall, Deborah Warner, Fiona Shaw, Simon McBurney, Mark Ravenhill and Robert Lepage.
|02||The Language Of Theatre||19980411|
In the second of five programmes he looks at the changes in the basic grammar of the theatre language - space, time and the actor. With Fiona Shaw, Deborah Warner and Simon McBurney.
|03||Audience And Society||19980418|
In the third of five programmes, `Audience and Society', he looks at the pressures on theatre. Are global entertainment, political neglect, media fashion and puritanism driving theatre to the margins? With Sir Peter Hall, George Woolfe, Alan Ayckbourn and Dragan Klaic.
|04||The God In The Machine||19980425|
Little more than a century ago, machinery - in the shape of electric light - entered the theatre. Michael Kustow asks how theatre is shaping up to the new wave of digital technology, image manipulation and time-shift. Robert Lepage, master of multimedia theatre, says theatre must find new forms - as painting did with photography.
|05 LAST||Dissolving Order||19980502|
Michael Kustow focuses on Ariane Mnouchkine's Paris theatre company, an example of a steadfast, open, socially and humanly engaged theatre. Sir Peter Hall says that attacks on theatre are a tribute to its potency, and Robert Lepage claims that theatre, unlike the electronic media, keeps us in touch with the gods.