Bridge Moments: Director Stephen Unwin

Bridge Moments: Director Stephen Unwin

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

by Terri Paddock

Our Creative Learning Project invites students and lifelong learners to recreate up to five memorable moments or quotes from Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, now on tour. The show’s director leads the way by choosing a few of his personal favourites… 


A View From the Bridge director Stephen Unwin in rehearsals

1. “The family eat a meal together at the beginning, they cross themselves before they start to eat. Students should think: what does a meal mean for a family, for a small family who are poverty stricken? And the guy’s just come back from work. What is that moment of shared… communion, if you like? That’s the last moment that you see the family properly together before it’s all fractured.”


2. “What is it like for Marco and Rodolpho entering into that house for the very first time? What does that feel like to have come across the ocean from the poverty of southern Italy and arrive in the house? Rodolpho says: ‘This will be the first house I ever walked into in America.’ It’s a moment that summarises the whole immigrant experience and very beautifully.”

 

James Rastall and Philip Cairns play immigrant brothers Rodolpho and Marco
James Rastall and Philip Cairns play immigrant brothers Rodolpho and Marco

3. “When Marco asks: how much money can you earn here? And he’s told and he just can’t believe that it’s possible to earn so much money. He’s just told us about his kid back in Sicily who’s got tuberculosis and he’s kind of in tears because he is here to earn money to send back to his family.

“That’s what the Romanians and Bulgarians and all the rest of them are doing here [in the UK]. They’re trying to work out how to help their families who are in poverty.”

 

Teresa Banham and Jonny Guy Lewis are strained husband and wife Beatrice and Eddie Carbone
Teresa Banham and Jonny Guy Lewis are strained husband and wife Beatrice and Eddie Carbone

4. “There’s a marvelous moment when Beatrice, the wife, basically asks her husband ‘why aren’t they having sex any more?’ It’s extraordinary. ‘Why are you rejecting me?’ It’s such a powerful moment.”

Unwin concludes: “Of course, there are also the great moments of the fight at the end and so on. But some of these are where the deep psychological truths are.”

 

What Bridge Moments would you choose? Enter yours by 29 May 2015 and you could earn a £500 to the school or education centre of your choice. Click here for more info.

 

A View from the Bridge opened at Theatre Royal, Nottingham, where it ran from 4 to 7 March 2015. It then toured to Cheltenham, Darlington, Wolverhampton, Bradford, Coventry and Edinburgh, where it concluded on 2 May.