'It is the additional energy of a play, which makes a play a play'

'It is the additional energy of a play, which makes a play a play'

Friday, 17 April 2015

by Raza Khan and Philippa Williams

A View from the Bridge's Michael Brandon and Jonathan Guy Lewis on the differences between acting on screen and on stage. 

Jonathan Guy Lewis and Michael Brandon

What is the difference between working on stage and working on camera?
"If it was a film, you would have shot it, finished it and been gone" Michael started, explaining that camera work is more complex as "you do a couple more shots from different angles". In terms of live audiences in theatres, both Jonathan and Michael agree you have to "turn it up and it's much more intimate, but the essential truth of it is exactly the same".

What is the difference between an immediate reaction from the audience compared to filming for TV?
Quite matter of factly, Michael says "well one of them is there and one isn't", before elaborating "it is the additional energy of a play, which makes a play a play". Jonathan agrees with a slow, thoughtful "yes", adding that "no two performances are the same in a theatre". At the end they both agreed a play is like a marathon, whereas film is more like a sprint. 

What has been your favourite project?
Jonathan begins by being diplomatic, choosing his words very carefully and sounding them out very slowly "The one that I'm working on at the moment is always my favourite one."

Michael essentially says the same thing, however does so in his own fashion filled with wit"it's like trying to pick your favourite wife! They all seem like the right one at the time! I'm quite happy with my current wife!"

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.