Watch: Arthur Miller, his work and legacy

Watch: Arthur Miller, his work and legacy

Monday, 23 March 2015

Watch this panel discussion on Arthur Miller's legacy, staged by Theatre Royal Nottingham during the opening week of A View from the Bridge. 

David Longford
Creative Learning Manager, Theatre Royal Nottingam

On Thursday 5 March 2015 we staged a panel discussion at the Theatre Royal Nottingham entitled Arthur Miller – His Work & Legacy.

As one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the Touring Consortium, we have always prided ourselves on providing a good education programme for each show that arrives here.  However, for A View from the Bridge we found ourselves in the exceptional circumstances of actually opening the show.  A brilliant coup for us, but severely limiting when it comes to education work, as clearly the company’s focus is on getting the show ready for opening night and those critical opening performances.

So, with the Miller centenary occurring in 2015 I thought it would be beneficial to stage a panel discussion on the set of the show exploring Miller’s work and legacy. 

Having made very strong links with the University of Nottingham over the past year, Dr Lucie Sutherland and Dr Sarah Grandage from the Department of English were able to come along and share their considerable insight.  A View From the Bridge director Stephen Unwin completed a formidable panel.

Squeezed in-between the matinee and evening shows, the discussion took place in front of a healthy audience and was filmed by students from the Nottingham based Confetti Media Group.  Having this film on Theatre Cloud now means that it can become an educational resource for audiences for the rest of the tour and for the future.

I was extremely pleased with how the discussion went.  Academic and artistic rigour was certainly applied to questions that examined Miller’s status as the greatest American playwright of the 20th century; his belief in the power of theatre as a tool for change and his legacy – where are the Arthur Millers of today?

Very often creative learning work in a touring theatre can often mean just simply receiving an education product from the company.  I have always been proud that we always try and deliver bespoke projects in partnership with our touring companies and this panel discussion was an ideal example of this.  I would be very happy to try and continue this for future TCTC shows.

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.