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Simon McBurney

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 15 July 2012

Kirsty Young's castaway is the actor, writer and director Simon McBurney.

It's 30 years since he set up the ground-breaking theatre company Complicite. It brought extraordinary physical deftness to the stage and its productions won every plaudit going - from an armful of Olivier awards to the Perrier prize for comedy.

His mainstream credits range from TV roles in the Vicar of Dibley and Rev, to screen credits for The Last King of Scotland and Harry Potter. On stage, he's directed Katie Holmes and Al Pacino to critical acclaim in New York.

Of his unconventional directing style, he admits: "Some people have said, it's a bit like going into the jungle with some mad explorer - who everybody knows doesn't have any idea where he's going - but somehow he gives people some sort of confidence to keep on going."

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

Music Played

8 items
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    Frank Zappa I’m The Slime

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    Composer: Gil Scott Heron

    The Best of Gil Scott heron, SONY BMG

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    György Ligeti L'escalier du Diable

    Artist: Pierre-Laurent Aimard

    Ligeti – Works for Piano: Etudes, Musica Ricercata, SONY CLASSICAL

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    Aretha Franklin Young, Gifted and Black

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    Aretha Franklin Young Gifted and Black, ATLANTIC

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    Alfred Garyevich Schnittke Concerto grosso No. 1 - 5th movement

    Artist: Gidon Kremer, Yuri Smirnov, Tatiana Grindenko and Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    Kremer Plays Schnittke - Concerto grosso No. 1 / Quasi una sonata / Moz-Art a'la Haydn / A Paganini, Deutsche Grammophon Masters

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    Esma Redzepova & Stevo Teodosievski Ensemble Hajri Ma Te Dike

    Composer: Esma Redzepova

    Esma Queen of The Gypsies, World Connection

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    Dmitri Shostakovich Quartet No. 15 in E flat Minor (Opus 144)

    Artist: Emerson Quartet

    Shostakovich: String Quartets, DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

  • Image for Veronica Oucholin

    Veronica Oucholin J'allume le feu (I light the fire)

    Composer: Traditional

    Grand Nord Russe (Russian Far North – the Chukchi), PLAYASOUND

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Simon McBurney

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