Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Wright: I use film lingo in theatre

Joe Wright directed Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina filmmaker Joe Wright has admitted that when he attempted to use theatre jargon in rehearsals for his stage debut it didn't go down well.

Joe - whose parents ran the Little Angel puppet theatre - is directing comedy Trelawny Of The Wells at London's Donmar Warehouse - and found more success when he started using movie terms.

He told the Guardian: "When we started rehearsals, I was trying to talk in theatre terms, and the actors just thought I was weird.

"One day I happened to say, 'Oh, that's a wide shot,' and they knew exactly what I meant. So now I've dropped trying to talk a language I don't really speak, and use film terms: this is a closeup so everybody focus; we're in a wide shot so everyone come alive."

Joe added: "In film, you have ultimate control - in the cutting room. In theatre, the actors have ultimate control." He joked. "You'll be surprised to hear that, as a director, I have control issues in life, so it's good practice to try to let go gracefully."

:: Trelawny Of The Wells runs until April 13

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