Podcast: The Testament of Mary Q&A

Date posted: 12 Jan 2017Author: STC Production: The Testament of Mary

The Testament of Mary creative team with Polly Rowe

For each of our productions we host a Q&A with the cast and creative team during rehearsals. These Pre-season Briefings give you the chance to ask questions about the production before you see it. These are free events, to which everyone is welcome to attend, so we encourage you to check them out

For The Testament of Mary, Resident Director Imara Savage, actor Alison Whyte, Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert and Lighting Designer Emma Valente discuss Tóibín’s inspiration for writing the play, Alison’s approach to performing as Mary, and the design of the production. Hosting the Q&A was STC's Literary Manager Polly Rowe.

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If you want to skip ahead to a particular topic, the timecodes below can guide you.

0:48 Imara Savage on the origin of the play and her directorial vision
6:34 Alison Whyte on performing as Mary
8:49 Why was the play written as a monologue?
10:34 What prompted Colm Tóibín to write play?
12:25 Will there be a live vulture?
14:09 Max Lyandvert on the sound design
17:47 Emma Valente on the lighting design
19:20 Alison and Imara on the costume design

The Testament of Mary, 13 Jan – 25 Feb 2017, Wharf 1 Theatre

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Producer Carl Nilsson-Polias
Recording Engineer Ben Lightowlers
Composer Max Lyandvert