Public Screening: Robin and Mark and Richard III

Public Screening: Robin and Mark and Richard III
16 June 2017, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
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The Court Room, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Post-screening Q&A with director Susan Coyne, award-winning stage and screen actor, writer and producer (Slings and Arrows, Mozart in the Jungle). Chaired by Liza Giffen (Stratford Festival).

The screening is an intimate exploration of the legacy of the renowned theatre director Robin Phillips and the intricacies of creative collaboration in the theatre. Over the course of three years, film-makers followed Robin Phillips and actor and writer Mark McKinney (The Kids in the Hall, Saturday Night Live, Slings and Arrows) as they worked together on a piece from Richard III. Interspersed with this exploration are reflections on the insights and standards that informed Phillips's productions, including appearances from Dame Maggie Smith, Brent Carver, and Martha Henry.

Susan Coyne is an award-winning actor and writer, best known for her work as a creator and writer of the acclaimed TV series, Slings and Arrows.  As an actor, she appeared on stages across Canada including several seasons at the Stratford Festival. She has adapted major works by Chekhov and Turgenev for the stage, as well as her own childhood memoir, Kingfisher Days. For television, she co-wrote the CBC miniseries The Best Laid Plans, and a new version of the Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables. Her first feature film, The Man Who Invented Christmas, starring Christopher Plummer as Scrooge and Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, will be released later this year. Currently, she is a writer and producer on Amazon’s award-winning series, Mozart in the Jungle. Susan is a graduate of Queen’s University and the National Theatre School of Canada, and a founding member of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company.

Robin and Mark and Richard The Third
An actor celebrated for his wildly comic inventions, and a renowned director of the classics discover a surprising kinship as they explore Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Richard the Third. 
The late director Robin Phillips was known both for his electrifying productions of classic plays, and as a transformational teacher. 
Actor Mark McKinney is a writer and performer best known for his work with The Kids in the Hall, Saturday Night Live, and the acclaimed T.V. series Slings and Arrows.
Robin and Mark had not met before they began to work together on a piece from Richard III. They had no idea what might happen. There was to be no performance: just the adventure of two brilliant minds exploring Shakespeare’s world. 
Over the course of three years, the film-makers filmed Robin and Mark (and eventually the actor Christine Horne) rehearsing at Robin’s home outside of Stratford, “infecting them” (as one of Robin’s students put it) with his own lifelong passion for Shakespeare. Over time, a tender intimacy develops between the three, based on a deep mutual respect. We experience their frustrations and root for their success, which takes the form of a giddy “graduation exercise” in the woods. 
Shakespeare wrote: “It is required you do awake your faith”, and Robin Phillips lived this every day. His profound insights, his exacting standards, and his belief in the transformational power of theatre made him one of this country’s great mentors, one who touched the lives of three generations of artists. Some of these appear in the film, including Dame Maggie Smith, Brent Carver and Martha Henry.
Though we did not know it at the time, Robin was quite ill, and would die shortly after the film was finished. This film is a love letter to a passionate, complicated, irreplaceable genius."

The screening and appearance of Susan Coyne is funded by the Canada-UK Foundation. The wine reception following the screening is funded by the Canadian High Commission.

*This event is part of the Britain, Canada and the Arts Conference, 15-17 June 2017. The Susan Coyne screening is FREE for attendees of the conference, and £5 for participants not registered for the conference.


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