"I can’t begin to describe everything I’ve learnt from some incredible directors. Their passion and dedication is perhaps the most immediate thing that comes to mind."
Director Harry Mackrill lastest work is World’s End, the debut play from upcoming writer James Corley at The King's Head Theatre and he's recently been announced one of the theatre's new artistic associates.
As an associate director, he's worked on two epic productions at the National Theatre: Angels in America and Peter Gynt and spent a year at the Kiln Theatre.
I asked him about his latest work, the role of an associate director and if he knew Angels was going to be such a huge success.
Tell us a bit about World’s End the play you are directing at the King’s Head and what drew you to the work?
World's End is a story, set in 1998 against the backdrop of the approaching Millennium and the Kosovo war, which charts two neighbouring families – both single parents – and how their sons fall in love whilst playing Zelda on the Nintendo.
This is a play about first love. When we meet Ben and Besnik they are both dealing with their own fears and insecurities about the outside world, but together they find security and passion.
I think James [Corley] has written two wonderful LGBT figures in the two characters, but the love they find in each other is something that is universal.
It is a profoundly moving, visceral piece of storytelling. I am drawn to work that embraces stillness, and James understands the power of simplicity.
It’s a gift to be able to work on the play – both in the writer-director relationship, but also with the actors and seeing the characters come to life.
How would you describe your directing style and what was your approach for this play?
I’m not sure I’m best placed to answer this question – I have set of rules that I approach each production with.
My main passion for directing comes from a love and respect for actors: what they do and the fact that they are brave enough to do it.
I think my role as the director, in the rehearsal room, is to create a space that is supportive and rooted, so that actors can do their best work.