Inbox: Tom Morris

Feature in Issue 15-3 | Autumn 2003

Your name?

Tom Morris.

How would you describe yourself and your occupation?

Theatre Producer, Writer and Director.

What have you seen, read or experienced recently that has been an inspiration?

White Cabin by Akhe, Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban.

Which of your artistic achievements are you most proud of?

Creating an atmosphere in which artists inspire each other and take risks.

If you could change anything, what would it be?

Clean air, more running about (not jogging), less fear of singing, and five genders instead of two.

What do you think was the best example of 'theatre' in the past year?

That I've seen? Dance Bear Dance or White Cabin or Jerry Springer The Opera or Kneehigh Theatre's Tristin and Yseult. Out of all of these? Tristan and Yseult.

What does the term Total Theatre mean to you?

It makes most sense in the phrase 'Total theatre man' meaning good theatre. As in, 'That theatre was well total.’

Your manifesto for theatre?

Theatre is whatever happens in live play between a society and its artists in a single space. Long may it be vital, passionate and answer society's hunger for discovery, change and surprise.

Tom Morris has been artistic director of BAC since 1995. Under his direction BAC has established itself as the home of experimental work in London. He is currently working on Newsnight The Opera. Tom leaves BAC in January to become an associate director at the National.

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