Trevor Nunn Quotes


28 Trevor Nunn quotes:



"Peter Hall was just organizing the Royal Shakespeare Company. It was going to be an ensemble, it was going to be in repertory, it was going to have a home in London as well as in the Midlands, and all of those things were happening at that time."
"A lot of performing instincts are involved in the business of direction, but so is analysis and having a sense of literature."
"I always believe it's better to have 30 imaginations working on a project, rather than one imagination telling the other 29 what to do."
"I had a feeling about Shakespeare's soliloquies, that there should be a real exchange between the actor and the audience."
"I love to have as much input as possible."
"I so wanted to perform, and I grasped every opportunity."
"I tend to arrive in the rehearsal process with very strongly developed ideas about what I want to do. But I don't like those ideas to be things that are not subject to change, or subject to development, or subject to challenge."
"I think a director does have a huge responsibility to draw strands together, and to seek extension and development of his or her own ideas."
"I would be terribly disappointed if anything would get in the way of my being cast in something, or if performances were canceled. It was a fix that I obviously needed."
"I've experienced a private doubt, something that I've kept deeply inside, and then eventually delivered a piece of work that people responded to with huge enthusiasm."
"I've just taken the decision that I'm going to now go full time back into the theater."
"If you can't fully believe in your ideas, it very quickly communicates to a group of actors who need something to hold onto. They need to believe that whatever criticism, whatever comment is received, is meant."
"If you feel very deeply about something, it's not possible to sacrifice your integrity about that."
"If you're a director, your entire livelihood and your entire creativity is based on your self-confidence. Sometimes that's dangerously close to arrogance."
"In a way, I have to have a dictatorship. I can't be told that I'm wrong. That conflicts with what I was saying earlier about listening. It isn't to do with receiving criticism and responding to other views, it's who has that last decision."
"In my teens, I developed a passionate idolatry for a teacher of English literature. I wanted to do something that he would approve of more, so I thought I should be some sort of a scholar."
"In the commercial theater, I've been pretty fortunate. The producers that I've worked with have allowed me to define the artistic integrity, the artistic limits of the work."
"One fine day I discovered that more complex plays really have to be directed."
"So I grew up in an area where it wasn't expected that I would have a kind of scholastic career, or go to grammar school, or anything like that."
"So, through all that early professional career I would occasionally do a musical, a pantomime or a play with songs. The next stop would be a Shakespeare, or an Ibsen, or a play by a brand new writer who had never done anything in the theater before."



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