The indomitable spirit of theatre-makers is the theme of the Summer 2020 issue of Plays International & Europe. Exclusive features on how theatres in capitals and nations have reacted to the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic are testimonies to the determination to adapt and survive; we read fascinating reports on counter-measures to theatre shutdowns from London, the UK Regions, Norway, Paris, The Netherlands, Milan, and New York.
Theatrical personalities who provide continuity through these difficult times are not underrepresented, either. Jeremy Malies gives us two interviews: one with the sensitive and brilliant director Rupert Goold, presently the Almeida Theatre’s artistic director, and another with the ingenious director of the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, Dale Rooks. Hervé van der Meulen of the Parisian drama school and theatre Studio-Théâtre of Asnières-sur-Seine is interviewed by Dana Rufolo. John Russell Taylor, Neil Dowden, Hans-Jürgen Bartsch, Jakob Hingst, Ben Brooker, and Malcolm Page cover productions that happened early enough in 2020 to have been only nominally affected by the shutdown. And a circle of theatre-embracing colleagues in Australia stepped in with generous offers to share articles on their native scene designers Loudon Sainthill and John Truscott who contributed much to the vibrancy of London theatre mid-twentieth century, as well as an informative piece on Theatre Heritage Australia. Book reviews round out the Summer 2020 Plays International & Europe.
Altogether, in this issue you are not only brought up-to-date with the repercussions in the artistic community of a health disaster of international magnitude, but you are also treated to the superlative synergy that happens when critic-correspondents team together in the face of duress and tragedy.