When I first joined York as a history lecturer, my inaugural group of first-year students very nearly had their essays marked by Ralph Fiennes. At the time, I was acting as historical adviser to the feature film The Duchess.
Frazer Sheppard, who was a Breakfast DJ for URY in 1981, and is now an ITV Producer, recalls that the station was “no more than a couple of porter cabins in Derwent” during his time at York.
From theatre to television, the appeal and popularity of drama is embedded deep in our culture, but how important is accuracy and authenticity to both the viewer and those who produce our most notable productions? We hear the views of Dr Hannah Andrews from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, and alumnus David Thacker (English and Related Literature, Derwent, 1973), a Director at Bristol’s Octagon Theatre.
We talked to David Thacker, Director at Bristol’s Octagon Theatre and York English and Related Literature graduate, about truth in drama, his career in the theatre industry and what advice he’d give graduates starting out on the same path.