THE SPACE WITH PHILIP HINCHCLIFFE & DENNIS KELLY
THURSDAY 22 AUGUST 2013
BRIGHTON’S REGULAR UNIQUE ARTS EVENT PRESENTS SPECIAL GUESTS FROM TELEVISION AND THEATRE
Lighthouse were pleased to host The Space this August featuring talks from the award winning writer of Utopia and Pulling and the producer of classic era Doctor Who.
The Space is a regular entertainment, arts and media event. The Space invite high calibre guests to discuss their work and achievements. Each event has two interviewees with a chance for the audience to ask their own questions.
To mark its fiftieth anniversary, The Space welcomed one of Doctor Who’s leading former producers. Philip Hinchcliffe was responsible for what many of the series’ fans regard as the best era, from 1975 to 1977. This saw Tom Baker as the Doctor in classic stories such as Genesis of the Daleks, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng Chiang, Revenge of the Cybermen, Pyramids of Mars, Terror of the Zygons and The Brain of Morbius.
Philip led the show into darker, more dramatic storylines, which resulted in unprecedented levels of both popularity and controversy for the series. Television watchdog Mary Whitehouse frequently criticised the series during this period, considering it too violent and horrific to be shown at a time when children would be watching. Despite this, the series saw its highest viewing figures, with 44 episodes having over ten million viewers, making Hinchcliffe Doctor Who’s most successful producer. His credits, since leaving the science-fiction series, include Taggart and Rebus; the latter based on Ian Rankin’s bestselling novels.
Dennis Kelly is a highly acclaimed writer for theatre and television. He is best known for the channel 4 drama series, Utopia, and co-writing BBC Three sitcom Pulling with actress Sharon Horgan, which won a British Comedy Award. He co-wrote the hugely successful Matilda the Musical with comedian Tim Minchin. Dennis also wrote a 2009 episode of Spooks.
As a playwright, his work includes the renowned Love and Money, staged at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and the Young Vic, and DNA, held at the National Theatre. DNA is now used widely in schools and is on several curriculums for GCSE drama. Dennis was one of the ten writers who took part in writing monologues based on a children’s account for a one-off event at the Old Vic, directed by Danny Boyle for Dramatic Need. His three monologues were performed by the likes of Ben Kingsley. His play, The Gods Weep, a response to Shakespeare’s King Lear, starred Jeremy Irons.
Date: Thursday 22 August 2013
Times: Doors & Bar 7.30pm, Event Start 8pm
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ, UK
Sponsored by Brighton Film School.
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