Wright: I use film lingo in theatre
Published 21/02/2013 | 15:16
Anna Karenina filmmaker Joe Wright has admitted that when he attempted to use theatre jargon in rehearsals for his stage debut it didn't go down well.
Joe - whose parents ran the Little Angel puppet theatre - is directing comedy Trelawny Of The Wells at London's Donmar Warehouse - and found more success when he started using movie terms.
He told the Guardian: "When we started rehearsals, I was trying to talk in theatre terms, and the actors just thought I was weird.
"One day I happened to say, 'Oh, that's a wide shot,' and they knew exactly what I meant. So now I've dropped trying to talk a language I don't really speak, and use film terms: this is a closeup so everybody focus; we're in a wide shot so everyone come alive."
Joe added: "In film, you have ultimate control - in the cutting room. In theatre, the actors have ultimate control." He joked. "You'll be surprised to hear that, as a director, I have control issues in life, so it's good practice to try to let go gracefully."
:: Trelawny Of The Wells runs until April 13