October 30, 2018:
Tom Hiddleston and Josie Rourke were the latest guests to be featured in the Alan Howard/JW3 Speaker Series. The Speaker Series features conversations, talks and entertainment delivered by leaders and experts in their respective fields who can provide a unique insight into their chosen topics. Josie is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse and directed Tom in their production of Coriolanus. The event took place at the JW3 Jewish Community Centre in London.
You can watch the full video from the event below:
The folks at AH/JW3 posted a summary on their website.
Tom on why he started and what inspired his acting: "Acting felt like the ultimate challenge. I wanted to throw myself out of my comfort zone... When I was 14-years-old, I got taken to the National Theatre where I saw the magnificent Paul Scofield in action. He made me realise that it's a very generous thing to be an actor. They give a gift to the audience... they gift a part of their soul. I saw it in Scofield; I saw him articulate it and that's when I understood the power of acting."
No one stans Shakespeare harder than Tom Hiddleston: "Nothing demands as much of an actor as Shakespeare, you have to align yourself with the profundity and depth of his thinking."
Tom on the wide variety of characters he has played: "It begins with an act of empathy and extends to the body. As an actor, you are trying to investigate and represent humanity because it's the thing we all share. We need to connect with each other when watching plays and films. We all leave with a shared understand of what we know is true."
Tom on the importance of BAFTA: "The BAFTA organisation promotes equality of opportunity and representation in the arts - it tries to keep the doors open for everyone. It's important that who you are and where you are should not affect what you can give, or our society would be massively impoverished. Our culture is so rich and we need to hear stories from every quarter. We all tell stories to each other to understand each other - we need to make sure there is a place for every story."
Some pictures and comments from those who attended the event:
SilverCelice: It's always a pleasure listening to people talk about their work and the things they love and tonight's conversation between Josie Rourke and Tom Hiddleston at JW3 London was the greatest proof. I'd happily sit there listening to them for days. .
Alan Pitchforth: Inspiring, captivating conversation about Shakespeare, Stanislavsky technique, animal acting, Loki, Donmar to name a few topics...
Unwritten66: Fabulous insight into stage & screen acting this evening with Tom Hiddleston and Josie Rourke.
Raymond Simonson: Huge honour to host the brillant Josie Rourke in conversation with Tom Hiddleston at the JW3 London this eve. Both witty, warm, intelligent + generous with what they said.
Alan Howard / JW3 Speaker Series: Thank you to everyone who came to last night's event with Tom Hiddleston and Josie Rourke! Fantastic evening and a fantastic audience! More photos and videos coming soon.
Tom's Biography on the Event Page:
Tom Hiddleston is a British actor whose theatre credits include: Hamlet, Coriolanus, Ivanov, Othello, Cymbeline, The Changeling.
His film credits include: Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Kong: Skull Island, I Saw The Light, High-Rise, Crimson Peak, Thor: The Dark World, Exhibition, Only Lovers Left Alive, Avengers, War Horse, The Deep Blue Sea, Thor, Archipelago, Unrelated.
His television credits include: The Night Manager, The Hollow Crown (Henry IV Parts I & II, Henry V), Wallander, Miss Austen Regrets, The Gathering Storm.
He lives in London.
Josie's Biography on the Event Page:
Josie Rourke is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse.
Josie has directed shows including; Measure for Measure, with Jack Lowden and Hayley Atwell; Saint Joan, starring Gemma Arterton and broadcast live in cinemas around the world in partnership with National Theatre Live; Nick Payne’s new play Elegy; Les Liaisons Dangereuses, also at the Booth Theatre, New York; The Vote, which was broadcast live on More 4 on the night of the 2015 UK election to an audience of half a million and nominated for a BAFTA; City of Angels, which received the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival; Privacy, a new play created by James Graham and Josie Rourke, also at The Public Theater, New York, starring Daniel Radcliffe; Coriolanus, which was broadcast live in cinemas in partnership with National Theatre Live and for which Tom Hiddleston won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor; The Weir, which transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre; The Machine at Manchester International Festival and Park Avenue Armory, New York; Berenice; The Physicists; The Recruiting Officer; Frame 312; and World Music. Her additional theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham’s Theatre, nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival; Men Should Weep at the National Theatre; Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare; Crazyblackmuthafuckin’self and Loyal Women at the Royal Court; King John at the RSC; and The Long and the Short and the Tall and Kick for Touch at Sheffield Theatres.
Josie was previously Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, which was named Theatre of the Year under her leadership.
At the Bush Theatre, her credits include the premiere of If There Is I Haven't Found it Yet by Nick Payne.
Josie's first feature film Mary Queen of Scots, produced by Working Title Films / Focus Features and starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, will be released in cinemas later this year.