Chris New at The Stables – a trilogy of new plays and the ‘witchcraft’ of teaching

Chris New is in the middle of a busy year at The Stables Theatre in Hastings with three new plays and a busy teaching schedule.

After graduating from RADA Chris enjoyed huge success in the West End, starring opposite Alan Cumming in the 2006 revival of Martin Sherman’s Bent for which he won an Evening Standard award, and going on to work with the RSC and in many other major West End productions.

Although theatre is his first love Chris has also been seen on TV in shows including Casualty, Doctors and Silent Witness and he starred in the critically acclaimed and commercially successful film Weekend.

Last night, for the first time, he performed his latest play, Dog Song, to an enthusiastic audience at The Stables. It’s the follow up to Dig which premiered at the Hastings theatre earlier this year and the trilogy will be completed later in the summer.

But Chris is not just writing and performing, he’s teaching too, “teaching is like witchcraft” when it goes well he says and he claims he can learn as much from his students as they can learn from him.

Here we have brought together three interviews Chris has given where he talks about his life and career, about the writing of Dog Song and about his love of teaching, learning, and understanding how he functions as an actor.

Chris discusses his career, from inspirational teachers to his decision to take time out.
Dog Song – the process of creating a new work.
Chris loves teaching, it helps him understand his own performance on stage.


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