The last time a production of Whatever happens, as Levick resumes her role as the Rep's co- artistic director following 10 months on maternity leave, it is clear that Williams's first successful play, which premiered in 1944, remains close to Levick's heart. She first directed The Glass Menagerie in 2008, after all, in a production at the
Six years on - as she explains of her revisitation to the
"Ever since I did The Glass Menagerie at the Lyceum I've wanted to go back to it again," Levick says. "There's so much in the play that I felt I never fully explored, and there was so much that I didn't have a chance to address, that it seemed like a good chance to go back to it now.
"One of the reasons I wanted to come back to the play is to look at Tom as its narrator. Given the play's autobiographical nature, the figure of Tom as a writer who is telling his story is really important. This is a man who ran away from everything, but who has come back because it still haunts him, and shows why he suffers so much."
Levick is also interested in the fact that The Glass Menagerie is not a naturalistic play, something she believes she didn't fully embrace at the Lyceum.
"This time round I want to give it more space, and embrace its dream-like quality, so that rather than it having a linear narrative, it comes from somebody's mind," she says.
"It's a fantastic opportunity," says Turner, who recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire Scotland's acting course, having already appeared in the Dostoyevsky-based Notes From The Underground at the
Cotran too is relishing the opportunity, especially as he graduated from the RCS's musical theatre course. "I'm really getting to delve deep inside Jim's character," he says. "He has to bring a new energy and be this breath of fresh air and positivity, which is in complete contrast to everyone else."
As Levick recognises, "this is a really big challenge for Millie and Tom, but it's one I know they're already rising to, which is why they're here. One of the great things about having the acting ensemble in
At the end of October, Dundee Rep will continue the
Directed by Macdougall and featuring Turner and Cotran in the cast, this quartet of impeccably realised and rarely seen miniatures features This Property Is Condemned,
Next up for Levick in
"From one jolly play to another," she jokes, before pointing out what continues to fascinate her about The Glass Menagerie.
"I think it's the people," she says, "the characters and their relationships, which are so truthful and compelling. If you break it down, it's a very simple look at the relationships between a mother and son, a brother and sister, a mother and daughter, and the people around them. That's beautifully realised, because these people are so hopeful, but are so disappointed as well, and I think there are parallels there with all our lives."
The Glass Menagerie, Dundee Rep,
The last time a production of
Whatever happens, as Levick resumes her role as the Rep's co- artistic director following 10 months on maternity leave, it is clear that Williams's first successful play, which premiered in 1944, remains close to Levick's heart. She first directed The Glass Menagerie in 2008, after all, in a production at the