Video Interview: Maxine Peake on The Skriker

Actor Maxine Peake plays the lead role in a revival of Caryl Churchill’s play The Skriker, at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester until 1 August.

In the play she plays a shape-shifter, a malevolent fairy who morphs into an old woman living on the streets, an American debutante and a child desperately seeking a mother figure.

The play begins with an extraordinary monologue in which The Skriker rails against the modern world in an outpouring of inventive wordplay and puns.

Here Maxine Peake explains how she approached this scene.

Maxine Peake reads from The Skriker: ‘nobody loves me and the sun’s going to kill me’

Watch an exclusive trailer for Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker, made by the animator Alice Dunseath. Churchill’s apocalyptic 1994 play about the eponymous shape-shifter is being revived by director Sarah Frankcom, with Maxine Peake in the lead role and music by Nico Muhly and Antony.
The Skriker is at the Royal Exchange theatre from 1 July to 1 August as part of the Manchester international festival.



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Clip: The Eccentronic Research Council and Maxine Peake speak to Radcliffe and Maconie – 12 May 2015

The Eccentronic Research Council and Maxine Peake chat to Mark and Stuart about collaborating on their new concept album, ‘Johnny Rocket, Narcissist and Music Machine… I’m Your Biggest Fan’.

Maxine Peake as Hamlet: Whither wilt thou lead me?

There are still a couple of occasions left where you can see Maxine Peake as Hamlet! Here’s a new clip:

From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as “delicately ferocious” by The Guardian and “a milestone Hamlet” by the Manchester Evening News.

Maxine Peake as Joan Le Mesurier in ‘Hancock & Joan’ (2008)

In the mid-1960s, Joan, not long married to comic actor John Le Mesurier, meets and is mutually attracted to comedian Tony Hancock, married to the long-suffering Freddie. Hancock’s most successful period is in the past and he has become depressive and alcoholic, recently emerging from a stay in a rehab centre. Joan tells him that if he can remain sober for a year she will leave John for him. Hancock goes to Australia to film a comedy series there but it does not work out and he commits suicide. Joan stays with John until his death in the 1980s.

Haven’t seen it yet? Watch it here! It’s a good film.

Here’s some promotional artwork:



Gallery Link:
Films > Hancock & Joan (2008) > Promos & Stills

Video Update: Scene 18 from How To Hold Your Breath + Deconstructed Clip



Deconstructed: Scene 18 from How to Hold Your Breath
Vicky Featherstone, Zinnie Harris and Maxine Peake break down the scene



Scene 18 from How to Hold Your Breath
Dana is on her last legs. She is giving in and calls to the devil to come and watch

Thanks once again to my friend Rich who made those videos available to us 🙂

Video Update: Scene 12 from How To Hold Your Breath + Deconstructed Clip



Deconstructed: Scene 12 from How to Hold Your Breath
Vicky Featherstone, Zinnie Harris, Maxine Peake and Michael Shaeffer break down the scene



Scene 12 from How to Hold Your Breath
Although the world is crumbling around her, Dana still believes things will be all right

Video Update: Scene 2 from How To Hold Your Breath + Deconstructed Clip



Deconstructed: Scene 2 from How to Hold Your Breath
Vicky Featherstone, Zinnie Harris, Maxine Peake and Michael Shaeffer break down the scene



Scene 2 from How to Hold Your Breath
Dana has slept with a man who mistakenly thought he’d be paying for the night of passion