Artistic Director, 1977 – 1983
Rob became Artistic Director of Half Moon Theatre in 1977 and during his six year tenure directed many productions, including Back Street Romeo, A Cool Million, Grand Larceny, We Can’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Guys and Dolls, Hamlet, Pal Joey, Ezra and Yakety Yak. He led the campaign to find the company a larger venue, overseeing the move from Alie Street to Mile End Road and launching the capital campaign for the new theatre.
Prior to joining the company, Rob directed at the Citizens’ Theatre in Glasgow and worked extensively as a director at theatres across Europe. After leaving Half Moon Theatre he moved into directing in television, mostly for the BBC, winning a BAFTA for Die Kinder. He is now based in the USA and has written and directed several feature films. He is currently Director of Canyon Pictures.
Full interview. Rob Walker talks about his time with the company and highlights a few productions and the importance of the company in the theatre world and amongst the wider community.
Rob Walker talks about visiting the old synagogue on Alie Street in 1972 when his friend Maurice Colbourne tells him they are going to turn it into a theatre.
Rob Walker talks about We Can’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! and how he drove to Italy to get the rights for the play.
Rob Walker talks about instituting the East End Festival, which was a true project of open access to all the community.
Rob Walker remembers the incredible touring work completed by the young people’s theatre.
Ché Walker is the son of Rob Walker, who was the Artistic Director of Half Moon Theatre in both Alie Street and Mile End Road in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Ché, who as a boy spent much of his time at the theatre, recalls his father’s exciting, visceral and at times unconventional approach to directing, and how this has influenced his own work as a writer and director today.
Simon Callow talks about director, Robert Walker and describes his visceral approach to directing, as well as their chemistry when working together.
Denis Lawson talks about working with director, Robert Walker and the importance this played in his early career.
Ché Walker, son of Artistic Director Rob Walker, recalls the mix of local young people taking part in the youth theatre groups at Half Moon Theatre during his father’s tenure.
Sheila Fox did publicity for Half Moon Theatre on the Mile End Road. She talks about her role there and Rob Walker’s style of leadership.
Frances de la Tour talks about working with Rob Walker and her decision to agree to play Hamlet for him at Half Moon Theatre on the Mile End Road.
Mick Bearwish is a theatre designer who worked on many productions for Half Moon Theatre at Alie Street and on the Mile End Road. He talks about working with Rob Walker and how the politics of the time influenced the work being produced.Interviewed by Rosie Vincent.
Theatre designer Iona McLeish worked on many productions at Half Moon Theatre at Alie Street and on the Mile End Road. She talks about walking with Rob Walker, the rehearsal process and the importance of the work of Half Moon Theatre. Interviewed by Toni Tsaera.
Actor and writer, Robin Soans was in a number of productions at Half Moon Theatre, both at Alie Street and on the Mile End Road in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He talks about Rob Walker, Artistic Director of the company at the time.