Ben Spiller Interview June 2013


Shakespeare is much better at putting thoughts and feelings into words than I am and, as his work inspires me daily both personally and professionally, I defer to him in response to some of the questions that Simon sent over to me. I’ve changed some words here and there for context, but their meanings remain unchanged.
What is the epitome of beauty to you?
“Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye,
Not utter’d by base sale of dealers’ tongues” 

: Love’s Labour’s Lost
What is the meaning of life to you?
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none” 
: All’s Well That Ends Well
What would be the best thing about a world without religion?
“Thought is free!”
: The Tempest
What do you think about where you live?
“I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it”
: As You Like It
What is the best thing about Derby?
“What is the city but the people?”
: Coriolanus
How do you feel about the current government?
“A sort of rascals, a scum of Britons,
Whom their o’er-cloyed country vomits forth
To desperate ventures and assured destruction”
: Richard III
How do you think the education system could be improved?
“Find tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Lessons in stones, and good in everything”

: As You Like It
If you were 80 years old sending a letter back in time to your present self what would you say?
“This above all – to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to anyone”
: Hamlet
If you could send a letter back in time to your 16 year old self what would it say?
“Give everyone thine ear, but few thy voice”
: Hamlet
What do you think is the best way to go about creating social change?
“Go together,
You precious winners all; your exultation
Partake to every one”
: The Winter’s Tale
How could we survive without money?
“Good fellows all,
The latest of my wealth I’ll share amongst you”
: Timon of Athens
What do we need to do to make the world a better place?
“Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say”
: King LearBen is the artistic director and producer at 1623 Theatre Company

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