The Secret Agent in the Netherlands : Interview with Izabel Pacholec. / Hampson, Robert; Pacholec, Izabel.

In: Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Vol. 12, No. 1 / 2, 04.03.2019.

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2018 was 'The Year of Joseph Conrad'. Among the events to celebrate Conrad was Izabel Pacholec's radical adaptation of 'The Secret Agent'. Robert Hampson gave a skype lecture at the start of the 'Conrad Project' in the Netherlands which influenced the adaptation. Here Hampson interviews Pacholec about the genesis of the adaptation; what attracted Pacholec to 'The Secret Agent'; how 'The Secret Agent' was seen to have contemporary relevance - in particular, 'the emotional state of the masses' in the context of Brexit; the historical issue of women's dependence on men; how to handle the sustained ironic commentary by an embodied narrator in adapting the novel for the stage; casting restrictions (and special skills) and their impact on the adaptation; gender changes, doubling and pole-dancing.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Adaptation in Film and Performance
Issue number1 / 2
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Mar 2019

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