Theatre is being ruined by intimacy staff when directors could do same job, says Ian McKellen
Theatre is being ruined by ‘intimacy coordinators’ when directors could do same job, says Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen has slammed ‘irrelevant’ jobs such as intimacy coordinators for ruining the ‘purity’ of modern theatre.
The legendary actor said there are too many people ‘getting in the way’ of performers today.
He singled out intimacy coordinators – introduced in the wake of the MeToo movement to protect and guide actors during sex scenes – suggesting that directors could do the job just as well.
Speaking on a podcast Sir Ian, 83, said: ‘I can imagine situations where people find it difficult to be intimate – but why can’t the director do that? The purity of as few people as possible getting in the way is good.’
Sir Ian McKellen has singled out intimacy coordinators, suggesting that directors could do the job just as well
He added that some of the people doing the jobs admit they aren’t clear what their roles are.
McKellan’s co-star in Lord of the Rings, Sean Bean, was criticised last year for suggesting the role of intimacy co-ordinators ‘spoiled the spontaneity’ of the scenes.
McKellen said: ‘There have been many changes (to theatre) not always for the better.
‘When I started out, there was a (director) and they organised putting on the play – they cast it, they did the lighting, they might often do the scenery for it. They rehearsed it and they were in charge.
‘Look at the back of a theatre programmer now and you see that the director has got an assistant director, and an associate director and something called a dramaturge (literary advisor or editor).
‘I have asked many of them what they do and they are not too clear themselves.
‘Then there is the lighting designer, the sound designer, the dialect coach. The latest is the intimacy coordinator. These were all in the past not needed as people got on with (it).
‘This has been a huge change and its a little bit of beef from me because with all these names of people doing all these jobs that previously seemed to have taken care of themselves, you wont find any actors other than those you’ve seen in the play that night because they’re not permanently employed.
‘There are all these technicians and I think the purity of as few people as possible getting in the way is good.’
McKellen said many of the changes to theatre have not always been ‘for the better’