Category Archives: Inspiration

David Mamet’s tips for playwrights, care of @parisreview #inspiration #learnfromthegreats

There are some great interviews in The Paris Review’s archives, free to read, if you want to hear how some of the great writers create their work. Here are some tips from American playwright David Mamet: ‘Well, you know, Hemingway said … Continue reading

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Taking the audience to new worlds, Alistair McDowall’s Pomona, September’s playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

I’m a tough customer when it comes to watching a play because I want it to really challenge my views on something and make me think, not just entertain me. So I only tend to go to see shows I’m … Continue reading

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Why make theatre at all? David Lan shares his inspiration @intlifemag

When I’m starting a new project as I am at the moment, I always ask myself WHY is this theatre? HOW can I give the audience a better experience of the story that will unfold in front of them so … Continue reading

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‘We’re not supposed to keep secrets in here’, update #DebraProject with @ToTheMoonUK

‘We’re not supposed to keep secrets in here, so I’ll tell you … This might sound a bit strange but you’re in here too so I expect you’re used to strange … There’s a monster, living underneath my bed.’ –quote … Continue reading

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‘I want people shaken up,’ David Harrower on his play Blackbird, August’s playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

Harrower’s two hander Blackbird was an unexpected winner of an Olivier Award. It’s a concisely written piece that plays out over real time and explores what happens when a couple reunite after about 15 years. This is no ordinary couple … Continue reading

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‘That’s as cinematic as you could get on stage.’ -Martin McDonagh, June’s Playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

Now known more for his films In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths Martin McDonagh started as a playwright. Performed in 2003 although written in the mid 90s The Pillowman won an Olivier for Best New Play amongst other awards and is by his … Continue reading

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‘In the olden days they used to think of writing as more like witchcraft and there’s something in that.’ -Marina Carr, May’s Playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

This quote is from an interview with one of Ireland’s most prominent playwrights Marina Carr whose 2 brilliant plays  Portia Coughlan and By The Bog of Cats I read this month. There’s definitely something magical about these pieces and if I didn’t need to move … Continue reading

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April’s playwright: Danai Gurira #Eclipsed @gatetheatre #12newplaywrightsin12months

‘The characters are compilations of people, every story is a compilation’ -Danai Gurira as interviewed in McCarter Theatre Centre Blog  This month I saw the brilliant play Eclipsed by Danai Gurira in its London premiere at the Gate Theatre in … Continue reading

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March’s playwright: Kwame Kwei-Armah #12newplaywrightsin12months

‘The best work is that which comes from the specific, but becomes universal.’ -Kwame Kwei-Armah interviewed by Whats On Stage.com As I mentioned in my previous post in this series #12newplaywrightsin12months I found my copy of Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Elmina’s Kitchen whilst … Continue reading

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February’s playwright: Jennifer Haley #12newplaywrightsin12months

Jennifer Haley isn’t a playwright I’d heard of before, but with the rave reviews of her play The Nether that’s transferred from the Royal Court to the West End I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see what I could … Continue reading

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