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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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A masterclass in active dialogue: Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, July’s playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

‘Theatre is often tedious, irrelevant, ridiculous and smug. At its best, though, it cuts through the noise of everything else that’s competing for our attention and gives our empathy and imagination a workout.’  From an interview with Duncan Macmillan here. … 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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This play is a time bomb #godlessmonsters #rehearsaldiaryday1

‘My play is no different to any other play: it’s a time bomb that starts to tick from the moment the first action is initiated, from the moment that desires are heightened, characters cross and explode as they flounder to make sense of their … 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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Announcement: See Godless Monsters at New Diorama Theatre and King’s Head Theatre this Spring!

‘I place before you the head of my godless enemies. They have tormented me and hated me ever since I wanted to go my own way’ (Extract) I’m very pleased to be able to announce that Piqued Productions will be … Continue reading

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January’s playwright: Jack Thorne #12newplaywrightsin12months

“I think I started writing plays as a way of expressing the things I couldn’t say” This quote from Jack Thorne‘s introduction to his recently published Plays One seems like a good enough reason to start writing plays if you ask … Continue reading

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