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The journey of a play

Each play I write takes me somewhere new. It takes me somewhere I hadn’t imagined I was going initially, and I usually end up with something that looks at the world in a way I hadn’t realised. I remembered this … Continue reading

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So what story are you writing? #allwritingisrewriting #writingtips

All writing is rewriting. It’s what they say but it’s also a truth about the writing process and I believe you can’t be a successful writer unless you enjoy the simple process of getting down words on the page and then … Continue reading

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Are all stories really the same? And does a female character have to be likeable? #NewYearNewPlay #WritingTips

Are you kick starting your year with a new creative project? I’m starting 2016 with rewriting. I’m taking a shorter project and making it longer, with the help of a director to make sure I’m making sense (and with the … Continue reading

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‘A play is a backward explosion’, That Face by Polly Stenham, December’s playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

Part of the Royal Court Young Writers Group, Stenham was 18 when she wrote That Face, the play she submitted at the end of the course that went on to be produced at the Royal Court and the West End. … Continue reading

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‘My first play, Foxfinder, was read, liked, but not produced by basically the theatres that accept scripts’ Dawn King, November’s playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

‘My first play, Foxfinder, was read, liked, but not produced by basically the theatres that accept scripts – and not just in London. I’d had lots of meetings with people who said they liked it, but that it was a … Continue reading

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Stef Smith looks at the ‘chaotic ways in which we continue’ in Swallow, October’s playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

A friend of mine saw Stef Smith’s new play Swallow at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year and said I just had to read it! Smith wasn’t a writer I’d heard of and when I discovered she’d won an Olivier … Continue reading

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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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‘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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