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June 22, 2020

At a time when much of the country was segregated under the Jim Crow laws, the Ku Klux Klan was rife and public lynchings were common, it seems extraordinary that there was a federally funded programme to produce performance largely made by black artists, targeting bla...

June 21, 2020

I really miss seeing people in the flesh. Although I love the LMDA and have enjoyed the last two days of conferences, it is absolutely exhausting to sit through hours of Zoom conference talks, back to back, two days in a row. But here we go!

June 20, 2020

It feels nice, comforting, to be connected to dramaturgs when the rehearsal rooms and theatres and theatre bars are closed. It’s good to see people gathering, dramaturgs gathering to offer support to each other, suggest solutions to what’s happening and just share a pr...

June 19, 2020

If you write about something happening in a contemporary setting, you can’t be vague any more. You can’t just say ‘now’, and then not have the characters wearing masks, standing six feet apart from each other. Because then it’s immediately a period piece.

June 18, 2020

Someone once told me that Putin has a dramaturg. Like a political dramaturg. A dramaturg of evil, if you will. Is Dominic Cummings Boris Johnson’s version of Putin’s dramaturg?

June 17, 2020

Suddenly I wonder, Oh god… am I playing into the hands of crazed right-wingers by adapting a canonical novel by a white author, written at the height of the British Empire? Am I just reinforcing the samey-sameness of stereotypical British theatre by writing yet another...

June 16, 2020

It’s hard to know what makes sense to do when nothing makes sense. Something I often ask my students when I teach playwriting is: what are the rules of the world? No really – what are the rules of the world now? Seriously. Does anyone know?

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