Sometimes I write plays.
They don’t compete with my dramaturgy work, but rather complement it. Writing for theatre is a way to work with dramaturgs and actors and directors in a way that informs and feeds back into my dramaturgy practice, enriches it, and makes it more diverse.
My plays, like most writers’, are a way to help me make sense of the world around me.
You me and the cat is an exercise in creative autobiography, taking five years of experiences and people and relationships, and inventing characters and scenarios from and around them.
The Book of Ducks is a more formal experiment - trying to take a form like the fable or fairytale, and reinvigorate it with my own ideas and characters.
TRIPLE FALSEHOOD is a dare to myself, an experiment in size and scale, using old staging methods to tell a new story. (See the Shakespeare's New Contemporaries program for the rules of the challenge.)
As a dramaturg, I am happiest working in a room with other creatives, either in rehearsal or in development for a new work. As a writer, I am happiest hearing and seeing the words embodied by actors, seeing them come to life with new rhythms and energies to what I imagined, as well as discussing the work with my collaborators afterwards, feeding it all back into my creative practice.
If people encounter them and love the characters or words as much as I do - if these plays speak to others in a way that resonates with them - then they are successful.
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