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Interviews with Playwrights

Writing Political Theatre: Anne Washburn & James Graham

Playwrights Anne Washburn (ShipwreckThe Twilight ZoneMr Burns) and James Graham (InkThis HouseLabour of Love) discuss their differing approaches to writing political plays. Chaired by Almeida Literary Manager Stephanie Bain.

James Graham On Writing Ink

Playwright James Graham discusses his writing process and approach to Ink, his play that leads with the birth of this country’s most influential newspaper – when a young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asked the impossible and launched its first editor’s quest, against all odds, to give the people what they want.

Podcast: Jeremy O. Harris

Award-winning playwright Jeremy O. Harris (Slave Play, “Daddy”) talks to the Almeida’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold.

Podcast: Mike Bartlett

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold talks to playwright Mike Bartlett about his critically-acclaimed play Albion. Mike discusses how he wrote the play, what he particularly loved about Victoria Hamilton’s performance, and how writing for TV is different to writing for theatre.

Podcast: Beth Steel

Award-winning playwright Beth Steel (Wonderland) talks to Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold about how she approaches writing, and her unconventional route to becoming a playwright.    

Ella Hickson On Writing Oil

Playwright Ella Hickson discusses her writing process and approach to Oil, an explosive play which drills deep into the world’s relationship with this finite resource.

Christopher Shinn On Writing Against

Playwright Christopher Shinn discusses his writing process and approach to Against, his gripping play directed by Ian Rickson with Ben Whishaw as Luke an aerospace billionaire who sets out to change the world. Only violence stands in his way.

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