about what you know" - so said learned thespian
David Edgar when I went to study playwrighting under his
tuition shortly after leaving university.
But let’s face
it, Shakespeare’s not just a great playwright, he’s a master
I learnt that when
Haringey Arts Council commissioned me to re-tell Hamlet from
Ophelia’s perspective, and when Live and Dangerous theatre group
asked me to revamp
A Midsummer Night’s Dream for their school-touring production.
And reworking set
text/ RSC favourite King Lear has built on that experience.
My tabloid take
on Lear sends judgement calling on an old editor in the form of
a particularly stressful press day.
Lear through the looking glass as judgement calls
My pitting of work
experience Cordelia against cynical hack Edmund was described by
Time Out as "a playful microcosm ...a clever synthesis between
Lear and Shakespeare’s original."
But this tale of
loyalty, betrayal and tight deadlines is really about what we don’t
If you’ve ever
feared getting old or dying alone, this look at the conundrum of
just being human should show why Shakespeare’s original is such
a lasting classic.
is at Camden People's Theatre
58 Hampstead Road NW1
July 2 - 14/ 8pm
Ring: 020 7916 5878