Screenwriter Ron Hutchinson discusses working with Arthur Miller's drafts and handwritten notes to 'get inside his writing head word by word' and examines Miller's technique.
Ron Hutchinson is an Emmy award winning screenwriter who recently adapted Arthur Miller's unproduced screenplay The Hook for the stage. Miller wrote The Hook in 1951 but withdrew it from production when the studios demanded politically motivated changes, which he refused to make. Hutchinson writes about the process of working with Arthur Miller's drafts and handwritten notes to 'get inside his writing head word by word' and examines the sheer potency of Miller's technique. 'The Hook' received its world premiere in Northampton in 2015.
Five theatrical practitioners reflect on what Arthur Miller's work means to them and describe their personal connection with the playwright and his work. In modern stage classics such as The Crucible, A View From the Bridge, All My Sons and Death of a Salesman, Miller located life's social, political and even metaphysical issues in the lives of ordinary people. He engaged with his times, and was attuned to the tremors of his culture. He stood up to be counted and was an ardent advocate for writers' freedom of expression. Drawing on examples across a range of Miller's roles and plays.
Producer: Caroline Hughes
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 3.