"I have an innate optimism in the way I think about the future of the world...sometimes that optimism is run a little bit ragged by the actuality of the world...but I think the more ragged it's run the more defiant it becomes."
- Simon Stephens
In her capacity as The Marlowe Society's Writers' Rep in early 2018 Direct-H's director Olivia Gillman interviewed playwright and theatre-maker Simon Stephens (Heisenberg, The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-time). In front of an invited audience they discussed approaches to storytelling, censorship and free speech, gender representation in the theatre industry, the editing process, and music's relationship to text .
As a playwright invested in the education of writers, Simon - who ran the Royal Court Young Writers' Programme for several years in the early noughties- spoke as not just a playwright, but as a community figure who looks out for other writers.
A transcript of the interview will be available at Cambridge University's English Faculty from mid 2018.kl
Photography by Jamie Hancock.