ARE YOU MORE A HUNTER OR A GATHERER TYPE?
As a writer I forage. Like a literary truffle pig, I poke my nose into the minutiae of human life, hungry to unearth anecdotes, images and dialogue that might inspire or inform me. Gathering this information is vital to what I do, whether I am writing for theatre, stand-up, radio, television or film, for the National Youth Theatre or more seasoned performers.
While gathering around me great talent is also essential to my job as a director, the role also requires a singularity of vision that might better describe the hunter. And when I’m working with Oscar and BAFTA-winning actors, this laser-focus is essential.
Sometimes I hunt, sometimes I gather. Mostly I multi-task. And always with coffee.
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT VR?
Of course the notion of travelling to other worlds and exploring parts of our own is a really exciting prospect, as is creating another magical layer to what we already see, but for me the promise of XR lies in the characters. The idea that this technology will allow me to meet them face to face, participate in their lives and make decisions that will affect the outcome of their stories.
It would be like hosting a party and inviting all the most interesting and funny people I have never met. Only I wouldn’t have to worry about them trashing my house, fighting with my neighbours or finding them dead on my floor the following morning. Well, not in real life anyway. But those would definitely be great scenes to be part of in the virtual world!
WHAT ROLE WOULD YOU PLAY IN A DISASTER MOVIE?
The more I read about global warming, the more I feel like I am already in a disaster movie! What role do I play? I’m that lowly sailor on the Titanic who keeps telling everyone she can see an iceberg.
As the boat starts to sink I’ll be on the look-out for a third-act plot-twist but when that is not forthcoming, I’ll tell the band to stop playing so I can test-out some new stand-up material.
I’ll probably die on stage but not before I’ve had the last laugh.