22 March, 2006

Playwright quotes

Frank McGuinness:

"Violence - there's no theatre without it is there? Even the most genteel comedy of manners, if you look at it, has a murderous side there somewhere. Drama thrives on change and there ain't no more forceful agent of change than violence."

Simon Gray:

"I quite like to know about the worlds which the characters bring with them to the stage. There are playwrights who seem incapable of creating characters who have a past or a present other than what is stated about them."

"I don't find my politics dramatically interesting so why should an audience? I write the kind of play which I'd like to see myself. For me a play is a way of expressing life and giving it some kind of shape."

Quoted from interviews with The Stage

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