Playwright's Podcast

Every week for the next 12 weeks, Royal Court Associate Playwright Simon Stephens will be talking to some of the world’s leading playwrights about their lives and their work, their approaches and their careers, and their relationships with the Royal Court.

Playwrights include April De Angelis, Rachel De-lahay, Tanika Gupta, David Hare, Robert Holman, Dennis Kelly, Alistair McDowall, Anthony Neilson, Joe Penhall, Lucy Prebble, Anya Reiss, Polly Stenham and Enda Walsh.

We’ll be releasing a new Playwright’s Podcast every Friday. You can subscribe via iTunes here. For the full release schedule click here.

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Episode 1: Enda Walsh talks to Simon Stephens

Since he exploded into the international theatrical consciousness with his full length debut play Disco Pigs in 1997 Enda Walsh has been a sparkling presence in European playwriting.

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Episode 2: April De Angelis talks to Simon Stephens

April De Angelis has been writing for the theatre since the mid –eighties. Starting her career as an actor for the significant feminist theatre company Monstrous Regiment, she wrote her first play Breathless in 1987.

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Episode 3: Dennis Kelly & Joe Penhall talk to Simon Stephens

This afternoon Simon won’t just be interviewing one of the world’s leading playwrights, but two of them together: Dennis Kelly & Joe Penhall.

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Episode 4: Polly Stenham talks to Simon Stephens

Few playwrights that arrived on British stages in the last ten years have provoked more fascination or excitement than Polly Stenham.

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Episode 5: David Hare talks to Simon Stephens

The plays of David Hare have dramatised and counterpointed the political and moral landscape of Britain and its position in our world for nearly fifty years.

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Episode 6: Rachel De-lahay talks to Simon Stephens

The career of Rachel De-lahay might be described as the platonic form of a young Royal Court playwright’s career in the 21st century.

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Episode 7: Alistair McDowall talks to Simon Stephens

Alistair McDowall made his Royal Court debut as part of the Open Court season in 2013 with Talk Show, a tender exploration of a teenage fantasist. His most recent play X enjoyed massive success in the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs last year.

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