I've always been terrified of the theatre, 'cause it seemed like it wasn't for working-class scumbags like me. Theatre was posh, it was for the rich and playwrights were clever types who understood symbolism, lterature and art.
When I was a kid the only times I ever went to the theatre was panto and a couple of trips to the Polka Childrens Theatre in Wimbledon with my school.
We just couldn't afford it. And, besides, theatre's just telly for posh people, right?
But the problem is, ALL screenwriters in the UK come from the theatre and if, like me, you don't you get treated with deep suspicion.
So, I figured I'd better start writing plays.
FUCKING THE ACADEMY is my first and, much to my surpise, I'm loving it. It's set in a UK University and is about sexual violence, institutional culpability, and power-dynamics between academics and their students.
Sounds almost like 'literature.'
So it goes.