All items: Jez Butterworth

Jonny Wright talks to John Siddique about his need to write the roles that have been missing from theatre repertoire, his attraction to protagonists who find themselves at odds with the world, and the literary values of Hip Hop.

When 'austerity theatre' must cut the cloth to fit tight financial constraints, the result is smaller casts, simpler sets and design. Even worse, says Shaun McCarthy, the playwright is eclipsed: instead of author-driven productions, theatre is awash with devised, collaborative works. These developments, he argues, should concern us.