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‘Your idea hovers out of reach. It offers hope, and threatens despair; there’s a story here, it whispers, but are you the one to tell it?’

Kevin Clarke speaks with Frances Byrnes about playwriting as an essential dramatic apprenticeship, completing his education as an adult, and how his dramatic subjects choose him, rather than the other way around.

‘Instead of trying to write I try not to write and let the urge to write build in me to a point where it can no more be repelled.’