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‘Having always been isolated I created imaginative worlds of my own, and I do so still. Oh dear! It all goes back to childhood then?’

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.

‘You see you just didn’t talk back then about your feelings; you swallowed them down and you got on with your ‘O’ Levels. So I turned to books.’