‘Last year in a screenplay a woman I had expected to be a big supporting character through to the end was shot dead without warning twenty minutes in; no wonder Yeats was known for talking to himself.’
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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.
‘Inspired or not, work had to be delivered. Caught in a game of double dare with deadlines I seldom blinked, even when they seemed impossible to beat. ‘