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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.

‘Read the masters of the past, and learn how and how not, to write. If you think independently reading others strengthens our independence rather than harming it.’
‘Planning and plaiting the story strands can seem like just more hardcore displacement activity, until you don’t do it.’