‘Of course writing can bring fame, fortune, opprobrium, imprisonment, even death or the threat of death, and that would bloody well change you. But merely speaking can also do some of those things.’
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‘If scripts were changed so little and yet could be so successful, then is my work really better now because, using a computer, I can change it all the time?’
‘I also need to listen to the target audience. How and where will they watch the film? What have they seen in the past? What do they like and dislike? ‘
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.