‘Before my big break I’d written countless spec scripts and sent them off in the hope that someone might commission me. Marks and Gran gave me that opportunity and I could not allow myself to fail.’
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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.