NF Simpson special: rare interview with the playwright

6th July 2010 Comment·

in 1950s Drama, Playwrights



Extracts from a conversation with Dominic Cavendish at Simpson’s home in Cornwall in which the 91-year-old ‘absurdist’ playwright ranges across his life and various topics – his 1957 debut A Resounding Tinkle, the Royal Court, the Goons, Harold Pinter – ahead of the world premiere of his latest play, If So, Then Yes, at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Conducted at teatime in the presence of the play’s director Simon Usher, and Molly, Simpson’s Jack Russell.

I know I’m paranoid. If people came up and praised me I hated it, because I had this feeling that behind my back they were nudging one another.

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Carol McCallum September 14, 2011 at 11:24 am

NF Simpson lectured in English literature at a further education college for many years. He was one of the most inspiring teachers ever, although I am sure he would have self-deprecatingly denied this. I still remember through his teaching the works of George Elliot and Jane Austin being given special meaning through his interpretation. Many of his students – an unusual collection in those days, drawn to further education because they had missed the conventional school routes – graduated to top universities, clutching their Grade One certificates which Mr Simpson (as we called him) had helped them achieve.


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