21st September 2017
INTERVIEW: DAVID GREIG. From taking The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart on a tour of pubs to putting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway, David Greig is one of Britain’s most wide-ranging and prolific playwrights. Since 2016, however, he has also been in charge of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum. What happens when a playwright becomes an artistic director? What has he learnt about running a repertory theatre? Does he take responsibility for the race and gender balance on stage? And where is he most at home: on Broadway or on a scratch cabaret night? Interview by Mark Fisher, recorded on 12 September 2017.
“Nobody looks back on the Berliner Ensemble in the 1930s and says, ‘They did some really solid, middle-ground box-office work and they had a great relationship with the funding body of the Weimar period.’ They go, ‘They were doing work by Brecht and others that was absolutely engaged with society.'”