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Pressure Q&A video and photos: How did David Haig come to write and star in a play about unsung Scottish hero and weatherman James Stagg?

By |2020-02-01T22:44:04+00:003 July 2018|

If you'd never heard of the James Stagg before David Haig's latest play Pressure, don't feel bad: neither had he. Haig was approached by director John Dove and Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre who wanted to create a play about an unsung Scottish hero.

How did Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting become a cultural phenomenon? I’m finally ready to immerse myself

By |2020-02-01T23:40:38+00:0028 March 2018|

I first saw Harry Gibson's stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting in the 1990s when I was a recently-arrived-from-America twenty-something in London.

Q&A photos and podcast: How has theatre helped Soldier On’s veterans recover?

By |2020-02-01T23:46:05+00:0016 March 2018|

I'm pretty certain that my event last night at SOLDIER ON was my largest-ever panel for a post-show Q&A: in total, there were 19 of us, including me. Thank goodness the Playground Theatre had plenty of chairs.

Photos and podcast: Climbing metaphorical mountains with Pilgrims playwright Elinor Cook

By |2020-03-27T22:34:58+00:0027 September 2016|

Critic Matt Trueman described Elinor Cook's Pilgrims, about a pair of young mountain climbers, as the "peak of playwriting". I got to talk mountains, metaphors and much more with this whipsmart George Devine Award-winning playwright.
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