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Meet the writer: Jonathan ap Emrys

by Catherine Edwards on November 2nd, 2013
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Meet the writer provides a snapshot intro to the people involved in this year’s Festival.
Today’s writer is Jonathan ap Emrys, who will present a work-in-progress showing of his latest work, 2 Degrees on Saturday 23rd November at 3pm.
How would you describe yourself?
Bizarre at times. Mad and over-the-top at times. Talkative. Often singing, even in public. Slightly geeky. Passionate. And…Welsh.
 
What was the first play you saw?
The first one I can remember seeing is the theatrical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG.
 
Where do you like to work?
Somewhere that’s not too quiet. Somewhere with other people. Somewhere with lots of light.
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A pop star first and foremost. I then went through phases of wanting to be…a doctor, chef, solicitor, hairdresser, architect and actor and probably some others I can’t remember.
 
What inspires you about theatre?
The people. And the way in which theatre can speak in so many different ways and create universal images and messages. There are very few boundaries.
 
What is your greatest wish?
To have some sort of impact. 
 
What is your favourite thing about Birmingham?
The convenience and the various artistic communities. It’s lively and interesting but it’s never ‘too much’ – I never feel like getting away from Birmingham.
 
What do you see when you look out of the window?
Literally, a car park. Metaphorically, opportunity. 

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