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Meet the writer: Lorna French

by Catherine Edwards on November 8th, 2013
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Our “meet the writer” series continues with Lorna French, whose play City Melodies will be showcased as a rehearsed reading on Sunday 24th November at 2pm, directed by Tanja Pagnuco of Stone Crabs Theatre.

How would you describe yourself?

At times talkative and wildly enthusiastic (sometimes too much), at other times self-conscious, nervous and doing a good impression of someone who has completely lost the ability to say anything at all.

What was the first play you saw?

Elizabeth Rex

Where do you like to work?

In bed or on the sofa.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

First a paediatrician, then a journalist and then, after going to the theatre for the first time, a playwright.

What inspires you about theatre?

The idea that a really great play can affect an audience in so many ways; emotionally, intellectually etc. Theatre can make you look at the world that little bit differently, make you question things you may not have even considered before.

What is your greatest wish?

To write a really great play.

What is your favourite thing about Birmingham?

The sense that Birmingham as a city is never static but is always being developed further and moving forward. There is always some kind of large building project going on, which I think, gives me a sense of Birmingham as city of motion, advancement and endeavour. I love that about Birmingham.

What do you see when you look out of the window?

Lots of back gardens; many with a ridiculously large variety of flowers that seem to have been in bloom all summer but are now beginning to droop and look a bit sad as we have moved into autumn. However, the ceramic meerkats that are dotted around my back garden keep me smiling each time I look out of my window, despite the sad looking flowers.

What is your favourite ever theatre production that you have seen?

Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge starring Ken Stott.

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