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theatre djs

It struck me the other day how much a theatre writer (I use writer in as broad a sense as possible), when they’re really successful, is not trying to cover all the bases and present a perfect play, but is instead sharing their own guilty pleasures. “look at my viewpoint on things” we say. “isn’t it interesting?” The culture of workshops and playwright training give the playwrights a lot of ‘ways in’ to writing their play, but perhaps we should be looking to enable them with ‘ways out’ of the implied imperative to please all of these different schools of thought. The playwright is like the DJ – “listen to this stuff. It’s not everything, but it goes well together and it makes sense together.”

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