Top writer encourages young theatre makers

Published: 17 February 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Playwright James Graham, fourth left, with members of The Dukes Young Company and The Dukes drama practitioner Liam McCormick at the back

James Graham, whose Channel 4 drama Brexit: The Uncivil War starring Benedict Cumberbatch was screened recently and is the first playwright since Oscar Wilde to have had three of his plays running in the West End simultaneously, spoke to the young people at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster about his own background and career as well as offering some advice on their own production.

Empire To Exit sounds very exciting and you should all be proud of what you are doing. It’s brave to devise your own work,” he said.

It will be performed in The Round, March 27 and 28, just days before Britain’s planned exit from the European Union. The political scene past and present is a theme of many of James’s plays including the 2018 Olivier Award-winning Labour of Love. Last month, he was the subject of a BBC1 Imagine documentary.

Empire To Exit is recommended for anyone aged 12 plus.