Each week, we select a play to feature as our ‘Play of the Week’. Not only do we profile it with an interview with the playwright themselves, but we also offer a temporary download of the play – absolutely FREE. This week Jonathan Edgington, and his play ‘Unforgettable‘.
Jonathan Edgington began his writing career in earnest shortly after he completed a two year playwriting course at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton, led by John Burgess. Since then, Jonathan has written twenty four short/one-act plays, three sketches and one full length play to which the Chesil Theatre Company will be giving a world premiere when they perform it as their open-air production in Winchester in the summer of 2016.
Jonathan Edgington, playwright of ‘Unforgettable’
WHAT IS THE PLAY ABOUT?
Unforgettable is a 15 minute drama in which a man suffering from amnesia has a strange encounter in a bar…
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE PLAY?
A man playing chess with himself in a public library!
WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
When writing a new play I like to get the characters I’m writing about clear in my head before I start. Consequently the most important part of the creative process for me is the compilation of pen-pictures of the characters who will be appearing in my play.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR NEW WRITERS?
Be prepared for lots of rejections and brush up your networking skills!
WHO ARE YOUR LITERARY INFLUENCES?
Mark Ravenhill, Caryl Churchill, Martin McDonagh and Nick Payne.
WHY DO YOU THINK THEATRE IS IMPORTANT?
I can’t imagine a world without theatre. To me, it fulfils the basic human need of developing our creativity whilst retaining our culture.
Jonathan is currently working on the first draft of his second full-length play. In the autumn, he will be doing some preliminary work on the action sequences in “Robin Hood” with the play’s director.