Theatre should never be about a writer - it should be about telling this story, in this place, for this audience. Yet we say "Xs new play" like we celebrate Xs but we don't see beyond the fact the plays are hollow and, generally, irrelelvant for the community they play to. When you do a commission for the Bush you write a play for a diverse audience in Shepards Bush hopefully with the aim of doing something for that audience that challanges the way they live/ think/ behave/ relate to self... When you write a Connections play you do it in the hope that young people engage with ideas they haven't yet so that they'll be better equipped to later. & that's how we should think about commissions - I'm writing for these people, in this place, in this community... not for "my next play that this theatre are putting on because I'm great".
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