Last week we asked you who your favourite living playwright was…
We were bowled over by the number of responses and the thrilling range of playwrights advocated in your comments.
We loved reading your passionate championing of your favourites, which collectively are real testament to the depth and range of talent out there, and to the catholicity of taste amongst new writing afficionados.
Here are a selection:
“Edward Albee and Mark Ravenhill are like creative and ‘slightly mad’ cooks; mixing surrealism with naturalism and throwing in some rich, full-blooded dialogue. All amounting to feast after feast for this reader.”
“Enda Walsh, without a doubt.”
“I think it has to be Dennis Kelly; I can’t think of many living writers who can pull off epic quite so brilliantly as Gods Weep… But, can’t ignore James Graham either, Whiskey Taster is sublime!”
“David Eldridge: Totally exposes the human condition and writes the best Radio plays around.”
“Tim Crouch, to my mind, is the most exciting theatre-maker and writer of the last 50 years.”
“Martin McDonagh. Always precise, vivid and disturbing!”
“Charlotte Jones always writes amzing stories about truly interesting human beings – she constantly inspires me…i love her!”
“Mike Bartlett. Cock is the best play I’ve ever seen in my life. Still can’t get over it.”
“I’ve only just been introduced to Simon Stephens, and i’ve fallen in love!”
Everyone who commented went into a hat from which we drew one person to receive a lovely parcel of plays from us. The winner was Mark Oosterveen, who wrote:
“The tempting thing here is to stop, think, and make a measured, thought-out response. But the more honest thing would be to blurt out the first name that comes to mind. I’m going for the latter and saying David Mamet.”
A parcel of plays winging its way to Mark Oosterveen
Please do keep adding your favourite playwrights to the thread.