I have no idea how to explain my week here in words. Every day from early to late has been so full of inspiration, learning, excitement, belonging, strangeness, support, encouragement, passion, laughing, and achievement. I have seen brilliant theatre (War Horse, Comedy of Errors, One Man, Two Guvnors) and worked with extraordinary people.Â Kobna Holdbrook-SmithÂ directed the 10 minute extract of The Tent, with the amazing cast of Doraly Rosa, Olayinka Giwa, Richard Cordery, David Webber, Tracy-Ann ObermanÂ and Chris Brandon.
The National Theatre Studio family of Mark, Sarah, Matthew, Rebecca, Sophie, John and Racheli made sure that nothing was impossible and showered us with love and attention. Clare (who works at The National Theatre but was deeply involved in the project) was heroic. Lucas, whose dream this whole project was, was unbelievable; proud, happy, emotional. So was Carol, from the Arterial Network.
We six writers were treated like stars. It was unbelievable. I believe that this is only the beginning of the project. Our plays are all going to live beyond this moment. I am very excited. I am turning my head (a little reluctantly) to home, and trying to think how to become as good there.