In Conversation with David Edgar

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  • November 15, 2004 19:45–00:00


Monday 15th November
School of Pythagoras Theatre,
St. John’s College, Cambridge

As one of the leading playwrights in the theatre today, no one is better
qualified to talk about modern theatre and playwrighting than David Edgar.
In addition David will talk about his distinguished writing career in the
context of post-war drama. There will be lots of opportunity to chat with
David in the Q and A section of the evening.

His writing career began as a journalist and it was at this time that he
started writing seriously for the stage in a radical style. Some of his
early plays include The National Interest (1971), Excuses Excuses (1972),
Dick Deterred (1974), Saigon Rose (1976), and Wreckers (1977). His plays
written for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) include Destiny (1976),
winner of the John Whiting Award, The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (1978), The
Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1980), winner of the Society of
West End Theatres Best Play award and a Tony Award (USA), Maydays (1983),
winner of the Plays and Players Award for Best Play, The Shape of the Table
(1990), written for the Royal National Theatre in London, and Pentecost
(1994), winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the Year.

His work for television includes Buying a Landslide (1992) and Vote for
Them (1989). He is also the author of the radio plays Ecclesiastes (1977),
A Movie Starring Me (1991), Talking to Mars (1996) and an adaptation of Eve
Brook's novel The Secret Parts (2000). He wrote the screenplay for the film
Lady Jane (1986). More recent plays include Albert Speer (2000), based on
Gita Sereny's biography of Hitler's architect, first staged at the Royal
National Theatre, and The Prisoner's Dilemma (2001), an exploration of the
nature of modern conflict, for the RSC. He is also the author of The Second
Time as Farce: Reflections on the Drama of Mean Times (1988) and editor of
The State of Play: Playwrights on Playwriting (2000).

He continues to write for the stage, radio and television and has taught at
Birmingham University since 1989. He has been Judith E. Wilson Senior
Fellow at Cambridge University in 1996.

This series is open to anyone with an interest in theatre. For more
information please contact Shahzad Ahmed, artistic director, on

Entrance: members: £.1.00 Non-members: £2.00, Non-students£2.50