Jazzy Dialogue and Flash Creativity

Chris Wilson, Writer of ‘Lady Di’

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I’m always keen to explore unusual family dynamics. Lady Di is about unusual people. My grandmother and her 49-year-old daughter (my auntie) still live together. Their off-beat relationship was the genesis of the play. Lady Di  is, however, not necessarily about my grandmother and auntie. It is about loneliness, aspiration and dependency.

This would have been a haphazard process without structure. I once had a fanciful notion that jazzy dialogue and flash creativity were the bedrock of playwriting. Such naivety explains why I have struggled with a good idea in the past.

Mark Catley’s innate obsession with structure has defined this project, and made the writing process far smoother than I had ever imaged possible.

I have found that emerging writers find it just as tough as new writers to get on to the next level. This is especially true in Yorkshire. SV4 gave me a cause to start writing again. For that reason alone, I am eternally grateful.

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