An interview with Ian Townsend #FirstWords

An interview with Ian Townsend #FirstWords

What inspires Ian to write? How does he create his new stories?

Ian Townsend

Playwright of Being Amazing

What inspires you?

Just about everything really - people, music, books especially - but anything that makes me think or laugh or react in some way. It could be a line I read or overhear, or the look of a person, or a moment from a piece of music. Does that make me sound like a sponge? Or a magnet? Or a magpie? Or just a thief? Haha.

What is your favourite novel/play?

Always struggle with this one, as I have so many I love. But the play that probably affected me the most when I first saw it was Joe Orton's What The Butler Saw in the early 80s. That's when I knew I wanted to write plays. And comedy especially.

HOW DO YOU BEGIN A NEW PIECE OF WRITING?

Usually from an idea or a thought, and just start writing to see where it goes. All The Bens started from a scene in a drama workshop I was working on, Being Amazing from a Kate Bush concert, and Granny Must Die from the idea that a person had 9 lives. I start from the idea and write until I either decide it's not very good, or until I finish it. I once stayed up all night to finish a play because I wanted to see how it ended!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO WRITE ABOUT THE MOST?

Hope and humanity. Wow, I wasn't expecting such a serious answer! But that hope and belief keeps me writing, because I believe in people and their goodness, whatever is happening in the world.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SNACK?

Oh, I can snack on anything. I'm a really good snacker. But my favourite is probably anything with cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. And a glass of nice wine.

You can see Ian Townsend's National Octagon Prize winning Being Amazing live in our Studio until Sat 8 July 2017.