Writers in Residence
Mark Ravenhill's two year residency with us began in January 2012. As well as writing plays, he has lived in Stratford-upon-Avon and taken part in the whole process of developing plays, including rehearsals, production, publicity and education.
For Mark, there are other benefits. He explains: 'I quite often do my best writing in quite specific circumstances. The sense of a space and an audience and a company of actors focuses my imagination.'
He adds: 'Shakespeare was the playwright in residence for his company – he wrote for a specific stage and company of actors, so having a writer in residence is being true to the spirit of Shakespeare and his theatres.'
Previous Writers in Residence have included Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote American Trade (pictured, 2011) and Adriano Shaplin who wrote The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes (2008). They follow in a long tradition of writers who have been closely associated us, which started with Harold Pinter, who, although never an official Writer in Residence, was resident in Stratford-upon-Avon, and wrote five plays for the company.