Timberlake is one of Britain's most celebrated playwrights and is currently the Chair in Playwriting at the University of East Anglia, artistic adviser to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and on the council of the Royal Society of Literature. She has written and translated over 40 plays including Our Country's Good, Antigone and Our Ajax.
Her new play The Ant and the Cicada is part of Midsummer Mischief's Programme A, with Alice Birch's Revolt. She said. Revolt again.
Programme A >>
Timberlake Wertenbaker Q&A
What was your initial reaction to the provocation that 'well behaved women rarely make history'?
As often happens, I heard it differently. I thought the writers were supposed to behave badly and I found that irresistible.
What excites you about coming to The Other Place?
In a nutshell, tell me about your play
A Greek island. An old house crumbles. Two sisters fight. Cicadas sing.
Why should people come and see your play?
Democracy is a Greek word.