The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast

The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast

A monthly podcast from Nick Hern Books, the UK's leading theatre publisher. Join host Siân Mayhall-Purvis and a dazzling line-up of brilliant playwrights to deep-dive into their plays, as well as discussing loads of other fascinating theatre topics including life as a writer, rehearsals and collaborating with others, writing tips and more.

Episodes

November 3, 2021 60 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one great play to read and discuss each month, followed by a Q&A with the writer.

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Frances Poet about her moving, award-winning play Adam. We were also joined by special guest Adam Kashmiry, whose story inspired the play and who starred in the premiere production.

Adam was first performed by the...

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The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one great play to read and discuss each month, followed by a Q&A with the writer.

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Jessica Swale about her funny and eye-opening play Blue Stockings. We discuss how she approached researching the history behind the story, what it feels like to have your play studied at GCSE, how Jessica's background ...

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June 2, 2021 47 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one great play to read and discuss each month, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to John O'Donovan about his haunting and funny drama Flights. We discuss how real-life events formed part of the play's development, just how many litres of liquid the actors had to consume every night, and how John's wri...

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May 6, 2021 30 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one great play to read and discuss each month, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Janice Okoh about her outrageous and thought-provoking play The Gift. We also discuss how winning the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2011 boosted Janice's career, what to do with ideas that don't quite become...

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April 6, 2021 49 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books is BACK - now with one fantastic play to read and discuss each month, followed by a Q&A with the writer.

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Jez Butterworth about his fascinating and enigmatic play The River.  We also explore Jez's massively successful career as a playwright and screenwriter - including why his debut play winning an Olivier Award was actua...

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The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one free play to read and discuss each week, followed by a Q&A with the writer.

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Jemma Kennedy about her wry and inventive play Second Person Narrative.

Second Person Narrative was released in 2015 as part of Platform, a partnership between Nick Hern Books and Tonic Theatre. It was originally workshopped with the Nat...

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July 1, 2020 37 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one free play to read and discuss each week, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Jessie Cave about her heartfelt and hilarious solo play Sunrise. 

Sunrise was first seen in 2018 at Soho Theatre, London, performed by Jessie herself, and also had two runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, multiple further pe...

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The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one free play to read and discuss each week, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Chris Bush about Faustus: That Damned Woman, her radical take on the classic cautionary tale. It was co-produced by Headlong and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, in association with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and first performed at th...

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The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one free play to read and discuss each week, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Chinonyerem Odimba about her passionate and affecting play Princess & The Hustler, which premiered at the Bristol Old Vic in 2019, followed by a UK tour, in a co-production between Eclipse Theatre Company, Bristol Old Vic and Hull ...

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June 3, 2020 45 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one free play to read and discuss each week, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Nadia Fall about her powerful, inventive verbatim play Home. It premiered at The Shed at the National Theatre, London, in 2013, directed by Nadia herself, and was revived at the same venue the following year. 

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May 27, 2020 39 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one free play to read and discuss each week, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Mike Bartlett about his reflective, tragicomic drama Albion, which premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in 2017, directed by Rupert Goold. It was revived at the same venue in February 2020, and will be broadcast on TV later this y...

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May 13, 2020 28 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one free play to read and discuss each week, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Stef Smith about her surreal and darkly funny play Human Animals, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2016, directed by Hamish Pirie. 

See more about The NHB Playgroup and find out how to get involved here: www.nickhe...

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May 6, 2020 32 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one free play to read and discuss each week, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Ella Hickson about her epic and explosive play Oil, which premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in 2016, directed by Carrie Cracknell. 

See more about The NHB Playgroup and find out how to get involved here: www.nickhernbooks.co.uk/...

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April 29, 2020 35 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one free play to read and discuss each week, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Enda Walsh about his beautiful, tender and dazzlingly theatrical drama Arlington. Enda's play premiered at Galway International Arts Festival in 2016, in a co-production between the festival and Landmark Productions, directed by E...

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April 22, 2020 33 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one free play to read and discuss each week, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Winsome Pinnock about her beautiful and epic drama Leave Taking. Winsome's play premiered at the Liverpool Playhouse Studio in 1987 and has been revived numerous times since, most recently at London's Bush Theatre in 2018. 

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April 15, 2020 49 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one free play to read and discuss each week, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to James Fritz about his compassionate and darkly funny drama Lava. The play was supposed to embark on a new UK tour in April, produced by Fifth Word, but this has sadly been postponed due to the coronavirus shutdown. 

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April 8, 2020 41 mins

The NHB Playgroup from Nick Hern Books brings you one free play to read and discuss each week, followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

In this episode of The NHB Playgroup Q&A Podcast, we spoke to Anna Jordan about her hard-hitting but tender drama Yen, winner of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2013. 

See more about The NHB Playgroup and find out how to get involved here: www.nickhernbooks.co.uk/playgroup 

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