This month seesabold new move on the partolEdinburgh's Lyceum Theatre. Forthe tirsttime since Ian Wooldridge was appointed Artistic Director. the companyismountingan entirely newplaybyayoung Scottish writer(althoughtheyhave produced several new adaptations and translations overrecentmonthsl. Mounting new workisa box-otticertsk thatnotmanymain stagetheatres are preparedtotake. particularlywiththe presentshortageottunds. and no-one is more aware otthisthan Stuart Paterson. whose newplayMr Government. istheworkinquestion:‘l hopepeopledocomebecausethey havetakensucharisk bydoinga new play—butit'sa riskthatshould be taken more ottenlsuppose. lt's trighleningtothinkthatit'sthelirst new onethat'sbeendone hereinS years. andthatthere are sotewdonein Scotland generally. I hope itworks as a policytorthistheatre. lthinktheteisa specialkind otadrenalinaboutdoinga neWplay—andyousomehowgetthe teelingthatthe audience is sharing in thatadrenalintoo.‘

The project. Paterson's tirst playtora main stage. tookhim eightmonthsto complete. Aquiet. gentle—spoken man from Ayrshire. he first began writing small-scaletouring playstorlan Wooldridge. then DirectorotTAG company. Whilemanysmall-scale companies andtheatres. notleast Edinburgh‘s Traverse. are energeticallyand bravelyprornoting newdrama. the experience otwriting toralarge stage andtheatre must eventually become essentialtormany playwrights. Scotland at the moment harboursagrowing numberotvery promising new writerS—doeshethink theymay drittawayitnotgiven an outlet up here? 'Yes. I mean there are so many writers upherethatcouldbe writing goodplays.

Writing a full length play it is hard to sustainapiece overthe lengthand keep the rhythm and structure. Butl don'tthinkthereisthatgreata ditterence exceptthatpeopleviewit very ditterently. l did a half hour play at the Traverse atew years ago and

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people weretremendouslysupportive —andalmostreadylorittotail. Whereas. as soon as you go on the main stage. people. lthink. are much harsherbecause otthe scale and privilege otit. l'mterritiedwalking pastthatsignoutthere with Tennessee Williams and Moliere and me onitl But you havetogetthroughthatand get tougherf

The Lyceum has recentlybecomea tocustorthepromotion otnewdrama loranotherreason:theappointmentot Sean McCarthy as Associate Literary Director. whosetaskitisto helpnew writingto gaina hearing. ‘lthinkhe can helpagreatdeal. justbecause he‘sgot experiencetrom all angles. Allthose years atthe Abbeyandthetactthathe's awriter. actoranddirector. He‘salsoa charming man. andlthinkthathelps because hedoeshavetopersuade people otthe value otnew writing—

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thereisn‘tmuch otatraditionolithere. there isn'ta ready acceptance otnew plays. in a way it‘s a very conservative town.‘

The playitseltrevolves around what happens whenJake. awarveteran. returnstohishometown attermany years away. 'lt‘sa complete liction. but it is hung around a skeleton ottruth. i didhave an uncle whowentawaytothe warwhen he wastB. survivedthe war. butdidn'tcome homeuntil tfiyears later. When he cameltome he was on his last legs. partlythrough the ettects otmustardgas. butpartlythrottghthe humiliation olnothaving hadworkor anykindoldecentstatustorallthose yearsAnd it‘sreallyabouthis attempt to achieve some sense otdignity throughcoming home.

l'mveryinterestedto see howpeople will reacttothe language. It's very simple—lsuppose itcould looselybe described as ordinary Ayrshire dialect. But I've tried to make it do a lot. be a touch poetichereandthere without seeming contrived. andljustwonderit people willallowthat. lt‘savery emotional playtoo. lt's not quite a good laugh and a good greet. but there's that elementinit. l reallydothinkthat unless people getattected emotionally byapiece ottheatre. then it'snotmuch use to anyone. because itall you're presenting isideas. youcangetthat from books. novels. journalists. whatever. . .'

ltiswiththeatrethenthatPaterson wantsto stay. torthe present. whether MrGovernmentisasuccessornotvhe harbours no secretleaningstowards othertormsotwriting: ‘Writing'sa tairlyinsulated and isolatedjobto do. butatleastwhenyou writeaplayyou gettomeetawhole lototpeopleatthe end otit.And l'mreallytascinated by plays.Thegreatthingabouta playisit has a tile and it has a death. It goes on andthen itstops. That‘sthewayitmost mirrors lite. lsuppose~ it has justthat span of lite of its own. And that. lthink. makesitquiternagical. lttascinates me. No, lthinkthis is me tor lile~ iti cankeepmy bottlel'. (Opens Fri2t Mar. Royal Lyceum Edinburgh). (Sarah


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