David Edgar

All the world’s a play……

David Edgar’s original plays include Destiny (1976), Maydays  (1973) and a series of plays about Europe in the wake of the cold war. Like his original plays, many of his adaptations have been premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company, including a multi-award winning version of Dickens’s Nicholas Nickleby. He was Britain’s first professor of playwriting, at the University of Birmingham.

State of Play

The extraordinary impact of Mr Bates vs the Post Office demonstrates the continuing power of drama to address the parts that campaigning journalism can’t always reach. In addition to television documentary dramas like Who Bombed Birmingham? and Cathy Come Home, stage shows from Love on the Dole and Oh, What a Lovely War to the fact-based political theatre of this century have exposed injustice and changed our view of the world. Playwright David Edgar has been writing political plays since the early 1970s, and seen British theatre change from being predominantly a site of revivals of an accepted theatrical canon to – now – an industry dominated  by new plays, many on political themes. He charts how and why that change has happened over the 53 years of his own career, and stoutly defends the role of the individual playwright’s voice in the transformation.


Sir Charles Wilson Building

Address: 1 University Avenue, Glasgow – at the corner of University Avenue and Gibson Street.

Access information –  here

This lecture theatre is very atmospheric, as you can see in the picture above. It has all modern facilities but retains many original features in a beautifully refurbished church building. There are good public transport links, free parking very close by in the University grounds from 5pm, plus nice places to eat or drink before the lecture if you want to make a night of it.

The venue has a hearing loop which can be accessed via a hearing aid. The best reception for the loop can be achieved by audience members sitting in one of the front six rows.

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