Saturday, April 07, 2007

Is there something in the water in Romford? This unprepossessing town seems to produce quite a few playwrights. First there was David Eldridge, then James Martin Charlton and now Ben Musgrave.

Ben is a fellow graduate of the MA Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, and was last year's winner of the inaugural Bruntwood Playwriting Prize at the Royal Exchange Theatre. His play Pretend You Have Big Buildings is being produced there later this year as part of the Manchester International Festival. I've heard from reliable sources that it's rather good.

Ben's also started a blog about the process of building up to such a momentous event, which I will be reading with interest. Welcome, Ben.

5 comments:

jmc said...

If you ever go to Romford, Finn, you might understand how some of us feel compelled to write our way out of it... ;>)

David Eldridge said...

Yep - but whatever it is - it isn't in the River Rom that's for sure -

I wouldn't want to stick even my big toe in the mucky stream that the Romans stopped by on the way to Chelmsford...

On Romford playwrights there's also TV and Theatre writer Matt Broughton (adapted Complicite's LIGHT and wrote Surrealissimo for TV too).

Ben Musgrave said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Fin. I don't know about the water but there may be something auspicious for this little town in the stars. A few years ago it was calculated that Romford was the second-luckiest town in Britain in terms of national lottery wins, (coming second to Ilford, just down the road). But yes the bonanza of playwrights does seem a little surprising.

Anonymous said...

Isn't David 'Flush' Dipper from Romford or did I just make that up?

David Eldridge said...

David Dipper went to my old school so he's from the general area - though I'm not sure he's from Romford itself...

I reckon we can't count him as one of ours though don't you lads? The more the merrier...