Ahead of his iconic play Skylight opening at Southbank Theatre in June, acclaimed UK playwright David Hare will join Julian Burnside for a special event in partnership with the Wheeler Centre to talk politics, art and the writing life.
During his extraordinary career as a playwright and director, Hare has written more than 30 plays and received two Academy Awards nominations for screenplay adaptations of The Hours and The Reader. In a millennial poll of the greatest plays of the 20th Century, five of the top ten were his. Last year, he published The Blue Touch Paper, a memoir that tells of the early days of his career in rapidly changing post-war Britain.
It was anger and idealism that compelled Hare to found his first drama troupe back in the 1960s. The youthful righteousness may have faded, but certain currents have remained strong throughout his oeuvre. In his plays, including Racing Demon and Murmuring Judges, Hare has continued to turn his piercing gaze on the dominant institutions of his country – from the Church of England, to the Labour party and the British justice system.
Hare penned Skylight in 1995, receiving the Olivier Award for Best New Play the following year. Recent revivals of the modern classic continue to wow audiences around the world, and now it comes to MTC in June directed by Helpmann Award-winner Dean Bryant and featuring a brilliant cast led by Colin Friels (Red) and Anna Samson (Birdland).
This special event is presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre