British playwright and dramaturg Fiona Graham

By Standing Room Only | Posted: Sunday September 8, 2019

28 Plays from around the world are about to be performed in Dunedin, over just three days. There's a Jacobean farce, there's a comic murder mystery, but the marathon also includes plays that cover tough issues like self harm and rising sea levels. The international writers are all telling their stories in just 20 minutes, as part of the UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival. One of the dramaturgs who'll be giving feedback on the plays is British playwright Dr Fiona Graham. Fiona is the Director of the M.A. in Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College at the University in London. New Zealand is familiar territory for Fiona who worked here for a decade earlier in her career. She talks to Lynn Freeman, on an uncooperative phone line, about the appeal of a really short play...

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