Archive for March 3rd, 2007

Arnold Wesker interviewed

3rd March 2007

The Guardian has posted online a podcast interview with British playwright Arnold Wesker.

Wesker, recently knighted and now 75, is back in Hackney with a fresh staging of another play, The Four Seasons. It’s a beautiful but disquieting tale of an adulterous love affair that draws once again, Wesker admits, on his own life.

Just as it was getting ready to open we met at the Arcola Theatre to look back on a career in postwar British theatre, from his earliest triumphs to more difficult recent times – shunned by the National and Royal Court, infrequently staged elsewhere. In a frank and revealing interview, he talks about returning to his east end roots, his frustration about being left for dead by the theatrical establishment, and why he’s desperate to put a long-cherished dream into practice: an epic historical play about Jesus as a Jew.

All playwrights should find Wesker’s thoughts on his work and career interesting.