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Marilyn Imrie Interview

Marilyn Imrie has been a writer and director for BBC Scotland, and has spent twenty five years as a script editor, producer, director and commissioning editor for BBC Radio and TV drama. Since 1999 she has been head of radio and drama development at Catherine Bailey Ltd, a leading drama production company.

For me, Chekhov is unrivalled as a master story teller of love, loss and family unhappiness. John Byrneís The Slab Boys trilogy is a unique piece of 20th Century theatrical comedy and captures a time and a generation to perfection, as is Caryl Churchillís Top Girls. Liz Lochhead writes about and for women with wit, poetry, insight and compassion- all her plays are top. And there are two young Scots men called David; Greig and Harrower, both are masters of brilliant dialogue, fantastically drawn characters and poetic, vivid scenarios.

My breakthrough was meeting John Byrne and being given his very first, unpublished, unread by any one else, play to direct- Writerís Cramp. Pure gold.

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