10 questions for 10 years – Playwright Tom Wells

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From Me, As A Penguin to The Kitchen Sink to Jumpers for Goalposts and much more besides, Tom Wells has perfected the art of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. His wry observations and relatable characterisations lead to an often profound beauty that makes him, for my money, one of our most important playwrights, LGBT+ or otherwise.

Where were you 10 years ago?
I was washing up in a cafe in East Yorkshire, and learning how to be a playwright at Paines Plough.

Best show you’ve seen in the last 10 years?
Operation Greenfield by Little Bulb was really, really beautiful.

What has been your professional highlight of the last 10 years?
I think probably when Studio Theatre in Washington gave these out at Pride.

Top flavour of interval ice-cream?
I just get a cup of tea.

What show do you wish theatres would give a rest for a few years?
Stuff by dead white men.

Name someone who you think is a really under-appreciated talent (in the world of theatre)?
The bloggers, who are really supportive, unearth gems, and write gorgeous, thoughtful reviews.

Elphaba or Glinda?
A nice duet between the two.

What is one thing that you think would help theatre survive and/or thrive the next ten years?
A bit of heart is always best, I reckon. And, um, jokes.

Which is your favourite theatre?
I really love how intrepid Paines Plough have been at taking work all over, to lots of different theatres, and I’m very proud to be a little bit of Middle Child in Hull.

Can you say anything about what’s to come for you, (in the next ten years or otherwise)?
Fingers crossed I’ll just keep writing plays.

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Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."
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Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."

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