Monday, August 20, 2012

Michael Sands, Playwright

From Woking, Surrey (about 35 miles from London), Michael is a working playwright, poet/writer. His writing is warm, funny, heartfelt; about living and loving......

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
There was no specific time as I always wrote stories from school onwards. But when I help out a local theater group in 2002 then I really wanted my work performed on stage and they performed my one play in 2003 – exactly a year later.

Your plays are fabulous. Where are they performed?

Thanks. I’ve been lucky to have them performed in Woking and more recently in theatres around London. Some underneath pubs, which always makes it more interesting.

How do you store your thoughts and ideas for scripts?

I normally leave them in my head until I feel they are ready to be put to paper.

Where is your favorite place to write?

My local coffee shop. I have my own dedicated seat & table.

What is your inspiration for writing? Do you include your own life events?

I find family dynamics and world events very interesting and like to explore peoples relationships with each other.

What is it like to work with actors?

It’s great because I don’t want them to stick to the words on the page, if they feel another line would be better I’ll use that instead. I like to keep my work organic as possible, so it grows.

What do you currently have in the works?

At the moment I’m editing my first short horror film ‘Pizzaface’ which I wrote & directed and I’m also writing a new film script and another play.

Do you have a favorite playwright/author?

Harold Pinter will always be an inspiration to me because his work says so much. Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka for the same reason.

Any suggestions for novice playwrights?

Just write, write, write. Get your work performed as much as possible and believe in yourself.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully I’ve had a TV series made or my plays are performed in the West End or Broadway. I Will get there!

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