Bryony Lavery Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Angry, humane and compassionate, FROZEN is an extraordinary play that entwines. Bryony Lavery’s Frozen was winner of the TMA Best New Play award and the Eileen Anderson Central Television Award for Best Play. Frozen. The play is written largely in monologues before the characters start. to come together in dialogues – though the abstract structure of the lines.

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Clearly still uncomfortable talking about it, she says: It’s not easy subject matter either – a woman coming to terms with the death of her child at the hands of a paedophile. Forgiveness is a scriot you receive.

Bryony Lavery: ‘Age is a prime tool for any writer. You draw on the pain creatively’

Of course I will rock the boat if I have to, but I prefer the boat to be equally manned and womanned from the outset. You draw on the pain creatively. How is adapting an iconic book different from creating an original laverh of drama? Yet she is probably best known for plays that address knotty problems of the human condition — bereavement, retribution, dementia, gender identity.

The themes of the play include emotional paralysis and forgiveness. As Agnetha points the way in public when she asks, “What discoveries do we bring back from that foreign terrain the criminal brain to help make our own inner and outer landscape warmer, safer, kinder, better? Indeed the play had been cast already.

Yes, some of it was too earnest for me.

Frozen Written by Bryony Lavery

An evening of theatre that is tense, horrific and exciting. And, for the character of Agnetha, Lavery drew on the Gladwell article.

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He’s fighting for his club, his mum, his place in the world. What do our responses tell us about ourselves as human beings? For the character of Nancy, she drew on an article in The Guardian by Marian Partington, whose sister Lucy had been murdered by the serial killers Fred and Rosemary West.

The three lives slowly intersect – and the characters gradually change and become “unfrozen” as they come to terms with the idea of forgiveness. This page was last edited on 7 Mayat There was a lot of furious debate and side-taking.

So many plays to write, so little time left?

Age is a prime tool for any writer. In this country there were successful productions in Bath and Keswick that I know of. The production was notable for its combined activity, its ingenuity and the way it stimulated the mind and the imagination.

Administrator, Incubus Theatre Company. When I first came across ‘Frozen’ four years ago I was struck by its timeliness and sad relevance to the world we live in. Ben Pugh No doubt this dates back to her time as producer of her own company, Female Trouble, in the s and s, conceiving original shows with like-minded feminist writers, actors and directors.

Last year Frozen was one of the most produced plays in the U. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Who or what was your biggest influence? During the course of the action, over twenty years for two of the characters, the metaphorical ice floes melt and more is revealed to them and to us, hitherto unacknowledged or denied facets of what it is to be human.

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Trust set up to save Norfolk theatre where Shakespeare performed. Beautiful Burnout, Frantic Assembly, It was the s and I was enjoying myself hugely at the expense of my studies. It is one of the reasons she is passionate about seeing her work in rehearsal, not for reasons of protection or vanity, but because of needing to feel part of the whole process of bringing her plays to the stage. This has been reinforced this scrpit with the publication of the Frozzen report of where Britain stands in its concern and treatment of children among the world’s 21 richest nations.


You could say I was a late developer.

It was a tumultuous time scripg the playwright. She has also been an artistic director of Gay Sweatshop and Female Troublea performer and a teacher of playwriting at Birmingham university. One lavert ten-year old Rhona goes missing. No sooner was the last prop put away after HDM than work began on tonight’s play, ‘Frozen’. But it will surely help to focus our concern. In conception, size and scope they are poles apart. This is part of what she wrote: Well, yes I did. I became very interested in the nature of forgiveness, which is a huge area of complexity.

The script begins bfyony monologues, each person showing his or her side of the story; the brony sees each person’s story intertwine as they connect with one another. Bryony Lavery What was your first non-theatre job? Frozen was first performed in and won the Best New Play Award. I loved Frozen as a piece of writing – but did I love Bench Theatre’s presentation? John Batstone’s production of what is essentially a three-hander is strong stuff, and in the very capable hands of Nathan Chapman, Ingrid Corrigan and Megan Green, Bryony Lavery’s script really does take flight.

She has felt, she says, like a “magnet picking up iron filings”.