This week we caught up with playwright David Cole to talk about his upcoming play and how he approaches writing new scripts. David has been active in the Theatre community writing plays for many years using his journalism skills to find the heart of the story.  Recently he worked in Canberra with the Street theatre to bring his play Irene’s Wish to life. STA are looking forward to seeing The Waltz directed by David Letch.

Once I have an idea, I just write and write and get a draft out without too much internal censoring. Then I give it a while to settle and then I go back to it and re-write. I usually write about 10- 12 drafts of a play. That’s why it takes me about two years to complete one. I wish I could write them quicker and I am determined to do so in future. Journalism has taught me not to be precious with my words and to always try for economical writing. Less is always more. Also ‘theatre’ means ‘to do’ – that’s a thing I try to remember.

I have a new play called The Waltz, It is a comedy/tragedy about never growing old, despite getting older. As the name implies, there is lots of music in the play.

A rehearsed reading of The Waltz is on in the beautiful courtyard of the Goulburn Club, to keep it all Covid-safe, on Sunday, November 8 at 2pm. Tickets cost $15 and include a free glass of champagne on arrival. Bookings by calling the club on 4821 2043.

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