INTERVIEW: Chris Urch, Playwright

Chris Urch

Actor Chris Urch has written his first full-length play and there is already talk of him perhaps being the British Tennessee Williams. BT: Chris, you trained as an actor, what spurred you on to play writing?CU: Whilst training at the Drama Centre there was this lesson called Character Analysis where I would have to create a character, write a scenario and act it out on my own in front of my peers. It was quite an exposing lesson, you wrote the scene, acted the scene and directed it yourself but I always enjoyed creating these characters and dialogue. This then spurred me on to start secretly writing plays alongside my training. Talk to us about the process of writing your first play, Land of Our Fathers. I’m from a small mining community and wanted to write about that as it’s personal to me. There was a tragic mining disaster in … Read more