TBB Talks To… Award-Winning British Playwright & Screenwriter Roy Williams
One of Britain’s most renowned playwrights, Roy Williams has nearly 30 plays to his name, including the Alfred Fagon Award-winning Starstruck and the Olivier-nominated Sucker Punch. Most recently, his play Death of England, co-written by Clint Dyer, completed an acclaimed run at the National Theatre only a few days before theatre venues across the country shut their doors and went into lockdown.
During lockdown, Roy brought together 14 writers to respond artistically to George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter Movement. From this came ‘846’ – a collection of 14 short pieces spread over 3 episodes. Each is a standalone exploration of racial inequality and oppression, but together they form a powerful tapestry of voices.
We caught up with Roy to discuss ‘846’, theatre as “creative activism” and what British theatre might learn from our American cousins.