Wanted: Plays With More Ambition

Dominic Cooke wishes today’s playwrights would take more chances. “new writing has a way to go in terms of ambition. That’s not just about having plays with large numbers of people: it’s about how much playwrights can challenge audiences. You see devised work that opens up the possibilities of what can be done on stage, and I don’t understand why that’s quite rare with new plays. The writers I know are just as imaginative and original as the auteur-directors who are devising shows.”