We worked on a number of drafts, and it was the usual business of writing: cutting, condensing, expanding, developing, putting in jokes and trying material in different places until the story moved forward naturally. I was particularly keen to keep the banter of students and their often adolescent attitudes, particularly towards sexuality. This was, after all, one of their most significant terrors: that the excitement the west offered would not only be too much for them, but for everyone.The play opens at the National Theatre later this month.
Friday, July 03, 2009
In The Guardian, Hanif Kureishi explains how he set about adapting his novel The Black Album for the stage.