Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Pam Gems interview

In The Daily Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish talks to playwright Pam Gems.
'A love letter to the theatre" - that's how Pam Gems describes her latest play, Mrs Pat, recalling a forgotten heroine of the British stage, Mrs Patrick Campbell (1865-1940). It's hard not to smile at this, because all Gems's plays might be summed up thus. From the show that first got her noticed in the mid-'70s, Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi, to the bio-dramas for which she is best known - Piaf, Marlene and Stanley (about Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich and Stanley Spencer) - an unmissable feature of her work is passion: passion for her subject, and passion for the medium she has chosen, or which chose her.

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