Sir David Hare
This evening I heard an interview with playwright, director and screenwriter Sir David Hare which was witty, provocative, inspiring, politically interesting, and truthful. Hare said that many people hated him and his plays. I found myself liking him very much and wishing I could see one of his plays tonight.
Unfortunately the Front Row interview with the author of Plenty, A Map of the World, Racing Demon and a dozen other dramas can no longer be heard on the BBC site.
Hare was so discouraged by reviews for Plenty that he wanted to flee Britain, but Peter Brook believed in it, and slowly audiences grew until they filled the house night after night. Sheffield is now staging a season of his plays.
Hare made an interesting statement about modernizing PMs - he named Harold Wilson, Tony Blair and David Cameron. He observed that modernization always proved disastrous because it was a mask for an absence of ideas.
Here is his meditation on Israel's Wall.
Hare also revealed that the soul was little discussed on the stage, but it was a subject of intense interest to many theatre-goers.