Q&A | Sarah Gleadall | Playwright

To get you ready for our April Shorts we’ve been talking to all the writers about their plays and working as a playwright.

Sarah’s monologue Holy Growl shows a vicar who has been duped into a dinner party with his new parishioners. He now faces the internal struggle of whether he should he stay and appease their whims or leave and risk offending his god.

What prompted you to write Holy Growl?
Vicars seem to be so stereotyped in almost all genres – presented as either comic buffoons or brooding intellectuals.  It doesn’t seem very fair for people with a calling on extremely low pay with almost no private life and expectations to be on call 24/7.  I’m guessing they can be as prone to grumps as the best of us, caught between job and home life, burdened by responsibility and conviction, driven and flawed.  I wondered what were the possibilities for a normal guy in the right job but pushed a bit too far and missing Match of the Day.

What do you think the audience will like about it?
I’ll just be happy if they like anything!

How did you get into writing?
I’ve always wanted to. Always thought about it. Took courses.  Been surrounded by people who are very good at it. I write professionally for charities. But I’ve never really done it properly and certainly never submitted anything. So this is great!

Which writers inspire you?
Probably easier to list the ones that don’t. But particularly important to me are: Pinter, Paul Auster, Gogol, Anthony Minghella, Yasmina Reza, Dickens, Stephen Poliakoff, Colm Toibin, Beckett, Haruki Murakami, Alan Bennett, James Hopkin, John de B Pheby.

What’s your favourite play?
Pinter’s The Caretaker. Tragedy and comedy so simply wrapped up in speech and silence. Pinter was a master.  But it was also the first play where I thought “I get it.”

Holy Growl will be performed as part of Descent Shorts on the 5th April at Rich Mix. More info

About Sarah
Sarah’s been thinking about writing since Mrs Dubovie at primary school liked her story about a lost sweet wrapper on a mountain.  Macbeth and An Inspector Calls opened her heart to plays. She’s taken creative writing courses at Arvon, in Spain and in Sydney. Sarah has worked professionally in communications, using real life stories to raise awareness in the homelessness and housing sectors, domestic and international charities. She’s been trustee of Cyprus Well, the South West Literature Development organisation. Holy Growl is one of her first pieces.

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One comment

  1. Felicity

    I shall be there, can’t wait.

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