Q&A | Jimmy Osborne | 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.

Jimmy’s play Perfect Now depicts a couple so trapped in their own stagnation, it’s going to take something big (or even explosive) to snap them out of it. But how far will they go to reignite that spark?

What prompted you to write Perfect Now?
Listening to various people around me talking about what they’ve done, what they want to do, and complaining about how things should be, but never really being excited and talking about what they are doing right now or actually acting on the things that they are saying. I wondered why that is, and what someone might do to break that.

What do you think the audience will like about it?
In my own way I see the play as optimistic about people – I hope that comes across and the audience get where Ami and Brett are coming from.

How did you get into writing?

Which writers inspire you?
Leo Butler, Sarah Daniels, Nick Cave, Margaret Atwood, Jeff Noon, Henry Adam, Marina Carr, John Grant, Phillip Ridley…

What’s your favourite play?
It changes, but at the moment it’s Among Unbroken Hearts by Henry Adam – beautiful, kind, sad, and at times very wise.

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

About Jimmy
Jimmy’s play Meat was staged at Theatre503 in June 2012. His co-adaptation of Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden was given a rehearsed reading at the National Theatre Studio by FallOut Theatre. He is one of the writers on the 4Screenwriting 2013 Programme run by Channel 4. His short play, This is Jack, Leave a Message, Alright? won a BBC Writersroom competition and has been performed in London and Sydney. Jimmy’s collected short plays have recently been published as Transmission.


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