Working on cutting-edge new plays is exciting, if not a little nerve racking. I am passionate about providing a platform for new and emerging artists, whether the talent is local, national or international.

There are no more influential names currently in British playwriting than James Graham (The Man 2010, The Angry Brigade 2014, Monster Raving Loony 2016), Carl Grose (The Kneebone Cadillac 2018, 49 Donkeys Hanged 2018), Anna Jordan (The Unreturning 2018), Glen Waldronn (The Here and This and Now, 2017), Shôn Dale-Jones (Me & Robin Hood 2017, The Duke 2016), and Jack Thorne (The Solid Life of Sugar Water 2015). Each of these playwrites have brought new work to The Drum in recent years and Plymouth has played its part in their development.

As well as unleashing new talent, the key for me is finding the right story, a story which I believe will not only transport the audience to a new time or place but will offer a new perspective and ideas worth sharing. For details of the TRP produced shows on your doorstep in 2019 see Forthcoming Shows.

Simon Stokes