Simon Stephens is one of the UK’s most prolific playwrights, with work performed extensively across Europe.
He is a double Olivier Award-winner for On the Shore of the Wide World (The Royal Exchange, The National Theatre, 2005) and his adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (produced by The National Theatre in 2012 and toured nationally). Port (Manchester Royal Exchange, 2002), a richly colourful portrait of his hometown, Stockport, won the Pearson Award for Best New Play in 2001.
For our opening season, Simon has written The Funfair, an adaptation of Ödön von Horváth’s 20th century masterpiece Kasimir and Karoline. Directed by HOME’s Artistic Director of Theatre, Walter Meierjohann, it will receive its world premiere in May 2015.
Q & A
What’s your earliest memory of participating in the arts?
At nursery school, the smell of poster paints and the noise of maracas and other percussive instruments.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
To the Mesoamerican Mayan community or the cultures of Easter Island to see how they collapsed and disappeared.
What has been your most difficult achievement?
Raising three children who don’t hate me properly in real life, even though they sometimes say they do; and remaining married to their mum, who I’ve been with for 22 years.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Somebody told me, before I started dating her, that my wife wasn’t like normal people. That in fact she was pretty cool. I was glad I listened to them.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I am medically defined as being partially sighted.