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Posted by sanne

November 3rd 2010

Dear William, I am currently studying at the University of Leeds, where I'm doing a master's in International Social Transformation. I saw your play Crash a few weeks ago at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and I thought it was very good. I am writing an essay for my course at the moment and I wanted to use your play in the essay as a sort of condensed form of the debate around the banking crisis, since I feel that the major responses to the crisis are represented in a way which really strikes the core of the arguments. I was wondering if you would be able to send me a script of the play, so that I can recap some of the arguments featured in it for my essay, and perhaps even quote one or two lines from the play? Regards, Sanne Velthuis

William Nicholson responded:

If you go to the box office at the Playhouse they have the programme for the play, which includes a complete script. Currently it's the only printed version. Tell them what you're doing and that you contacted me, and they'll let you have one.

Posted by Steve

November 1st 2010

Dear Mr Nicholson, I wanted to say thank you for the excellently thought-provoking masterclass you held at the WYP in Leeds last Thursday, and for your play "Crash" which my partner and I really enjoyed. It set us talking for many hours. Your tip about Ilkley Moor also came in handy... Thank you again, and best wishes.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm glad my play got you talking. That was very much the idea. And that it all proved worth your trip to Yorkshire.

Posted by Luci Fish

November 1st 2010

As a Theatre & Performance student at the University of Leeds, I have loved studying 'Crash', which I first saw recently at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. I am very interested in how important you feel the bodies of the actors (as opposed to perhaps their speech or costume) are in bringing your text to life? Also, whether the vision of the performance space, such as the layout of furniture and inclusion of the extra upper stage, was something you wanted from the very beginning or whether it came later in the production process? Finally, I wondered if you support the notion that every live performance is and should be unique and can never be replicated exactly - are you comfortable with the actors making small changes to the delivery of your play so that the experience varies for each different audience? Thanks so much for any feedback you can provide, Luci Fish.

William Nicholson responded:

The actors' bodies are important if by that you mean their posture, their body language, yes. The design of the stage is all the work of the designer, working to the director. I am thrilled with the work they've done on Crash. My script specifies the sofa, the coffee table, the works of art, the guitar, the table football table; but not the staircase, the upstairs bathroom, the sliding cocktail cabinet. All these are the work of other minds. And yes, I love it that every performance of a live play is different, and I love it that the actors so inhabit their parts that they take them away from me and make them their own. That's what live theatre is all about.

Posted by will

November 1st 2010

which is your latest book

William Nicholson responded:

My latest book for teens is 'Rich and Mad'. My latest book for adults is 'All the Hopeful Lovers'.

Posted by Claire Blackwood

November 1st 2010

Hey, You are visiting my school next monday. My friend wants to be in one of your films, i am looking forward to meeting you. bye x

William Nicholson responded:

I can't provide parts in films. But I hope you still enjoy my visit. We'll see.

Posted by Lara Bushell

November 1st 2010

What is your all time favourite book?

William Nicholson responded:

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.