Mufaro is an actor and playwright from Nottingham. He is a graduate of the young writers programme and a current member of the Studio group at the Royal Court Theatre in London. He was also part of the equally wonderful Theatre Writing Partnership’s young writers programme.
Credits Include: Readings -Wallowing (Curve Theatre), Come to where I’m from (Paines Plough/Nottingham Playhouse), Premature (N.E.A.T Festival, Nottingham Playhouse and Whitechapel Gallery).
The commissioning of this piece came as a quick but pleasant surprise. It was literally a text message, a phone call a minute later from super producer Bea Udeh and I had a commission. Within a few minutes on the phone me and Bea had come up with an idea, drafted a synopsis and come up with a title to make print that afternoon for the forth-coming brochure. Bea and I had always wanted to work on something together and this was the perfect opportunity.
The commission is a development as it has enabled me to get dramaturgical support from Giles Croft the Artistic Director of the Nottingham Playhouse, who will also direct the play which in itself is a real pleasure and an honour.
I guess every play has a genesis…I have always wanted to write a play about love; its meaning and nature as specific to the relationship in the play. The play was inspired by one of the great love poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson entitled ‘If I were loved as I desire to be’
It’s a beautiful, intense poem about the nature of love. In the play I explore the nature of a relationship between a couple, Ed and Rachel, after an intense summer romance. The play explores what love means to them, their hopes and desires but it is a relationship with a certain twist from which the drama of the play arises. What’s the twist? That would be giving away the play in a way. It’s something you have to watch for yourself. At most I can say the stakes for the couple could not be any higher, a real struggle between love and death…