At heart, this job is about continuing to make great theatre for the people of Sheffield – a city I’ve known and loved since childhood.
It would’ve been hard to do something else, to as it were, run away from the circus and become an accountant.
Books don’t exist unless you read them. And it’s a two way process – you write the book as you read it and you fill in the gaps. You discover it and you put the marks together and without you doing it they’re just marks.
I’m not very good at relaxing. Reading’s the main thing. On the bus, on the tube, on the loo. Literally all the time. I mean, I don’t think there’s a moment of the day when I wouldn’t be if I was left alone.
I’m lucky enough to work with, I think, the greatest writer there’s ever been, Shakespeare. Whose collected works would always be under my pillow if I was only ever allowed one book to keep, and who never bores me.
I did start reading quite young but I was always read to by my parents, who are both actors. Bedtime stories from when I was about two/three to when I was about 15. In fact they didn’t stop until I eventually kind of kicked them out of my bedroom.
I mean I think children love the idea that there are different viewpoints and different words for things and different worlds. And the more that they pretend to be other people, the harder it is for them to hate them and misunderstand them when they grow up.