Chris speaks to playwright and screenwriter Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Morgan is perhaps best-known for her play Emilia, inspired by the life of Emilia Lanier, speculated to be Shakespeare’s speculated ‘dark lady’. Commissioned by the Globe, it premiered there in 2018, before a West End transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre and it is now being worked into a film. Morgan is also under commission for several TV, film and theatre projects, including work for Headlong and the Royal Court.
Topics include: Morgan’s writing and creative process during lockdown and the uncertainties we’ve faced; whether we should acknowledge the pandemic or not in film and TV; how creativity can still flourish in this current situation; how recent political turmoil and the BLM protests have shaped how she looks at the world; where to start in reshaping the future; distributing funds more fairly to help freelance artists; changes needed in crediting theatre work and acknowledging the collaborative efforts of a team; who or what we should look to for the future and inspiration for creative work.