We spoke with the talented Alex Oates, who penned 'Hansel' and 'Pig at Hull Truck', among others, about where he gets his inspiration, his early experiences with theater and a new musical that he has in the works in this new interview!
Tell us about your childhood growing up. Could you tell us what your family is like?
What is your earliest memory of theater? What was the first play you read/specific playwright's work you admired? Did this inspire you to pursue a playwrighting career or was it something else?
What has inspired you to write any particular piece of work? Could you give us a few examples of your earlier work and compare it to more recent work. How does it differ or relate?
I read that you have a musical and a TV show in the works, could you tell us a little bit about that if you could?
How does it feel to have your work produced and brought to the life?
Tell us about your educational/academic experiences! Was there a particular instructor or experience that was especially crucial to your creative development as an artist?
What advice would you share with an aspiring playwright?
Could you tell us a bit about your play 'Hansel'? This was truly a unique audience experience! What was the reception of this production?
Currently, you are working on producing your play 'Pig at Hull Truck,' where it will then tour. Could you tell us about this production (history, rehearsal process, etc)?
Do you have a criticism or praise of the writings you have seen emerge from contemporary writers? Is there something you would like to see more of?
Some personal favorites: what is your favorite movie, book or TV show?
Favorite place to write? Do you do any creative exercises to get in the writing zone?