X: Allistair McDowall

Alistair McDowall grew up in Great Broughton, England (Williams) and says that reading Samuel Beckett as a child “ripped the roof of my head off” (Trueman). He prefers to break genre with his writing because, “I had that realisation: there are no rules in theatre – you can do anything. Whatever rules there are, you can break them – immediately if you want to.” McDowall has won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2011, the Edward MacDowell Fellowship in 2018, and is the recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission. He credits the following artists with influencing his work: Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, Sarah Kane, Takashi Miike, and Andrei Tarkovsky.

Williams, Holly. “Alistair McDowall: the pioneering young playwright on setting a play on Pluto and sympathising with his critics.” Independent, Independent Digital News & Media Ltd, 20 March 2016, https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/features/alistair-mcdowall-the-future-of-british-theatre-on-setting-a-play-on-pluto-and-sympathising-with-his-critics-a6939136.html