Q & A with Mufaro Makubika
What are the themes of your play?
I wanted to write a play about a specific people in a specific place at a specific time. I had St Anns, Nottingham, its Caribbean community and their history.
Why did you write it and why now?
I wanted to write a play about a home and ambition. Home is St Anns, Nottingham. What it is to claim a place and grow. I wanted to write about the people who have called it home and still do to this day. I’d never heard their story.
Which playwrights are you influenced by and why?
Every playwright I read. Writing a play is hard and attempting it, far harder. The playwrights I’ve seen/read and return to the most are Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, Arthur Miller, Caryl Churchill and Harold Pinter. They’ve all written great plays.
What do you want to achieve as a playwright?
To do it for a living.