‘The Electra Project’ by David Jackson

Each week, we select a play to feature as our ‘Play of the Week’. Not only do we profile it with an interview with the playwright themselves, but we also offer a temporary download of the play — absolutely FREE. This week David Jackson, and his play ‘The Electra Project’.

Free Download ‘The Electra Project’

Dave Jackson’s writing credits include Bad Bridesmaids (ITV), and various comedy sketches for Radio 4. He is also the director and founder member of the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival.

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Playwright David Jackson 
“I usually build my plays around an event. … I then wrap my fictional story around that real life event.” — David Jackson

WHAT IS THE PLAY ABOUT?

The play takes a satirical look at the place of drama in the curriculum. Pouring scorn on the current administrations attitude to the arts. We follow a group of charming but hapless A level students attempting to stage a devised piece based on the play Electra.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE PLAY?

It was inspired by my years of experience of teaching theatre studies and all the fabulous students I met. It’s was also directly informed by Ken Robinsons TED talk.

WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?

I usually build my plays around an event. I had read a newspaper article about a drama teacher getting the sack because her students had produced an inappropriate devised piece. I then wrap my fictional story around that real life event.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR NEW WRITERS?

Write write write and then try and get people to perform it.

WHO ARE YOUR LITERARY INFLUENCES?

I suppose my biggest influences are mostly from television. I adore the way John Sullivan combines comedy and pathos.

WHY DO YOU THINK THEATRE IS IMPORTANT?

I think because it is live and because of that, it is dangerous in a way film and TV are not.

Free Download ‘The Electra Project’

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David is currently working on four new pieces for the Edinburgh festival, all of which he has written himself, or helped to write.

David Jackson’s Plays