INTERVIEW: Peter Oswald
About Peter Oswald (he/him)
Peter Oswald was Writer in Residence at Shakespeare’s Globe 1998-2005. Three of his plays, in verse, were staged there, two of them starring Mark Rylance. His plays have also been staged at the National Theatre, in the West End, on Broadway and around the world. His version of Schiller’s MARY STUART has had four major productions in the US and Canada. He is a founder member of COLUMBINA THEATRE COMPANY, which creates new verse drama with commedia roots. He is the Associate Writer at the Marylebone Theatre, London. Some of his plays are published by Oberon Books and Methuen; his poetry is published by Shearsman Books, Oberon Books and The Letterpress. He has performed his poem ‘Three Folktales’ at the Hay Festival, the Folger Theatre, Washington, and many other places; his poem ‘Egil,’ based on the Icelandic Saga, at the Globe Theatre, York Minster, among other venues; and his long poem ‘Weyland’ at the Ledbury Festival and others. He was awarded a Travelling Scholarship by the Society of Authors, who described him as ‘the astonishing Peter Oswald.’ He has written translations of Racine, Giraudoux and Rostand, and versions of plays by Sophocles, Tirso de Molina, Kalidasa, Chikamatsu and Plautus. He was Writer in Residence at Dartington Hall, in Devon. He lives in Bristol with his wife the poet Alice Oswald and they have three children.