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Take Five with Zena Forster

Zena Forster is an Oxford based writer who work encompasses original plays and the tricky area of adaptation. (Her excellent adaptation of ‘Hester’, Margaret Oliphant’s quietly comic 19th-century novel, starring Penelope Wilton was on BBC Radio 4 on 2014.) Human Story Theatre are producing Zena’s play, ‘The Fourth Dog’, a one hour comedy about breast cancer, marital breakdown, family baggage and grieving – what could be funnier? They are taking it on a short tour of Oxfordshire 1st - 11th July. Although receiving an Arts Council Grant, Human Story Theatre are crowdfunding for additional funds to complete the tour. Check their campaign out on Indigogo.    

In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
The creative freedom.
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
Margaret Oliphant who showed me that supporting characters can be given starring roles.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
Write less, network more.
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
I’ve never had a block; my issue is stemming the flow!
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
An old walking boot – tough sole, a lot of ups and downs.

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