Sherman Theatre

Sherman Theatre | News, Reviews and Interviews

​​A hub for all of Wales Arts Reviews’ Sherman Theatre content, including news, reviews, and interviews.

Sherman Theatre at the heart of Cathays Cardiff is a leading theatre production house, creating and curating local stories with global resonance. As an engine room of Welsh Theatre focusing on the production of new writing, Sherman Theatre has been recognised as a place for everyone and has won multiple national awards. The Sherman Theatre production Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen’s won the “Best New Play 2015” at the UK Theatre Award. A hedonistic story that became a force of empathy. It was the first Welsh play to transfer straight to the National Theatre shedding the light on societies’ shortcomings through a one-woman show. Sherman Theatre is known for regularly working with a diverse range of Welsh and Wales-based artists to tell inclusive stories that represent a broad audience. 

Our coverage includes news updates on all the big changes that have taken past over the past 10 years, yearly roundups, exclusive interviews with playwrights, directors and actors, and reviews of over 40 productions.


Swansea’s Grand Theatre Launch Creative Collective

Grand Ambition, a new in-house company, plans to showcase the under-represented artists of Wales by using Swansea’s Grand Theatre as their venue. 


Welsh Theatre – Our Best of 2021

Despite some difficulty, we at Wales Arts Review have selected our top ten Welsh theatre productions of 2021; here is the full list.

Anfamol | Theatre

Gareth Smith offers a bilingual review of Rhiannon Boyle’s monologue production, Anfamol, a story following one single woman’s decision to have a baby without a partner.

Jacob Hodgkinson In Conversation

Jacob Hodgkinson took an unconventional route to becoming a playwright, but nevertheless has recently celebrated the publication of his play Lung Water as part of Methuen Drama’s ‘Lost Plays’ series. Candy Bedworth caught up with Hodgkinson to discover more about the playwright, the pandemic and the lost performance.

Terroir | Sherman Theatre & RWCMD

Gareth Smith reviews Jennifer Lunn’s play, Terroir, a dystopian drama set in West Wales and the sixth successive collaboration between Sherman Theatre and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

The Merthyr Stigmatist | Digital World Premiere

Phil Morris reviews Lisa Parry’s Theatre Uncut shortlisted play, The Merthyr Stigmatist, a two-woman show tracing the fault lines of class, religion, and community.

The Sherman Announces New Literary Department

Sherman Theatre have announced the creation of a literary department as part of a pilot programme supported by Arts Council Wales driving the development of writers across Wales.

#WeMissYou #HiraethuAmdanat Campaign

A year since closing their doors to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic, theatres and arts centres across Wales are supporting a national #WeMissYou #HiraethuAmdanat campaign, launched by development agency Creu Cymru.

Young Playwrights’ Audio Plays | Theatr Iolo

Theatr Iolo has transformed original scripts by the winners of their Young Playwrights competition into online audio plays.

Dirty Protest | All the News, Reviews and Interviews

Dirty Protest launched in 2007 and have since become an award-winning theatre company, selling out in theatres and small venues across the country. In 2013, they won the Wales Critics Choice and the Theatre Critics of Wales awards for their production of Katherine Chandler’s Parallel Lines. They place well-established and up-and-coming writers on the same platform in order to provide an equal platform for all. Below you’ll find all of Wales Arts Reviews’ coverage on Dirty Protest, including news, reviews, and exclusive interviews with some of their writers and directors.

 Interview | Music Theatre Wales’ Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy, co-founder and artistic director of Music Theatre Wales, discusses the future of contemporary opera with Linda Christmas.


Welsh Theatre – Our Best of 2020

Here’s our top ten list of Welsh Theatre productions from this year, put together by our Wales Arts Review contributors.

Our Best Interviews of 2020

Best Interviews of 2020: Every year Wales Arts Review talks to some of the leading lights in the country’s art and culture, and here is just a small selection of some of those illuminating conversations of 2020.

Our Best Reviews of 2020

At Wales Arts Review we believe critical writing should be worth reading for its own sake. With that in mind, here is a small selection of the hundreds of reviews we published in 2020, and a small display of the quality critical writing our writers produce.

Heart of Cardiff | Innovative Audio Theatre Series

Marine Furet visits the Sherman Theatre to experience their first instalments of their ‘Innovative Audio Theatre Series’, Heart of Cardiff.

Hannah McPake, Gagglebabble, Mabinogion: Untold Stories | Podcast

An interview with Hannah McPake, co-director of Gagglebabble, and The Mab editors on their retelling of the stories from the Mabinogion.

Welsh Music Scene: Environment & Experimentation | Podcast

We talk to Oli Richards, founder of Goodparley, about the Welsh music scene, and we discuss Sarah Nicolls and Rufus Mufasa.

Podcast | Sherman Theatre, Hitchcock on Stage, and Romance in Wales

We talk to the Artistic Director of the Sherman Theatre, Joe Murphy, about his career and the future of theatre in Wales.

Spotlight on… Theatr Iolo

With the pandemic and the resulting lockdown, Spotlight… looks at Theatr Iolo on the impact the pandemic had on the performing arts. 

Spotlight On… Run Amok: Who are They?

Spotlight… seeks to highlight organisations and creatives working and producing throughout the pandemic. This edition: Run Amok

Sherman Theatre to reopen in Spring 2021

Sherman Theatre is announced to reopen in Spring 2021 but the planned programme of digital and audio productions will go on in the meantime.

Theatre in Wales: What does the future hold?

Halfway through one of the most difficult years for theatre in Wales, Nick Davies looks at the situation and ponders an uncertain future. 

Welsh Theatres Lead the Way in Community Support

Theatres across Wales are finding innovative solutions to help local communities, reports Creu Cymru, the body responsible for the development of theatres and arts venues in Wales. 

Gary Owen in Conversation | Mum & Dad

Ben Woolhead talks to playwright Gary Owen about adapting his work in the light of Covid-19 and bringing his own parents to the stage through his two new short plays Mum & Dad brought out digitally via the Sherman Theatre.

Mum & Dad | Online Theatre by Gary Owen

Caragh Medlicott reviews an online double-header from the pen of Gary Owen and produced by Sherman Theatre, Mum & Dad.

The Arts Online: A Roundup

With organisations forced to rethink how they deliver creative content, Wales Arts Review brings a roundup of what’s going on in Wales.

Welsh Arts Organisations Must Hold Their Nerve

Michelle Wright examines the lie of the land for arts organisations in the UK during the Covid-19 lockdown and  why they must hold their nerve

Tylwyth | Live at the Sherman Theatre

Gareth Smith reviews the latest play from Daf James, Tylwyth; a co-production between Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and the Sherman Theatre.

Sherman Theatre| “Empower” for Female Writers of Wales

Sherman Theatre in Cardiff has launched a new initiative designed to ensure that unheard voices in Welsh theatre become heard.

#IWD2020 | 100 Women Of Wales On Twitter

For #IWD2020, Wales Arts Review has nominated 100 women of Wales who we think you should be following on Twitter (if you’re not already).

Winners | A Performance by the Nova Theatre

Georgia Winstone-Cooper reviews the debut production from Nova Theatre, Winners, which forms part of Sherman Theatre’s Get It While It’s Hot season of new plays.

Llyfr Glas Nebo – Fran Wen | Theatre

When the world as we know it comes to an end, what remains? Karin Koehler reviews the stage adaptation of Manon Stefan Ros’s award-winning YA novel Llyfr Glas Nebo.

Our Personal Picks for 2020

Wales Arts Review writers and associates take a personal look at what there is to look forward to in the arts in Wales for 2020.


Welsh Theatre: A look Back at the Past Decade

Nick Davies looks back on an extraordinary ten years in Welsh theatre, explaining why it might be the most exciting and divisive decade yet.

Sherman Theatre Becomes Wales’ First Theatre of Sanctuary

Sherman Theatre in Cardiff has announced that it has become Wales’ first Theatre of Sanctuary, awarded by City of Sanctuary.

Hedda Gabler | An Ibsen Classic Live at the Sherman

Caragh Medlicott attends the Sherman in Cardiff to review the new adaptation of the Norwegian Ibsen classic, Hedda Gabler.

Rhiannon Boyle named Wales Writer in Residence

Rhiannon Boyle wins script commission in BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Writersroom Wales and National Theatre Wales award becoming Wales Writer in Residence.

On Bear Ridge by Ed Thomas | Theatre

Caragh Medlicott reviews the hotly anticipated return to the stage for writer Ed Thomas, whose On Bear Ridge marks the centre piece for National Theatre Wales’s 2019 programme.

A Night in the Clink (Papertrail) | Theatre

Josie Cray reviews a new production from Papertrail that fuses food, theatre, and incarceration, in A Night in the Clink.

Say When (Living Pictures) | Theatre

Georgia Winstone-Cooper reviews the new one-man show from Robbie Bowman and Living Pictures, a deeply personal exploration of the psychology, science, and politics of the male body image, in Say When.

Cotton Fingers (NTW) by Rachel Trezise

Caragh Medlicott reviews the latest monologue from National Theatre Wales, Cotton Fingers by Rachel Trezise.

Shooting Rabbits (Powder House) | Theatre

Thomas Tyrrell reviews Shooting Rabbits, the debut production of the Sherman Theatre’s new company in residence, in association with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. Shooting Rabbits depicts the oft-forgotten Spanish Civil War.

Lose Yourself | new play from Katherine Chandler

Caragh Medlicott reviews the new play from Katherine Chandler, Lose Yourself, at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.

The Taming of the Shrew | Theatre

Gary Raymond casts his eye on the Sherman Theatre and Tron Theatre (Glasgow) collaborative new take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

#IWD2019 | 100 Women Of Wales On Twitter

For #IWD2019, the writers of Wales Arts Review have nominated 100 women of Wales who we think you should be following on Twitter. 


Welsh Theatre – The Best of 2018

Another fascinating year for Welsh theatre; here is Wales Arts Review’s highlight of 10 best productions by Welsh companies in 2018.

Our Best Reviews of 2018

Here is a small selection of the 2018 reviews archive, and a small display of the quality critical writing our writers produce.

Chippy Lane’s Podcast | Adele Thomas

Wales Arts Review introduces a new series of arts and culture audio delights with the Chippy Lane Podcast, series one.

Lord of the Flies | Theatr Clwyd & Sherman Theatre

Theatre Clwyd and the Sherman Theatre team up to create an all-female version of the Lord of the Flies which was adapted by Nigel Williams.

Fel Anifail (Sherman) | Theatre

Jafar Iqbal reviews a new production of Fel Anifail from the Sherman Theatre, which benefits from the extraordinary performances from its actors.

Mags | Theatre by Cwmni Pluen

Mags by Cwmni Pluen explores the story of a woman in her forties still haunted by experiences and decisions she made as a teenager.

In Conversation with Elgan Rhys and Gethin Evans

We caught up with Elgan Rhys and Gethin Evans, Co-Artistic Directors of Cwmni Pluen to find what the company have been producing lately.

The Performing Arts in a Devolved Wales: Innovation

As IETM prepare to bring their conference to Llandudno on September 13th, Gary Raymond looks at the current state of the performing arts in Wales.

Wales at the Fringe | Reviews Roundup Part Two

Jafar Iqbal delivers a reviews roundup at the Edinburgh Fringe watching all things Welsh at the world’s greatest performing arts festival.

Blog | Theatre and the Censor: Where Are We Now?

Theodore E. Hung takes a look at the history of censorship in theatre and asks if the modern trend for self-censorship is healthy.

Gagglebabble on Double Vision | Festival of Voice

Here we speak to Lucy Rivers and Hannah McPake – co-founders of gig-theatre company Gagglebabble, who premiere Double Vision at FoV.

Tremor (Sherman Theatre) | Theatre

Jafar Iqbal reviews Brad Birch’s Tremor, depicting two ex-lovers in a gladiatorial argument, which creates an emotionally charged performance.

The Motherf**ker with the Hat | Theatre

Jemma Beggs reviews The Sherman Theatre’s production of Guirgis’ 2011 play, The Motherfucker with the Hat, in Cardiff.

#IWD2018 | 100 Women Of Wales On Twitter

For #IWD2018, the writers of Wales Arts Review have nominated 100 women of Wales who we think you should be following on Twitter. 

Theatre | Dublin Carol (Sherman Theatre)

Jemma Beggs reviews the latest production of Dublin Carol by Conor McPherson, inspired by Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and set in a worn and tired office on Christmas Eve. 


Welsh Theatre | The Best of 2017

Here is Wales Arts Review’s highlights, the ten best plays to be put on in Wales i in 2017, as chosen by our critics.

In Conversation | Alun Saunders

Emily Garside chatted to Alun Saunders ahead of his retelling of the Brothers Grimm classic, The Magic Porridge Pot, at The Sherman Theatre.

Theatre | How to Win Against History

Jemma Beggs reviews How to Win Against History by Seiriol Davies, a musical about Henry Cyril Paget, the 5th Marquis of Anglesey in order to unmask the illusion created by his family.  

Matthew Bulgo (Dirty Protest) | In Conversation

Emily Garside marks ten years of fringe theatre company Dirty Protest by catching up with Matthew Bulgo about what’s changed.

Theatre | The Cherry Orchard (Sherman)

Jemma Beggs reviews Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, following the success of their two previous shows, Iphigenia in Splott and Killology. 

Has the Sherman Blown the Lid off Welsh Theatre’s Biggest Problem?

Gary Raymond explores deeper problems within Welsh theatre, following David Mercatali becoming a new Associate Director at the Sherman Theatre 

BHM | 25 Inspirational Black Artists of Wales

Wales Arts Review takes the opportunity to celebrate the Black artists of Wales today, these are people whose work and ambitions we admire.

Opera | The Golden Dragon: Music Theatre Wales

Cath Barton reviews An opera by Peter Eötvös based on the play of the same name by Roland Schimmelpfennig.

Podcast | OffScript with Rebecca Gould

Gary Raymond talks to Rebecca Gould, head of arts in Wales for the British Council in 2015, as the British Council has been playing a much more prominent role.

Chippy and Scratch Does the ‘Diff: New Welsh Playwrighting

Rosemary Waugh reviews the point of Chippy Lane’s yearly scratch competitions as a way to discover and nurture Welsh playwriting.

Theatre | Love, Cardiff: City Road Stories (Sherman Cymru)

Lewis Davies reviews the latest verbatim project Love, Cardiff: City Road Stories by Andrew Sterry about actual people in society. 

Theatre | Killology (Sherman Cymru)

Jemma Beggs reviews Killology by Gary Owen and Rachel O’Riordan exploring the effect of a “new gaming experience”. 

#IWD | 100 Women of Wales on Twitter

For #IWD2017, the writers of Wales Arts Review have nominated 100 women of Wales who we think you should be following on Twitter. 

Theatre | The Moot Virginity of Catherine of Aragon (The Belfast Ensemble)

Jemma Beggs reviewed  The Moot Virginity of Catherine of Aragon at Sherman Theatre by The Belfast Ensemble.


Welsh Theatre | The Best of 2016

Another fascinating year on the Welsh theatrical landscape, here is Wales Arts Review’s top ten best plays to be put on in Wales in 2016.

The Borrowers | Theatre

Jemma Beggs reviews this year, Sherman Theatre’s highly anticipated Christmas show is Mary Norton’s classic tale, The Borrowers. 

The Weir | Theatre 

Emily Garside reviews The Weir by Connor McPherson, A Sherman Cymru and Tobacco Factory Theatres co-production.

Before I Leave (NTW, Patrick Jones) | Theatre

Elin Williams reviews Patrick Jones’ Before I Leave with National Theatre Wales, play that reminds us of the importance of communities and projects which can offer help to those who need it most.

Bird | Theatre

Jemma Beggs critically reviews Katherine Chandler’s Bird, the first co-production between Sherman Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre.

Katherine Chandler on Writing ‘Bird’

Award-winning playwright Katherine Chandler writes about the process of her new play, Bird, from idea to the stage at Sherman Cymru.


The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Sherman) | Theatre

Jemma Beggs was at the Sherman Theatre to review this year’s Christmas performance, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Highlights 2015 | Part Two

In Part Two of our cultural highlights of 2015, we praise creative achievements in jazz, myth, classic American literature, Ibsen and more…

Highlights 2015 | Directors & Critics: Classical Music

Wales Arts Review critics asked some of the most influential voices in Welsh classical music to sing the praises of their personal highlights of 2015.

Catherine Paskell and Katherine Chandler | Dirty Protest Interview

Wales Arts Review caught up with the director, Catherine Paskell, and writer Katherine Chandler, from fringe theatre company Dirty Protest.

Everything Must Go by Patrick Jones | Theatre

Phil Morris reviews Everything Must Go directed by Rhiannon White, a play written by Patrick Jones in 1999 as a corrective to the political promise that things would only get better.

Diary of a Madman | Theatre

Robert Bowman provided insight for the production and journey of Diary of a Madman directed by Sinead Rushe. 

Dracula by Liz Lochhead | Theatre

Jemma Beggs casts a critical eye on Liz Lochhead’s adaptation of Dracula, recommending this theatre for its overall high standard.

Wot? No Fish!! (Theatre Iolo) | Theatre

Jemma Beggs is at the small studio of the Sherman Theatre for an incredibly personal Theatre Iolo performance of Wot? No Fish!!

Pan oedd y byd yn Fach | Theatre

Elin Williams is at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru to review Sian Summers’ Pan Oedd Y Byd Yn Fach, a play depicting the 1984 Miners’ Strike.

Theatre | Iphigenia in Splott

Jemma Beggs reviews Iphigenia in Splott directed by Sherman Cymru’s Rachel O’Riordan, interlacing exceptional writing and phenomenal acting. 

Theatre | Mermaid

Jemma Beggs reviews Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ with the recent flurry of live-action Disney remakes attempted to transfer to the theatre.


Highlights of 2014 Part One

Wales Arts Reviews’ writers choose their cultural highlight of the year. We see impassioned writing on a diverse range of subjects in 2014.

Theatre | Romeo and Juliet (Sherman)

Gary Raymond casts a critical eye on Romeo and Juliet directed by Rachel O’Riordan at Sherman Cymru reflected on the statement of intent rather the failure of its execution.

Music Theatre Wales: The Trial by Philip Glass

Based on the classic novel by Franz Kafka, Philip Glass re-imagines a dystopian reality in his opera The Trial. Linda Christmas was on hand to review it.

‘The Trial’: Michael McCarthy Discusses Philip Glass’s New Opera for Music Theatre Wales

Steph Power interviews Michael McCarthy in order to discuss Philip Glass’s New Opera for Music Theatre Wales, The Trail. 

Q&A with Rachel O’Riordan (Sherman)

Wales Arts Review grabbed a few minutes for a quick interview with Rachel O’Riordan’s tenure as Artistic Director of Sherman Cymru.

In Conversation with Alexander Ferris

Here, in conversation with Gary Raymond, Alexander Ferris talks about his experiences in Welsh Theatre, including his years at Sherman

Theatre | Llais/ Voice by Elgan Rhys

Elin Williams reviews Llais/ Voice by Elgan Rhys inspired by Amanda Todd’s series of flashcards via YouTube before her suicide in 2012. 

Wales Dance Platform 2014: In Review

Jemma Beggs positively reflects Wales Dance Platform 2014 and performances as one ofthe most fearless performances she has witnessed.

James Tyson in Conversation

Phil Morris caught up with James Tyson to talk about his programme, which schedules leading advanced theatre practitioners in Cardiff venues.

Cutbacks Special: The Value of Our Culture: a Personal View

Michael Salmon comments on Cardiff Council’s recent announcement of withdrawing funding from the capital’s iconic venues in April 2014.

Blue/Orange (Sherman) | Theatre

Written by Joe Penhall 15 years ago, Blue/Orange at Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre surprises Julie Bainbridge as a fresh statement on mental health care.

Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2014

Held at the Sherman Cymru this year, Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2014 was successfully executed. Elin Williams reflects improvement in the development of bilingualism during the ceremony for next year. 


The Sleeping Beauties | Theatre

Gary Raymond critically reviews The Sleeping Beauties by Roisin McBrinn, describing it as inventive and derivative.

An Interview with Charlie Barber

Maja Palser interviews Charlie Barber, a Cardiff-based composer, who has worked extensively in a wide variety of musical genres about his work and influences. 

Q & A with Rob Newman

Phil Morris interviews Rob Newman, a novelist and stand-up as his tour The New Theory of Evolution reached the Sherman Theatre Cymru.

It’s a Family Affair… (We’ll Settle it Ourselves)

​​Julia Bainbridge attended the Sherman Theatre to witness an updated version of Alexander Ostrovsky’s It’s a Family Affair… (We’ll Settle it Ourselves).

Rhwng Dau Fyd (Sherman Cymru) | Theatre

Elin Williams reviews Rhwng Dau Fyd, a collaborative theatre project between Living Pictures, Theatr Genedlaethol and Sherman Cymru.

Schrödinger | Theatre

Peter Gaskell critically reviews the experimental theatre piece Schrödinger about finding meaning in an unpredictable and arbitrary universe. 

Newport | Artists in Profile

Wales Arts Review profiles local Newport artists who are dedicated to remaining in the city where their art can draw inspiration from the local community.

Dirty Protest at the Royal Court: Plays in a Bag (BTS)

Phil Morris is at the Royal Court talking to those behind the scenes of Dirty Protest’s series Plays in a Bag, written by Kath Chandler.

Theatre | Say it with Flowers

Julia Bainbridge reviews, Say it with Flowers, a production looking at the story of one of Wales’ most enigmatic stars, Dorothy Squires.

Sherman Cymru’s Family Festival

James Vilares reviews Sherman Cymru‘s Family Festival with a range of performances, including a Baby Rave and a multi-lingual performance Spraoi from Galway-based Branar. 

Salt, Root and Roe | Theatre

Salt, Root and Roe explores the concepts of assisted suicide and of being reconciled to death – Julia Bainbridge reviews Tim Price’s latest play.

Theatre | To Live, To Love, To Be (Company 5)

Julia Bainbridge casts a critical eye over Sherman Cymru’s Company 5’s latest production, D.J. Britton’s To Live, To Love, To Be.

Michelangelo Drawing Blood – Sound Affairs

Peter Reynolds reviews Michelangelo Drawing Blood as an impressive performance admiring it for its clear notes and the rich idea of composition. 

Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Dir. Robert Bowman) | Theatre

Julie Bainbridge is in the Sherman Studio to review Sexual Perversity in Chicago, written by David Mamet, directed by Robert Bowman.

Comment | Theatre Critics of Wales Awards

Dylan Moore takes a look at the inaugural Theatre Critics of Wales Awards and asks who the hell would we give them to?


Peter Pan at the Sherman Theatre | Theatre

Jemma Beggs visits Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre to review Peter Pan, a modern take on a classic by writer Rob Evans and directed by Róisín McBrinn.

2012 in Review: Llwyth

Jon Gower saw Llwyth by Dafydd James at Sherman Theatre and considered it the best Welsh-language play written in his lifetime.

End of Year Review 2012

From the Olympics to the Leveson Inquiry, 2012 has been a year of highs and lows. Here is Wales Arts Review’s End of Year Review.

Blue Sky by Clare Bayley | Theatre 

Gary Raymond critically reviews Blue Sky by Clare Bayley playing at the Sherman Theatre about a story of two old friends and the unravelling of their interconnected back-story.

Medea directed by Mike Bartlett | Theatre

Gary Raymond visited the Sherman Theatre to review Medea, a retelling of Euripides’ classic, adapted and directed by Headlong and Mike Bartlett.

Before it Rains | Sherman Cymru Performance

Elin Williams travelled to the Bristol Old Vic to witness a collaboration with Sherman Cymru, called Before It Rains by Katherine Chandler.

Clytemnestra by Gwyneth Lewis | Theatre

Penny Simpson reviews Gwyneth Lewis’s first stage play, Clytemnestra, at the Sherman Cymru, inspired by a story from Aeschylus’s Oresteia.

After the End (Dirty Protest) | Theatre

Dylan Moore reviews After the End – the latest production from Welsh theatre company, the Dirty Protest collective, at Sherman Cymru.

Alexander Ferris: Director of Epidemic | Interview

Ahead of the Old Vic‘s latest production, Epidemic, director Alexander Ferris chats to Gary Raymond about the unique challenges of creating a play about public health concerns.