Interview with Stacey Gregg

TitleInterview with Stacey Gregg
DescriptionStacey Gregg (1983- ) is a writer and director from Belfast. Gregg has a BA in English from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Documentary Film-Making from Royal Holloway. Having written numerous plays for theatre, her first full-length play, Perve, was performed by Abbey Theatre in May 2011, and proceeded to win the BBC Radio Drama award at the 2012 Stewart Parker Trust Awards, Gregg’s other plays include Override (2013), Shibboleth (2015) and Scorch (2015). In 2021, Gregg directed and wrote her first feature film, Here Before, which won Best Film at Galway Film Fleadh. Aside from theatre and cinema, Gregg also wrote for television, including The Innocents (2018) and The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015-2018). As of 2023-2024, Stacey Gregg is a Seamus Heany Fellow.

In this interview, Gregg talks about theatre: the reception and circulation of her plays in Ireland and Northern Ireland; the forerunners of female playwrights and how she fits in these conversations; and the differences and similarities of writing for other mediums, such as cinema. Aside from the aforementioned, Gregg also discusses the sociopolitical landscape of Northern Ireland and the Troubles: how the event and its consequences and her identity as a Northern Irish influences her works. Furthermore, in dialogue with the theme of the V Jornada do Núcleo de Estudos Irlandeses, Gregg theorises about science-fiction and technology, inquiring about boundaries and wanting to transgress its limits.

The interview was conducted by Alinne Fernandes, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer of the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in the English Department, online as part of the V Jornada do Núcleo de Estudos Irlandeses – Intersections Of Irish Literature, Theatre And Technology, on November 12th, 2021. 
ParticipantsStacey Gregg, Alinne Balduino P. Fernandes
DateNovember 12th, 2021
Subjecttheatre; female playwrights; Northern Ireland; science-fiction;
RightsAlinne Balduino P. Fernandes

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