FRAGMENTS INTERVIEW:

TIM COOK

With Fragments now open as part of Brighton Fringe 2022, we chat to our wonderful writers to find out more about them and their creative process.

How would you describe your writing in 3 words?

Open to interpretation.   

Who or what are your biggest writing influences?

I honestly think it changes all the time. In the past, I would’ve said it was a combination of reading/seeing new plays and my own lived experience, but recently it feels a bit more random, like hearing interesting snippets of conversations and using them as a jumping off point for creating a character or story. 

What should a tourist see and do in your home county/town?

Well, if you only had a day in Sussex, I’d say you couldn’t go too far wrong visiting Lewes for a pub lunch, followed by Alfriston for afternoon tea and a walk on the South Downs, then Brighton for tapas and a cocktail. Very food orientated!

What’s the best piece of advice (writing or otherwise) you’ve ever received? 

Sometimes you just need to take a leap of faith - whether that’s in writing or in life, I’ve found it useful. 

Can you tell us a bit about your play for Fragments? 

My play is called The Search and it’s about a young woman who goes for a walk on the South Downs on the hottest day of the year, looking to make sense of her life in a moment of personal crisis. It’s a sort of backhanded love letter to my favourite town in Sussex (Lewes) and there’s a couple of major surprises and plot twists along the way. 

What would you like audiences to take away from Fragments and your play in particular?

Although each play in Fragments is very different, I think each play deals with powerful subject matter in unique and unexpected ways. Hopefully audiences will find the triple bill life affirming and that my play inspires anyone struggling with life’s big questions to take control of their destiny. 

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