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Howard Barker

I never 'say' anything in my work. I invent a world. Let others decide what is being 'said'.

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I submit all my plays to the National Theatre for rejection. To assure myself I am seeing clearly.

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I have plenty of political views and plenty of social and personal prejudices. I do not, however, value them.

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We are suffocated by writers who want to enlighten us with their truths. For me, the theatre is beautiful because it is a secret, and secrets seduce us, we all want to share secrets.

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When I write, I am not giving a lecture, I am speculating on behavior. Sometimes this is dangerous, but it should be. As I say often, theatre is a dark place and we should keep the light out of it.

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I am so far as I am aware not at all influenced by dramatists, expect for Shakespeare, who I have to say, it is impossible not to be influenced by if you hold language to be the major element of theatre.

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