Connor Hayes speaks with Jonathan Chadwick, theatre director, writer, and Director of Az Theatre, about his experience growing up in the context of post-war Britain, his history in the theatre, his involvement in politics both in Britain and internationally, and his understanding of the relationship between art and politics.

Jonathan Chadwick is a theatre director and writer, and currently Director of Az Theatre working on experimental, international and community projects. He has directed companies and plays across the UK, including with Theatre Foundry, the Crucible Theatre’s Vanguard Company, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre, as well as internationally in Australia, Romania, Canada, USA, Serbia and Kosovo. He has written numerous essays and plays on a wide variety of topics, and he has also directed and taught at LAMDA, RADA, the London Film School and elsewhere. He has long been active in politics both within the UK and internationally.

Connor Hayes is an activist, researcher, and a student of philosophy. He was a member of the 2019 International Peace Delegation to Imrali.

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