In the next of our ‘Meet the Dramaturg’ series, we caught up with Feral Monster dramaturg, Jennifer Lunn
Jen is a writer, dramaturg, director and producer. Her double award-winning play Es & Flo was produced by Wales Millenium Centre in 2023, transferred to the Kiln Theatre in London and has earned her a nomination for The Stage Debut Best Writer award. She has a passion for new, queer, Welsh work and for making work with and for young people.
We sat down to find out more about Jen, her approach and what she’s looking forward to in Feral Monster…
What do you see as a dramaturg’s role in a creative process?
The exact role of a dramaturg can vary hugely from project to project – sometimes working closely with a writer to dissect and finesse the script, sometimes supporting directors or designers as they work to realise a show.
Fundamentally, the dramaturg is there to ask questions of the creative team, to help clarify, expand and enhance the production. They’re always thinking about how the audience is going to experience the work and what the team could do to make that experience the best it can be.
What is your approach to dramaturgy?
My approach is one of curiosity and collaboration. I try to imagine myself as different potential audience members and really interrogate how we can create shows that enchant and challenge them in all the right ways.
I see myself as an outside pair of eyes checking whether the team is communicating everything they want to through the writing, the design and the performance. I ask a lot of questions, celebrate what really works and help to fine-tune the bits that could be clearer. And I bring biscuits – which really help!
What drew you to working on Feral Monster?
Feral Monster brings together so many of my passions – telling queer stories, exploring the experiences of young people and looking at how our brains make us behave… Plus it’s a musical!! I’m a huge fan of both Bethan Marlow and Izzy Rabey, so this is a bit of a dream job and I can’t wait to be in the room with everyone bringing this incredible show to life.
Other recent projects of Jen’s include producing Sorter for Grand Ambition in Swansea and Robin Hood the Rock and Roll Panto for Theatr Clwyd, writing and directing plays for RWCMD’s Young Actor’s Studio, and writing Terroir for Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama’s NEW:21 Season.
With thanks to the John Ellerman Foundation for their support for NTWs’ Associate Dramaturgs project, which matches dramaturgs with our projects happening in 2023-2024.