The performs by Lucy Prebble
The traditional view that creatives should stay on track – be it advertising, television or photography – is changing for the better as the lines between different creative practices become blurred. Lucy Prebble is a prime example of the modern creative polymath. The writer has made a name for herself over the past decade, from her adaptation of the real-life murder of ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko by two Russian assassins in The Old Vic & # 39; s A Very Expensive Poison to her work The biggest show on television right now, Succession. She also ventured into the world of gaming as the heads-scene writer of the cult video game Destiny.
Growing up in the Surrey commuter belt, the worlds of West End theater and big-budget television felt like a world away from Prebble. Her introduction to writing, she explains, came through more traditional storytelling. “As a kid I was a big reader, pretty lonely, and I wrote a lot of short stories and what would now probably be called fanfiction, things based on television programs that I liked. I never thought that it was a real job or that it would be available to me as a career, ”she says.
Above: Still from the Sky original series I Hate Suzie, in which co-creator Billie Piper stars. Stills courtesy of Sky UK Limited; Above: Still from the Succession, a satire about a powerful dynasty of media tycoons in New York. Stills courtesy of HBO
Prebble first encountered the power of theater storytelling while studying English at Sheffield University when she began writing plays for her friends to act in. “It wasn't good at all, but it was a way of making friends at the same time as expressing myself. I still use work as an invitation to people, whether they're other actors, directors, designers, or even viewers, ”she says.