JST Pre Show Debate

Every good play starts a conversation. We're delighted to bring you JST Pre Show Debate - a wide-ranging series of discussions, talkbacks, interviews and more.

Our next pre-show debate is on Wednesday 13th March at 5:45pm at Jermyn Street Theatre.

The discussion will last for approximately one hour, starting with a conversation with our panel, followed by audience questions and plenty of food for thought. Entry is free and you can reserve your seat by emailing boxoffice@jermynstreettheatre.co.uk


London as a character: Why are we so drawn to stories about London?

How do we try to capture its identity and do we succeed?

We discuss this question inspired by Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners, which is one of the great twentieth-century London novels where London features as a destination but also something larger in this depiction of migrant experience.

Panelist 1

Roy Williams OBE FRSL - Playwright

Roy Williams is a playwright who has adapted The Lonely Londoners for stage at Jermyn Street Theatre. His other works include Death of England (co-written with Clint Dyer at the National Theatre) and Suckerpunch (Royal Court Theatre). 

He began writing plays in 1990 and is now arguably one of the country’s leading dramatists. In 2000, he was the joint-winner of The George Devine Award and in 2001 he was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. He was awarded an OBE for Services to Drama in the 2008 Birthday Honours List and was made a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

Panelist 2

Jessica Andrews - Writer

Jessica Andrews writes fiction and non-fiction. Her debut novel, Saltwater (2019) won the Portico Prize in 2020 and her second novel, Milk Teeth (2022) was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Encore Award in 2023.
She is a Contributing Editor at ELLE magazine and she also writes for the Guardian, the Independent, BBC Radio 4 and the Architectural Review, among many others. She was chosen for the ELLE list celebrating influential people in 2020 and shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction Futures for writers under the age of 35.

Panelist 3

Angela Morgan – Blue Badge Tourist Guide
After 30 years of working in local government and social housing, Angela decided to become a professional tourist guide. “I smile every time I go to work now!”
Through her deep love of history, she has become more than just a tour guide, she's a storyteller, a passionate advocate for uncovering the city's hidden gems and diverse narratives. “I often tell my visitors that I may be a Londoner but what do I know about London?” She sees the city through their eyes and their experience. Consequently, I realise that I often take London and its character for granted.

Panellist 4

Oisín McKenna - Writer and Artist.

Oisín McKenna is a writer and artist, working in fiction and performance. His debut novel ‘Evenings and Weekends’ will be published by Fourth Estate (UK) and Mariner Books (US) in 2024. He makes work about love, money, health and history. He’s interested in the ways that political, economic and social conditions shape how we act, think, and feel at particular places and times. He writes about the mundane details of people’s daily lives in order to tell a bigger story about the world.













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