Jessica Higgs, Janet Behan and Yang-May Ooi (L-R) - Creative Conversations podcast

In this episode of the Creative Conversations podcast, host Yang-May Ooi drops in on actress and playwright Janet Behan and theatre director Jessica Higgs during rehearsals for Janet’s new one woman play Why Shouldn’t I Go?. They take a break to talk about their experiences of working in the theatre and also go in depth on creating the characters and world of Why Shouldn’t I Go?

Janet Behan and Jessica Higgs on Why Shouldn’t I Go? CCV0208  ¦ Creative Conversations [podcast]

Janet Behan is an actress and playwright, and niece of Irish playwright Brendan Behan. She talks in this episode about the influences of her family background and Irish roots on her acting and writing career. We also hear about the challenges of life as an actress and the empowering sense of creativity she experiences as a writer.

Janet Behan in rehearsal

Jessica Higgs directed my solo play Bound Feet Blues and is now directing Janet’s new play Why Shouldn’t I Go? She talks about her creative process as a director  working with solo actors and how she develops with the actor a fully formed world on stage. It’s fascintating stuff!

Jessica Higgs discussing the script

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You can listen to our conversations via the podcast player below:

 Creative Conversations with Yang-May Ooi – Season 2 Episode 8

Links to some of the things we talked about

Janet Behan’s blog – 

Janet Behan on Twitter –

Why Shoudn’t I Go? Facebook page – 

Jessica Higgs – 

Janet Behan and Jessica Higgs reviewing the script

Dates and venues of Why Shouldn’t I Go?

Belsize Community Library, Antrim Road, London NW3 4XN

October 4, 7.30pm

Ropetackle, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5EG

October 8, 8pm

London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB

November 14 – 16, 8pm

Lewisham Irish Centre, 2a Davenport Road, London SE6 2AZ

January 25th 2020, 7.30pm

Why Shouldn’t I Go? play script

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Yang-May Ooi is a writer & podcaster. Her creative work includes The Flame Tree and Mindgame (novels), Bound Feet Blues (theatre & family memoir), The Anxiety Advantage and Creative Conversations (podcasts). ¦

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