Martin Crimp is one of the most exciting British playwrights to emerge in the 1980s: his work is characterised by its vision of contemporary society as a place of social decay, moral compromise and barely suppressed violence. He is also a writer whose work engages with both British theatre traditions and European ones. Crimp was born on 14 February 1956 in Dartford, Kent, but the family moved to York when his father, who was employed by British Rail, was transferred there. Crimp attended Pocklington Grammar School, in Yorkshire, which has also educated playwright Tom Stoppard. He then read English at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where his first play Clang – based on Beckett and Ionesco – was staged by …
Sierz, Aleks. "Martin Crimp". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 November 2004; last revised 30 November -1.
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