Blogging about exciting people wouldn't be complete without talking about some of the exciting people who come through our doors; our hotel guests! Meet award-winning playwright, Bryony Lavery. She's visiting Toronto for a few days in honour of her Seventh Stage Production premier of "Stockholm" Seventh Stage Production in association with Nightwood Theatre.
Drake: Tell us a bit about yourself, where do you hail from / what keeps you busy during the day?
Bryony Lavery: I'm from the UK and right now live in East London, by the new Olympic site. I'm a playwright so I stay busy writing, traveling and seeing shows!
D: Is this your first visit to Canada? How has your Toronto experience been?
BL: I've been to Montreal before, but it's my first time in Toronto. I love Toronto! I adore staying at The Drake. I walked all around Queen Street and felt like it had a similar vibe to my neighbourhood in London.
D: It's amazing that you've written more than 20 plays! If you could pick a favourite, which one would it be and why?
BL: It's so hard to pick a favourite! Like trying to pick a favourite child or friend. Right now, I'm very excited to see the Seventh Stage production of "Stockholm." I also have two plays coming up, which I'm really excited about. One is for the Shakespeare in London and the second is in co-production with a theatre company in Adelaide, Australia.
D: Do you have a favourite Drake memory?
BL: I really love the Sky Yard! Being up there was the first time I had sunshine in a while- it's been raining for six weeks straight in London.
Other than being at Drake, what's your favourite thing to do in Toronto?
BL: I loved the shops along Queen Street, especially the Drake General Store! I also really loved all the furniture stores, I could have done some serious damage there.
D: If someone could record the soundtrack of your life and write a play about your life, who would it be?
BL: For the soundtrack, it would be Barbra Streisand's "Happy Days Are Here Again" and for the play, it would be playwright God, Shakespeare.
D: If you could invite anyone, dear or alive, to a Drake dinner, who would you pick?
BL: I would pick Mordecai Richler, I've always been a fan of his and one of my friends is a friend of his son. I also would have to include Shakespeare too. All three of us please!
To catch Bryony Lavery's play at Nightwood theatre, get your tickets, here!