60 Seconds With...David Mumeni
David was awarded a place on the ‘Write to Shine’ programme run by Shine Television & The NYT and went on to write ‘Our Days of Rage’ at The Old Vic Tunnels, which was Time Out (Critics Choice). David also trained as an actor at Drama Centre London. Recent credits include: Pine (Hampstead Theatre), Lela & Co. (The Royal Court), Mush & Me (The Bush).
1. Where did you grow up?
North West London. Kensal Rise/Willesden area
2. How did you get into writing?
I finished drama school and there was a writing course that Shine Television and The National Youth Theatre were running. I applied for it, submitted something, and got a place. Learnt loads. Reckon it was that really.
3. Which playwright do you most admire?
I've always had a fond love for Simon Stephen's early plays.
4. Best thing you saw at the theatre in 2015?
View From A Bridge (Young Vic)
5. What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
"Don't fuck up!" James Gandolfini's advice to me in a bar in New York, when a mate told him we were recent graduates.
6. What is your proudest career moment to date?
As an actor doing a two hander at the Royal Court, I reckon. (Lela & Co.). Don't know if it gets better than that theatre wise. A little was dream met.
7. Favourite PLAY moment so far?
Getting the bugger finished off and leaving it to the director and actors to sort out!