…wouldn’t it be better to be truthful this time.

Whilst working on my second play Hamlet our brother I came across Stella, a short story by the celebrated author Anais Nin.

Stella is a film star. Her face on the screen is a beautiful mask on which men must imprint their fantasies.

But the screen Stella is free, whereas in life she must deal with her married lover Bruno, a new man Philip, and the abiding memory of a powerful figure from her past.

Fascinated by its evocative writing and the characters’ journeys, I contacted The Anais Nin Trust to gain their permission to adapt the story for theatre and I am currently working on a first draft.