Max Wilkinson



RAINER is the story of a solitary delivery rider and her mental collapse, as she moves from leafy suburbs to luxury flats, invisible to those around her.

It follows her over one night as she rides across London, telling little stories in her head.

‘Some guys listen to music, some guys like to sing. I like to work people out’.

But when her one-time lover disappears, when reality slips, everything begins to crash.




Max is fascinated with the blurred line between performance and theatre and characters struggling in an increasingly absurd world. He is an award winning script writer, having won the Royal Screen Play Award, Stage to Screen Award, The Peggy Ramsay Foundation, a finalist for the Papatango Prize, Theatre Uncut’s Prize for Political Writing and recently, the Nick Darke Award. He’s also collaborated with the Wooster Group in NYC, The English Theatre Berlin and the British Museum as a dramaturg. He’s had plays produced at Theatre 503, King’s Head Theatre, the Arcola, Paines Plough and many others across London as well as running playwriting workshops with The Yard, Flux, The Actor’s Centre, The Gate and the Southwark Playhouse



1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?


2013, at art school, I started obsessively reading the Theatre of the Absurd and then obsessively moved on from there. I always loved films however from an early age and always wanted to make them


2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?


It was inspired by the first lockdown in 2020, London and the empty streets, save for scores of delivery riders.

More than ever, especially over the COVID-19 pandemic we rely heavily on delivery people to keep our lives moving, for most of us they blur into the background, regardless of their past or personal story. Rainer is typical of this: highly educated, highly intelligent, half in love with the isolation the job offers, half resentful of it and in Rainer’s case, drowning in her anonymity. I’m fascinated with the gig-economy and new modes of working and the diverse people it attracts. I wanted to create a portrait of one of those individuals with RAINER.


3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?


Compassionate, funny, dark, scornful, dyslexic.


4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?


Dennis Potter, Anne Washburn, Marina Carr, Peter Handke, the Wooster Group, Pinter, British Kitchen Sink cinema of the 50s/60s


5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?


I’m slightly lactose intolerant


6. What are some of your favorite plays?


How to Offend the Audience – Peter Handke, Mr Burns – Anne Washburn, Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller, The Mai – Marina Carr, Cannibals – Rory Mullarkey, Pomona – Alistair McDowall


7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?


I’m currently developing RAINER into a full-length play which will be running for a week in October of this year at the Arcola Theatre in East London. I’ve also written a play called USEFUL PEOPLE about a dystopian future in a vast gated community in London which should be presented this year and currently under paid commission to write a film script for a film version of a play of mine, GHOST FRUIT, about a man who can’t stand the present so escapes into a fantasy world of his own. Do come!