Most of my dramatic writing is either inspired by true stories or based on historical events.
When I was researching The Man With The Plastic Heart, a drama surrounding the events of the first permanent artificial heart implant, I provided the following critical commentary which evaluates the creative process and ethics of documentary drama.
The Fact of Fiction
When Barney Clark was implanted with the Jarvik-7 in 1982, America watched intently as a grandfather, in pyjamas and dressing gown, spoke lightly in the absence of his own heart. Twenty-five years later, details of what occurred behind the hospital curtains are clearer, providing an opportune moment to dramatically re-present the events that eventually destroyed an ambitious heart surgeon, and transformed a retired dentist into an American hero.
There's no black and no white...
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