As well as being Creative Director of Hull Truck Theatre, John Godber is one of the UK's most-performed playwrights with over 50 shows to his name. Perhaps best known for Bouncers, Godber won the best comedy Olivier in 1984 for Up 'n' Under which catapulted him to fame. 25 years later the play was revived in Hull and now it is being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with a cast including Abi Titmuss.

A church hall in Paddington Green is the setting for our interview; the first day of rehearsals are taking place. Godber is not immediately warm, presumably due to the pressure of the impending first preview. However he soon relaxes and is articulate and intelligent as you would expect from a former academic. Although he has seen much success, this has followed years of hard graft and some tough experiences, especially at the Edinburgh Fringe.

John Godber wrote and directs Up 'n' Under which is running at Assembly @ George Street, 4-30 August at 17.25