Pommerat was born in 1963 and grew up in Rochefort, south-western France, where his father was in the military. He says his parents weren’t theatre types; his sister introduced him to that world. “As a teenager, I didn’t read a lot of plays. In my 20s, I discovered Chekhov and Shakespeare. For a long time I felt very close to those references.” In his late teens he took up acting but quit after five years when he began to write. “I felt frustrated as an actor and that it was just not good for me. I spent a few years writing but not staging – and then became director of my own writing.” Since he established Louis Brouillard in 1990 he has created roughly one new stage work a year, plus radio plays and short films, as well as touring revivals.