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David Allen

DAVID ALLEN  (1936 - )

Nationality:    Australian
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Literary Agent:    HLA Management Pty Ltd  

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        Behold the Gay Marsupial         Boom Boom!         Buckley's         Cheapside         Cut & Running         Dance Canary         Dickinson         Don't Listen To Gougher         Down Down At Dingley Dell         Florrie         Forests Of the Night         Glorious Things         Gone With Hardy         In the Doghouse         Jack Drum's Entertainment         Joseph Conrad Goes Ashore         Karen         Koala Capers         Manila Yellow         Meat         Modest Expectations         Night We Blitzed the Bridge, The         Once A Bold Collier         Pike's Madness         Pommies         Slam, Decco, Steff & George         Southern Steel         Souvenirs From the Book Lovers Library, Perth         Tina's Troopers         Upside Down At the Bottom Of the World         Virtue         Writers



Behold the Gay Marsupial

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an early work about a defrocked priest rediscovering Australia after years in Africa. Ripe for re-working.

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Boom Boom!

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part of Short + Sweet Festival, Sydney 2010

1st Produced:
NIDA Parade Playhouse, Sydney    40225

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Cheapside Productions

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Genre:
short play

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Buckley's

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Genre:
entertainment with music and politics

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Male:  9            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Script in the Hanger Collection, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, Australia. http://www.Austlit.edu.au, http://www.Austlit.edu.au >>>,

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Cheapside

Synopsis:
Multi-award winning and widely-produced play about the murky goings-on of spies and playwrights in the Elizabethan theatre. Strong contemporary flavour in style and language. Features William Shakespeare, Robert Green and an Australian Cut-Purse. Robert Greene lives in a noisy, bustling underworld of spies, crooks and punks, fending off the debt collectors and arch-rivals, Marlowe and Shakespeare. a play bursting with life and humour, CHeaPSIDe provides a fascinating account of the lot of professional playwright - and suggests that it may not have changed much over the last four hundred years.

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1st Produced:
Melbourne Theatre Company, athemaeum    02 Jun 1984

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Nimrod Theatre Company

1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney, 1985   -

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Genre:
2 act (also radio play) Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Cut & Running

Synopsis:
In the summer of 1929, arthur Sinclair, last of the great Australian silent film makers arrives in Wagga Wagga to shoot the story of bushranger Dan Rafferty - and uncovers a hornet's nest of dark secrets!

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Genre:
2 act Comedy

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Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Dance Canary

Synopsis:
Three old jazz musicians get together with a punk drummer and Czechoslovakian saxophonist for a come-back gig in a hospital for the mentally handicapped. Funny, moving, provocative.

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ideally Able to perform together As A band, but can be faked.

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2 acts Play/Drama

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Dickinson

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Genre:
Stage play 2 acts

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Script in the Hanger Collection, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, Australia. http://www.Austlit.edu.au, http://www.Austlit.edu.au >>>,

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Don't Listen To Gougher

Synopsis:
the early days of South Australia presented in the Brechtian manner.

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Genre:
2 acts Community Play

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Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  doubling

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Down Down At Dingley Dell

Synopsis:
a fantasy/farce set in nineteenth century Australia bringing together Lola Montez, Charles Dickens' son, the poet adam Lindsay Gordon and George Selth Coppin, the father of antipodean theatre.

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Genre:
Radio Play One act

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Male:  8            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Florrie

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the life And times of A fictional Australian Music Hall Artiste. With songs And dances. (Written for the Drama Department At Newcastle University. Won the city prize for best production of the year).

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2 acts Play/Drama

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Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Forests Of the Night

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a young female journalist goes looking for the legendary Tasmanian Tiger with A drunken Irish Academic, while her mother, A wealthy business woman, schemes to exploit the wilderness that is the Tiger's habitat. Adventure, conflict, humour And A touch of

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Genre:
2 acts T.I.e. Community Youth audience

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Glorious Things

Synopsis:
In Victorian england, two Australian confidence tricksters, one black, one white, seduce - as they think - a respectable woman into a life of crime. Years later she has her revenge. Not quite as simple a piece as it may sound.

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Genre:
2 acts Victorian pastiche MeloDrama

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Gone With Hardy

Synopsis:
the story of Stan Laurel before he became the partner of Oliver Hardy, telling of his stormy relationship with an Australian dancer called Kate. This much produced worldwide play features Jock.

Notes:
book And lyrics by David Allen; music by Terence Clark

1st Produced:
Melbourne Theatre Company    28754

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1st Published:
Theatre Australia 3,4:39-44 and 3,5:35-39 (1978)   -

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Genre:
vaudevillian biography

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  pianist

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In the Doghouse

Synopsis:
a new and updated version of the infamous "lost" Elizabethan play, "the Isle Of Dogs". the play that almost strangled english Drama at birth, turned a virgin into a raging Queen and her privy councillors into dedicated spiophobes. This play is part epic theatre, part road movie and part stand-up comedy routine; a sixteenth century romp in contemporary underclothes with authorship variously attributed to Thomas Nashe, Benjamin Jonson, William Shakespeare and arthur Prickshafte. arthur who. . .? You may well ask. . .

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Warehouse Theatre Croydon, London    1990

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Genre:
2 acts Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Jack Drum's Entertainment

Synopsis:
Part irreverent bawdy comedy, part political thriller, this play explores life on the Elizabethan stage and surmises on the mysterious events following Saturday 7th February 1601 when Shakespeare's company put on a single matinee production of Richard II - a play concerning the overthrow of a monarch. the following day Queen Elizabeth I imprisons her former favourite, the earl of essex, for leading a failed rebellion against her. the queen's fearsome agent, Frances Bacon, terrorises Shakespeare, the players and Shakespeare's 'dark lady' whilst conducting his investigation into why the players chose to put on that play and discovers they were paid a considerable bonus by the earl of essex. On the 25th essex is executed. Shortly after Will Kempe leaves London to become a writer in provincial exile, while Shakespeare and his company move their theatre away from Shoreditch, timber by timber, to establish the Globe on Bankside.

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1st Produced:
Union, Se1, London    2002

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Genre:
2 acts Play/Drama

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Male:  6            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Joseph Conrad Goes Ashore

Synopsis:
a mature -aged female student who has literary fantasies attempts the seduction of a Lecturer in english with sadly farcical consequences.

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Genre:
2 acts Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Script in the Hanger Collection, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, Australia. http://www.Austlit.edu.au, http://www.Austlit.edu.au >>>,

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Karen

Synopsis:
Karen can't cope with her separated parents' constant rows. She looks back to happier days.

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in One act Plays Series 2, Richmond, Vic : Heinemann educational Australia, c1982    085-8592878

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Genre:
young adult One act

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  1 boy 1 girl

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Koala Capers

Synopsis:
a farce set in the studios of a television station in an Australian country town, featuring a giant drunken koala, a stripper and Chat Show Host with a death wish. the ending, which involves a fire, is quite bizarre.

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Genre:
2 acts Play/Drama

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Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  giant koala

Further Reference:
Script in the Hanger Collection, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, Australia. http://www.Austlit.edu.au, http://www.Austlit.edu.au >>>,

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Manila Yellow

Synopsis:
T.I.e. Community. an expose of the corruption in the Philippines under the Marcos regime as seen through the life and adventures of a street-wise Manila kid and a middle-class university student.

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awgie-winner

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Genre:
2 acts Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  playing assorted roles

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Meat

Synopsis:
Uganda under Idi armin. a political thriller that explores the involvement of the West in his rise to power. a tale of corruption and brutality.

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Genre:
2 acts Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Large Cast

Further Reference:
Script in the Hanger Collection, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, Australia. http://www.Austlit.edu.au, http://www.Austlit.edu.au >>>,

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Modest Expectations

Synopsis:
Charles Dickens on his last legs in Melbourne, riddled with lust, guilt and regret and encountering both fictional and real life characters he sent to Australia. Premiering the Playbox theatre Melbourne, October 1990.

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1st Produced:
Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, ANZ    02 Nov 1990

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Playbox Theatre

1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney, 1980   -

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Genre:
2 acts Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Night We Blitzed the Bridge, The

Synopsis:
1942, the night Japanese submarines invaded Sydney Harbour and the night of the Great Jitter-Bug Contest on the Manly Ferry! Comedy, action and a grand suspense finale on the Harbour Bridge.

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2 acts Play/Drama

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Once A Bold Collier

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Set in the leitchen of the Moreton's cottage on the Hunter Valley coalfields of NSW during early months of 1929.

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restricted Availability

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Pike's Madness

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the adventures of an english school teacher in Australia who thinks he's Hamlet. Black comedy with a touch of the surreal.

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2 acts Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  playing a multitude of parts

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Pommies

Synopsis:
a middle aged Australian businessman remembers the long-ago summer in 1954 when, as a student, he worked in a Holiday Camp in england. Comic, traumatic, passionate, this play explores anglo-Australian encounters of the uncomfortable kind.

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Croydon W'hse, London    1988

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Genre:
2 act (also radio version) Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Slam, Decco, Steff & George

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In Australia's distant future, 15 year old Decco defends her territory against all-comers.

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  for actors aged 12-16, for classroom or school performance

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Southern Steel

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an adaptation of the Dymphna CUSAck novel set in wartime Newcastle and examining the loves and lives of a local family of battlers.

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Genre:
2 acts Play/Drama

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Male:  7            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Souvenirs From the Book Lovers Library, Perth

Synopsis:
In Western Australia, in the 1920s, a young english poet and his wife confound conventional morality. Based on D.H. Lawrence's time there. a sort of sequel to Upside Down at the Bottom Of the World.

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2 acts Play/Drama

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Tina's Troopers

Synopsis:
Tina and her band of young travelling performers survive in post-nuclear Australia.

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speaking And non-speaking parts. A play for high school kids, with music

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Upside Down At the Bottom Of the World

Synopsis:
D.H. Lawrence in Australia. the famous writer and his German wife spend six months on the New South Wales coast, brawling, squabbling and remembering england - much to the amazement of their conservative neighbours.

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Winner of 1980 Awgie for Best Play

1st Produced:
Nimrod Theatre Downstairs, Sydney    08 Aug 1979

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1st Published:
Heinemann educational Australia, 1981   -

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Genre:
2 acts Play/Drama

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Virtue

Synopsis:
a university lecturer fights for his reputation against prejudice and intrigue in a narrow-minded community. Based on the 1950s "Orr" case in Tasmania.

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Genre:
2 acts Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Writers

Synopsis:
a 'behind-the-scenes' story of Harry, a successful playwright who decides he is going to make some 'real money' by writing scripts for a long running TV soap opera, 'Diamond Hill'. But no sooner has he joined the team than he discovers that all is not as straight forward as he imagines. 'Upstairs' has decided to axe Diamond Hill, and use him as a scapegoat. and then there's alice.

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Genre:
2 acts Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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