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Simon Bent

SIMON BENT  

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    The Agency (London) Ltd  


US representative Peregrine Whittlesey agency. Simon Bent studied Drama at Birmingham University and started his theatrical career as an actor. as writer-in-residence at the University of essex, he wrote 'evacuees' for Spectrum Theatre, Cambridge. His work includes 'Knuckle Butty', 'Wigan Kiss', 'Full Fathom Five', 'The Blood of Others', 'Goldhawk Road', 'Shelter', 'Bad Company', 'Wasted', 'Sugar Sugar' and 'accomplices', and has been performed at many theatres including the RNT. Recent work includes a screenplay 'Christie Mallory's Own Double entry', adapted from the novel by BS Johnson.

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Accomplices         Associate, The         Bad Company         Blood Of Others, The         Chain Play, The         Country Of The Blind, The         Elling         Escapologist, The         Goldhawk Road         Prayer For Owen Meany, A         Prick Up Your Ears         Shelter         Sugar Sugar         Trouble With Girls, The         Under The Black Flag         Wasted         Wigan Kiss



Accomplices

Synopsis:
Set on a Northern housin estate plagued by vandalism, threats of violence and thieving, the play shows how poverty of education, expression, expectation and fellow feeling leads to appalling violence.
Lyn Gardner, Guardian

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Company:
US representative Peregrine Whittlesey agency

1st Published:
Oberon Books, London,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Associate, The

Synopsis:
It's not safe, the world is not a safe place Have some more chicken' a pensioner has his council house redecorated by two self-employed chancers. But there are worse crimes than benefit fraud. a richly comic study of politics and wall-papering.

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Company:
National Theatre Company Transformations Season

1st Published:
Oberon Books, London,    -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Bad Company

Synopsis:
a group of twenty-something's hangs out on the sea-front of a northern resort at the end of the summer season, finding little to relieve the futility and boredom of their lives: they gamble in amusement arcades, bicker in cafes, lust on the beach . . . Casual sex, mindless violence and comic clashes of outlook permeate this entertaining, contemporary and humane play which paints a believable, touching portrait of modern youth.

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Samuel French, London, 1994   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, theme/character, full length

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Blood Of Others, The

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Play/Drama

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Chain Play, The

Synopsis:
One off performance of chain writing to celebrate the National Theatre's 25th anniversary. a scene each from all the authors for a performance on one night

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Written By Terry Johnson, Philip Ridley, Charlotte Jones, Lee Hall, Sebastian Barry, Zinnie Harris, Kevin elyot, Nick Dear, Tanika Gupta, Frank McGuinness, Nick Stafford, Stephen Sondheim, Colin Teevan, Patrick Marber, David Lan, Sarah Daniels, Martin She

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Conceived and commissioned by angus Mackenchnie

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Country Of The Blind, The

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Play/Drama

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Elling

Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Ingvar ambjornsen, in original stage adaptation by axel Hellstenius in collaboration with Peter Naess, in a new version by Simon Bent. Mummy's boy elling and his roommate, the uncouth, reluctant virgin Kjell Bjarne, are the Odd Couple of Oslo: a pair of confused souls taking their first steps in the outside world after years of isolated, institutional life. Given a flat in the city by social services, they must re-assimilate themselves into society or face a return to the asylum. So it's simply a question of convincing their social worker that they really are "normal" - even if it does feel safer sleeping in the wardrobe. . . Based on the award-winning cult film, elling was first performed at the Bush Theatre in 2007 and transferred to Trafalgar Studios in the West end.

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Original Playwright - Axel Hellstenius (with Petter Naess) from the book by Ingvar Ambjornsen (literal translation by Nicholas Norris

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Company:
Trademark aTG

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Escapologist, The

Synopsis:
Everybody feels trapped sometimes. By our family, by friends, by situations we can t control. But who can we look to help us really escape? Inspired by Adam Phillips book Houdini s Box, The Escapologist follows a psychotherapist as he delves into the conscious and unconscious desires of his patients. All of them are looking to escape in some way from their circumstances. But how can the therapist help when he feels increasingly sceptical about the powers of his profession? As he starts to feel more and more trapped he takes flight into fantasies of the greatest escape artist of them all, Harry Houdini.

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1st Produced:
Tramway, Glasgow, UK >>>    13 Jan 2006

Company:
Suspect Culture

1st Published:
Oberon Books >>>, 2006   -

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Genre:
Piece

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  doubling

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Goldhawk Road

Synopsis:
filthy and funny exploration and picture of shapeless lives

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Oberon Books, London, 1996   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Prayer For Owen Meany, A

Synopsis:
a modern American epic - compelling and darkly comic. playing baseball, Owen Meany hits a foul ball and kills his best friends mother. Owen does not believe in accidents, rather that he is God's instrument. What happens after that game is both extrodinary and terrifying. . .

Notes:
from John Irving

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Company:
Transformation Season

1st Published:
Oberon Books, London,    -

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  30

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Prick Up Your Ears

Prick Up Your Ears
Inspired by the John Lahr biography of the late British playwright Joe orton and the diaries of Orton himself

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1st Published:
Oberon Books, London >>>    978-1840029451

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Shelter

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1st Produced:
NT Studio, London    -

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Sugar Sugar

Synopsis:
the arrival of the enigmatic Mr Wilson brings a sexual charge that electrifies the household of Scarborough guest house and threatens to push it over the edge

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1st Published:
Oberon Books, London,    -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Trouble With Girls, The

Synopsis:
5 young men in London council housing on the verge of eviction

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1st Produced:
NT Studio, London    -

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1st Published:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Under The Black Flag

Synopsis:
Long John Silver is so well-defined a figure that you feel he must have emerged from the womb fully equipped with his crutch, his parrot and his catchphrase "aH, Jim Lad". But Simon Bent imagines the early (two legged) life and adventures of the world's most famous pirate.
Paul Taylor, Independent

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1st Produced:
Shakespeare's Globe, London    2006

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1st Published:
Oberon Books, London,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  13            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Wasted

Synopsis:
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1st Published:
Oberon Books, London, 1997   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  8 actors

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Wigan Kiss

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