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Tony Breeze

TONY BREEZE

  

Nationality:    British
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Brought up in a working-class household in Sunderland, in the north-east of england, Tony succeeded in passing an exam at the age of eleven, which sent him to the local selective Grammar School. He feels he "drifted" from there into the teaching profession, training as a Drama teacher at a college in Nottingham, where he met his present wife. Lives are changed by the most ordinary of events and after two years as a teacher he was already becoming bored with teaching when someone in a bar suggested that if he joined the local police they'd give him a house and his qualifications would stand him in good stead. Moved by a naive desire to "do good for society," a year later saw he was patrolling the local beat in a police uniform and working shifts. For a while he ascended the learning curve, passing all his police exams, gaining a part-time LLB and trying to conform to the culture of the police where, he felt, some of the detectives, were almost as devious as the criminals, bending the rules of fairness when it suited them. Due to his exam successes he was allowed to try for accelerated promotion but didn't get it and had to work his way up the system the hard way, resulting in him getting only to the rank of sergeANT and eventually feeling the frustration of seeing others going past him in the promotion stakes. the boredom of shift work soon left a gap in his life and he began the process of writing plays for competitions, some of which he won and so began his urge to become a recognized playwright. Two of his one-act plays were published by New Playwrights Network of Macclesfield, UK, and when he got his first refusal he decided to explore the idea of self-publishing. Since then he has published more than twenty plays, most of which have been performed by UK amateur groups and one, "My Brother's Keeper" reaching the final of the Pittsburgh New Play Festival and later published in Holland and Belgium. He has also published novels and poetry for children and adults. at the age of forty he almost escaped the police system when he went to London to audition at the Poor School for a place on a part-time course for actors. He was the only one in his group to be offered a place but having teenage children and a mortgage he regrets that he didn't have the courage to make the break. they say that the writer must suffer for his art. Tony's desire to write finally got him in trouble with his employers when, working as an instructor at a Police Training Centre in Coventry, he used their ageing photocopier without permission to make some copies of his latest one-act play and when challenged, Washington-like, he told the truth, hoping for clemency. Instead they confined him to his room, carried out a full investigation and held a military-style discipline interview after which they summarily expelled him back to his own force. the end of his police career also wasn't happy, but the British law of libel prevents him being able to say why.

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        5T Rules -Ok!         Adjudicator, The         Bill         Danny Boy         Diaghilev's Bag         Eckersley Rising, The         Examination         Flight Zero One         Happines Tree, The         Harry's Bird         Incident In A Station Buffet         My Brother's Keeper         My Father's House         Power & the Glory, The         Reluctant Emigre, The         Sepia Serenade         Sorry         Tell Them I Care         Ticking         Wasps         Zoo



5T Rules -Ok!

Synopsis:
Class of schoolchildren take over school

Notes:
One-act 45mins

1st Produced:
Notts One Act Final    1994

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 5, 1995   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Natural Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  15 juveniles

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Adjudicator, The

Synopsis:
The local drama group is about to put on their first Shakespeare with "Macbeth" and the new thrusting director has decided to enter the play into the county "Play of The year Competition." As they make their final preparations they await the arrival of the adjudicator who is reputed to be a retired drama lecturer with a drink problem. The stagehands come in with the alcohol for the Christmas party and are told to put it into the nearby drama store and lock the door. They do the first but not the second. The adjudicator arrives, speaks to a deaf FOH person who tells him to wait in the drama store. The director returns and, of course, locks the store. Meanwhile the adjudicator's taxi driver arrives with a clipboard that's been left in the car, he's mistaken for the adjudicator , feted like a lord, the play begins and unbeknown to everyone the driver is treated as the adjudicator for the rest of the evening - including the final somewhat down-to-earth adjudication!

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    -

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 19, (2015)   978-1-872758-28-2

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act comedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  8            Other:  extras

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Bill

Synopsis:
Old lady talks to husband getting changed upstairs but he never appears

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
West Bridgford Dramatic Society, Nottingham    1989

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 6, 1989   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Dramatic Monologue

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Danny Boy

Synopsis:
Territorial soldier is lost on moors

Notes:
One-act 50 mins. Festival Winner

1st Produced:
-    1995

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 7, 1995   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Natural Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Diaghilev's Bag

Synopsis:
Police officers in overalls have picked up pieces of a body at the scene of a suicide on train line and are trying to cope when child arrives and wants to know what's in the bag

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Peebles Scotland    1992

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 8, 1992   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Natural Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  1c

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Eckersley Rising, The

Synopsis:
Walter Midgley gives up work against the wishes of his wife to breed chickens and listen to his amateur radio. One day he receives the first signals from another planet and no-one believes him so he builds his own rocket powered by chicken manure

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Burton Joyce Village Hall, Notts    2006

Organisations:
the Burton Joyce Players

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 9, 1990   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  I juv

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Examination

Synopsis:
Girl refuses to take part in exam- why?

Notes:
One Act 40 mins

1st Produced:
Stoke On Trent Festival    2001

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 10, 1995   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Natural Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  juveniles

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Flight Zero One

Synopsis:
a small plane crash lands in a snow storm and the passengers are forced to spend the night in an abandoned fur trappers cabin

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    -

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Playwrights Publishing Company    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Happines Tree, The

Synopsis:
allegorical comedy about poor people who discover a tree bearing fruit which makes everyone happy resulting in social disorder. It is made illegal but when attempts to control it fail, the government decide the only thing they can do is to tax its use.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Awaiting Premiere    -

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 11, 2001   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  juveniles

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Harry's Bird

Synopsis:
Terminally ill man in hospice meets girl from Probation Hostel next door

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Edinburgh Festival    1993

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 12, 1991   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Natural Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Incident In A Station Buffet

Synopsis:
Different aspects of the sexual drive portrayed as we see and hear the inside of a buffet at a busy railway station. There are three tables visible. At one sits a prim and proper spinster of mature years; at another sit two young male tearaways who are discussing their sexual conquests of the previous evening; at the third sits a well-heeled woman flicking through a glossy fashion magazine. A young man comes in carrying a cup and saucer. He looks around expectantly ... he's on an unusual mission ... he's come to meet for the first time the birth mother who gave him away for adoption as a baby.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    -

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 19, (2015)   978-1-872758-25-1

Music:
-

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Genre:
Dramatic Sketch

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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My Brother's Keeper

Synopsis:
Two brothers face a difficult choice with their comatose Father - filial duty versus euthanasia

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Questors Theatre, London    2001

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 13, 1998   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Natural Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  2n/s males

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My Father's House

Synopsis:
Poor American farming family in 1929 take in a dumb black hobo. their youngest son is injured and together they build a huge tree house to encourage him to get better. the hobo is wrongly accused of crime and lynched so the farmer makes a stand by cutting down the tree

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Awaiting Premiere    -

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 14, 2005   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama, full length

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  2 juv

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Power & the Glory, The

Synopsis:
Soldiers visit village, one is killed, they take over and to loosen tongues seize all the food in the village with disastrous results

Notes:
Based on two Actual events

1st Produced:
Awaiting Premiere    -

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 15, 1995   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Natural Drama

Parts:
Male:  15            Female:  15            Other:  -

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Reluctant Emigre, The

Synopsis:
The year is 1789. After the First Fleet of male prisoners had been sent from England to the new colony in Australia it became obvious to the authorities that women prisoners were needed "to prevent gross irregularities." Sarah Whitlam is a na´ve, young, country-woman who fell in love with a soldier and ran away with him. When he was posted abroad Sarah had trouble paying the rent and was accused by her landlady of stealing and pawning some metal fire cheeks. She was innocent of the crime but after a miscarriage of justice was found guilty and now finds herself fastened in chains, being taken on board a merchant ship about to leave her native land, sentenced to seven years beyond the seas. She has to decide whether to accept her punishment or try, against all the odds, to prove her innocence.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    -

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 19, (2015)   978-1-872758-27-5

Music:
-

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Genre:
Full length historical drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  12            Other:  -

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Sepia Serenade

Synopsis:
the local theatre group are about to start their latest performance when an elderly man with a magic lantern turns up claiming he has been booked to give a talk that evening. then the electricity is cut off

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Burton Joyce Village Hall, Notts    Jun 1980

Organisations:
the Burton Joyce Players

1st Published:
Playwrights Publishing Company    978-1872758193

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Sorry

Synopsis:
ex Drama students return to school to put teacher right about the outside world

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Awaiting Premiere    -

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 16, 1998   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Natural Drama One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Tell Them I Care

Synopsis:
A female social worker who has to go to a woman's house and try to persuade her to permanently sign over her two children who are in the temporary care of the Local Authority because the woman appears unable to give up her violent partner.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    -

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 19, (2015)   978-1-872758-26-8

Music:
-

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Genre:
Dramatic Sketch

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Ticking

Synopsis:
Post nuclear holocaust people are living underground and have been convinced by the governing authority that no life exists on the surface until one of them finds an old watch that's fallen down and is still ticking

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Lochside Theatre, Castle Douglas, Scotland    1997

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 17, 1998   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Futuristic Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  6 people

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Wasps

Synopsis:
a new girl's first day as a Traffic Warden

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Criterion Theatre, Coventry    2000

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 18, 1991   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Natural Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Zoo

Synopsis:
a family of futuristic monkeys spend the day at the human safari park observing their behaviour

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Northumberland Young Farmers Club At The Queens Hall, Hexham, Northumberland, Uk    2004

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Ventus Books, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 19, 1998   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  7            Other:  -

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