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Justin Butcher

JUSTIN BUTCHER  

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    United Agents  


Justin Butcher (Writer/Director) read Classics at Oxford, and trained subsequently at Drama Studio London, graduating in 1992, since when his work as a playwright and director has gained global recognition, with credits including: Scaramouche Jones, starring Pete Postlethwaite (Dublin Theatre Festival 2001, UK tour 2002, World Tour 2003); The Madness Of George Dubya (arts Theatre, London, 2003); a Weapons Inspector Calls (Pleasance London 2003-4, Fringe Report Best Political Dramatist award 2003); Breaking Strain (Edinburgh Fringe 2003); Guantanamo Baywatch (New Players Theatre, London, 2003); The Firebrand (Royal & Derngate, Northampton 2007); The Millennium Man (Theatre Royal, Bath & Uk tour, 2000); King Of fools (Westminister abbey, 1995, and UK tours). He has also written three plays for BBC Radio 4: Chukwudebelu -- Preserved of God (with Ben Okafor); The Man On The Pillar, about St. Simeon Stylites, and The Seven White Masks Of Scaramouche Jones, starring Warren Mitchell.

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Breaking Strain         Curtain Raisers         Go To Gaza, Drink The Sea         Guantanamo Baywatch         King Of Fools         Madness Of George Dubya, The         Present Tense         Prisoner Of Windsor, The, Or, The King's Spit         Red Room, The         Roman Bath, The         Scaramouche Jones         Weapons Inspector Calls, A



Breaking Strain

Synopsis:
Sexually explosive update of the Greek legend of Hippolytus and Phaedra. aphrodite moves in malicious, mysterious ways - hilarious send-up of Greek tragedy.

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1st Produced:
Burton Taylor Theatre, Oxford, Oxfordshire    16 Sep 2002

Company:
Passion Pit Theatre

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Curtain Raisers

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Go To Gaza, Drink The Sea

Synopsis:
a highly atmospheric fusion of moving personal testimonies with searing film images, haunting music and soundscape bearing witness to the dignity, courage and suffering of the people of Gaza, performed by a Palestinian and British cast.

Notes:
written & directed by Justin Butcher And Ahmed Masoud; designed & co-devised by Jane Frere

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Passion Pit Theatre & Zeitgeist Theatre

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Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Guantanamo Baywatch

Synopsis:
The story of sand, sea, sex and prisoner abuse is a bizarre concoction of satire and nightmarish fantasy, as a holiday in Guantanamo Bay morphs into a bizarre blend of alice In Wonderland and The Great Escape.
- http://www.arts-archive.co.uk/index.php?pg=12&action=work&genre=P&gname=Play&wid=S1111148178

Notes:
final part of the Dubya Trilogy

1st Produced:
New Players, London    19 Oct 2004

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Play/Drama

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Male:  11            Female:  3            Other:  -

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King Of Fools

Synopsis:
Controversial Passion Play with former Nigerian boy soldier Ben Okafor as Jesus.
- http://www.arts-archive.co.uk/index.php?pg=12&action=work&genre=P&gname=Play&wid=S01402357143

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1st Produced:
London    21 Apr 2000

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Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Madness Of George Dubya, The

Synopsis:
Satire, songs and insanity. 'Tension is mounting in the Gulf, war drums are beating in Britain and America, and the commanding general of a US air base in Britain goes 'a little funny in the head' and orders his airborne division, each armed with countless megatons of nuclear missiles, to attack their primary targets in Iraq. It's a frantic race against time for President George Dubya and Prime Minister Tony to recall the planes and prevent an all-out war in the Middle East. . .a rollercoaster ride through the delights and terrors of global war, coming soon to a town near you!
- http://www.arts-archive.co.uk/index.php?pg=12&action=work&genre=P&gname=Play&wid=S1805673116

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Passion Pit Theatre

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  11            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Present Tense

Synopsis:
The return of the toughest creative challenge in town. a group of playwrights, directors, film-makers, poets and musicians have one week to respond to the most important news story of the moment. Some of the UK's most exciting talent convenes to select the most momentous story on the news agenda. They each have one week to create a piece of work that responds to the story they choose. as the news changes, they will be forced to adapt their work, until it is performed for you the public on Sunday 27 April 2008 - exactly one week after they began.
- http://www.arts-archive.co.uk/index.php?pg=12&action=production&genre=P&gname=Play&wid=T0559777382

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written by Justin Butcher, Katie Douglas, Jack Thorne, David Watson

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Piece

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Prisoner Of Windsor, The, Or, The King's Spit

Synopsis:
Created fresh in the weeks following the Royal Wedding, this up-to-the-minute response from one of the most renowned theatrical satirists of his generation provides immediate comment on the World Wide Wed via the medium of musical comedy.

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Passion Pit Theatre

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Genre:
Satire

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Volume XXXI (2011) Issue 10 Page 506

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Red Room, The

Synopsis:
a cocky Victorian gent eager to debunk a local myth, changes his tune after a night spent in the notorious bed chamber of a stately pile

Notes:
part of Terror 2005 A repertoire of short plays by various writers. Adapted from H G Wells

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The Sticking Place

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Genre:
horror playlet

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Roman Bath, The

Synopsis:
Ivan returns from a trip to the seaside to find his home torn apart. Builders have unearthed a lost treasure beneath his floorboards: an ornate bath dating back to Roman times. as the excavation destroys his flat, professors, businessman with dodgy Swiss connections, local councillors, reporters and even the national union of lifeguards set up camp. Everyone wants to claim the discovery - while all Ivan wants is some peace.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Stanislav Stratiev

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Gologan Productions

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  7            Female:  2            Other:  doubling

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Scaramouche Jones

Synopsis:
11pm Millennium Eve. ancient clown, Scaramouche, gives his final performance, charting a bizarre odyssey through comic misadventures and the century's darkest episodes, to reveal the loves, brutalities, ecstasies and tragedies beneath his seven white masks. Epic, poetic, profoundly moving

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1st Produced:
Bristol Old Vic/tour    03 Apr 2002

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Weapons Inspector Calls, A

Synopsis:
In a Weapons Inspector Calls, it's the eve of the US presidential elections, the polls have opened and President George Dubya and his cronies are gathered in the Oval Office to celebrate his imminent re-election. But then a ghostly Weapons Inspector turns up, having spent the past 18 months and $900 million trawling the Middle East for the fabled WMD. He has questions to ask all of those gathered around the festive table.

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based on JB Priestley's classic 1946 thriller

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Male:  7            Female:  2            Other:  -

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