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Leo Butler

LEO BUTLER

  (1974 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Judy Daish Associates Ltd  

Leo Butler was born in Sheffield. Leo is currently working on commissions from the Hampstead and the Royal Court, and a feature film project with the artist Gillian Wearing. Leo teaches the Royal Courts respected Young Writers Programme. Leos BBC television play JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN was broadcast in 2002. His play for the National Theatres Education Department, HEROES, toured to schools in 2007. Leo won the George Devine Award in 2001.

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below is a list of Leo Butler's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Airbag         Alison! A Rock opera         Come To Where I'm From         Devotion         Early Bird, The         Faces In the Crowd         Heroes         Hung Over - Election Shorts         I'll Be the Devil         Juicy Fruits         Lucky Dog         Made Of Stone         Peep         Redundant         Rough Cuts - Hung Over - 10 Playwrights Respond to the 2010 Election         Seperate Reality, A: A Rock Opera



Airbag

Synopsis:
Produced for the Royal Court Rough Cuts season, the play fused Butler's script with music and dance from Nigeria. the story of an old woman who, on her death bed, imagines that she is being terrorised by gorillas. an exploration of death and the dying.

Notes:
directed by Leo Butler, choreographed by Odey Anthony. Cast featured: Nick Moss, Nicola Walker, And Gillian Hanna. Music And dancers: Vincent etagweyo, Frank Asiyai, And Odey Anthony.

1st Produced:
Royal Court Theatre (Rough Cuts Season)    02 Jul 2007

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Genre:
Drama/Dance

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Alison! A Rock opera

Synopsis:
ALISON! : A ROCK OPeRA concerns an ordinary young woman whose life is turned upside down after an explosive breakup with her boyfriend, Jimmy. She embarks on a wild journey of self-discovery as she battles with bailiffs, overbearing parents, pharmaceutical drugs, and fundamentalist preachers. everyone wants a piece of her, but she's not going to piece her life together until she faces her most dangerous enemy . . . herself.

Notes:
written and composed by Leo Butler and Dan Persad

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Genre:
contemporary rock opera

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Come To Where I'm From

Synopsis:
a short monologue about friendship, drugs, and Sheffield in the early nineties. Sixty one playwrights from across the UK return to their home towns to write plays about the places that shaped them. At 14 theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays will be performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale. Come To Where I'm From is a theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is.

Notes:
directed by George Perrin, performed by Leo Butler.

1st Produced:

Company:
Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres.

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Genre:
short monologue

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Devotion

Devotion
In a strange war torn country, two boys escape from a POW camp and tow a burnt out car to an imagined Paradise Island. One boy dresses as Batman, while the other dresses as a young girl called Mary, who cradles a plastic baby called Rudolph. they are hijacked by a lone soldier who turns out to be their school-friend, Sarah Simpkins. Is the war a reality or a product of the childrens' imagination?

Notes:
directed by Liam Steele, And the cast featured: Mark Oliver, Leigh Kelly, Chand Martinez And Beverley Denim

1st Produced:
bRedbridge Drama Centre, London - then school tour    26 Sep 2002

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1st Published:
aurora Metro Press,    978-0954233044

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Genre:
Youth audience

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Early Bird, The

Early Bird, The
the early Bird taps into the darkest fears of any parent - what if your child simply disappears? Debbie and Jack blame each other and themselves, and in doing so reveal the inner secrets of their own relationship in this disturbing and darkly humorous play. Butler's language moves between naturalism and hyper-realism, brilliantly capturing the surreal quality of the worst time in this couple's life

Notes:
directed by Rachel O'Riordan. the cast featured Colm Gormley And Abigail McGibbin

1st Produced:

Company:
Ransom Productions

1st Published:
Methuen Drama    978-0713684735

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Faces In the Crowd

Faces In the Crowd
When Dave moved south to London he left behind his family, wife Joanne and mounting financial woes in favour of a playground of riches, sex and shopping. 10 years on and Joanne wants payback. . .with interest. Faces In the Crowd offers a unique insight into 21st century London and the debts we accrue in the wake of seeking out our ambitions.

Notes:
directed by Clare Lizzimore, designed by Rae Smith, William Fricker. Cast: Amanda Drew, Con O'Neill.

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1st Published:
Methuen Drama    978-1408112694

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Heroes

Synopsis:
Chantelle Brown is mixed up. Twelve years old with a pain in her belly the size of Ground Zero, the only person Chantelle can turn to is her dad. But her dad is hundreds of miles away, fighting the war in Iraq.

Notes:
directed by Samantha Potter; designed by Kerry Bradley; the cast included Sophie Benjamin, esin Harvey, Miranda Cook, David Harewood And Raad Rawi.

1st Produced:
touring London schools    2007

Company:
National Theatre (education)

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Music:
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Genre:
theatre for Young People Youth audience

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Hung Over - Election Shorts

Synopsis:
Ten of Britain's leading playwrights respond to the 2010 General election. Five nights of ten minute short plays at theatre Local, elephant and Castle. Tue 22 & Thu 24 June at 7pm featuring plays by April de Angelis, Tim Crouch, Michael Wynne, Dipo agboluaje and Leo Butler. Wed 23 & Fri 25 June at 7pm featuring plays by alia Bano, Michael Bhim, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Martin Crimp and Emma Crowe. Sat 26 June at 7pm featuring all plays by the ten writers. Hung Over takes place as part of Rough Cuts, the Royal Court's annual season of work-in-progress, experimental pieces, readings and shorts. Rough Cuts emerges from the year-round activities of the Studio, providing an opportunity for emerging and established artists to develop ideas collaboratively, experimentally and informally.

Notes:
Hung Over - 10 Playwrights Respond to the 2010 election

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Ten Min

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I'll Be the Devil

I'll Be the Devil
a dark love story, written in response to the Tempest, Leo Butler's I'll Be the Devil is set in occupied Ireland in 1775. Knowing that her soldier lover is leaving for england, a local woman unleashes a sequence of events that will result in tragedy for both their children. With a poetic fearlessness Leo Butler looks at what happens when a brutal foreign power is in intimate and callous contact with the primitive heart of an ancient society. This is an epic play that marks an exciting departure from the stark realism of Butler's earlier work and that provides a powerful demonstration of Butler's maturity and ambition as a writer.

Notes:
directed by Ramin Gray, designed by Lizzie Clachan. the cast featured Gerard Murphy, eoin McCarthy, Tom Burke, Derbhle Crotty, Andrew Macklin, Samantha Young, JD Kelleher, David Toole, ed Macliam, Colm Gormley, Billy Carter, And John Mcenery.

1st Produced:

Company:
Royal Shakespeare Company.

1st Published:
Methuen Drama    978-1408101490

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Juicy Fruits

Synopsis:
Nina and Lorna meet for coffee and chocolate croissants. they are no spring chickens, and each have a lot to prove. Since leaving University, Lorna has settled down as a house-wife, and Nina has been protecting the orphaned Orang-Utans of Borneo. as the caffeine and sugar kick-in, their friendship begins to show it's true colours as past regrets and present resentments pave the way for a darkly-comic feud.

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Company:
Paines Plough/a Play and a Pie and a Pint

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Genre:
short play

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Lucky Dog

Lucky Dog
Eddie and Sue settle down for Christmas dinner. the wine is poured, the crackers are pulled and the weather forecasts snow. But the dog won't eat her giblets and the telephone keeps ringing

Notes:
directed by James Macdonald, And designed by Jean Kalman.the cast featured: Linda Bassett, Alan Williams, And Liam Mills

1st Produced:

Company:
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1st Published:
Methuen Drama    978-0413774668

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Made Of Stone

Made Of Stone
Three brothers come to terms with the death of their father. the play is set in Sheffield and follows the brothers and their mother as they try and reconcile their lives. Dark and humourous, the play deals with such themes as bereavement, regional racism, and teenage psychosis.

Notes:
Directed by Deborah Bruce. the cast featured: Huss Garbiya, Giles Ford, Sarah Cattle, Greg Chisholm, Nick Moss, And Joanna Bacon.

1st Produced:

Company:
Royal Court Young Writer's Festival

1st Published:
Methuen Drama    978-1408101476

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Peep

Synopsis:
Seek out the Peepshow box in the Pleasance Courtyard, and come inside. Natural Shocks presents an exclusive theatrical experience - three specially commissioned new short plays about sex run on the hour, every hour in the Fringes most intimate venue. Featuring award-winning writers and theatre-makers Pamela Carter and Kefi Chadwick and directed by Donnacadh O'Briain, Peep is a show for anyone interested in sex, who wants to watch but doesn't like being seen, who likes sitting in the dark and letting everyone else do the work. Come with friends or come alone - come and peep. No touching. . . www.peep-play.com.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival Fringe    04 Aug 2012

Company:
Natural Shocks

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
20 min piece

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Redundant

Redundant
Lucy is 17. She dreams of love, security and a bright future. But first she must confront reality - and reality means deciding who to trust

Notes:
directed by Dominic Cooke, And the cast featured: Lyndsey Marshal, Will Johnson, Eileen O'Brien, Craig Heaney, Rachel Brogan, And Simon Trinder

1st Produced:

Company:
-

1st Published:
Methuen Drama    978-0413771698

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Rough Cuts - Hung Over - 10 Playwrights Respond to the 2010 Election

Synopsis:
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Rough Cuts - a regular mini season of short plays, experimental readings and works in progress Ten of Britains leading playwrights respond to the 2010 General Election. Five nights of ten minute short plays at Theatre Local, Elephant and Castle. Tue 22 & Thu 24 June at 7pm featuring plays by April de Angelis, Tim Crouch, Michael Wynne, Dipo Agboluaje and Leo Butler. Wed 23 & Fri 25 June at 7pm featuring plays by Alia Bano, Michael Bhim, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Martin Crimp and Emma Crowe. Sat 26 June at 7pm featuring all plays by the ten writers. Hung Over takes place as part of Rough Cuts, the Royal Courts annual season of work-in-progress, experimental pieces, readings and shorts. Rough Cuts emerges from the year-round activities of the Studio, providing an opportunity for emerging and established artists to develop ideas collaboratively, experimentally and informally.

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Genre:
10 min play

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Seperate Reality, A: A Rock Opera

Synopsis:
are y'all ready to ROCK?! Join alison as she escapes the stresses of her humdrum life and discovers her inner rock-goddess in the wild and hedonistic world of Mama Funk's Catfish Club. With LIVe music performed up to eleven' by Dan & Leo's band, and directed by Nick Slash' Bagnall, a Seperate Reality will leave you rocking all over Sloane Square.

Notes:
Book And Music by Leo Butler And dan Persad. part of Rough Cuts - A regular mini season of short plays, experimental readings And works in progress by established As well As emerging writers, directors And Artists

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Genre:
musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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