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Richard Crane

RICHARD CRANE  (1944 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Micheline Steinberg Associates  

Picture by emilio Coia of the Scotsman. Richard Crane began writing for the Cambridge Footlights 1966; was a founder member of the Brighton Combination and the Pool Theatre Edinburgh, where his first short plays were produced; worked as an actor at the Nottingham Playhouse, Royal Court, Traverse and National Theatres, and in films and television; wrote and directed new plays with Chris Parr at Bradford University and succeeded him as Fellow in Theatre. Here he began writing musicals, plays with music and site-specific shows - eg Mutiny on the Bounty, Tom Brown, Thunder, Crippen, the Quest; several of which played on the edinburgh Festival Fringe, won awards and toured nationally and abroad. He was succeeded as Fellow in Theatre by Faynia Williams for whom he went on to write several plays, particularly on Russian themes - Clownmaker, Satan's Ball, Vanity, Gogol. Peter Hall engaged him to be the first Resident Dramatist at the National Theatre and he wrote six plays during his year there (1974/5), including Bloody Neighbours, Venus and Superkid, Meantime and the award-winning Clownmaker which transferred to London and then New York. With Faynia Williams he founded Brighton Theatre, which became the first company to move from the Fringe to the main programme of the edinburgh Festival, with Brothers Karamazov in 1981. This production then transferred to the West end, as did Brighton Theatre's first show Mutiny on the Bounty which became Mutiny! with music by David essex at the Piccadilly Theatre London 1985. Russian themes continued with the Possessed, for Yuri Lyubimov, envy with Donald Swann, and the award-winners Pushkin and Red Magic. Richard was Literary Manager at the Royal Court for Stuart Burge and Max Stafford Clark, Dramaturg at the Tron Theatre Glasgow, Writer in Residence at Birmingham Polytechnic and HM Prison Bedford, and has held Fellowships and Lectureships at Bradford, east anglia, Leicester, Maryland (usa) and Sussex Universities. He created and was Director of the Ma in Dramatic Writing at Sussex for 12 years, returning to Theatre in 2008 with the Quiz starring David Bradley (UK tour and West end), I am a Warehouse for Brighton Theatre at the Brighton Festival 2010 and Dancing With Demons, previewed at the Victoria and albert Museum 2011. He is married to Faynia Williams, has two step-daughters, Sabra and Teohna Williams and two sons, Leo and Sam Crane.

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        Anna And Marina         Baggage And Bombshells         Bleak Midwinter         Blood Stream, The         Bloody Neighbours         Brothers Karamazov, The         Burke And Hare         Circus Maximus         Clownmaker         Crippen         Dancing With Demons         David, King Of the Jews         Decent Things         Envy         Eugene Onegin         Examination In Progress         Fool In the Night         Girl With No Arms         Gogol         Gunslinger         Humbug Or A Christmas Carol Backwards         Manchester Tales         Mean Time         Mutiny On the Bounty (1)         Mutiny On the Bounty (2)         Mutiny!         Mystery Plays         Nero And the Golden House         Optimistic Tragedy         Phaedra         Pied Piper, The         Plutopia         Possessed, The         Pushkin         Quest, The         Quiz, The         Red Magic         Rolling the Stone         Route Of All Evil, The         Sand         Satan's Ball         Sea the Sea, The         Secrets         Soldier Soldier         Ten Years On, Or the Perils Of Bradford         Tenant, The         This Way Out         Three Ugly Women         Thunder         Tom Brown         Under the Stars         Understudies         Vanity - A Response To Eugene Onegin         Venus And Superkid         Vlad the Impaler



Anna And Marina

Synopsis:
anna akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva met and talked for two days in Moscow 1941. What was said and not said between the strong silent one and the chatterbox, which led to a suicide days later?

Notes:
Cast: Geraldine Mcewan, Anna Massey. Director: Matthew Walters

1st Produced:
BBC Radio 3    1991

Company:
BBC

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Radio Play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Baggage And Bombshells

Synopsis:
the 1991 Gulf War. the Mother of Battles, a soldier's widow and Tank Girl: three irreconcilable views intertwine.

Notes:
Directed by Faynia Williams. Transferred Cockpit theatre London

1st Produced:

Company:
Black Swan

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play with music

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Bleak Midwinter

Synopsis:
alternative nativity play. Mary and Joseph, pawns in celestial power struggle, turn on each other; risk losing the baby. Lucifer saves the day.

Notes:
Cast: Penny Casdagli, Paul Moriarty, Alan McClelland. Directed by John Cumming. Opening production South Hill Park Bracknell, Christmas 1973

1st Produced:
the Pool, Edinburgh Festival    1972

Company:
Pool Theatre edinburgh

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Christmas play

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Blood Stream, The

Synopsis:
Modern Oresteia. a brief encounter and death in the Blitz, lead to a homecoming and teenage revenge in the 50s, and a mind explosion in the 60s. .

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
-

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 12/11

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Bloody Neighbours

Synopsis:
Two semi-detached households. act I: Denis and Audrey celebrate their tin wedding to mounting din from next door. Denis is driven to extreme violence. act II: the same time-frame next door: Wilf, Spotty and Tits, eat, drink and make din, unaware that Denis is coming to kill them.

Notes:
Cast: Brenda Blethyn, David Meyer. Directed by Kevin Billington. evening Standard nomination: Best New Play

1st Produced:
National Theatre at the ICa    1975

Company:

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Brothers Karamazov, The

Brothers Karamazov, The
Dostoyevsky's great novel seen through the eyes of the four brothers, each of whom takes on the role of the father by slipping into his bear-like coat. When the old man is found murdered, suspicion falls on each of the brothers in turn. Passionate love, pursuit of money, debate with the devil, the death of a saint, epilepsy and story-telling, lead to the chill dawn of freedom and a new view of the world.

Notes:
From the novel by Dostoyevsky with songs by Schiller. Alan Rickman As Ivan. Bruce Alexander As Dmitry. Stephen Boxer As Alyosha. Peter Kelly As Smerdyakov. Music by Stephen Boxer. Directed And designed by Faynia Williams. 3 London Critics' Award Nominations. Productions worldwide include: National theatre of Romania 1991; National theatre Festival, Hungary. Best ensemble Award 2000. Gavle, Sweden, director Peter Oscarson, 2006.City theatre Stockholm 2011. From original translations by Faynia Williams

1st Produced:
Edinburgh International Festival    19 Aug 1981

Company:
Brighton Theatre

1st Published:

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play with music

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Burke And Hare

Synopsis:
Irish immigrants supply bodies for professor of anatomy, no questions asked: murder as business in the cause of medical science; with street songs, Irish ballads, anatomy class, grand guignol.

Notes:
Directed by Faynia Williams

1st Produced:

Company:
-

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play with Music

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Circus Maximus

Synopsis:
Five convicted murderers opt to have their sentences reviewed by the mass TV audience: thumbs up for release; thumbs down for execution. the choice is yours. Or is it?

Notes:
Play in development following workshop And public reading

1st Produced:
Hippodrome, eastbourne    2008

Company:
New Vic Workshop & eastbourne Theatres

1st Published:
Script not available   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play with Music

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Clownmaker

Synopsis:
an imaginative leap into the world of scandal and genius surrounding Diaghilev and Nijinsky

Notes:
Directed And designed by Faynia Williams. Winner edinburgh Fringe First Award 1975. Transferred to New end theatre London 1976. Off-Broadway New York 1982

1st Produced:

Company:
Bradford University Drama Group

1st Published:
Script not available   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Crippen

Synopsis:
Little doctor poisons music-hall singer wife, dismembers the body, escapes across Atlantic with secretary disguised as a boy, is caught with the aid of wireless telegraphy. With comedy, monologue, suspense, music-hall songs.

Notes:
Directed by Chris Parr. Music by Milton Reame-James. First professional production Sheffield Crucible, directed by Caroline Smith.

1st Produced:

Company:
University of Bradford Drama Group

1st Published:

Music:
-

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Genre:
Music Hall/MeloDrama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 13/1

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Dancing With Demons

Synopsis:
as empires fell and the world erupted into World War, a revolution in art was sweeping westward across europe, to the music of Stravinsky, the designs of Bakst, Picasso and Matisse, and the dancing of Nijinsky. But just as the old rules of art were fragmenting, so Nijinsky's mind was breaking up, following his rift with Diaghilev and his marriage to Romola de Pulszky. the play follows Nijinsky's leap to stardom and scandal, and his slow descent into the dark.

Notes:
Dancing with Demons is created by writer Richard Crane And director Faynia Williams, in collaboration with the Victoria And Albert Museum, to celebrate the centenary of the Ballets Russes.

1st Produced:
Previewed Victoria and albert Museum, London    Mar 2011

Company:
Brighton Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  Chorus of 6 to 10

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David, King Of the Jews

Synopsis:
epic allegory spanning the Testaments

Notes:
Directed by Chris Parr. Music by Chris Mitchell

1st Produced:
Bradford Cathedral    1973

Company:
Bradford University Drama Group

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info @steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Site-specific play with music

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Large cast with orchestra

Further Reference:
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Decent Things

Synopsis:
Misfits Basil and Gaga, alone for the first time on their wedding night, make an absolute hash of 'what is expected of one'. Through trial and terror, they begin to get to know each other.

Notes:
Pool: Cast: Richard Harbord, Juliet Cadzow. Directed by John Cumming. Bush theare, London: Cast: Timothy Davies, Keren Wilson. Directed by Hugh Wooldridge. Southern Sound Radio: Cast: Tammy Ustinov, Anthony Head. Directed by Faynia Williams

1st Produced:
the Pool, Edinburgh Festival Fringe    1972

Company:
the Pool edinburgh

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
30 min One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Envy

Synopsis:
adapted from Olesha's 1927 shocking masterpiece. Super-sausage-maker andrey Babichev, finds envious genius Kavalerov drunk in the gutter. Grooms him to be New Man of the Century only to find him conspiring with his renegade poet brother, Ivan Babichev. Cast out, the two poets plan the Grand Finale of Human Feelings which will bring down the Machine age. Told in slogans, broadcasts, acrobatics, football commentary, a street mirror, satirical sonnets and torch-songs.

Notes:
From the novel by Yuri Olesha. Directed by Faynia Williams. Music by Donald Swann

1st Produced:

Company:
essex University Theatre

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play with music

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Eugene Onegin

Synopsis:
Classic story of mistimed love (see Vanity below)

Notes:
adapted from Pushkin for the bicentennial of his birth. Producer Richard Bannerman, director Faynia Williams. Alex Jennings As Pushkin, Sam West As Onegin.

1st Produced:
BBC Radio 3    1999

Company:
BBC

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Radio Play

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Examination In Progress

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Edinburgh Festival Fringe    1973

Company:
University of Bradford Drama Group

1st Published:
Script not available   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Late-night Revue

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Fool In the Night

Synopsis:
a man in a coat sits on a bench overlooking the sea. He had a political dream that ended in nightmare and has come here to shoot himself. He is interrupted by a feral ex-actor and product of the nightmare, who needs to talk to keep warm. they have a conversation, do deals and play Russian roulette through the night. the play starts at sunset and ends with the dawn. a black comedy for two actors, 75 minutes.

Notes:
Read As part of the Fool on the World Stage project, International theatre Institute, New York 2005 And Manila, Philippines, 2006.

1st Produced:
the Gold Room, eastbourne theatres (reading)    2005

Company:
New Vic Workshop

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Girl With No Arms

Synopsis:
Two girls play mad games in the park.

Notes:
Directed by Chris Parr

1st Produced:
Arts Lab, London    1968

Company:
Brighton Combination

1st Published:
No script available   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Short Play

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Gogol

Gogol
electricity Board Final Demands clerk fills the void of his life with words; gets a new coat and rises to giddy heights; then plummets into the vortex of monomania and debt.

Notes:
From stories by Gogol. Many performances worldwide including. Edinburgh, Brighton, Belfast, Adelaide Festivals, Moscow, New York, Paris, tours of Poland, Sweden. Actor: Richard Crane. Director/designer: Faynia Williams. For BBC Radio: Actor: FrEddie Jones. Director: Alfred Bradley. From original translations by Faynia Williams

1st Produced:
Marlborough Theatre, Brighton    16 Apr 1978

Company:
Brighton actor's Workshop

1st Published:

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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-

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Gunslinger

Synopsis:
Colonel Conquest hosts a Wild West Show in the No-Name Saloon with shoot-outs, lynch-mobs, outlaws, preachers, rustlers, redskins, cattle and gold.

Notes:
Cast included Alan Rickman, Victoria Wood, Geoffrey Durham, Russell Henderson. Music by Joss Buckley Directed by Peter Moss

1st Produced:
Phoenix, Leicester    1976

Company:
Leicester Arts Festival

1st Published:

Music:
-

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Genre:
Wild-West adventure

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  2            Other:  flexible to 30

Further Reference:
-

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Humbug Or A Christmas Carol Backwards

Synopsis:
Scrooge, over-generous in a mean-spirited world, is visited by three ghosts who warn him to tighten up.

Notes:
Music by Milton Reame-James. Directed by John Cumming

1st Produced:
South Hill PArk, Bracknell    27364

Company:
South Hill Park, Bracknell

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Manchester Tales

Synopsis:
Celebration of Manchester, past, present and future.

Notes:
Researched by the cast, devised And written during rehearsal. Director: Caroline Smith

1st Produced:

Company:
-

1st Published:
Script not available   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Community Show

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  Local silver bands.

Further Reference:
-

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Mean Time

Synopsis:
ClErical officer and joker locked in office with time-bomb.

Notes:
Cast: Margaretta Scott. Directed by Richard Crane

1st Produced:

Company:
English Stage Company

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
40 min One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Mutiny On the Bounty (1)

Synopsis:
audience set sail under Bligh's stern command; weather storms and punishment; disembark at Tahiti for interval. Christian leads mutiny on return voyage. Bligh cast adrift, rows to safety. Christian and Bounty hide out on Pitcairn. Girls play midshipmen and cabin boys. Guest appearances of Johnson and Boswell, Ghost of Captain Cook, Chief Hiti-Hiti, George III.

Notes:
music Chris Mitchell

1st Produced:
Bradford University Drama Group    1972

Company:
-

1st Published:
Script enquiries: info@steinplays.com   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Christmas Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Large cast

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Mutiny On the Bounty (2)

Synopsis:
the above rewritten Bugsy-Malone-style for child performers. Site-specific, promenade performance, under the arches of Brighton seafront and on the Fishmarket Hard.

Notes:
Cast from students of Boundstone School Lancing. Directed by Faynia Williams

1st Produced:
Brighton Seafront    1980

Company:
Brighton Theatre and Boundstone School Lancing, for Brighton Festival

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Large cast

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Mutiny!

Synopsis:
act I: Outward voyage: High hopes, dancing, indiscipline, a flogging, resentment, the doldrums, rough seas round Cape Horn, arrival at Tahiti. act II: Re-embark with breadfruit saplings. Ship's routine favours plants over men. Christian 'in hell'. Mutiny. Bligh and breadfruit cast adrift; Bounty sails free. Bligh makes it home, instigates revenge. Christian and mutineers hide and revert to savagery on Pitcairn.

Notes:
Music by David essex. Directed by Michael Bogdanov. Designed by William Dudley.Cast includes David essex, Frank Finlay, Sinitta. Nominated Ivor Novello Award Best Musical

1st Produced:
Piccadilly, London    1985

Company:
Panter & Friedman

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
Mutiny! Concept album Phonogram 1983

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Large cast

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-

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Mystery Plays

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
one of A series of short mystery plays written for churches Around Bracknell. no scripts exist ? - let us know !!

1st Produced:
Local Churches    1974

Company:
South Hill Park, Bracknell

1st Published:
No scripts exist   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Cycle of short plays

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Nero And the Golden House

Synopsis:
Three crucified 'lighting effects' looks down on the preparations for the opening of the Golden House, which they will illuminate. the actor/emperor will be the star of the show but his arrival is delayed. His mother meanwhile has plans of her own and rumbles of rebellion have reached the gates of Rome.

Notes:
Music by Robert Pettigrew. Directed by Chris Parr

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Roman epic Play with music

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Optimistic Tragedy

Synopsis:
In the upheavals following the Bolshevik Revolution, anarchists have taken over a ship of the Baltic Fleet. When an old woman accuses a sailor of stealing her purse, he is summarily executed. Suddenly she finds her purse, so she must die too. In order to restore order, the Party sends a female Commissar to take control of the ship.

Notes:
adapted from play by Vsevolod Vishnevsky. Co-written with Faynia Williams. Cast includes Toyah Willcox. Directed by Ned Chaillet

1st Produced:
BBC Radio 3    1980

Company:
BBC

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-

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Radio Drama

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Phaedra

Synopsis:
Phaedra's unrequited love for stepson Hippolytus and its tragic consequences

Notes:
Original Playwright - Marina Tsvetayeva. Adapted with Michael Glenny

1st Produced:
Lyric Hammersmith and tour    1990

Company:
actors' Touring Company

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-

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Pied Piper, The

Synopsis:
Piper rids Hamelin of rats. Mayor and Corporation are slow to pay. Piper rids them of their children.

Notes:
Music by Chris Mitchell. Directed by Richard Crane

1st Produced:
Bradford University Great Hall    1973

Company:
Bradford University Drama Group

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Christmas musical

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Plutopia

Synopsis:
Perfect society on the furthest planet, founded on the love of money and the law of the jingle; visited only by the terminally depressed. When John gets there, he is lifted out of sadness into a heaven of cheerfulness until he discovers that, as a bankrupt, he is heading for the Mincer.

Notes:
Music by Donald Swann. Cast: William Rushton, Tony Robinson, Fascinating Aida, Denise Coffey, CJ Allen

1st Produced:
BBC Radio 4    1994

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BBC

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Radio musical

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Possessed, The

Synopsis:
Terrorist cells infiltrate small-town Russia, like devils entering swine. Under the banner of the soulless 'wise serpent' Stavrogin, the revolution implodes, in assassination and suicide.

Notes:
adapted from Dostoyevsky. Directed by Yuri Lyubimov. Music by Alfred Schnittke. Designed by Stefan Lazaridis. Cast includes Nigel Terry, Harriet Walter, Michael Feast, Gillian Barge, Clive Merrison

1st Produced:
Odeon Paris    1985

Company:
almeida Theatre

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Pushkin

Synopsis:
1837. Pushkin bleeds in the snow, shot in the stomach by his nemesis, dressed in white. He takes two days to die. Crowds gather as a living monument, and his works uncannily merge with his life. Eugene Onegin, Boris Godunov, the Gypsies, the Bronze Horseman, Mozart and Salieri, the Feast in the Plague Year, reflect and illuminate his triumphs and catastrophes, and his love-hate for his wife Natalya and the Tsar.

Notes:
Directed & designed by Faynia Williams. edinburgh Fringe First Award 1987

1st Produced:
essex University theatre    1987

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-

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Quest, The

Synopsis:
Out of wordless babble, arthur teaches the land to speak. at Camelot, knights must speak in verse. Lancelot sings. Galahad urges knights to aspire to wordless music and beyond. Only Mordred the bastard speaks in prose. Jousting, dancing, feasting, adventuring, give way to squabbles, sex scandals, the quest for the grail, the break-up of the Table and the last battle.

Notes:
Music by Chris Mitchell. Directed by Chris Parr.edinburgh Fringe First Award 1974. Aka the King. Revived Winter Gardens eastbourne 2010

1st Produced:
St George's Hall, Bradford    1974

Company:
Bradford University Drama Group

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Quiz, The

Synopsis:
the ultimate performance. Henry has been touring Dostoyevsky's Grand Inquisitor for too many years. Tonight, like Keane, Irving and Tommy Cooper, he will conk out on stage. He has already taken the tablets and had a few sherries. His stage manager has walked out; so there will be no one to prompt him. Tonight, as the Inquisitor, condemning Christ to be burnt, 'surrendering freedom for happiness, truth and despair for food and entertainment', he will give the performance of his life.

Notes:
Cast: David Bradley. Directed by David Giles

1st Produced:
eastbourne theatres    2007

Company:
New Vic Workshop

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-

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Play/Drama

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Red Magic

Synopsis:
Sergei eisenstein, artist of the Revolution, creator of theatre as circus, film as propaganda and chronicle of the brave new socialist world; misfit, comedian, exile, fugitive. the biography as montage, from Potempkin and Strike, to Que Viva Mexica, and Ivan the Terrible.

Notes:
Directed by Faynia Williams. edinburgh Fringe First Award 1988

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essex University Theatre

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Rolling the Stone

Synopsis:
Sisyphus, the eternal optimist, rolls the stone to the top of the hill, where it rolls back down again. Repeat ad nauseam. Stand-up, tumble-down comedy in hell, with operatic support from MedUSA's little sister.

Notes:
actor: Richard Crane. Directed And designed by Faynia Williams. edinburgh Fringe First Award 1989

1st Produced:
Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh Festival Fringe    1989

Company:
essex University Theatre

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Route Of All Evil, The

Synopsis:
Late-night pleasure cruise on the economic tide turns into disaster of titanic proportions.

Notes:
Music by Thomas Attlee. Directed by Hugh Wooldridge. Aka the Bradford Revue

1st Produced:
Lauriston Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe    1974

Company:
Bradford University Drama Group

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Late Night Revue

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Sand

Synopsis:
George Sand entertains with FredEric Chopin at the piano.

Notes:
Directed by Faynia Williams

1st Produced:
Pavilion Theatre, Brighton Festival    1981

Company:
Brighton Theatre

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-

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Satan's Ball

Satan's Ball
the devil comes to Moscow and tells the atheist Chairman of the Writers' Union that he will be beheaded by a tram. It happens immediately and is witnessed by Bezdomny, who demands the devil's arrest and is sent to a mental hospital where he meets the Master who has lost his lover Margarita and has written a book about Pontius Pilate who has to condemn to death the one man who can cure his head-ache. there are three levels to the play, Moscow, Jerusalem and Limbo. Margarita, naked and singing, ascends to the top as she flies over Moscow. Jesus is crucified against the organ pipes. Satan's Ball, when all the inmates of the mental hospital start to dance, forms the climax of the show, which ends with the full company singing Blok's the Twelve.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Mikhail Bulgakov. Music by Phil Wharton. Directed And designed by Faynia Williams. edinburgh Fringe First Award 1977. From original translations by Faynia Williams

1st Produced:
Old Chaplaincy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe    1977

Company:
Bradford University Drama Group

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Sea the Sea, The

Synopsis:
4 x 60 minute episodes including a rare interview with Iris Murdoch. Charles arrowby, actor and director, retires to a crumbling house by the sea, hoping to shake off his past. But his past pursues him and his lonely hideaway becomes a bedlam of aggrieved former friends, colleagues and lovers. His first and greatest love, Hartley, is living in the village and he reunites himself with her, with violent and catastrophic results.

Notes:
From the novel by Iris Murdoch. Music by Elizabeth Parker. Cast: John Wood, Joyce Redman, Sian Phillips, T.P. McKenna, Sam Crane. Directed by Faynia Williams

1st Produced:
BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial    1993

Company:
BBC

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-

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Secrets

Synopsis:
With Maud nothing is ever finished. Her gothic novels break off at the point of suspense. Her house is a mess of uncompleted extensions and half-painted rooms. Her marriage was left hanging by a thread many years ago. When Jack returns to attend to unfinished business, the outcome for Maud and her introverted son, is sudden and final.

Notes:
For Traverse. Director Chris Parr. Cast elaine Ives-Cameron, Charles Bolton, Chris Hancock. Revived Bush theatre 1974, directed by John Russell Brown, with Natasha Parry And Karl Howman

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Traverse Theatre edinburgh

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Soldier Soldier

Synopsis:
army life as told verbatim from interviews through the ranks with soldiers and their wives.

Notes:
edinburgh Fringe First Award 1986. From the book by Tony Parker. Directed by Faynia Williams

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essex University Theatre

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Ten Years On, Or the Perils Of Bradford

Synopsis:
Celebrating ten years of Bradford University with guest appearances from Chancellor Harold Wilson and his dog Paddy.

Notes:
Inaugural production for theatre in the Mill. Co-written with David edgar. Music by Milton Reame-James. Directed by Faynia Williams. Aka Perils of Bradford

1st Produced:
Theatre in the Mill, Bradford    1976

Company:
Bradford University Drama Group

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No script available   -

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-

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Tenant, The

Synopsis:
Denis has a room to let in his basement flat; tries to say no when a black man moves in. the more he talks and the less the 'tenant' talks, the more Denis reveals his closely- guarded insecurities, until the tables are turned.

Notes:
Cast: Richard Harbord, Oscar James. Directed by Phil emanuel

1st Produced:
Pool Theatre Edinburgh    1971

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-

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30 min One act

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This Way Out

Synopsis:
Sketches and songs, topical, satirical, pythonesque.

Notes:
Co-writer with cast. Cast: Germaine Greer, Andrew Mayer, Jane Barry, Chris Mohr, Timothy Davies, Richard Harris, Richard Crane. Directed by Richard Syms. Aka Footlights Revue

1st Produced:
Arts Theatre, Cambridge and tour    1966

Company:
Cambridge Footlights

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No script available   -

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-

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Three Ugly Women

Synopsis:
Three strange women meet in a coffee bar. absurdist comedy with songs.

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Cast: Maria Aitken, Katya Benjamin, Katy Heyland, Bob Scott, Richard Crane. Directed by Chris Parr. Transferred to Little theatre Club, London 1967

1st Produced:
Group Theatre Cork    1967

Company:
Group Theatre Cork

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-

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Thunder

Synopsis:
the lives of the Brontes, their childhood fantasies, poems, letters and novels, interweave to create a domestic/gothic Drama. the sisters are released from the confines of Haworth Parsonage, when they become their own heroines. Charlotte is Jane eyre; emily is Cathy; anne is Helen Graham. the central tragic figure is Branwell, who inspired his sisters, wrote more than all of them put together, and declined, following failure as writer and lover, into drugs, alcohol, and early death.

Notes:
Directed by Richard Crane. edinburgh Fringe First Award. Later productions include: Thornton Parish Church; Lodz Festival Poland; Upstream theatre London; Gate At Latchmere, London And many others, worldwide

1st Produced:
Ilkley Festival    1976

Company:
Bradford University Drama Group

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Music:
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Tom Brown

Synopsis:
Rugby School 1835 panto-style with Brown and young'uns played by girls and matron by a man. Brown and east take on Flashy and the toadies, inspiring Dr arnold to reform the education system.

Notes:
Music by Milton Reame-James. Directed by Richard Crane

1st Produced:
Bradford University Great Hall    1971

Company:
Bradford University Drama Group

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-

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Christmas Musical

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Under the Stars

Synopsis:
Waiting for Godot' in the dressing-room. Regina (Reg) is a career understudy, who has only ever covered the Dame and never gone. Stella still has hopes of overnight stardom, going on for Trixie whose health is frail. as the stars on stage, are heard raging over the tannoy, the understudies parrot the lines, and squabble in the dressing-room. When the director brings in a Known actress to cover for Trixie, the understudies unite in an act of rebellion. But bigger storms are blowing which will affect the show's run, and the little tragedy in the dressing-room, goes unnoticed.

Notes:
Cast: Pam Ferris, Connie Booth, Patricia Routledge, June Whitfield. Directed by Matthew Francis. Designed by Lez Brotherston

1st Produced:
Greenwich, London    1993

Company:
-

1st Published:
https://www.samuelfrench-London.co.uk/node/490 (1994)   0 573 01911 8

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-

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Understudies

Synopsis:
Understudies bicker and squabble in the dressing-room while the stars on stage rage against fate. Radio version of Under the Stars (see below).

Notes:
Cast: Penelope Keith, Dorothy Tutin. Directed by Matthew Walters

1st Produced:
BBC Radio 3    1992

Company:
BBC

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-

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Vanity - A Response To Eugene Onegin

Vanity - A Response To Eugene Onegin
reclaimed Pushkin's Eugene Onegin as a intimate reflection on a love mistimed and shattered by social convention.

Notes:
story by Pushkin. From original translation And directed by Faynia Williams. edinburgh Fringe First Award 1980. Played Gate theatre London 1980, Young Vic theatre 1983.

1st Produced:
Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh Festival    18 Aug 1980

Company:
Brighton Theatre

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Venus And Superkid

Synopsis:
the Wright family live in Willesden where life is dull. Father's aggressive instincts are on the wane. Mother studies sociology as a refuge from chores. Rick also studies and has fallen in love with fellow-student Susan Reynolds. Hughie, his twin, is a drop-out. But while others dream, the Wrights can transform into Mars, Venus, Superkid and the Freak, and project their magnified family feuds across the Daredevil Supersphere. Transgalactic rock supershow with strip-cartoon dialogue, fairground slides and show-stopping numbers.

Notes:
Music by Milton Reame-James. Directed by Chris Parr

1st Produced:
Arts Theatre and Roundhouse, London    1975

Company:
Unicorn Theatre

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-

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Youth audience Musical

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Vlad the Impaler

Synopsis:
1485. Sandwiched between the Hungarian and Ottoman empires, Romania must morally re-arm or be crushed. Prince Vlad, trained in nation-building, as a child hostage in Turkey, knows ways of instilling discipline into a demoralized people. Taking lunch before two impaled enemies of the state, he debates with them the point: if it doesn't hurt, it isn't working. He erects a third stake between them, to be kept vacant for whoever in the future will be responsible for the country's fall. after invasion, resistance, pitched battle, betrayal, imprisonment, liberation, short-lived victory, crushing defeat, it is Vlad himself who must climb and self-insert the slippery pole.

Notes:
Directed by Faynia Williams. Cast includes John Hurt, Victor Spinetti, Andrew Sachs, Anthony Head. Adapted from the Third Stake by Marin Sorescu

1st Produced:
BBC Radio 3    -

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BBC

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-

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