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Philip Dart

PHILIP DART  

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Futerman & Rose Associates  


Philip Dart is currently a Director of Channel Theatre Productions. Until recently he was the Artistic Director of Chalkfoot Theatre Arts for whom he has written and adapted many plays. He has frequently been commissioned by Vienna's English Theatre and his work has been performed extensively around Austria. His adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Moliere's School For Wives have been toured by Northampton Theatre Royal. In more recent years his adaptation of Wilkie Collin's The Haunted Hotel was revived for two national tours to large scale venues. His adaptation of Erskine Childer's The Riddle Of The Sands had a successful run at the West End's Jermyn Theatre.

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

Bottling Out         Emma         Great Christmas Tree Adventure, The         Haunted Hotel, The         Jane Eyre         London Merchant, The         Mysteries At Canterbury Cathedral, The         Phoenix And The Carpet, The         Prisoner Of Zenda, The         Ragged Trousered Philanthropist         Riddle Of The Sands, The         Running For Glory         School For Wives, The         Sugar And Spice         Warning To The Curious, A



Bottling Out

Synopsis:
Drama about teenage drink driving.

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1st Produced:
Vienna's English Theatre, Austria    Autumn 1998

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Genre:
Childrens Youth audience

Parts:
Male:  2 (min)            Female:  1 (min)            Other:  -

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Emma

Synopsis:
A witty and elegant new adaptation of Jane Austen's much-loved classic novel. Simplicity of staging and a pared-down cast create a strong focus on Emma's own conflicted personality and her difficult relationships with both men and women

Notes:
from book by Jane Austen

1st Produced:
Theatre Royal, Margate, Kent    08 Mar 2005

Company:
Chalkfoot Theatre Arts

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  1 (min)            Female:  3 (min)            Other:  -

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Great Christmas Tree Adventure, The

Synopsis:
When Griselda - the mean old fairy from the top of the Christas tree - is finally replaced by a sparkling new fairy, the other decorations look forward to their best Christmas ever. But celebrations are short lived as Griselda emerges from the waste bin with her gang of discarded paper chains, determined to "get back on top". Will Griselda return to rule over the tree or will Tommy the Chocolate Soldier, Isabel the Bell, Twinks the new fairy and Mr Frosty the old-fashioned snowman finally triumph? This action-packed, festive family show offers lots of audience participation and a catchy musical score with witty lyrics.

Notes:
Music and Lyrics by Julian Ronnie

1st Produced:
Stag Theatre Sevenoaks    Christmas 1992

Company:
Channel Theatre Company

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Genre:
Children's Christmas Show Youth audience

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Haunted Hotel, The

Synopsis:
When a troubled Italian countess arrives at a London doctor's surgery, it begins a surreal turn of events driven by a supernatural presence that haunts of one of Venice's most fashionable hotels. In Philip Dart's adaptation, Wilkie Collins' popular Victorian thriller is framed by a dramatic situation that reflects events in the novel itself: a Victorian actor-manager invites London's leading actor and actress to a midnight read-through of a play - recounting his family's experiences in Venice - that he hopes will turn around the fortunes of his failing theatre.

Notes:
Book by Wilkie Collins, Adapted by Philip Dart And Val May. Three national tours

1st Produced:
Epsom Playhouse    Sep 1992

Company:
Channel Theatre Company

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Genre:
Adaptation -Ghost Story

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Jane Eyre

Synopsis:
In focusing more on Jane's early history and friendships, this delightful, small-scale adaptation puts the mousy, submissive Jane of numerous film and television adaptations to one side and reflects the strong character portrayed in Charlotte Bronte's novel.

Notes:
novel by Charlotte Bronte. Two professional productions of this play have been toured by Channel Theatre Company and Northampton Theatre Royal.

1st Produced:
Northampton Royal Theatre's touring company    1998

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  1-3            Female:  3-14            Other:  -

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London Merchant, The

Synopsis:
As a trading centre, London has always attracted powerful and ruthless people: the 18th century world of George Barnwell, a young apprentice corrupted by his lover, provides a powerful mirror to the world of 1980s city trader Justin Treves. George Lillo's original 18th play is intercut with scenes showing the rise and fall of his 20th century counterpart.

Notes:
Original Playwright - George Lillo. A drama for actor/musicians radically adapted from the George Lillo's 18th century play. Original Music by Peter Cook

1st Produced:
Theatre Royal, Margate, Kent    28 Feb 2002

Company:
Channel Theatre Company

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Genre:
Adaptation with music

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Mysteries At Canterbury Cathedral, The

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1st Published:
Churchman,    -

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Genre:
adaptation

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Phoenix And The Carpet, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
from E Nesbit's children's novel The Phoenix And the Carpet

1st Produced:
toured    2003

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Genre:
adaptation

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Prisoner Of Zenda, The

Synopsis:
It's 1956 and the movies have finally reached Tollinghurst Village Hall. An excited audience awaits a showing of The Prisoner of Zenda when local entrepreneur Malcolm Storey's second hand projector breaks down. In order to save the day, members of TADS - the village amateur dramatic society - decide to enact this swashbuckling adventure story themselves, with hilarious results.

Notes:
From the novel by Anthony Hope

1st Produced:
Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs    09 Feb 2013

Company:
Chalkfoot Theatre Arts

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Genre:
Adaptation

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

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Ragged Trousered Philanthropist

Synopsis:
Philip Dart's adaptation does full justice to Robert Tressell's searing account of a year in the lives of a group of working men living on the breadline in Edwardian England. Tressell's iconic book played a significant role in the movement to improve conditions for the working man at the beginning of the last century and the play follows a group of impoverished painters and decorators in the seaside town of Hastings, showing the moving plight of individual workers and exposing the ruthlessness of their penny-pinching employers.

Notes:
Based on the book by Robert Tressell

1st Produced:
Margate Theatre Royal    Mar 2006

Company:
Chalkfoot Theatre Arts

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  3 (min)            Female:  1 (Min)            Other:  There are 13 roles so cast numbers can be expanded

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Riddle Of The Sands, The

Synopsis:
Adapted from the well-known novel by Erskine Childers, the play is set in the period just before the first World War, when Germany was building up its military capability. Sailing enthusiast Davies sends an invitation to ex-university chum Carruthers (now working in the Foreign Office) to join him for a sailing holiday in the German Frisian Islands. Carruthers accepts, only to find that the luxury vessel he imagined is, in fact, a tiny converted tugboat. Matters go from bad to worse when Davies' real reason for the invitation is revealed, and the mood of the piece changes from a gentle British comedy into a tense spy thriller.

Notes:
By Philip Dart After Erskine Childers. A fast moving, tongue-in-cheek play that requires split-second multi-role playing.

1st Produced:
Margate Theatre Royal    Mar 2009

Company:
Chalkfoot Theatre Arts

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Running For Glory

Synopsis:
A vivid, dramatic account of the lives of two iconic British sportsmen, this play is a new exploration of the lives and ambitions of British athletes who took part in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Written to integrate movement sequences (including races, a rugby match and athletic warm-ups) with the spoken word, the play follows the careers of Eric Liddell (the athlete who refused to run on a Sunday) and Harold Abrahams (a runner who became a well-known sports reporter); documenting the tensions between these two very different personalities during the run-up to the Olympic Games..

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1st Produced:
Temple Ewell Village Hall    25 Feb 2012

Company:
Chalkfoot Theatre Arts

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Genre:
Original

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Male:  -            Female:  3            Other:  -

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School For Wives, The

Synopsis:
This farcical comedy, set in the mid 1960s, is based on Moliere's original play A rich, older man has his young ward trained up - well away from the influence of other men - to be the perfect, submissive wife of his dreams. But true love knows no obstacle and when his fiance accidentally meets an eligible young man, her guardian's increasingly desperate attempts to keep them apart are all doomed to failure. Moliere's portrayal of male insecurity is just as funny today - in a much more politically correct climate - as it was when the play was written in 1662.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Moliere. Translated by Anthony Wise

1st Produced:
Northampton Theatre Royal    1999

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Genre:
Translation, comedy

Parts:
Male:  3-5            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Sugar And Spice

Synopsis:
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Genre:
Childrens Youth audience

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Warning To The Curious, A

Synopsis:
M R James is the author of some of the most terrifying ghost stories of the Edwardian era. The play begins on Christmas Eve with a gathering of friends when James, the master storyteller, takes the opportunity to relate some of his best known supernatural tales such as 'The Casting of The Runes' and 'Oh Whistle, and I'll Come To You, My Lad'. James' stories are vividly brought to life in this powerful dramatisation.

Notes:
from book by M R James

1st Produced:
Connaught Theatre Worthing    28 Aug 1997

Company:
Channel Theatre Company

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Ghost Story Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  -

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