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Nell Dunn

NELL DUNN  (1936 - )

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Alan Brodie Representation Ltd  represented by Sarah McNair


Born in London in 1936, playwright Nell Dunn is best known for the 1963 publication of Up the Junction, a series of short stories set in South London. The book became a controversial success because of its vibrant, realistic and nonjudgmental portrait of the working classes. It was filmed for television and film and was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. In 1967, she published her first novel Poor Cow which was made into a film starring Carol White and Terence Stamp, directed by Ken Loach. Her more recent adult books are Grandmothers (1991) and My Silver Shoes (1996). Dunn's acclaimed play Steaming was produced in 1981, won the Society of West End Theatre award, now known as the Olivier award, for Best Comedy, and was subsequently filmed by Joseph Losey with Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, and Diana Dors. Her first television film Every Breath You Take was shown in 1987. She has also written Sisters, a film script commissioned by the BBC. She won the 1982 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her 2003 play Cancer Tales has toured internationally and been greatly supported the medical profession.

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Babe XXX         Cancer Tales         Consequences         Home Death         I Want         Little Heroine, The         Lost And Found         Sisters         Steaming         Swimming Pool, The         Telling It Slant         Variety Night



Babe XXX

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Two Way Mirror, London    27 Oct 1998

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Cancer Tales

Nell Dunn
Dunn has woven the stories related to her by some cancer patients into a powerful exploration of the myths and the realities surrounding a disease whose very name, to many of us, is so terryifying.

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Previousl presented At A Macmillan Nurse' Conference. In aid of Maggie's Centres

1st Produced:
Greenwood, London    16 May 2003

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1st Published:
Amber Lane Press Ltd (30 Dec 2002)   978-1872868356

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Consequences

Synopsis:
Eight playwrights play consequences in the 21stC as a last gasp for Foco Novo, killed by the government and the arts Council

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written with Brenton,, Griffiths, Ikoli, Sobol, Williams, Wilson, Wymark

1st Produced:
Croydon    1988

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Colaboration

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Home Death

Nell Dunn
In our materialist culture obsessed with youth, death has become the ultimate taboo. Inspired by real life stories, Home Death is an unflinching yet ultimately uplifting dissection of how our society deals with the reality of dying. 64% of us want to die at home, but in reality only a quarter of us do. a lingering death in a nursing home is one of the biggest fears of the elderly, and yet research from the UK thinktank Demos predicts that by 2013, 90% of us will die in the soulless setting of a hospital ward. Home Death is a courageous and profoundly compassionate new play that raises essential and urgent questions about palliative care in the UK, and celebrates the strength of friendship and love

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part of Vibrant  A Festival of Finborough Playwrights 2011

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Strawberry Vale Productions

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Play/Drama 90 min

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I Want

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Original Playwright - Bertolt Brecht; Written in collaboration with Alan Brown, music by Wagner-Regeny

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Little Heroine, The

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Vulnerability and strengths of women through example of young heroin junkie and her success at kicking the habit.

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1st Produced:
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton    1988

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Lost And Found

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a play about stroke victims

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Sisters

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Wolsey Studio, Ipswich    1994

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Steaming

Nell Dunn
in a dilapidated Turkish Bath five women of all conditions come to bare their bodies, souls and fantasies

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1st Produced:
Theatre Royal, London    1981

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Amber Lane Press Ltd (Nov 1981)   978-0906399309

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Swimming Pool, The

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Telling It Slant

Synopsis:
Part of The Warehouse Festival 18 Jan-2 Feb 1982. Includes readings of extracts from Whores D'Oeuvres and aurora Leigh by Micheline Wandor, and Steaming by Nell Dunn, followed by a discussion.

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written by Nell Dunn And Micheline Wandor

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Warehouse, Covent Garden, London    21 Jan 1082

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RSC

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play reading

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Variety Night

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London    1982

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Sketches In Sketch

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