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Charles Dyer

CHARLES DYER  (1928 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Eric Glass Ltd  

Veteran playwright Charles Dyer learned his craft as an actor, his first London appearance being in 1948 when he took over as Duke in Worms eye View at the Whitehall Theatre. His first play Who On earth reached London at the old Q Theatre in 1951, and ever since those early times, most Countries of the World have hosted his works. the eminent American Walter Winchell wrote of Dyers Profound thoughts and emotions expressed with humour. . . People in the shadows discovering sunshine in each other. Sir Harold Hobson (Sunday Times) coined the phrase the Lonely Trilogy to include Rattle (Garrick Theatre 1962-3) and Staircase (RSC 1966-67), plays which have been in constant production throughout the years. Ofthe middle duologue, Hobson wrote: In Mother Adam Dyer has written one of the few real tragedies of our time. .., . . . It is more disturbing; it has deeper resonances; it is more beautifully written, with an imagination at once exotic and desperately familiar; it has a profounder pity, and a more exquisite falling Close.Charles is married to actress Fiona Thomson.

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        Class Play         Clubs Are Sometimes Trumps         Futility Rites         Gorillas Drink Milk         Hot Godly Wind, A         Jovial Parasite         Lovers Dancing         Mother Adam         Poison In Jest         Prelude To Fury         Rattle Of A Simple Man         Red Cabbage And Kings         Single Ticket To Mars         Staircase         Time, Murderer, Please         Turtle In the Soup         Wanted - One Body!         Who On Earth?



Class Play

Synopsis:
the fluctuating relationships of three teenagers who only have one thing in common - their hatred of school

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Contained in: "Second Playbill Three" published by Hutchinson 1973   -

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Clubs Are Sometimes Trumps

Synopsis:
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Notes:
as C Raymond Dyer

1st Produced:
-    1948

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Futility Rites

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1st Produced:
Germany    1980

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Gorillas Drink Milk

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Original Playwright - John Murphy

1st Produced:
Coventry    1964

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Hot Godly Wind, A

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1st Produced:
Manchester    1975

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1st Published:
in "Second Playbill 2" Hutchinson, London, 1973   -

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Genre:
Modern Morality

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Male:  6            Female:  -            Other:  extras

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Jovial Parasite

Synopsis:
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as C Raymond Dyer

1st Produced:
-    1954

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Lovers Dancing

Lovers Dancing
four people meet after drunkenly sharing a bed nineteen years previously, the resultant son's paternity was decided by a toss of a coin

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1st Produced:
albery Theatre, London    1983

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1st Published:
Amber Lane Press, Oxford, 1984   978-0806399521

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Mother Adam

Mother Adam
adam's mother is paralysed and he must look after her. He longs to get away from her and marry but deep down he knows that he will never escape.

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arts, London 30 Nov 1971

1st Produced:
York    1971

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Poison In Jest

Synopsis:
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Notes:
as C. Raymond Dyer

1st Produced:
Oxford    1957

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Prelude To Fury

Synopsis:
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Notes:
as C. Raymond Dyer

1st Produced:
London    1959

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Rattle Of A Simple Man

Rattle Of A Simple Man
a bet to spend the night with a prostitute shows how loneliness can drive people to opposite extremes

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1st Produced:
Nottingham    1962

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Red Cabbage And Kings

Synopsis:
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Notes:
as R. Kraselchik

1st Produced:
Southsea, Hampshire    1960

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Single Ticket To Mars

Synopsis:
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Notes:
as C Raymond Dyer

1st Produced:
-    1955

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Staircase

Staircase
a Brixton barber's shop shows the mutual dependence of two middle aged homo sexuals, but was it all in the imagination?

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1st Produced:
Brighton    1966

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 16/11

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Time, Murderer, Please

Synopsis:
Saloon bar of a hotel in Hornsey, London; "surely he didn't arrest him for whistling in church?"

Notes:
as C. Raymond Dyer

1st Produced:
Portsmouth    1956

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1st Published:
english Theatre Guild, London, 1962   -

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Genre:
Thriller

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Turtle In the Soup

Synopsis:
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Notes:
as C Raymond Dyer

1st Produced:
-    1953

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Wanted - One Body!

Synopsis:
Old Mr Barraclough is dead leaving a vast fortune to be split between his stepdaughters and his staff, however his body has been stolen, then both step daughters die iin mysterious circumstances. everyone has a reason for wanting them dead due to the sisters habit of bribery and blackmail, but who did it? the aggressive chauffeur? the victimised secretary? the dippy maid? the insane undertaker? Or the deaf and blind Doctor? Its a ripping good yarn full of sliding panels and trap doors with half the cast immersed in the thriller and the other half running riot.

Notes:
as C. Raymond Dyer

1st Produced:
Kings Theatre, Southsea    1956

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1st Published:
english Theatre Guild, London, 1961   -

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Genre:
Farcical Chiller

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  doubling

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Who On Earth?

Synopsis:
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Notes:
as C Raymond Dyer

1st Produced:
-    1951

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