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David Edgar

DAVID EDGAR

  (1948 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Alan Brodie Representation Ltd  represented by Alan Brodie

David edgar was born into a theatrical family in Birmingham in 1948. after a short career as a journalist he took up playwriting full time in 1972. Most of his early plays were written for the Bradford University Theatre Group and by the mid 70's he was receiving regular commissions from repertory Theatres and small touring groups. He began his long-term relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1976. David's plays have been directed by the incumbent artistic Directors of both the major British companies, Trevor Nunn for the RSC and Peter Hall for the National Theatre. His work has been performed and/or published in Ireland, throughout Western and eastern europe, America and as far afield as, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan. apart from a prolific and successful career as a writer for stage, David also writes for television, radio and film, and his first libretto the BRIDGe, was performed as part of the Covent Garden Festival in 1998. David edgar has won numerous awards including the evening Standard Play of the Year award for PeNTeCOST. He is an honorary associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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        [Untitled]         Acid         Albert Speer         All-Singing All-Talking Golden Oldie Rock Revival Ho Chi Minh Peace Love And Revolution Show, The         Arthur And George         Baby Love         Ball Boys         Black Tulips         Blood Sports         Bloody Rosa         Case Of the Workers' Plane, The         Come to Where I am From         Concerning Faith         Continental Divide         Conversation In Paradise         Daughters Of the Revolution         Death Story         Destiny         Dick Deterred         Dirty Tickets         Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde         Dunkirk Spirit, The         Eagle Has Landed, The         End, The         England's Ireland         Entertaining Strangers: A Play For Dorchester         Events Following the Closure Of A Motorcycle Factory         Excuses, Excuses         Fart For Europe, A         Gangsters         Heartlanders         If Only         Jail Diary Of Albie Sachs, The         Liberated Zone         Life Of Galileo, The         Man Only Dines         Mary Barnes         Master Builder, The         Maydays         Midas Connection         Mothers Against         National Interest, The         National theatre, The         Nicholas Nickleby, The Life And Adventures Of         Not With A Bang But A Whimper         O Fair Jerusalem         Operation Iskra         Our Own People         Pentecost         Perils Of Bardford, The         Playing With Fire         Prisoner's DilEmma, The         Rent Or Caught In the Act         Road To Hanoi, The         Rupert Show, The         Saigon Rose         Shape Of the Table, The         Show, The         State Of Emergency         Still Life: Man In Bed         Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, The         Summer Sports         Tedderella         Teendreams         Ten Years On         Testing the Echo         That Summer         Time To Keep, A         Truer Shade Of Blue, A         Two Kinds Of Angel         Up Spaghetti Junction         Wecome To Dallas, Jc         Wreckers         Written On the Heart



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Acid

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Copycat murder copies Charles Manson massacre, takes place after 1970 pop festival on the Isle of Wight.

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Bradford University, Bradford    1971

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Albert Speer

Albert Speer
Plucked from obscurity to be Hitler's architect and Minister of War, albert Speer became the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany and the closest Hitler had to a friend. This panoramic adaptation of Gita Sereny's definitive and magisterial biography tells the epic story of a man whose devotion to Hitler blinded him to the worst crime of the twentieth century.

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from Gitta Sereny's biography

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All-Singing All-Talking Golden Oldie Rock Revival Ho Chi Minh Peace Love And Revolution Show, The

Synopsis:
the story of rock culture from the 1950's to the 1970's through teds, mods, rockers, hippies, yippies, hell's angels, skinheads and teenyboppers.

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aka the . . . Show

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Bingley College of education, Yorkshire    1974

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Musical extravagANZa Musical

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Arthur And George

Arthur And George
based on Julian Barnes's semi-fictional novel and featuring Sir arthur Conan Doyle, brings vividly to life the events of 100 years ago which made sensational headlines as the Great Wyrley Outrages. the gripping story of the sensational, real-life case in which Sir arthur Conan Doyle found himself playing detective

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Nick Hern Books, London (2010) >>>    978-1-84842-096-0

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adaptation

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Baby Love

Baby Love
after the still birth of her illegitimate baby eileen steals a baby at random, sentenced to nine months imprisonment, Valium rules.

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televised 1974

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Soho Poly Theatre, London ? (Leeds Playhouse, March 1973    1973

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in "Edgar: Shorts", Hern, London, 1989   978-1854590510

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Ball Boys

Ball Boys
hyperbolic peroration against beautiful people

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part of Summer Sports

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Pluto Press, London, 1978   978-1854590510

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Black Tulips

Black Tulips
the first two plays after the lunch interval view Afghanistan from the perspectives of the countries that use it as a political pawn, the Soviet Union and the United States. David edgar sees the Russian outlook through the eyes of its military. the audience are cast as several generations of squaddies, addressed by officers and token locals. Various different types of indoctrination and double speak are examined travelling backwards in time (although this could have been made clearer for those not steeped in recent Russian history), most amusingly through the use of interpreters who not only change the language but also the message. the highlight is a comic cameo from Rick Warden as a mine-clearing ensign with a wicked Cockney sense of humour. .
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part of A three month long festival About the culture And history of Afghanistan. entitled the Great Game: Afghanistan. the festival will be divided into three parts, each focusing on A period of Afghan history: 1979 - 1996 : Communism, the Mujahideen And the Taliban

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Blood Sports

Blood Sports
satire of Britain as a divided nation, warning that the real blood sports will involve acts of revenge

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as Summer Sports At Birmingham Arts Lab, July 1975

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in "Edgar: Shorts", Hern, London, 1989   978-1854590510

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Bloody Rosa

Synopsis:
Play within a play on the Polish born revolutionary Rosa Luxembourg displaying different attitudes about the play's subject.

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Manchester University , at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival    1971

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Genre:
theatrical Symposium"

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Male:  9            Female:  3            Other:  doubling 34 parts

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Case Of the Workers' Plane, The

Synopsis:
History and glorification of Concorde aeroplane through eyes of a private eye.

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televised in 1975 As Concorde Cabaret

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Bristol New Vic, Bristol    1973

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Documentary with Music Documentary

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Come to Where I am From

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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.

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Concerning Faith

Concerning Faith
the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) is a foundation stone of the english language. the KJV was composed as a collective project and written to be spoken. Sixty-Six Books has been created, in the spirit of the original, in the same way. Pulpit to print; stage to page; mediated through many forms oral and written, the KJV has, since its inception, been a fundamental part of written and spoken english.This is a work that has travelled to every continent of the globe. It has been shared as a melodic instrument of inspiration, illumination and mutual understanding; and it has also been wielded as a tool of colonial oppression. Sixty-Six Books is a fresh interpretation of the KJV for the new millennium, celebrating and challenging the traditions and achievements of this great work on the occasion of its 400th anniversary. the curators of this project have gathered together a formidable and inspiring line-up of the best established and emerging writing talent to produce a new version of the KJV for thetwenty-first century. each writer has created anew a book of the KJV - as prose, poetry, Drama, performance, song, or ground-breaking digital form. each writer has spoken back to the KJV with untrammeled inventiveness of the imagination. the voices of Sixty-Six Books, drawn from across five continents, innovate, transmute, transpose, reinvent and talk back to four hundredyears of history. all the works that make up Sixty-Six Books are written to be spoken. Culminating in major performance events at the Bush theatre and Westminster abbey in 2011 in London, Sixty-Six Books is a contribution towards the mutual curiosity, tolerance, and force of collective enterprise and shared humanity that characterizes the international and ancient Arts of writing and spoken performance

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Part of Sixty-Six Books: 21st-century writers speak to the King James Bible. Play is A response to the King James Bible book of 1 Timothy

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Oberon Books (2011) >>>    978-1849432276

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Continental Divide

Continental Divide
Internationally acclaimed playwright David edgar (Pentecost, the Life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby) turns his attention to American politics with this two-play cycle examining both sides of a gubernatorial campaign. these two plays, which can be seen in either order, explore what has happened to the revolutionary fervour that took hold of both the Right and the Left in the 1960s, and how it has been transmuted and carried on in politics today

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Daughters Of the Revolution & Mothers Against

1st Produced:
Theatre Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ashland, OR    2003

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Berkely Repertory Theatre

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Nick Hern Books, London, 2004   -

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Conversation In Paradise

Synopsis:
eve discuss life, love and sex with the Virgin Mary in Heaven, interrupted by angel serpent.

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Edinburgh University, Edinburgh    1971

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Daughters Of the Revolution

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Michael Bern, a former campus radical and retiring community college dean, discovers years later that the political collective of which he was a prominent member in the '60s had been infiltrated and betrayed to the FBI by one of their own-a betrayal with consequences for Michael's career and marriage long after he thought he had left his radical past behind. as he sets out on a journey to find the traitor, he must come to terms with the man he has become and the relative success, or failure, of his political ideals.

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1st Produced:
Theatre Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ashland, OR    2003

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Berkely Repertory Theatre

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Nick Hern Books, London, 2004   -

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Death Story

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allegory of Romeo and Juliet set in historically imprecise Verona; sectarian violence exploited by the military and political "peacekeeping" forces.

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Destiny

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Telling the story of a by-election campaign in the West Midlands, Destiny examines the rise of right-wing extremism in Britain during the mid-1970s. edgar explores the emotional appeal of Fascism and how it grows from personal grievance and prejudice. the play's impact is strengthened through its powerful rhetoric and symbolism and the shock ending, which leaves the audience with the words of Hitler. With its portrayal of the motives behind political extremism, Destiny remains topical and relevant today.

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transferred to the Aldwych, London, May 1977

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Dick Deterred

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Richard Nixon plotting to defeat Edward IV Part III in the 1968 presidential elections parallels Shakespeare's Richard using a kingdom for his own ends.

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Genre:
Burlesque Play

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Dirty Tickets

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Plays By Peter Simmons, David edgar:

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Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
which character is the real one?

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Dunkirk Spirit, The

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agitprop-documentary, tracing the economic history since the second world war, from the three day week to the miners

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On Tour, General Will Theatre Company    1974

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Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  wide variety of roles

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Eagle Has Landed, The

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Liverpool University, Liverpool    1973

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End, The

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Comprises three intercut sections: a school hall for overnight aldermaston protest marchers; videoed "Polaris Sequences"; "Computer Cold War".

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Bradford University, Bradford    1972

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Genre:
Documentary Play Documentary

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Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  variety of extras

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England's Ireland

Synopsis:
episodic historical look at the British in Northern Ireland. Loyalist view followed by bias towards IRa with torturing British Soldiers and Orange Lodge excrement

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written with Bicat, Clark, Brenton Fuchs, Hare, Wilson

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Shoot Theatre Company, Mickery Theatre, amsterdam    1972

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20 scenes with songs One act

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Entertaining Strangers: A Play For Dorchester

Synopsis:
Victorian , freethinking tradeswoman encounters hard-line religious fundamentalist

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new version At the National theatre, London, Oct 1987

1st Produced:
Colway Theatre Trust at St Mary's Church, Dorchester, Dorset    1985

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Methuen New theatrescripts, Eyre Methuen, London. New Version 1988, 1985   -

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Genre:
Community Play

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Events Following the Closure Of A Motorcycle Factory

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the workers themselves in response to the closure of their factory form a co-operative of their own to keep the factory going

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Excuses, Excuses

Synopsis:
Debate on the motives for arson committed in protest at redundancies at the local factory "to get back at the bosses".

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aka Fired.

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Play/Drama

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National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 17/1

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Fart For Europe, A

Synopsis:
attacks the 1973 "Fanfare for europe" celebrations. Labour MP with same views as enoch Powell; european Trade Union Links; multi-nationals rule

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written with Howard Brenton

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Genre:
Burlesque

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Gangsters

Synopsis:
Two small time crooks conned out of their loot whilst trying to rob broken vending machines in motorway cafeteria.

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televised in 1973 As Sanctuary

1st Produced:
Soho Poly, London    1973

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Heartlanders

Synopsis:
illustrates the contradictions of city life, written for the City of Birmingham's centenary year

Notes:
written with Stephen Bill And Anne Devlin

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If Only

If Only
It's 16 April 2010, the day after the first prime ministerial debate. Stranded in Malaga Airport by the Icelandic ash-cloud, a Labour special advisor, a Lib Dem staffer and a Tory candidate consider their options. Can their parties survive without them? How will they get back home? And who'll end up in government? And now it's 4 August 2014. As the nation settles down to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War, the three politicians meet again. One of them knows something that could change the outcome of the 2015 election. Should they reveal it? And at what cost?

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Jail Diary Of Albie Sachs, The

Synopsis:
young white barrister arrested in South Africa in 1963 and held in solitary under the infamous 90 day law, interrogators try to break his spirit

Notes:
work by Albie Sachs

1st Produced:
Warehouse, Covent Garden, London    19 Jun 1978

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RSC

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Rex Collings, London, 1978   -

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-

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Liberated Zone

Synopsis:
Strip-cartoon style series of sketches about woman's oppression in history and literature.

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-

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Bingley College of education, Yorkshire    1973

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Life Of Galileo, The

Synopsis:
a version set against the background of militant holy war breathing vitality into the question of science's relation to ethics.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Bertolt Brecht. From A literal translation by Deborah Gearing

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Translation

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Man Only Dines

Synopsis:
Day in the life of Victorian family dealing with Victorian attitudes to etiquette, croquet, marriage, sex, feminism and (especially) food.

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-

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Leeds Polytechnic, Yorkshire    1974

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-

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Mary Barnes

Synopsis:
passionate and moving affirmation about the value of alternative psychiatry

Notes:
book by Mary Barnes And Joseph Berke. Transferred to the Royal Court, London, Jan 1979.

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Methuen Modern Plays, Eyre Methuen, London, 1979   -

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-

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adaptation

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National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 17/1

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Master Builder, The

Master Builder, The
an enthralling new version of an unforgettable Ibsen classic. Part psychological thriller, part Gothic tragedy, Ibsens late masterwork is a compelling portrait of one man's obsessive determination, and what might lie on the darker side of ambition. Halvard Solness, the leading architect of his age, is at the end of his career. a single-minded man of angry pride, trapped in a frozen marriage to aline, he is terrified of being eclipsed by the younger generation snapping at his heels. a decade after their first meeting, the charismatic and bewitching young Hilde Wangel comes back into his life and inspires him to even greater heights. But will his last towering achievement renew him or destroy him?

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Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen, in A new version by David edgar from A literal translation by Desiree Kongerod McDougall

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Maydays

Synopsis:
using major political world events as a backdrop to the main action traces the effect of the political spectrum on a variety of individuals

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-

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Methuen New theatrescripts, Eyre Methuen, London, 1983   -

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Midas Connection

Midas Connection
an ironic look at gold dealing

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-

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in "Edgar: Shorts", Hern, London, 1989   978-1854590510

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Mothers Against

Synopsis:
It is five weeks before the election and Sheldon Vine, the Republican candidate for governor in a very tight race, has gathered with his key advisors to prepare for the big debate with his Democratic opponent. Vine's own leanings are distinctly libertarian, but revealing his true beliefs and running a forthright campaign would risk alienating the voters. Over the course of the weekend one thing becomes clear: this battle-the one he must fight with his advisors, including his own family, over what kind of campaign to run-is the most crucial of his career, with implications that could change his entire life

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-

1st Produced:
Theatre Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ashland, OR    2003

Company:
Berkely Repertory Theatre

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Nick Hern Books, London, 2004   -

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-

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National Interest, The

Synopsis:
Sketches show the mythical concept of "the National Interest" used to justify sacrifice by the many in the interests of the few.

Notes:
subsequently General Will theatre group, on tour

1st Produced:
Bradford University, Bradford    1971

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-

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in "Edgar: Shorts", Hern, London, 1989   -

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National theatre, The

National theatre, The
satirical strip club play

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-

1st Produced:
Open Space, London    1975

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-

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in "Edgar: Shorts", Hern, London, 1989   978-1854590510

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-

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Nicholas Nickleby, The Life And Adventures Of

Synopsis:
material self interest neither the first nor the most effective motor of human behaviour

Notes:
novel by Charles Dickens

1st Produced:
Aldwych Theatre, London >>>    05 Jun 1980

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Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1982   -

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-

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Not With A Bang But A Whimper

Synopsis:
Documentary treatment of various ecological issues, from true stories to science fiction.

Notes:
for Traverse theatre Workshop

1st Produced:
Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds    1972

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-

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Documentary in 2 acts Documentary

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O Fair Jerusalem

Synopsis:
From the main action in 1348 when the Black Death arrives in england to 1948 and rehearsals for a metaphorical on the subject in a bombed out church.

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-

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in "Plays 1", Methuen, London, 1987   -

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Operation Iskra

Synopsis:
Set in the future supports a forbidding vision of Britain as an emergent corporate state beset by a well disciplined urban guerrilla group.

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-

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Paradise Foundry Theatre Company On Tour    1973

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-

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Our Own People

Synopsis:
based around a fictional industrial dispute in Yorkshire in the 1970's

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Half Moon Theatre, London    1977

Company:
Pirate Jenny Theatre Company

1st Published:
Methuen Modern Plays, Eyre Methuen, London. (with Teendreams), 1988   -

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-

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Pentecost

Pentecost
the first serious response in the British theatre to the tragedy of Sarajevo" Observer

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-

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Nick Hern Books, London, 1995   -

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Historical Play

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Perils Of Bardford, The

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
written with Richard Crane

1st Produced:
Theatre in the Mill, Bradford University, Bradford    1976

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-

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Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire
epic portrait of our multicultural nation

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Prisoner's DilEmma, The

Prisoner's DilEmma, The
post- Cold War play about conflict resolution

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Rent Or Caught In the Act

Synopsis:
Written as a contribution to the fight against the Conservatives' Housing Finance act portraying a number of stock characters.

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-

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On Tour, General Will Theatre Company    1972

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-

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MeloDrama with Music

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Road To Hanoi, The

Synopsis:
Bob Hope's 1971 visit to Hanoi in attempt to buy back American POWs.

Notes:
part of Point 101 with Howard, Wandor And S Wilson.

1st Produced:
Paradise Foundry Theatre Company, e4536London    1972

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-

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Rupert Show, The

Synopsis:
a church service with interruptions conducted by a vicar who also plays Superman, Lord Longford, Judge argyll and others.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
On Tour, General Will Theatre Company    1971

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-

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-   -

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-

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Saigon Rose

Synopsis:
uses a metaphor of sexually transmitted disease to satirise the American colonisation of Scotland

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-

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in "Plays 1", Methuen, London, 1987   -

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-

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Shape Of the Table, The

Shape Of the Table, The
as an old eastern Bloc government collapses, former political prisoners join banned writers around the negotiating table.

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-

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National Theatre, London

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Nick Hern Books, London, 1990   -

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-

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Show, The

Synopsis:
a massive and indescribable musical spectacle

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-

1st Produced:
Bingley College of education, Yorkshire    1974

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-

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State Of Emergency

Synopsis:
Chronological play about industrial resistance to the Conservative government between the summers of 1971 and 1972.

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-

1st Produced:
On Tour, General Will Theatre Company    1972

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-

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-   -

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-

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Documentary with Songs One act

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Still Life: Man In Bed

Synopsis:
Variation on the Oblomov theme hero remains in bed for 79 days unable to cope with the decimalization of currency.

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-

1st Produced:
Pool Theatre, Edinburgh    1971

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-

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Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, The

Synopsis:
the strange story comes to life in a well structured adaptation

Notes:
novElla by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Nick Hern Books, London, 1992   -

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-

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adaptation

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Male:  8            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Summer Sports

Synopsis:
Sketches of sports and of sports men

Notes:
includes Beaters, Cricket, Shotputters, Cross Country, Ball Boys. As Blood Sports At the Bush, June 1976

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-

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Tedderella

Synopsis:
TedderElla (Heath) wants to go to the Common Market Ball but is prevented by ugly sisters (Wilson and Jenkins). 1970 election intervenes.

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-

1st Produced:
Pool Theatre, Edinburgh    1971

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-

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Pantomime One act

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Teendreams

Synopsis:
looks at the parallel but divergent careers of two women from their teenage idealism to their sober self awareness ten years later

Notes:
written with Susan Todd. Monstrous Regiment Company

1st Produced:
Van Dyck theatre. Bristol    1979

Company:
-

1st Published:
Methuen New theatrescripts, Eyre Methuen, London, 1979   -

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-

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Feminist Drama

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Male:  7            Female:  12            Other:  -

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-

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Ten Years On

Synopsis:
inaugural production for theatre in the Mill

Notes:
written with Richard Crane

1st Produced:
Theatre In the Mill, Bradford    1976

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-

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Testing the Echo

Testing the Echo
the play is about people preparing to become British Citizens. Tetyana studies in secret to escape her marriage, while Mahmood, kidnapped for his own good, has only his abductor to help him with revision practice. Meanwhile, the motley crew in Emma's english class are all looking for something, whether it's a passport - or a fight. as the day of their ceremony approaches, Emma's students begin to challenge some of her dearest-held beliefs. By looking at the way we assess those who want to be British, Testing the echo takes an illuminating and often very funny look at how we define ourselves as a nation. the play's fictional story strands were inspired and informed by a detailed research workshop.

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-

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That Summer

That Summer
-

Notes:
broadcast BBC World service 08/93

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-

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Methuen Modern Plays, Eyre Methuen, London, 1987   -

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Time To Keep, A

Time To Keep, A
a large-scale historical romp in the terrain between Jane austen and Charles Dickens - co-written by David edgar, Britain's leading political playwright. Set against the backdrop of the threatened Napoleonic invasion of 1804, a Time to Keep is the story of an unlikely but passionate romance between a well-born but feisty young woman and the youngest son of a family of notorious smugglers. With over 100 characters, from George III and his court to the criminal classes, the play is a rollicking example of the community play, originally written for the Dorchester Community Players but easily adaptable for smaller (and larger!) companies alike.

Notes:
written by David edgar And Stephanie Dale. Starring Gean Browning And Kay Thorneycroft As the smugglers.

1st Produced:
Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Dorchester, Dorset    16 Nov 2007

Company:
Dorchester Community Players

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Community Play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Large Cast

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Truer Shade Of Blue, A

Synopsis:
Two businessmen at a Soho strip club encounter stripper/waitress whose story alters their view of the entertainment.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Bradford University, Bradford    1970

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Two Kinds Of Angel

Synopsis:
a student revolutionary and sexy blonde model share a flat, arguments over two huge posters and rejection of sexual advances lead to denouement.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Bradford University, Bradford    1970

Company:
-

1st Published:
in "the London Fringe theatre", Burnham House, London. Ed V E Mitchell, 1975   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Up Spaghetti Junction

Synopsis:
Documentary about Birmingham

Notes:
written with 3 others. Section called Chamberlains

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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
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Wecome To Dallas, Jc

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Original Playwright - Alfred Jarry

1st Produced:
London    1976

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
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Wreckers

Synopsis:
theme is various kinds of law and lawbreaking from the 1972 dock strike to a 1976 attempt to oust a right wing MP

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Barnfield Theatre, exeter then on tour    1977

Company:
7:84 Theatre Company

1st Published:
Methuen New theatrescripts, Eyre Methuen, London, 1977   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play with Music

Parts:
Male:  12            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Written On the Heart

Written On the Heart
tells the story behind the King James Bible, which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year.across an 80 year divide, two men translate the word of God into the english tongue. For one, it means death at the stake. For the other, it could mean an archbishop's mitre. after almost a century of unrest, the King James Bible was intended to end the violent upheavals of the english reformation. But deep-seated conflicts force a leading translator to confront the betrayal of his youthful religious ideals, for the sake of social peace.

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  2            Other:  -

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