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Gwynne Edwards

GWYNNE EDWARDS

  

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Gwynne Edwards is a specialist in Spanish Theatre and cinema, until recently Professor of Spanish at the University of Wales, aberystwyth. His books include: Lorca: the Theatre Beneath the Sand; Lorca: Living in the Theatre; Dramatists in Perspective: Spanish Theatre in the Twentieth Century; the Discreet art of Luis Bunuel; a Companion to Luis Bunuel; and almodovar: Labyrinths of Passion. He has also translated and adapted more than forty plays from Spanish, French and Italian, many of which have been staged at major Theatres in Britain and the United States. He has published three collections of Lorca plays with Methuen Drama, together with student editions of Blood Wedding and the House of Bernarda alba, and also collections of seventeenth-century Spanish and contemporary Spanish-American plays. Other recent works include two plays adapted from the correspondence and prose writings of Dylan Thomas.

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        Antigone         Blood Wedding         Burton         Butterfly's Evil Spell, The         Clown in the Moon         Dona Rosita the Spinster Or the Language Of Flowers         Dylan Thomas - the Clown In the Moon         Dylan Thomas In London         House Of Bernarda Alba, The         Life Is A Dream         Marina Pineda         Medea In the Mirror         Paper Flowers         Play Without A Title         Puppet Play Of Don Cristobal         Shoemaker's Wonderful Wife, The         Sommer 14: A Dance of Death         Surgeon Of Honour, The         Three Judgements In One         Trickster Of Seville         When Five Years Pass         Where Does the Laughter Come From?         Yerma



Antigone

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Original Playwright - Sophocles

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Blood Wedding

Synopsis:
a young couple from rival clans plans to marry, much to the distress of the bridegroom's mother whose husband and other son have previously been murdered through clan rivalry. as the wedding day draws nearer the tension mounts and after the bride meets and elopes with former lover Leonardo, who is also married, the bridegroom's mother is caught in a dilEmma of conscience, wondering whether she should cry for vengeance and bloodshed or protect the life of her remaining son. In a violent ambush Leonardo and the bridegroom are killed leaving the bridegroom's mother, the bride and Leonardo's wife united in their grief.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Federico Garcia Lorca

1st Produced:
Mercury, Colchester    2001

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London,    -

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adaptation

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Male:  9            Female:  11            Other:  -

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Burton

Synopsis:
Vividly presenting the life of the great Welsh actor from humble beginnings to Hollywood megastar. Beautiful women (not least Liz Taylor), alcohol, wealth, stage and screen are threads woven into this sad, happy, exuberant, often hilarious one-man show.

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1st Produced:
Venue 13 (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)    2009

Organisations:
Miles Productions

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Genre:
Biographical

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Butterfly's Evil Spell, The

Synopsis:
written in verse this tale of love is highly stylised piece, an excellent example of avant garde theatre

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Original Playwright - Federico Garcia Lorca

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London,    -

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Clown in the Moon

Synopsis:
set in a BBC studio and covers some of Dylan Thomas' most famous broadcasts and clownish antics

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1st Produced:
Swansea Grand Theatre    -

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Genre:
one man show

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Dona Rosita the Spinster Or the Language Of Flowers

Synopsis:
social Drama set in Granada circa 1900 recording Rositas bitter humiliation concerning her single status

Notes:
Original Playwright - Federico Garcia Lorca

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  7            Female:  12            Other:  -

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Dylan Thomas - the Clown In the Moon

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Dylan Thomas In London

Synopsis:
adapted from Thomas' words by Gwynne Edwards, an amusing look at Dylan among 1930/40s Soho characters like augustus John and edith Sitwell.

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Organisations:
Fluellen Theatre Company In association With the Dylan Thomas Centre

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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House Of Bernarda Alba, The

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Notes:
Original Playwright - Federico Garcia Lorca

1st Produced:
Riverfront Arts Centre Studio, Wales    2009

Organisations:
theatr pena

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Genre:
Translation

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  10            Other:  -

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Life Is A Dream

Life Is A Dream
set in Poland it tells the story of Segismundo, imprisoned in a tower from birth by his father, Jking Basilo, on account of omens predicting disaster

Notes:
Original Playwright - Pedro Calderon De La Barca

1st Produced:
Unproduced    -

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1st Published:
in "Calderon De La Barca, Pedro, Plays: One" Methuen, London, 1991   978-0413634603

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  9            Female:  2            Other:  extras

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Marina Pineda

Synopsis:
Tells the true story of Mariana Pineda, a Granadian widow who supported the liberal cause and was executed, it spoke to a Spain labouring under dictatorship in 1927.
Kieron Quirke, evening Standard

Notes:
Original Playwright - Federico Garcia Lorca

1st Produced:
-    2006

Organisations:
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1st Published:
contained in "Lorca Plays Volume Three" published by Methuen, 1994   -

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Medea In the Mirror

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Notes:
Original Playwright - Jose Triana

1st Produced:
Brixton Shaw, London    1996

Organisations:
Talawa Theatre Company

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Paper Flowers

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Original Playwright - egon Wolff

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Play Without A Title

Synopsis:
a blurring of what happens on stage and in the audience

Notes:
Original Playwright - Federico Garcia Lorca

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1st Published:
contained in "Lorca Plays Volume Three" published by Methuen, 1994   -

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Genre:
translation One act

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Puppet Play Of Don Cristobal

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Notes:
Original Playwright - Federico Garcia Lorca

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London,    -

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Shoemaker's Wonderful Wife, The

Synopsis:
subtitled 'a violent farce in two acts' wife chats up young men, wife vows fidelity, suitors stab each other outside

Notes:
Original Playwright - Federico Garcia Lorca

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London,    -

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  7            Female:  9            Other:  -

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Sommer 14: A Dance of Death

Sommer 14: A Dance of Death
'Wars do not break out, they are not brokered or declared as is always written. They are brought about by those who desire them.' In June 1914, Europe was enjoying unprecedented peace and prosperity. Little over a month later, the world was at war - and only a handful of people knew it was happening. Inspired by the medieval mystery plays Sommer 14 - A Dance of Death is an epic telling from a German and European perspective of the world's descent into war. Employing the character of Death as a guide, the play uses the classic Danse Macabre structure of a series of searing vignettes to illuminate the people and the events that led up to the outbreak of the First World War.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Rolf Hochhuth. In a free adaptation by Gwynne Edwards with additional material by Mhairi Grealis from a literal transation by Jennifer Bakst. first performance: 18 Feb 1990 at the Burgtheater (Akadenietheater) Vienna, austria

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1st Published:
Oberon Books (2014) >>>    978-1783191833

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Genre:
adaptation and world premiere in English

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Male:  9            Female:  3            Other:  with doubling

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Surgeon Of Honour, The

Surgeon Of Honour, The
the subject of honour looms large with the protagonist obsessed with the need to preserve his honour and reputation

Notes:
Original Playwright - Pedro Calderon De La Barca

1st Produced:
Southwark Playhouse, London    1998

Organisations:
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1st Published:
in "Calderon De La Barca, Pedro, Plays: One" Methuen, London, 1991   978-0413634603

Music:
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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  5            Other:  extras

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Three Judgements In One

Three Judgements In One
the outlaws capture the Kings ambassador, whither honour now?

Notes:
Original Playwright - Pedro Calderon De La Barca

1st Produced:
Unproduced    -

Organisations:
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1st Published:
in "Calderon De La Barca, Pedro, Plays: One" Methuen, London, 1991   978-0413634603

Music:
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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  4            Other:  extras

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Trickster Of Seville

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Notes:
Original Playwright - Tirso de Molina

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1st Published:
aris and Phillips,    -

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Translation

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When Five Years Pass

Synopsis:
dreams are mixed with reality, characters and events are presented in no particular order and there is no definable plot

Notes:
Original Playwright - Federico Garcia Lorca

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London,    -

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  14            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Where Does the Laughter Come From?

Synopsis:
tells the story of the true voice of the english-speaking valleys', Gwyn Thomas. a native of the Rhondda, Thomas struggled to establish himself during the 1930s depression, and became a schoolteacher for 20 years before fulfilling his ambitions as a full-time writer and broadcaster.

Notes:
part of On the edge

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Yerma

Synopsis:
Yerma (meaning 'Barren') is one of three tragic plays about peasants and rural life that make up Lorca's 'rural trilogy'. It is possibly Lorca's harshest play following a woman's Herculean struggle against the curse of infertility. the woman's barrenness becomes a metaphor for her marriage in a traditional society that denies women sexual or social equality. Her desperate desire for a child drives her to commit a terrible crime at the end of the play.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Federico Garcia Lorca

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Genre:
Translation

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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