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Samantha Ellis

SAMANTHA ELLIS  (1975 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    The Agency (London) Ltd  


Samantha ellis' plays include Cling To Me Like Ivy (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Lowry Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, North Wall), the Thousand and Second Night (LaMDa), a Sudden Visitation of Calamith (Menagerie Theatre), Startle Response (Young Vic Theatre workshop production), Sugar and Snow (Hampstead Theatre/BBC Radio Four), Martin's Wedding (Blind Summit Theatre/BaC), Patching Havoc (Theatre 503) and, for the Miniaturists, the short plays Postfeminism and Scattering (arcola), Unfinished (Liverpool everyman Theatre), and Cat in a Sieve (Southwark Playhouse). She has also written short plays for Pursued by a Bear and Floodtide Theatre. She was a MacDowell Colony Fellow and has been in residence at Metal and on attachment at the Soho Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Hampstead Theatre. as a journalist she worked for publications including the Guardian, evening Standard, Observer, Jewish Quarterly and Prospect She is writing a children's play called Operation Magic Carpet for the Unicorn Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and a book called How to be a Heroine for Chatto & Windus. Her play the Last Wolf in Scotland will be produced at the edinburgh fringe in 2012. She blogs at http://samanthaellisblog.blogspot.com.

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Agent 160 theatre Company: Short Plays         Almonds         Candy Jar, The         Cat In A Sieve         Cling To Me Like Ivy         Feel the Plastic         Martin's Wedding         Patching Havoc         Postfeminism         Scattering         Startle Response         Sugar And Snow         Unfinished         Use Me As Your Cardigan



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Almonds

Synopsis:
In 1834 Parliament burns down. In 2005, a woman tries to fight the war on terror with a nut allergy. a play about democracy.

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Network theatre    2005

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Floodtide Theatre

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Candy Jar, The

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an artist, his models and a wry look at Generation X and the politics of kitsch.

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Playroom, Cambridge    1996

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Cat In A Sieve

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James VI encounters a witch in a castle in Scotland in 1591. a play about the events which inspired Macbeth.

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Part of Miniaturists 1 - Bringing you more of the best short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights in the UK today

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Cling To Me Like Ivy

Cling To Me Like Ivy
a sassy, offbeat comedy-Drama about rebelling against your roots. Rivka wants the perfect Orthodox wedding. With two weeks to go, she has the man, the dress - and the wig. But when doubt is cast on her wig, everything starts to unravel. Rivka finds herself far from home, up a tree and in the midst of an anti-road protest, not knowing whether she'll be able to go back to where she came from. . . Or even if she wants to. Samantha ellis' play was inspired by a chance remark by Victoria Beckham in 2004 which sparked a crisis within the Orthodox Jewish community about the wigs worn by married women.

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Feel the Plastic

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Nine months ago, Lara's boyfriend went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came back. But then, weeks before she is about to have his baby, her flatmate brings home a stranger.

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Camden People's theatre    1998

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Martin's Wedding

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Fashion photographer Martin (a puppet) wakes on his wedding morning with a hangover. Full of regret, he throws himself out of a window. He hits the ground, bangs his head and when he comes round he can't remember anything. the story of a small man pursued by three women trying to get to the altar to marry a woman he can't remember.

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Patching Havoc

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What do you do when your fiance thinks he's the messiah?

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Postfeminism

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Scattering

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How can you be a Muslim and a Jew? When Kemal's father tells him he is a follower of 17th century mystic Sabbatai Tsvi, he goes on a journey of discovery to find out who he wants to be.

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Startle Response

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a play inspired by a true story of life imitating art. In 1996 a group of Kurdish amateur actors were rehearsing a production of Harold Pinter's Mountain Language. their rehearsals were raided by police who mistook their prop guns for real ones, and told them to speak no language but english. This story is at the heart of a play about post-traumatic stress disorder, memory, language, loss and assimilation.

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Sugar And Snow

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a play about love, coffee readings and freedom, set in a cafe in north London and in the mountains of Kurdistan.

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BBC Radio 4    2006

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radio play Play/Drama

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Unfinished

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contemporary dybbuk comedy, with songs

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Use Me As Your Cardigan

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a dark comedy about postnatal depression.

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Jackson's Lane, London    2002

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dark comedy Comedy

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