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Julian Garner

JULIAN GARNER

  (1948 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Judy Daish Associates Ltd  

ulian Garner's plays include Cyril's Little Moments of Weakness and Strength, Golden Leaf Strut, Guardian Angels and The Flight into Egypt. He has been writer in residence at Hampstead Theatre. In Norway he won the Ibsen price for The Awakening in 1988. He completed Silent Engine while on attachement at the NT Studio, during which time he also wrote The Bear Table for the NT/International Connections youth theatre project. Julian now lives in Finland, where his new play, Speak No Evil: A Mummer's Play For The 21st Century, is one of the biggest events planned for the 2011 European Capital of Culture programme, in Turku.

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below is a list of Julian Garner's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Awakening, The         Bear Table, The         Bright Is the Ring Of Words         Cyril's Little Moments Of Weakness And Strength         Death Of A theatre Critic, The         Deek And Shirl Dice With Death         Father Nandru & The Wolves         Flight Into Egypt, The         Giant's Giant Pizza         Golden Leaf Strut         Grandmother's Footsteps         Great Scraps And Other Mishaps         Guardian Angels         Kingdom Of Children         Seducer's Diary, The         Silent Engine         Sleight Of Hand         Small Ads         Speak No Evil: A Mummer's Play For The 21st Century         Unleashed In the Ussr         Yesterday Now



Awakening, The

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in "First Run 3", Hearn, London, 1991   -

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Bear Table, The

Bear Table, The
Some teenagers are partying in a forest when they have hallucinations; the apparent certainties of a group of urban youths are pitched against the absolute power of nature.

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Christ's Hospital School

1st Published:
Contained in: "International Connections: New Plays For Young People" published by Faber and Faber   978-0571216475

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Bright Is the Ring Of Words

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It is an honest and powerful treatment of alcoholism, dependency and broken dreams, allowing the audience insight into the lives of artists after the dreadful collapse into a life full of sex, booze, drugs and world-class opera.

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Cyril's Little Moments Of Weakness And Strength

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charts the relationship between two brothers in their late middle age. Josh, the older, is blind and wheelchair bound. Cyril, the younger, is a harassed yet committed carer. Whatever shreds of independence and fulfilment Cyril may once have had - have long since been whittled away and now the two of them are caught on the treadmill of their day to day existence. This is, by turns, very funny, exasperating and deeply sad. enter alice, just turned sixty and lonely, and there is a glimmer of hope for Cyril. the play is a sensitive, witty essay on human frailty from a brilliant storyteller.

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Death Of A theatre Critic, The

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a short prologue introduces us to the themes of classic Greek tragedy regarding the notion of fate leading to inevitable death. We are then drawn into an intriguing cultural debate about the artistic and moral responsibilities regarding the creation and criticism of Dramatic performance. at the police station, theatre director Karlo Menning (Groth) is questioned about the sudden death from heart failure - the result of strangulation - of theatre critic Matteus Breck. Menning explains that he had recently directed a play evening With Lama which Breck had described in his review as dull and incomprehensible, perhaps implying more criticism of the direction than the play itself. While denying any knowledge of the death of the theatre critic, the Director clearly reveals feelings of bitter anger over the review, if not simmering hatred under his thin skin. In attacking and destroying his work in such a damning review, he believes the critic is a kind of murderer. What is more crucial than the who-dun-it murder story is the underlying argument over the power play and role of both a critic and a director.

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Original Playwright - Joakim Groth

1st Produced:
Pleasant Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe Festival    06 Aug 2010

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Translation

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Deek And Shirl Dice With Death

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Derek and Shirl have a communication problem-swamped by tabloid culture, they relate through mind games, and wallow in angst, violent eroticism and cruelty

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Red River

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Father Nandru & The Wolves

Father Nandru & The Wolves
A lost village, star-crossed lovers, mysterious wolves and the extraordinary story of a community trying to save what is most precious to them, before it is too late. Five hundred years ago, founding fathers built a log church in a small village deep in the heart of Transylvania where, 400 years on, the villagers still worship. When Eveline, the lop-faced daughter of a leading family, elopes with Vadim, the crippled son of a Roma dancing clan, the little village is sent into a frenzy. Only the priest, Father Nandru, is aware that just around the corner a far more dangerous threat is lurking, and that this community must put their differences aside if anything is to survive into the future.

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Written especially for Wiltons Music Hall by award-winning playwright Julian Garner and designed by Hanne Horte around the eccentricities of this unique and beautiful building, Father Nandru & The Wolves is a captivating folk tale, based on a true Romanian story and narrated in verse. Experience dream-like design, larger than life puppetry and some impressive feats of engineering. This will be Wiltons last full scale production before going under wraps & The Chrysalis Club emerges.

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Wiltons Music Hall Production in association with CulturaMobila

1st Published:
Oberon Books (2014) >>>    978-1783191154

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Genre:
verse piece

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Flight Into Egypt, The

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a 14 year old Jewish girl is concealed from the Nazis for four years in Cracow

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Nick Hern Books, London, 1997   -

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Genre:
War Drama

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Giant's Giant Pizza

Giant's Giant Pizza
Giant's Giant Pizza offers opportunities for about thirty young actors (aged 8 to 13). Giant Rumblebottom is about to destroy the kingdom. Our unlikely hero, Olaf, who thinks he's ugly, ins the lottery and has plastic surgery. With his increased confidence he asks the king's daughter or a date, but alas, the Giant comes between them, kidnaps the princess and demands a giant pizza. It falls to Olaf to win the day! the play has five delightful songs.

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Samuel French, London,    978-0573051265

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Young actors Youth audience

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Golden Leaf Strut

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1st Produced:
Bush Theatre, London >>>    06 May 1981

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Grandmother's Footsteps

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Hoe, Plymouth    1979

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Great Scraps And Other Mishaps

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written with Rita Abrahamsen

1st Produced:
Devon Villages    1980

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Guardian Angels

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Kingdom Of Children

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Pilgrims flock to a capital city for the Festival of the Nativity, incidentally bringing vital revenue to the failing economy. Large numbers of children roam the streets and the sewers underground and out of the resultant confrontations, a vision is born which starts an epic journey of the spirit. This dark and perceptive story, shot through with humour, exposes, above all, the breaking down of relationships between the young and old and seeks, to some degree, to find a remedy.

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1st Produced:
Christ's Hospital Theatre, Horsham    18 Jun 1999

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Christ's Hospital Community

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Seducer's Diary, The

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Original Playwright - Andras Nagy

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in Hungarian Plays, Nick Hern Books, London,    -

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Silent Engine

Silent Engine
The skeleton of a wrecked house. A hundred years ago the village fell into the sea. On a rocky ledge above the beach Bill and Anna recriminate, negociate and strike bargains with God. Looming over them: the shadows of the village's lost fishermen - and of their own dead daughter. And below, the waves waiting to claim them. When the sand's always shifting beneath your feet, where do you stand? How can you be a good mother, father, lover, human being when the Joker's playing God?

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developed with the National theatre Studio

1st Produced:
Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh    Aug 2002

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1st Published:
Oberon Books, London   978-1840023169

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Sleight Of Hand

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1st Produced:
Plymouth action Community theatre    1980

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Small Ads

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1st Produced:
Head, Putney, London    1978

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Speak No Evil: A Mummer's Play For The 21st Century

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The unprecedented combination of tradition and new technology to draw in the audience and offers a modern version of a medieval procession of the play. Cam runs Turku Castle and the surrounding streets in the park. During the trip, carrying the story of the drama, music, and video projections. The good and the bad rock the parade. Let the carnival begin! This innovative combination of ancient and modern technologies treats the audience to a spectacular version of a traditional mummers' play in the streets and parkland surrounding the Turku Castle. The theme is as old as time itself: the battle of contrasts, with a good face of evil, the light and the Pieman summer for the winter. Extreme desperation, the Almighty has captured the Spring Queen's dungeon, where the world of colors are seeking to release him. Turku Castle Park and the streets are full of giant puppets, street theater, dance, tuliveistoksilla, rock guitar struggle, with opera and rapilla digiprojisoinneilla exciting and unique presentation in the evening darkness. The Community Arts Group Cultura brings together more than 400 local participants, as well as a number of foreign professionals and creates a ground-breaking presentation, which you can see only once.

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1st Produced:
Turku Castle, Linnankatu 80, Turku, Finland    29 Oct 2011

Organisations:
European Capital of Culture programme

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Genre:
site specific epic

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Unleashed In the Ussr

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Original Playwright - Marit Tusvik

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Genre:
translation

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Yesterday Now

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1st Produced:
Trondheim Trondelaag Teater    1982

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