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Steve Gooch

STEVE GOOCH

  (1945 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    NarrowRoad Company  

experienced Dramatist Steve Gooch is the author of over forty produced scripts, including the evergreen 'Female Transport' and the award-winning 'mcNaughton'. His career as a writer and teacher includes stage plays, adaptations, radio and screenplays, as well as his popular series of edited Shakespeare texts, 'the Cut Shakespeare'. He also runs a script editing consultancy for both playwrights and producing companies called the Playpen.

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        Asking Rembrandt         Back-Street Romeo         Big Wolf         Bill Of Health         British Beauty         Cock-Artist         Cocky's Girls         Dark Glory         Delinquent         Dick         Duty Free         Earth Spirit         Fast One         Female Transport         Flotsam         Free Time         Fuente Ovejuna         Future Perfect         Good For You         Great Expectations         Handover         Home Work         How the Peace Was Lost         In the Club         It's All For the Best         Landmark         Lulu         Made In Britain         Man Is Man         Marquis Of Keith         Massa         Mcnaughton         Mister Fun         Mister Paul         Mother, The         Motor Show, The         Nab Show, The         Nicked         Ondine         Our Land Our Lives         Our Say         Pandora's Box         Passed On         Portrait Of Jan Six, The         Public Relations         Rosie         Running Wild         Santis         Star Turns         Strike '26         Taking Liberties         What Brothers Are For         What they Want         Wilkes For Mayor         Will Wat; If Not, What Will?         Women Pirates, The: Ann Bonney And Mary Read         Your Loving



Asking Rembrandt

Synopsis:
Based around the few known facts of Rembrandts relationship with patron Jan Six, as well as mistress Hendrickje Stoffels, this incisive new play looks at the perils of the commissioning process through the working life of this most formidable artist.

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Scealta Mora

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Genre:
biographical play

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Back-Street Romeo

Back-Street Romeo
Follows closely the story of the Shakespeare original but transposes the characters into an east London setting. (the two feuding families, for example, are gangsters and trade unionists respectively, and Friar Lawrence runs a youth club.) the dialogue is in modern, colloquial form, and there are some songs.

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Play/Drama

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Male:  8            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Big Wolf

Big Wolf
a group of five boys, each injured in his different way by an unnamed war, scavenge a wartorn landscape, imitating the behaviour of grown-ups in a desperate effort to stay alive. Inspired by acounts of the Vietnam War.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Harald Mueller

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1st Published:
Davis Poynter, London, 1972   bigwolf

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Bill Of Health

Synopsis:
First performed on radio, this stage version begins at the end of the hippy era when Si and Jenny take over a loft. Soon after seeing its suitability as a place for friends like Pete to work out, the business-minded Leah begins to realise its potential now that the 'health biz' is beginning to take off. Differing attitudes to their 'golden egg' threaten to tear the friends apart, but a suprising turn pulls them back together

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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British Beauty

British Beauty
Sophie, a wild country girl grows up in deepest Sussex as the daughter of a gamekeeper, who is head of the household of Barbara Leigh Smith, women's rights campaigner and, with Bessie Parkes, editor of the englishwoman's Journal. Barbara is a friend of Preraphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti who, along with other Victorian luminaries like George eliot and Friend, loves to visit her country home. It just so happens that on a visit Rossetti one day decides to draw the wild Sophie. . .

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Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Cock-Artist

Cock-Artist
about a Greek immigrant in a small German town. Twenty-somethings in rural South Germany are outraged by a foreigner taking a local job (and threatening to take their most desired woman).

Notes:
Original Playwright - Rainer Werner Fassbinder

1st Produced:
Almost Free Theatre,London    1974

Organisations:
Foco Novo Theatre Company

1st Published:
in "Gambit 39-40", Calder, London, 1982   gambit3940

Music:
-

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adaptation

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Cocky's Girls

Synopsis:
the women in the life of alfred Hitchcock. With a powerful but elderly mother, his shrewd and industrious wife alma, his glamorous production secretary Joan, and a talented daughter - not to mention Grace Kelly and those other famous blondes - is it any wonder alfred Hitchcock made those films the way he did?

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Dark Glory

Dark Glory
alfred Lord Tennyson's father, though the rector of a delightful church in Lincolnshire, tended to fly into rages, most likely after a drink or two. alfred himself was prone to seeing visions, and his brother Charles was considered the better poet when they went up to Cambridge and met arthur Hallam. Hallam was the university whizz-kid of his day and an unexpectedly fierce champion of the young alfred's work. His sudden death sent the future poet laureate into morbid brooding, from which he emerged a decade later with the best-selling 'In Memoriam' which in one glorious year -- along with being made Poet Laureate and marrying the eminently practical emily - made the Tennyson we know today.

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Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Vol XV (1995) Page 0165

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Delinquent

Synopsis:
about the relationship between an ex Borstal Boy, a left wing sociologist and her Christian Democrat lover.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Harald Mueller

1st Produced:
-    1979

Organisations:
-

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Dick

Synopsis:
about the highway man Dick Turpin

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Genre:
Christmas Play

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Duty Free

Duty Free
Rich is recruited into the secret service during the Napoleonic Wars and amongst the people he is sent to spy on is his own brother. Rich grew up in Folkestone and never quite accepted his parents' excuse ('the war') for leaving him alone and coming back from Flushing in Holland with his seemingly favoured brother Joe. When Joe takes after his Father and begins coming back from 'over there' with unexplained bottles of brandy and French luxury goods, Rich's response is to join the Volunteers protecting Britain's coasts from the foreign invader Napoleon. No wonder that the mysterious Neal sees him as likely recruit for British intelligence in Flushing, spying on, amongst other, his own brother; a connection which comes in handy when, after the war, the latter is caught red-handed at his old trade.

Notes:
the Soho theatre, London, 17 Oct 2000

1st Produced:
Hastings, Sussex    12 Oct 2000

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Genre:
a play for europe

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Earth Spirit

Earth Spirit
In earth Spirit and Pandora's Box, better known as the Lulu Plays, we see Lulu's rapid descent into degradation, culminating in her violent death. She has destroyed a succession of bourgeois males, both disturbed and attracted by her lack of inhibition

Notes:
Original Playwright - Frank Wedekind

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-

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  cast of 15

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Fast One

Fast One
about merchant seamen caught up in Superpowers intrigue in a politically turbulent South American country

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Southampton    1982

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Solent People's theatre, Southampton, 1982   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Female Transport

Female Transport
Herded into their cell aboard the convict ship, the six women convicts have little idea of the harrowing six-month journey that lies in wait for them. they are bullied from the start by their brutal jailer Sarge, who quickly recruits the soft-hearted Winnie as the cell's trustee or 'matron'. Sarge also exploits his positon by coming on to Charlotte, a brash pickpocket, whose best friend Sarah, another pickpocket, is prone to sea-sickness but manages to find some solace with innocent cabin-boy Tommy; while political agitator Nance is stuffed into a barrel, beaten and finally flogged as a punishment for repeated disobedience. Meanwhile the older Madge's motives in cultivating the affections of hapless innocent Pitty are the subject of much suspicion, and up on deck the Surgeon is having a tough time with the Captain insisting on hygienic and human conditions for their increasingly restless cargo. . .

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1st Published:
Pluto Press, London, 1974   -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Flotsam

Synopsis:
about young couple whose eight year old daughter has just been swept out to sea

Notes:
Original Playwright - Harald Mueller

1st Produced:
Croydon, Surrey    1985

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
in "Gambit 39-40", Calder, London, 1982   -

Music:
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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Free Time

Synopsis:
Two so called radical poets go to a writers conference in Spain in 1936. an anarchist street poet gate crashes the event

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Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Fuente Ovejuna

Fuente Ovejuna
adaptation of Lope de Vega's 15th Century classic in which a Spanish village rises up against a tyrannical overlord who believes he can have the pick of the village's women. Rendered into a modern, colloquial, 'madness-style', Cockney verse form.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Lope de Vega

1st Produced:
Tom Allen Centre, London    23 Sep 1982

Organisations:
Theatre Venture

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
translation

Parts:
Male:  17            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Vol II (1982) Page 0517

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Future Perfect

Synopsis:
about a Utopia with problems

Notes:
written with Michelene Wandor And Paul Thompson

1st Produced:
On Tour    1980

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Good For You

Good For You
Mike and his lover Sally have gone away to try and save their affair. away from work and Mike's wife and dying mother-in-law

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester    1985

Organisations:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Great Expectations

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
from Dicken's novel

1st Produced:
Liverpool    1970

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Handover

Synopsis:
a family printing business from the 1970s to 2000

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-

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Home Work

Synopsis:
about abortion

Notes:
Original Playwright - Franz Xaver Kroetz

1st Produced:
BAC , London >>>    07 Jun 1990

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
in "Gambit 39-40", Calder, London, 1982   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Vol X (1990) Page 0773

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How the Peace Was Lost

Synopsis:
account of people in South London under the labour Government 1945 - 1951

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Genre:
play with songs

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  5            Other:  with doubling

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In the Club

Synopsis:
about cuts in government expenditure, set around a golf course

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1st Produced:
London    1979

Organisations:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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It's All For the Best

Synopsis:
Inspired by the would-be wisdom of his mentor Pangloss, the young Candide roams the world from top to bottom, finds only disaster, but is never deflected from his optimism.

Notes:
novel Candide by Voltaire

1st Produced:
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent    1972

Organisations:
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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  3            Other:  with doubling

Further Reference:
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Landmark

Synopsis:
set against the introduction of cruise missiles

Notes:
new version of 'Our Land, Our Lives'

1st Produced:
-    1980

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Theatre action Press, Colchester, 1982   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Lulu

Synopsis:
Lulu embodies the sexual impulse, leading all to disaster; but only. . .

Notes:
Original Playwright - Frank Wedekind (earth Spirit (1895) And Pandora's Box (1904))

1st Produced:
Edinburgh    Aug 1990

Organisations:
Red Shift

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Vol X (1990) Page 1156

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Made In Britain

Synopsis:
about the British Leyland Motor Company

Notes:
written with Paul Thompson

1st Produced:
Oxford    1976

Organisations:
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Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Man Is Man

Synopsis:
the simple packer Galy Gay goes out to buy a fish one morning, is conned into joining a squad of soldiers with one man missing, and ends up the bloodthirsty leader of a gun crew in a Kiplingesque world of empire.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Bertolt Brecht

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

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-

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  2            Other:  soldiers

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Vol XXI (2001) Page 1351

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Marquis Of Keith

Marquis Of Keith
This less well-known but beautifully crafted play tells the story of a powerfully persuasive impresario who turns his back on his long-suffering wife, teams up with a stunning singer and attempt to persuade the town worthies to finance his dream of an Arts palace called the 'Hall of Wonders'

Notes:
Original Playwright - Frank Wedekind

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Organisations:
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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  cast of 15

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Vol X (1990) Page 1247

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Massa

Synopsis:
This play, set in a time when class was everything, combines two stories through a Victorian gentleman, arthur Munby. His interests in the working class lead him to study a group of northern pit women and an illicit affair with Hannah Cullwick, a London maid. This insight into a world much forgotten, poses questions more relevant than ever. Can cultural boundaries be crossed? Can people really be happy where there are? and just what is a woman's place.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
London    1989

Organisations:
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1st Published:
New Cross, London, 1990   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  7            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Vol XII (1992) Page 0885

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Mcnaughton

Synopsis:
Daniel grew up the illegitimate son of a Glaswegian woodturner. When he completed his apprenticeship he asked his Father if he could become a partner. His Father told him that privilege was reserved for his legitimate sons. Daniel went off and, working all hours, built up a successful business of his own. That's when the trouble started. always a loner, he began to feel he was being followed. and what was he doing outside the Prime Minister's office 15 nights in a row?

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Monologue play

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Mister Fun

Mister Fun
Life in the fairground in Thatcher's Britain. Gil and Marshy are laid off from their fairground jobs and then the fairground is taken over by a giant electronics company

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Sheffield    1986

Organisations:
Metro Theatre Company

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-   -

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-

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Mister Paul

Synopsis:
Isolated and stubborn, Herr Paul lives with his eccentric sister in the derelict factory in reunified Germany, which they have made their home. their existence is turned on its head with the arrival of Helm, who has inherited the factory and has major plans to renovate the site and move the siblings. the arrival of Helm's girlfriend, Lilo, further explodes the surreal and insular existence that Paul has created for himself, with apparently macabre consequences.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Tankred Dorst in collaboration with Ursula echler

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Organisations:
Contemporary Stage Co

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-   -

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-

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Translation

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Theatre Record Vol XXI (2001) Page 1351

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Mother, The

Mother, The
Period 1916 Russia, mother is drawn by her son into the revolutionary movement only for him to be shot and herself beaten up

Notes:
Original Playwright - Bertolt Brecht

1st Produced:
London    1973

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1978   -

Music:
-

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adaptation

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Male:  15            Female:  3            Other:  extras

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Theatre Record Vol VI (1986) Page 1370

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Motor Show, The

Motor Show, The
borrowing elements of vaudeville and music-hall, and telling in short, fast-moving scenes the history of the Ford Motor Company, it covers the corporation's origins and bloody battle to unionise the plant, life on the line and the battles at Dagenham

Notes:
written by Steve Gooch And Paul Thompson

1st Produced:
Dagenham, Essex    1974

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Pluto Press, London, 1975   -

Music:
-

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Political play with songs

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Male:  7            Female:  2            Other:  with doubling

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Nab Show, The

Synopsis:
-

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-

1st Produced:
Brighton    1970

Organisations:
-

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-   -

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-

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-

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Nicked

Synopsis:
Prison play about the three stages of recidivism

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Exeter    1972

Organisations:
TIe

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Ondine

Synopsis:
Ondine falls passionately in love with a human and comes to be despised by a world she cannot understand.

Notes:
Combining folklore, eroticism And fantasy this is A visual Adaptation of the famous legend

1st Produced:
Northbrook Theatre, Worthing    22 Oct 1998

Organisations:
Theatre Melange

1st Published:
-   -

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-

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Our Land Our Lives

Synopsis:
Young marrieds in a market town looking back on their teenage expectations

Notes:
aka Landmark

1st Produced:
London    1976

Organisations:
-

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-   -

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-

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Our Say

Synopsis:
Panoramic community play for the West Midlands town Wednesbury, about the beginnings of the struggle for the vote in the early 1840s, and the Chartist movement in the heart of the Black Country's metal-working communities.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Wednesbury, East Midlands    1989

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-

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-   -

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-

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community play

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Pandora's Box

Pandora's Box
In earth Spirit and Pandora's Box, better known as the Lulu Plays, we see Lulu's rapid descent into degradation, culminating in her violent death. She has destroyed a succession of bourgeois males, both disturbed and attracted by her lack of inhibition

Notes:
Original Playwright - Frank Wedekind

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-    -

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-

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-

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-

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Passed On

Synopsis:
about the first english non-conformists, the Lollards, between the Peasants Uprising of 1381 and the reign of Henry V. Tells of the growth of english nonconformism following the Peasants' Revolt, from the celebrated theologian John Wyclif in Oxford through lay preachers in the Midlands and West Country to the uprising against Henry V led by Sir John Oldcastle, the prototype for Shakespeare's Falstaff. the true story of Falstaff and Hal.

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-

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-    -

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-

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-   -

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-

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Portrait Of Jan Six, The

Portrait Of Jan Six, The
Rembrandt hopes for a cash loan from Jan Six - but the two can never stop arguing. Having rubbed most of the amsterdam establishment the wrong way, with his creditors foreclosing on the loan for his house, and with the Church accusing him of living 'in sin' with Hendrickje, you'd think Rembrandt would be grateful for the attentions of the well-connected Jan Six and the odd lucrative commission he can still bring the ageing master's way. Instead the two don't stop arguing. even the master's affection for his teenage son Titus expresses itself roughly. But when Rembrandt asks Six for a loan, and Six asks Rembrandt for a picture, it's bound to end in tears.

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-

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-    -

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-

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-

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Public Relations

Synopsis:
version of 'Turandot' story, set in a government information department

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-

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-    -

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-

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-   -

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-

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Rosie

Synopsis:
about a doctor's daughter who, via a succession of increasingly sordid men friends has become a motorway tart

Notes:
Original Playwright - Harald Mueller

1st Produced:
London    1977

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

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-

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adaptation

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Running Wild

Synopsis:
When, thanks to bored estate agent Sharon, Edward and emily find the country retreat of their dreams in a disused railway station, they little suspect that they will soon fall foul of environmentalist Ray, nimby Phil, Mr Jones of Planning, their best friends Bob and Louise and, to cap it all, a beautiful barn owl.

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-

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-    -

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-

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-   -

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-

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Santis

Synopsis:
about young private detective hired by ageing writer to observe his departed mistress

Notes:
Original Playwright - Martin Walser

1st Produced:
-    1980

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

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-

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adaptation

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-

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Star Turns

Synopsis:
Based on the Elizabethan classic by John Lyly, brother to the astronomer Royal. Three women in the suburbs take advantage of their menfolk being away on a footballing weekend to indulge in some girlie speculation about astrology. Who, according to the stars, would make the perfect man? Not Doug, surely?

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Warehouse Theatre Croydon, London    01 May 1987

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Vol VII (1987) Page 0535

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Strike '26

Synopsis:
about the General Strike in 1926 UK

Notes:
written with Frank McDermott

1st Produced:
London    1975

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

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-

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Historical

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Taking Liberties

Taking Liberties
When second-hand wig-seller Jeffrey Dunstan walks into the Leather Bottle pub in Wandsworth, it soon leads to fierce competition amongst the local plebs as to who will be the next mock-Mayor of Garratt, an election fought with parades and floats and all the fun of carnival. Since Jeffrey's competitors include publican Sam House, the political agent for the infamous Charles James Fox, it isn't long before the smart London set are drawn into the fray. Not only the actor Garrick join the throng of thousands but also the playwright Foote and that well-known 18th Century radical John Wilkes, as well as the scandalous Duchess of Devonshire.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Tom Allen Centre, London    21 Mar 1984

Organisations:
Theatre Venture

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-   -

Music:
-

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Play/Drama

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Male:  13            Female:  6            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Vol IV (1984) Page 0209

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What Brothers Are For

Synopsis:
set in present day South London

Notes:
Original Playwright - Terence (the Brothers)

1st Produced:
-    1983

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

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-

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Comedy

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What they Want

Synopsis:
Originally written for teenagers in an evening class group at Oval House, Kennington, and subsequently produced ina revised form on radio, this short play is adapted from the Roman playwright Terence's comedy, the Brothers, in which two sons run wild under the eye of an indulgent uncle while their strict Father is away.

Notes:
Based on "the Brothers" by Terrence

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Oval House, Kennington    -

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-

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-   -

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-

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short play

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Wilkes For Mayor

Synopsis:
When John Wilkes returns from exile in France after his scurrilous assault on King George III and his favourite ministers, few people believe the radical mavErick will go far - that's assuming he can get out of prison. associate John Horne does his best to help him manipulate the London aldermen who control the City, and together they renew the radical assault on the King. But is Wilkes grateful? Nah. the scrap between 'the 'Two Johns' is almost as fierce as that with His Highness.

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-

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-    -

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-

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-   -

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-

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Will Wat; If Not, What Will?

Will Wat; If Not, What Will?
Will Watt doesn't show you the Peasants' revolt of 1381, it involves you in it. . .Told in short scenes with contemporary ballads and a myriad of characters doubled by the actors, the play is based on the surviving contemporary records of Wat Tyler's uprising, and tries to show where the rebels came unstuck

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
London    1972

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Pluto Press, London, 1975   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Historic

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  with doubling

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Women Pirates, The: Ann Bonney And Mary Read

Women Pirates, The: Ann Bonney And Mary Read
Beginning with Mary being passed off as her brother to get hold of his inheritance, while ann takes after her fiery and adulterous Irish father, we follow the lives of the two women over 20 years. Mary joins the army and distinguishes herself in battle. ann learns fighting from a red Indian and runs away with a smuggler, until the pair end up on Jack Rackham's pirate ship, where women are by tradition not allowed. Told in a fast-moving succession of short scenes with songs

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
London    1978

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Pluto Press, London, 1978   -

Music:
-

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Historic

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Male:  16            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Your Loving

Your Loving
When the famous anarchist agitator Emma Goldman, hounded by the police and looking for a friendly meeting-hall in Chicago, walks into Ben Reitman's office, she doesn't count on falling passionately in love. as for Ben, the self-styled 'King of the Hoboes' doesn't count on his unreliable movements being viewed with suspicion by Emma's political cronies. Communicating at first through letters, Ben persuades the charismatic speaker to take him on as her business manager and minder. But then money starts to go missing. . .

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-

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-

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