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David Kantounas

DAVID KANTOUNAS

  

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Macnaughton Lord Representation (Theatrical and Literary Agents)  

David Kantounas is a writer and director based in Berlin. David was born in London and studied at the University of West England, Bristol. He trained at the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Programme and in 2010 was selected by the Old Vic New Voices as one of the most exciting young writers in the UK. In 2013 he took part in the artist in residency programme at the Takt Kunstprojektraum, in Berlin. His plays include: Waste (Shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize, 2013), Bright Light (A commission for the Bush Theatre, 2013), Beach Hut (A commission for Blind Summit Theatre, 2013), The Party (Frequency Theatre, 2013), Everything Else Happened (Assembly, 2012), Home (Soho Theatre, Frequency Theatre, 2012), Gutter Junky (Assembly, 2011), Grief (Brooklyn Lyceum, Old Vic Tunnels, 2011), The Family(Public Theatre, 2010), The Arden Surgery (A commission for the Old Vic, 2010), Dogs (Hampstead Theatre rehearsed reading, 2009), The Thief (Bush Theatre reading, 2012) He is an associate artist at Ugly Rhino Productions, New York and has collaborated as a writer and dramaturge with a number of theatre companies including Teatro En Vilo, Salida Productions and Single Shoe Productions.

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        Arden Surgery, The         Beach Hut         Bright Light         Dogs         Everything Else Happened         Family, The         Grief         Gutter Junky         Home         Party, The         Primer For The Punctuation of Heart Disease,         Thief, The         Trouble With Joan Antith, The         Warning Signs         Waste



Arden Surgery, The

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commission for the Old Vic, 2010

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Beach Hut

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commission for Blind Summit Theatre, 2013

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Bright Light

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commission for the Bush Theatre, 2013

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Dogs

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Hampstead Theatre, London rehearsed reading    2009

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Everything Else Happened

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What is the sum of 18,000 invisible birds? Where is your voice between my phone and yours? Exactly how many kinds of silence are there? And is Jonathan dating anyone? I'm not prying but I'm very interested. . .Inhabiting a world somewhere between Woody Allen and Samuel Beckett this hilarious and heartbreaking new piece based on the stories of Jonathan Safran Foer is about the gap between what could have happened and what actually did.

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Based on the stories of Jonathan Safran Foer

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Assembly, Edinburgh festival Fringe    02 Aug 2012

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Family, The

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Grief

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It's been 14 years since Pete had a good cry, but when a random celebrity suicide rocks him to the core, he is sent on a dark and violent search for catharsis that quickly spins out of control. Grief is a comic and twisted look at popular culture, obsession and the emotionally barren wasteland that is modern city life.
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Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215    06 Jul 2011

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Gutter Junky

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Harry, a young English writer, arrives in a foreign country on the brink of civil war. He's there to make a difference, but his actions have catastrophic consequences that will resonate for years to come. Spanning continents and decades, this raw, poetic play looks at how dangerous good intentions can be, exploring the collision between personal responsibility and collective destinies.

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Home

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Party, The

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Frequency Theatre    2012

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Primer For The Punctuation of Heart Disease,

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A Primer for the Punctuation of Hear Disease is a 20 minute performance lecture about the various uses of silence in the Foer family. It later went on to form a part of the full length piece, Everything Else Happened.

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Thief, The

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Bush Theatre, London reading    2012

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Trouble With Joan Antith, The

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Joan antith's world has been turned upside down. amnesic and confused, he meets a mysterious old acquaintance, and together they search for the answers. This is an exploration of isolation, dreams and the human condition with film and live music.

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written by David kantounas And Michael harris

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Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, Essex Ig1 1Bt    01 May 2003

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Warning Signs

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I thought that this thing that kept blasting me in the eyes, this fear, this shock I kept getting looking at her, this must be what love is, what love is like. But of course, it wasn't that. Lucas is a logical man but when he meets Laura she awakens something in him that he is unable to explain or understand. At first he thinks it's love but the closer he gets to her, the more he realises that what he is feeling is a much darker force that will change his life forever. Exploring fate, immediacy and loss and set in the murky black heart of Berlin, WARNING SIGNS is a monologue accompanied by a live electronic score about a broken man trying to explain the unexplainable.

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HAU2 Berlin as part of the 100 Festival, Berlin    Feb 2015

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Waste

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shortlisted for the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

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