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Barrie Keeffe

BARRIE KEEFFE

  (1945 - )

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

Barrie Keeffe is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose work has been performed in over twenty countries. He has won several awards for his plays including the Paris Critic's Prix Revelation; a Giles Cooper award for Best Radio Play; a Thames Television Playwrighting award; the Mystery Writers of America edgar allan Poe award; and for the screen script of the Long Good Friday. Shadows on the Sun was Barrie Keeffe's first stage play for ten years.

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        Abide With Me         Barbarians         Bastard Angel         Better Times         Black Lear         Certain Vincent, A         Chorus Girls         Coming Apart         Frozen Assets         Gem         Gentle Spirit, A         Getaway         Gimme Shelter         Gotcha         Here Comes the Sun         I Only Want To Be With You         In the City         Killing Time         King Of England         Long Good Friday, The         Mad World, My Masters, A         Mahoney         Melissa         Mick         Murray         My Girl         My Girl 2         Not Fade Away         Only A Game         Scribes         Shadows On the Sun         She's So Modern         Sight Of Glory, A         Still Killing Time         Sus         Up For None         Up the Truncheon         Wild Justice



Abide With Me

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Notes:
in Barbarians

1st Produced:
Young Vic Studio, London    1988

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Contemporary Drama One act

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Barbarians

Synopsis:
concerns the fluctuating fortunes of three school leavers, two white boys and one black.

Notes:
includes Killing Time, Abide With Me (London 1976), In the City

1st Produced:
Greenwich Theatre, London    1977

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1978   -

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Genre:
Trilogy

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Bastard Angel

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1st Produced:
Warehouse, Covent Garden, London    23 Jan 1980

Organisations:
RSC

1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1980   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play With Rock Music Play with Music

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Male:  9            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Better Times

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Genre:
Historical Play

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Black Lear

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1st Produced:
Sheffield    1980

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Certain Vincent, A

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written with Jules Croiset, from letters by Vincent Van Gogh

1st Produced:
amsterdam    1975

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Genre:
adaptation

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Chorus Girls

Synopsis:
The Prince of is kidnapped by the ladies of the title while he is visiting Stratford to close the theatre and turn it into the biggest job centre in Europe, Sustaining a blow to the head he suffers a bout of amnesia. A good deal of mileage is wrought from this as the girls endeavour to get his trousers down and his memory back. He reacts violently to such names as 'Margaret' and 'Philip' but doesn't know why. - Michael Darvell, What's On In London

Notes:
book by Barrie Keefe; music And lyrics by Ray Davies

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Coming Apart

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1st Produced:
London    1975

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Frozen Assets

Synopsis:
a Borstal boy is on the run after accidentally killing a warder, a victim of chance who needs help

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Warehouse, Covent Garden, London    28479

Organisations:
RSC

1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1978   -

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-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  11            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Gem

Synopsis:
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Notes:
in Gimme Shelter

1st Produced:
London    1975

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1977   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Contemporary Drama One act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Gentle Spirit, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
written with Jules Croiset, story by Dostoevsky

1st Produced:
amsterdam    1981

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Genre:
adaptation

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Getaway

Synopsis:
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Notes:
in Gimme Shelter

1st Produced:
London    1977

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1977   -

Music:
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Genre:
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Gimme Shelter

Synopsis:
A powerful trilogy of short plays looking at an "achievement" based society.

Notes:
Gem; Gotcha; Getaway

1st Produced:
London    1977

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1978   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Trilogy

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Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Gotcha

Synopsis:
Concerns a 16 year old misfit. On his last day at school he holds three teachers hostage by threatening to blow them to glory by holding a lighted cigarette over the open petrol tank of a motor·bike.

Notes:
in Gimme Shelter

1st Produced:
London    1976

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1977   -

Music:
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Genre:
Short Play One act

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Here Comes the Sun

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1st Produced:
London    1976

Organisations:
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1st Published:
in "act 3", Hutchinson, London, 1979   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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I Only Want To Be With You

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In the City

Synopsis:
concerns the fluctuating fortunes of three school leavers, two white boys and one black.

Notes:
part of Barbarians

1st Produced:
London    1977

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1978   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Contemporary Drama One act

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Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Killing Time

Synopsis:
concerns the fluctuating fortunes of three school leavers, two white boys and one black.

Notes:
part of Barbarians

1st Produced:
London    1977

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1978   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Short Play One act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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King Of England

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Genre:
Play with Music

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Long Good Friday, The

Synopsis:
Harold Shand has made it from Whitechapel to running his own 'corporation' and owning his own yacht and classy mistress. He has the police and the local authorities in his pocket, is planning a major London property development and forging links with the

Notes:
-

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Organisations:
Central Studio Theatre Company

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-

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play

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Mad World, My Masters, A

Synopsis:
takes its title from a Jacobean play by Thomas Middleton shows, in a farrago of wild episodes, that the establishment and anti-establishment appear to be equally avaricious

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
London    1977

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1977   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Mahoney

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Genre:
One act

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Melissa

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One act

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Mick

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Genre:
One act

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Murray

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One act

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My Girl

Synopsis:
a love story set in Newham, east London about the stifling of idealism in Thatcher's Britain

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My Girl 2

My Girl 2
Bitingly funny, challenging, angry and deeply humane, My Girl 2 is Barrie Keeffe's reworking of his iconic play for Dilated Theatre Company. My Girl 2 is a play for now, a play about making hard moral choices in difficult economic times - a play for 2014. "Ideals are worthless if you can't pay the bills." Anita and Sam live in East London. Burdened by debt, and on the eve of giving birth to their second child, Anita begins to wonder whether it was a good idea for Sam to become a social worker. Can they survive in Cameron's London on his wage with two children? Anywhere else it would be fine, but where he's needed most, can Sam make ends meet? Will their marriage take the strain, as the needs of family are pitted against the greater good?

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Dilated Theatre Company

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Play/Drama

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Not Fade Away

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Genre:
Play with Music

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Male:  3            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Only A Game

Synopsis:
end of the road for a soccer star

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Shaw Theatre, London    1973

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Scribes

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1st Produced:
Newcastle upon Tyne    1975

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Shadows On the Sun

Synopsis:
Shadows on the Sun is an epic play. It traces the events which led to Danton's death and concludes with the guillotine execution of Robespierre. It provides an alternative to Buchner's Danton's Death and highlights the differences between the charismatic, womanising Danton and the obscure, apparently dull provincial lawyer Robespierre who secured Danton's death 'to save the Revolution' and in so doing unleashed the 'reign of terror'.

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-

1st Produced:
Greenwich Playhouse, London    02 Oct 2001

Organisations:
Galleon Theatre Company

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-   -

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Male:  11            Female:  2            Other:  Large Cast

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She's So Modern

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1st Produced:
Hornchurch, essex    1980

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Sight Of Glory, A

Synopsis:
a year in the life of an east end boxing club

Notes:
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1st Produced:
National Youth Theatre, London    1975

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Still Killing Time

Synopsis:
about the dashed hopes of east end school leavers at the time of the 1977 Silver Jubillee.
Michael Billington, Guardian

Notes:
part of Sextet: to celebrate its 50th Anniversary the national Youth theatre commisioned six writers to do plays About six decades.

1st Produced:
Soho, London    04 Aug 2006

Organisations:
National Youth Theatre

1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1979   -

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-

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Sus

Sus
You see, what this country needs is a strong government to sort out the laws, bring order" election night 1979: the sus laws made it legal for police to stop and search anyone - purely on suspicion. Two detectives on the graveyard shift in an east London police station place bets on which party will win. a black man is picked up, accused of his wife's murder. He is incensed, believing that he'll be fodder for an incoming government keen to flex its law-and-order muscles.

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Soho Poly

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Methuen Drama    978-1408131374

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Up For None

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One act

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Up the Truncheon

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-

1st Produced:
London    1977

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Wild Justice

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Genre:
Thriller

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Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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