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Fred Lawless

FRED LAWLESS

  

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Fred Lawless was born in Dingle Liverpool. He attended St Patrick's School in Toxteth before his family moved to Halewood. He later attended the Wade Deacon Grammar School in Widnes (now the Wade Deacon High School since 1974). Coincidentally another Liverpool writer Alan Bleasdale had also attended Wade Deacon a few years earlier. after grammar school Lawless attended Liverpool College of Crafts and Catering and trained as a hotel manager, eventually working in several Liverpool city centre hotels. Several years later Lawless became a market trader and ran a stall at the famous Paddy's Market in Liverpool. While working there Lawless met Jonte Wilkins, another market trader, and the two of them started the UK's first kissogram company], Champagne-a-gram from an office in aigburth. Shortly after Wilkins left for the US and eventually became the drummer for the British band a Flock of Seagulls. Lawless continued to run the kissogram business for several years, eventually employing 30 staff. One of the kissogram staff Lawless employed was Mal Young who worked for him as a Tarzan-a-gram. after leaving Champagne-a-gram Young entered the TV industry and eventually became producer of Liverpool based soap opera Brookside. Many years later Young interviewed Lawless with a view to him joining the writing team at Brookside, but Lawless instead chose to write for the London based TV series eastenders. In addition to his TV work, Lawless has also written for BBC Radio. Nowadays he works primarily in Theatre.
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        Best!         Beyond Benidorm         Educating Peter         Fistful Of Collars, A         Hitchhiker's Guide To Fazakerley, The         Little Scouse on the Prairie         Merry Ding Dong         Nightmare On Lime Street, A         Pharaoh Cross The Mersey         Scouse of the Antarctic         Scouse Pacific         Slappers And Slapheads         Sleeping Cities, Distant Dreams



Best!

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a musical about sacked Beatles drummer Pete Best

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Beyond Benidorm

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Educating Peter

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Fistful Of Collars, A

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Dry cleaning is a simple business - people bring in their clothes, they get cleaned and then given back. But did you ever wonder why it takes so long? Pat and eileen run a drycleaners with a difference. as soon as the latest little number from Cricket is brought in by a customer the bright sparks behind the counter will have it on the rack at their exclusive dress hire shop. It's the only cleaners in town where the clothes work harder than the staff! there is only one problem - the girls' landlord wants to up the rent. Well, two problems, because they've knocked out a policeman. Well, three because they've accidentally kidnapped Coleen Rooney. and the unconscious girl with the gun in a holdall that doesn't belong to them is a bit of a worry. . .

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Hitchhiker's Guide To Fazakerley, The

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Marty Murphy's dad was obsessed with Outer Space. So much so that in his will he left instructions that his ashes be scattered by his family while wearing costumes from famous space movies. This is where our story begins, in Marty's back garden in Fazakerley but just as dad's ashes are about to be scattered a close encounter with some visiting aliens sends the family into panic when one of them is captured and taken to Venus for 'experiments'. You might think there's nothing a Fazakerley family can do if their teenage son is captured by aliens but you'd be wrong, because lying in Marty's shed is a very strange vehicle which his dad secretly built before he passed away. Neil Armstrong may have been the first man on the moon, but Marty Murphy is about to become the first Scouser in Space, as he and his family go after the aliens.

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Little Scouse on the Prairie

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A crazy fun filled gag fest set in the Wild West. There'll be Gunslingers, Sheriffs, Rustlers, Red Indians, Blue Indians (got to keep both sides of Stanley Park happy). There'll be Cowboys, Cowgirls, Medicine Men, Preacher Men, Mister Men (well, maybe not) but one thing there will be in this madcap Western will be Scousers! How did they get there? You'll just have to buy a ticket to find out!

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Merry Ding Dong

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Ding dong merrily on high, Chris and Noel aren't talking. Ding dong someone broke the Sky, to Blockbusters - get walking Gloooooooooooooooooria No trophies will come your way Gloooooooooooooooooria At least our fans don't come from Norway. Chris and Noel have been friends since junior school and they only ever disagreed on one thing - football. They became next door neighbours, their wives became best friends and their kids grew up like brother and sister. But that was before "The Talacre Incident". Now the lads aren't talking, the wives aren't meant to be talking and, to make things worse, their kids are getting on a damn sight better than they should be! A story about rednoses, bluenoses and Christmas lights so bright they can be seen from space. Fred Lawless' new play will sleigh you with laughter as best friends fall out with more than just pride at stake. Join Chris and Noel, Holly and Ivy for this year's Scouse Christmas treat at the Royal Court. There will be plenty of ho ho hos to go around as you raise a glass to a proper scouse Christmas - have a Merry Ding Dong! Ding dong merrily on high, this bluenose cheat wants a fight Ding dong just stop telling lies, do one you useless Koppite Gloooooooooooooooooooria The red army is greater Gloooooooooooooooooooria Rafa's just a fat waiter.

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Nightmare On Lime Street, A

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Doctor Frankenstein drinks a dodgy egg nog and falls asleep. One hundred years later he wakes up in Liverpool. He sets up a laboratory under Lime Street Station and creates a new Monster. The Monster - who Frankenstein had hoped would help him take over the World turns out to be amiable and has an American accent. The Monster claims that he was once married to Liza Minnelli

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Pharaoh Cross The Mersey

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This year we are off to Ancient Egypt so we will have sand dunes, show tunes, hired goons and a script soon! There'll be pyramids, soft lids, old bids and more sand than you can shake a stick at! This is going to be one of our craziest and funniest Christmas shows yet, so what are you waiting for?

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Scouse of the Antarctic

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Just when everyone thought the 'Cold War' was over, a Russian and US submarine race to the North Pole to claim the recently discovered mineral rights. The last thing they expect to find when they get there is a scouser with a bobble hat on and a bloody student banging on about Global Warming. There are chatty horny polar bears, ratty foul-mouthed snowmen and natty dancing penguins. There are snow jokes, cold blokes, funny folks and a Yeti who just wants to be heard! Will they blow up the Pole? Will they strangle that sodding student? Will they make a load of rude jokes about the council? The only way to find out is to get down to the Court!

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Scouse Pacific

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This Christmas why not get away from it all? Let Royal Court Liverpool take you across the oceans to the exotic uncharted island of Secosu where many years ago shipwrecked stowaway Billy Riley from Walton was washed ashore. Finding himself on an island that was populated mainly by women, Billy made the most of it and now, in 2010, his legacy continues - an island community of Scousers in the South Pacific! Raised on sunshine, bananas and stories of home evolution has created a Scouse master race. the girls wear home-made Ugg boots, pyjamas and rollers, and the lads hunt and fish wearing trackie bottoms and trainers. Secosu is still uncharted which is very frustrating for Donna-Marie who longs to set sail for Liverpool, the land of her ancestors. Living in paradise is all well and good, but when the only thing to eat is bananas then it does get a little tedious. But just when she thought things couldn't get any worse a church missionary somehow manages to find his way to the island. But this is no ordinary missionary, this is Father O'Flaherty (who some of you may remember from last year's Christmas show 'merry Ding Dong'). Following his drunken performance at last year's Christmas mass, the Bishop has banished Father O'Flaherty to the South Pacific to help convert the natives (and also to keep him out of the wine lodges of Liverpool!) Will this 'missionary position' be a success? It's unlikely because a) the natives don't need converting, they're already Scousers, and b) Father O'Flaherty just happens to know the recipe for banana wine! Forget about the winter blues this year and come and have a laugh in the sunshine with Fred Lawless' hilarious new play. Packed with catchy songs and cracking one-liners, the co-writer of 'slappers & Slapheads' and writer of 'merry Ding Dong' and 'a Fistful of Collars' offers you a look at the other side of our family tree, and shows you what happens when you let a randy Scouser loose on a sun drenched island full of lonely women.

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Slappers And Slapheads

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Four men and three women on a night out in modernday Liverpool clubland, undergo a night of laughter and tragedy , during an evening that will change all of them forever

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written by Len Pentin And Fred Lawless

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Sleeping Cities, Distant Dreams

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