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Deborah Levy

DEBORAH LEVY  (1959 - )

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

Deborah Levy trained at Dartington College of Arts leaving in 1981 to write a number of plays, highly acclaimed for their "intellectual rigour, poetic fantasy and visual imagination", including PaX, HeReSIeS for the Royal Shakespeare Company, CLaM, CaLL BLUe JaNe, SHINY NYLON, HONeY BaBY MIDDLe eNGLaND, PUSHING the PRINCe INTO DeNMaRK and MaCBeTH-FaLSe MeMORIeS, some of which are published in LeVY: PLaYS 1 (Methuen). Deborah wrote and published her first novel BeaUTIFUL MUTaNTS (Vintage), when she was 27 years old. the experience of not having to give her words to a director, actors and designer to interpret, was so exhilarating, she wrote a few more. these include, SWaLLOWING GeOGRaPHY, the UNLOVeD (Vintage) and BILLY aND GIRL (Bloomsbury). She has always written across a number of art forms (see Bookworks and Collaborations with visual artists) and was Fellow in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1989-1991.

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        Amorous Discourse In the Suburbs Of Hell         B File, The         Blood Wedding         Call Blue Jane         Clam         Dream Mamma         Eva And Moses         Heresies         Honey Baby         Macbeth - False Memory         Ophelia And the Great Idea         Our Lady         Pax         Pushing the Prince Into Denmark         Shiny Nylon         Walks On Water



Amorous Discourse In the Suburbs Of Hell

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B File, The

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One woman. Five bodies. a physical exploration.

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Cardiff    1992

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Genre:
erotic Interrogation'

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Blood Wedding

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a young couple from rival clans plans to marry, much to the distress of the bridegroom's mother whose husband and other son have previously been murdered through clan rivalry. as the wedding day draws nearer the tension mounts and after the bride meets and elopes with former lover Leonardo, who is also married, the bridegroom's mother is caught in a dilemma of conscience, wondering whether she should cry for vengeance and bloodshed or protect the life of her remaining son. In a violent ambush Leonardo and the bridegroom are killed leaving the bridegroom's mother, the bride and Leonardo's wife united in their grief.

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Original Playwright - Federico Garcia Lorca

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London    1992

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Novello, London, 1992   -

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Genre:
Libretto

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Male:  9            Female:  11            Other:  -

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Call Blue Jane

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London    1992

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Clam

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In Clam, a couple portray three relationships: Harry and alice, a pair of underwater picnickers, Vladimir Lenin and his wife Nadya and a sinister interrogator figure and his female 'patient'. In the surreal world of the seaside setting, we look from the distance of the shore at not only the past of a disintegrated relationship, but the fractured europe of the 1980's. .
- Sacha Voit, British theatre Guide

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London    1985

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One act

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National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - acc.10365/38

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Dream Mamma

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Eva And Moses

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London    1987

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Heresies

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the Pit, London    1986

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Honey Baby

Honey Baby
presents two couples, one young, one older, playing out relationship norms and trying to negotiate new ones. Only they all ultimately 'want you to be someone else' and the lives they live with their partners are lies. Dreaming of sex and aeroplanes, the young man does not want children, yet his girlfriend does. Shouting for attention and demanding his right to be heard because he comes from 'middle england' (and therefore pertinently is a crucial voice of the voter) is ernest the stereotypical english husband. Beside him (in the stand out performance of the evening by Chloe Thorpe) is his long suffering but ultimately hysterical wife Mary who, with her skirt interminably caught in her knickers, struggles desperately for recognition. Weaving in and out of it all is the foreboding character of the sinister, many voiced, torturing CO who subjects each character to interrogation, reading their minds, memories and desires. as he rips back the layers of pretence and performance from each character, they convulse while being stripped down to the truth.
- Sacha Voit, British theatre Guide

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Contained in: "Deborah Levy Plays One" published by Methuen Drama 2000   978-0413754905

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Macbeth - False Memory

Macbeth - False Memory
Playwright Deborah Levy didn't want to write a contemporary adaptation of Macbeth. Instead she's opted to "explore how a story told five hundred years ago travels into the concrete, pollution and speed of the 21st century." What Levy and director Nick Philippou give us is one businessman murdering another who then haunts his killer's wife. She is gradually coached into becoming a glamorous Lady M whilst the victim's daughter seeks revenge by taunting the killer, via her father's mobile phone, with her sex life and toilet habits. Meanwhile, on film some sweet little girls run around a forest repeating "tomorrow" - and there's some fake butterflies and real homosexuals.
Philip Chapman, What's On

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  extras, some on film

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Ophelia And the Great Idea

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Our Lady

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women and religion

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Edinburgh    1986

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Pax

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poetry and music about women and nuclear war

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Edinburgh    1984

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Pushing the Prince Into Denmark

Pushing the Prince Into Denmark
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Contained in: "Deborah Levy Plays One" published by Methuen Drama 2000   978-0413754905

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Shiny Nylon

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Installation By Anna Gallaccio

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R Victoria Dock, London    1994

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WPT

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Walks On Water

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English, R., Walks On Water; Gale, D., Slips; Gomez-Pena, G., 1992; Levy, Deborah, the B File; Macdonald, C., Storm From Paradise

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