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Nell Leyshon

NELL LEYSHON

  

Nationality:    British
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Nell Leyshon's plays include Comfort Me With apples (evening Standard most promising playwright award), Glass eels and Bedlam, which is the first play written by a woman for the Globe Theatre. She also writes for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and her novels are published by Picador

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below is a list of Nell Leyshon's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Beauty Manifesto, The         Bedlam         Comfort Me With Apples         Don't Look Now         Farm, The         Glass Eels         Winter



Beauty Manifesto, The

Synopsis:
the world of the Beauty Manifesto is a world of extreme physical conformity, where teenagers celebrate their sixteenth birthdays with cosmetic surgery. Jasmine and her sister Chloe are ambassadors for the manifesto and their Father is the chief cosmetic surgeon. It is Silas' birthday and the time has come for his transformation. the problem is, Silas can think for himself and believes the manifesto is designed to make teenagers so unhappy about their bodies that they accept they need change. the Beauty Manifesto explores living in a world of air brushed images and perfect bodies, and questions contemporary ideas of beauty.

Notes:
part of the National theatre Connections 2011

1st Produced:

Organisations:
Highly Sprung Performance Company

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Cast size 10 plus ensemble

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Bedlam

Bedlam
Set in the notorious 18th Century lunatic asylum that gives the play its name, Bedlam is the story of how a cruel and unusual institution starts to crumble, after the arrival of an unassuming country girl. Nell Leyshon's new play is an anarchic tale of madness and sanity, authority and incarceration and the arbitrary lines that separate them.

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Oberon Books, London (2010)>>>   978-1849430524

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  4            Other:  extras, musicians

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Comfort Me With Apples

Synopsis:
autumn , and the orchard is full of cider apples: Beauty of Bath, Kingston Black and Glory of the West. Inside the farmhouse, the rule of the matriach Irene is challenged when her estranged daughter returns and her middle-aged son, beginning to tire of being tied to the unprofitable farm, grows restless. a richly evocative tale about life in our changing rural landscape.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Hampstead, London    2005

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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Don't Look Now

Synopsis:
Following the death of their young daughter, John and Laura visit Venice to try and escape their grief. But when the couple meet two aged sisters, one of them claims to have psychic visions of the dead girl. Tension mounts as John and Laura are led through a maze of canals and alleyways towards a dark and terrifying climax
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Notes:
based on the book by Daphne du Maurier

1st Produced:

Organisations:
Sheffield Theatres

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Music:
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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Farm, The

Synopsis:
Nothing I do has changed. I'm doing what's always been done on this piece of land.' the farm is running at a loss, but Vic is determined to keep working. He'll do everything he can, work day and night, but he won't admit that his small farm has no future. as the rural crisis deepens the three generations of his family look for ways to save the farm. But tensions between the old and new worlds threaten to tear the family apart.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Strode    2001

Organisations:
Strode Theatre Company

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Glass Eels

Synopsis:
During a heady hot summer, a young girl's sexual awakening is coloured by shadows of her early childhood. Written with Leyshon's characteristic stark lyricism and suffused with the austere poetry of the West Country, Grass eels Dramatises the unconscious world of instinct where the lives of humans, plants and eels are all red by the primal rhythms of the wetlands.
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
Brewhouse Theatre, Somerset

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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Winter

Synopsis:
set in the 19th century about a mother and her daughters who have emigrated to Newfoundland to accompany their fisherman father. He drowns and the women have to decide whether to stay or return to Dorset.

Notes:
part of New Found Lands consisting of two thematically linked one Act plays; "One Foot Wet" written by Robert Chafe, whose play "Tempting Providence" was short listed for the Governor General's Award for Literature in Canada And "Winter" by Nell Leyshon, winner of the Charles Wintour evening Standard Award for her play set in Somerset "Comfort Me With Apples"

1st Produced:
Gros Morne Theatre Festival In Canada    2007

Organisations:
Forest Forge Theatre and Theatre Newfoundland Labrador

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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