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Gail Louw

GAIL LOUW

  

Nationality:    South African
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Gail Louw is now a full-time playwright and adoring grandmother. Having spent much of her previous life as an academic she now has the luxury of concentrating on writing exhaustively researched plays. Gail is Jewish, but thinks "she may not a terribly good one"! However, her life has been shaped by the death of both her mother's parents in a concentration camp and the rich culture of her upbringing. This has inspired many of Gail's professional productions including Killing Faith, Two Sisters and more recently Joe ho ho.

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

        And this is My Friend. . .Mr Laurel         Blonde Poison         Duwayne         Half Life Of Love, The         Herschel         Joe Ho Ho         Killing Faith         Miss Dierich Regrets         Shackleton's Carpenter         Two Sisters



And this is My Friend. . .Mr Laurel

Synopsis:
On a visit to the sick bed of an ailing Oliver Hardy, Stan recounts their past success as the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy. Written by playwright Gail Louw, along with Mr. Holland himself - and over two years in-the-making - this in-depth look at the much-loved comedian, who died in 1965 at the age of 74, is a humorous and touching look at the finest comedy double act of their generation.

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written by Gail Louw & Jeffrey Holland

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Finishing Touch Theatre Company

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Blonde Poison

Blonde Poison
Blonde Poison is based on the true story of a Jewish woman during World War II who betrayed up to 3,000 fellow Jews. Gail Louw's powerful play examines the motivation of evil. StElla Goldschlag was living illegally in war-torn Berlin when she herself was betrayed and tortured. When offered the chance of saving herself and her parents from the death camps, she agreed to be a 'Greifer' for the Gestapo and inform on Jews in hiding. She was extraordinarily successful in this and her activities increased after her parents had finally been deported. the vast dimensions of Stella's character range from tortured victim to cruel killer, from loving daughter to betrayer of friends, from gentle lover to depraved promiscuity. She was given the name 'Blonde Poison' by the Gestapo who revelled in her treachery. Decades after the war StElla agrees to be interviewed by a well-respected journalist - her last chance for redemption. Can she ever be released from her past?

Notes:
Blonde Poison was the winner of an Argus Angel Award for artistic excellence (Brighton Festival 2012).

1st Produced:
Devonshire Park Theatre     08 Nov 2011

Organisations:
New Vic Productions in association with Eastbourne Theatres

1st Published:
Oberon Books (2013) >>>    978-1849434157

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Genre:
historical Drama

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Duwayne

Synopsis:
about the friend of Stephen Lawrence, the black teenager murdered by racists in 1993. He survived Stephen Lawrence's killers. Can he survive the Met? Traumatised by his best friend's murder, Duwayne Brooks was treated as a potential criminal instead of a witness. He faced years of torment by those who should have been on his side. Harassed by police on trumped up charges and hounded incessantly over the years, Duwayne faced the impossible struggle of challenging what life appeared to have in store. Based on fact, this new play by Gail Louw reveals the truth behind the headlines.

Notes:
won the 2014 New Writing South/Brighton Fringe Best Play Award

1st Produced:
The Old Market, Brighton     26 May 2014

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Genre:
85 min biographical play

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Half Life Of Love, The

Synopsis:
The half life of love is forever. It remains toxic, poisoning life long after love is over. Alex sits in his chair drinking red wine and listening to music, numb to all but his day to day existence. A sudden knock on the door late at night and Connor has turned up; drunk, disorderly, 17. A mess in the guise of a fit young lover. How does love and nurture turn to rejection and hatred? This latest play from Gail Louw is a thrilling examination of the complex relationships of adopted parents, their children and gay partners.

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Written by gail Louw; Devised and developed with Sanjay Gupta

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Genre:
LGBT full length

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Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Herschel

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Joe Ho Ho

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Killing Faith

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Miss Dierich Regrets

Miss Dierich Regrets
A moving two hander which depicts the end of Marlene's life, now a recluse within the confines of her bedroom. Her daughter, Maria, has tried unsuccessfully to move her to a care home, but Dietrich believes this will destroy the glamorous femme fatale image that she has fought so long to preserve.

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New Vic Productions in association with Eastbourne Theatres

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Shackleton's Carpenter

Shackleton's Carpenter
Shackleton's ship, Endurance, sank in Antarctica, leaving him and his crew of 27 stranded. Harry McNish, Shackleton's carpenter and brilliant shipwright, challenged The Boss, but went all the way with him, ensuring all lives were saved after a journey universally agreed to be the most astonishing voyage of survival in history What was it that caused this man to antagonise the hero of Antarctica? How does he come to terms with it now, alone and destitute on the wharfs of Wellington, New Zealand.

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1st Produced:
Devonshire Park Theatre     20 Nov 2014

Organisations:
New Vic Productions in association with Eastbourne Theatres

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Genre:
historical Drama

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Two Sisters

Two Sisters
Is it possible to lose your innocence at 70? Rika and Edith, close and caring sisters, finally discover the truth about their past. Can they adapt or will they now, after all these years, become strangers? This heartwarmjng play reveals the sweetness and sadness of journeys through life that are inextricably entwined.

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1st Produced:
Devonshire Park Theatre     10 Jun 2010

Organisations:
New Vic Productions in association with Eastbourne Theatres

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