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Anders Lustgarten

ANDERS LUSTGARTEN

  

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Curtis Brown Group Ltd  

Aanders Lustgarten is Pearson Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre, where his first two plays  the Insurgents (2007), a comic Drama about Kurdish immigration and political resistance to globalisation, and enduring Freedom (2008), a powerful portrayal of the Bush years  were produced, while Torture Comedy, a satire on rendition and the War on Terror, was part of Vibrant!  a Festival of Finborough Playwrights in 2009. From 2007-8, anders was on attachment at the Soho Theatre. He is taking his new play, You Cannot escape Our Love, about Zimbabwe after Mugabe, to the Harare International Festival of Arts in April 2010. anders is under commission to the Bolton Octagon. Other work includes the Punishment Stories, about black prisoners and Islam (shortlisted for the 2007 Verity Bargate award), and an adaptation of Slawomir Mrozek's the Police (BaC 2007). anders works as a political activist; he has also taught on Death Row, been arrested by the Turkish secret police, and holds a PhD in Chinese politics from the University of California.

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        Bang Up         Black Jesus         Blair's Children         Breakout, The         Day At the Racists, A         Election Drama: A theatrical Response         Enduring Freedom         Fat Man, The         Finger of God, The         If You Dont Let Us Dream, We Wont Let You Sleep         Ignition 1         Insurgents, The         Italy         Maggie         Police, The         Punishment Stories, The         Socialism Is Great         Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie, The         Torture Comedy, A



Bang Up

Synopsis:
anders Lustgarten's Bang Up portrayed a group of disenfranchised prisoners watching election-night TV, with sharp dialogue
- Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times

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part of election Drama. Supporting Wall invited A number of writers to come up with playlets within hours of the polls closing in Thursday's general election

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Black Jesus

Black Jesus
And do you know why I was called by that name? Because I decided who would be saved and who would be condemned. I took that responsibility for others and now I take it for myself. I am Black Jesus. I do not crawl. Zimbabwe. 2015. The Mugabe Government has fallen and investigations into its abuses have begun. Eunice Ncube, working for the new Truth and Justice Commission, begins the interviewing of Gabriel Chibamu, one of the most infamous perpetrators of the horrors of the Mugabe regime. As Gabriel's trial and inevitable prosecution approach, Eunice begins to sift through the past  only to find that right and wrong, and guilt and innocence, are far less clear than she first thought . . .

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part of Vibrant  A Festival of Finborough Playwrights 2011

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90 min one act

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Blair's Children

Synopsis:
A new and confronting play that recalls the Blair era and addresses its legacy. Five characters in a London coffee shop reveal their thoughts and feelings directly to the audience, who learn first-hand how the Blair era impacted the lives of a generation.

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Author: April de Angelis, Georgia Fitch, Anders Lustgarten, Mark Norfolk, Paula Stanic.

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Breakout, The

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theatre Uncut co-artistic director Emma Callander said, "theatre Uncut was created to raise debate and galvanise action around political issues that affect all of our lives. We do this by making our plays available to as many people as possible. "We feel honoured to be working with writers of such high calibre and it thrills me that performances of these powerful short plays will be happening simultaneously across the world, from Scarborough to South Africa. "With the continued cuts to public services in the UK against a landscape of civil unrest and enforced austerity across the world, the need to speak out in resistance is stronger now than ever before."

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Theatre Uncut 2012

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short play reading

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Day At the Racists, A

Day At the Racists, A
a Day at the Racists is a devastatingly timely examination of the rise of the BNP in London. Pete Case used to be something - a leading Labour Party organiser in the local car factories. Now he struggles to get by as a decorator as immigrant workers undercut his best mate's firm, his son Mark can't get a job or onto the housing list and nobody, from his Labour MP to his granddaughter's teacher, seems to care. then Pete finds unexpected hope: Gina is young, mixed race and standing for Parliament on a platform of helping the local community. She is standing for the British National Party. as Pete's rage and despair gradually overcome his longstanding loathing of the BNP, he is drawn into the world of Gina's campaign and finds himself entangled in a nightmare of political machinations that pit his closest relationships - son, best mate, lover - against his longest-held beliefs and newfound aims. Set in the very Barking constituency that BNP leader Nick Griffin is to stand for in the forthcoming General election, a Day at the Racists is a uniquely brave and perceptive piece of political theatre that both attempts to understand why people might be drawn to the BNP and diagnoses the deeper cause of that attraction - the political abandonment and betrayal of the working class by New Labour.

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first read As part of Central Lines: Soho theatre And theatre Royal, Stratford east join forces for A 2-week season of new play readings. Fresh And exciting, these new plays All share the concerns of culture, identity, race And religion in modern Britain.

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Rogue State Theatre Company

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Methuen Drama    978-1408130582

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Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  doubling; extras

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Election Drama: A theatrical Response

Synopsis:
Will Young, producer for Supporting Wall, said: "We're hoping to create a true moment of political theatre - immediate, edgy and raw. At the very least, it will be a more productive way to spend the election period than obsessing over Swingometers!" "the first five plays to be written under a new parliament" which will be written, cast and rehearsed within 24 hours of election night on May 6th. All profits from the night are being donated to the Hansard Society, an independent charity promoting political engagement and open government

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written by Che Walker; Rex Obano; Anders Lustgarten; Phil Willmott

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Enduring Freedom

Enduring Freedom
When Tom and Susan, a New Jersey couple, lose their son in the attack on the twin towers, it begins to affect their marriage, friends and community. as Tom's grief forces him to begin to question the post 9/11 orthodoxy, he finds himself not only at odds with his wife, but also with the government itself. as the neighbours take sides, shock jocks rant, conspiracy theories abound and politicians wave the flag, Tom and Susan are pushed to breaking point as one particular political clique appropriates a nation's mourning.

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Fat Man, The

Fat Man, The
the Fat Man, is a savagely neat little economics lesson that explains how 85% of the Greek bailout went straight back to the banks.
- Lyn Garnder, Guardian

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Part of theatre Uncut. Across the country thousands of people Are involved in protests And debates, sparked into Action by the largest cuts to public spending since World War Two. theatre Uncut is A national theatre event in response to these cuts, bringing together some of the UK's leading Dramatists. (based on An initial idea by Simon Stephens And Anders Lustgarten)

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Reclaim Productions, in association with Meeting Point Productions

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Genre:
short play, performance lecture

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Volume XXXI (2011) Issue 06 Page 292
Theatre Record Volume XXXI (2011) Issue 06 Page 326

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Finger of God, The

Synopsis:
The Finger of God is the stand-out play from this set. It is a satire that stretches the truth very little to make perceptive points about our world. Over dinner, a couple of executives try to spice up The National Lottery. Their solution is to combine the monetary carrot with nasty sticks, penalising those that lose. This is taken towards an inevitable conclusion, seen through the eyes of a desperate man and his disbelieving partner, who watches him indulge this terrible addiction regardless of increasingly unpalatable consequences including digital loss. The mixture of message and entertainment is intoxicating.

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In four years, Theatre Uncut has become established as one of the Fringe highlights. With a serious political agenda and a fund of excellent playwrights, it succeeds far more often than makes sense given its brief to create rapid response pieces. The first programme in 2014 gave the writers a theme of "Knowledge is power. Knowledge is change". The company also sought a fresh venture and the intention is to develop the five short pieces (average 15 minutes) into a single play that will eventually tour. In the meantime, Hannah Price directed a quartet of actors in the Traverse Bar. Each of Jade Anouka, Nalini Chetty, Finn den Hertog and Iain Robertson has several moments to shine during an enjoyable and challenging 75 minutes.

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Theatre Uncut

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If You Dont Let Us Dream, We Wont Let You Sleep

If You Dont Let Us Dream, We Wont Let You Sleep
As the financial world issues its shock treatment, what happens when the City's agenda is taken to its ultimate conclusion? Anders Lustgarten passionately argued new play explodes the ethos of austerity and offers an alternative.

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Methuen Drama, London (2013)>>>    978-1472513571

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Ignition 1

Synopsis:
Your chance to see sparks fly between actors and writers and new work fired up by their dynamic collaborations. Last year we piloted a brand-new formula for kickstarting new work by asking writers which actors they most wanted to write for and then giving them time and space to see what happened when those partnerships were realised. The artists who took part ranged from established playwrights and star actors to breakthrough talent in an amazing array of combinations. This year Ignition is back, bigger and better, following a season at the Royal Court, with a special buzz around its unique potential to make the unexpected happen. Three separate Ignitions every night for a week: some will be mad gambles, some will be brilliant improvisations, every one of them will be an event.

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written by Matthew Dunster, Jeremy Swift, Nirjay Mahindru, Paul Charlton, Nick Payne, David Dipper, Katie Douglas and Anders Lustgarten

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Insurgents, The

Synopsis:
Fast-forward to todays London and the class divide is back as private equity turns our city into a high fenced playground for a tax-exempt, big business elite. When a shop owner in Hackney discovers his sons making a stand for their home soil by kidnapping a senior partner, the powerful have a new mutiny on their hands. But what will become of the little man?

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Italy

Synopsis:
International writers join up with their British counterparts to bring their experiences to the Royal Court. What is life really like for those living in todays austerity. Daily dispatches from Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain will invade the Jerwood theatre Upstairs. "With unemployment reaching almost 30% in Greece, soup kitchens springing up and immigrants being physically assaulted by Neo-Nazis on a regular basis it seems like the right time to put the lives of those affected by the eurozone crisis centre-stage at the Royal Court. Collaborating with writers from the countries on the frontline of austerity and using a variety of theatrical forms we will bring the PIIGS into the heart of London for a week of tragedy, comedy and rage" - Alexi Kaye Campbell, Playwright

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Fausto Paravidino (Rome), Anders Lustgarten (London), Translated by Gillian Hanna

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Maggie

Synopsis:
a tough Glaswegian socialist whose detestation of Blair is reinforced when her renegade son joins the army and is sent to Iraq.

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part of "Blair's Children" a critical perspective on our own recent history and Labour's mantra that "things can only get better"

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short monologue

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Police, The

Synopsis:
It is a very bad day for the chief of police. after 10 years languishing in prison, the state's last remaining political prisoner is insisting on taking an oath of loyalty to the country and its leader, and must therefore be released. attempts by an enthusiastic police sergeant to act as an agent provocateur and stir uo dissension among the populatidn have failed as the people persistently refuse to break the law. the consequences of all this are gradually dawning on the chief of police even as he triesio bribe the poli6cal prisoner to remain a dissident. For the police and the criminal, the secret service and the revolutionary are entirely dependent on each other. You can't have one without the other. Can you even have such a thing as loyalty if there is no disloyalty? Written in 1958 by the Polish playwright Slawomir Mrozek as a satire on the totalitarian state, the Police serves pretty well for today too, not least because, as adaptor anders Lustgarten suggests, you need an enemy if you are going to wage a war on terror. Despite the orange Guanthamo-style prison suits, director Christopher Loscher never overplays the contemporary relevance in a production that demonstrates good acting, flair and confidence.
Lyn Gardner, Guardian

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Original Playwright - Slawomir Mrozek

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Punishment Stories, The

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Big man jail, 2010. Jermaine is looking at a big lump. His co-defendant D is more concerned with chocolate biscuits and minor drug deals. But the pressure of their situation, and of coming to grips with what they did, is about to put their friendship under serious stress. Runner up for the Verity Bargate award, the Punishment Stories is fast, funny and about something most prison Dramas ignore: what it's like to be guilty.

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Verity Bargate Award Shortlist, 2007

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Socialism Is Great

Socialism Is Great
Modern China: a place where the most cutting edge technology on earth is made by people from rural villages. Where hedge funds present proverbs from the Little Red Book. How do the young Chinese make sense of it all? This epic new play was created by international political activist Anders Lustgarten, who carried out extensive interviews with young people in China, and young Chinese living in the UK. the play shows young people in China who are at work, at school and in love, finding their place and dealing with the echoes of their past.

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National Theatre Connections

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in National Theatre Connections 2012, Methuen Drama (15 Mar 2012)
Published in an extended version for the Market theatre, Johannesburg, by Oberon Books   978-1408157244

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TYA

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Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie, The

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An epic, tremendously humane play about the world's most exciting society: China. It follows a clutch of compelling and believable people across seventy years of socialism, capitalism and everything in between. From the communes of Maoism to the factories of Shenzhen, the Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie shows you the complexity of China's relationship between the traditional and the modern like no other fiction has.

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Vibrant 2012  A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

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Torture Comedy, A

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An enhanced interrogation centre for rendition detainees. An earnest British civil servant wants to ensure decency. The American interrogators are doing no more than authorised. But none of them really understand the logic of the War on Terror... Shocking, provocative and hilarious, A Torture Comedy takes on terrorism, the key political issues of the decade, and reveals it for what it is - a sick joke. . .

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Part of the Operating Theatre's Writers' Block Season. aka "Death and the Kit-Kat"

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Operating Theatre

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Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  extras

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