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Anthony Neilson

ANTHONY NEILSON  (1967 - )

Nationality:    Scottish
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Literary Agent:    Julia Tyrell Management  

Radio plays include the COLOURS OF the KING'S and A FLUTTERING OF WINGS His first stage play ELFARE MY LOVELY was performed at the Traverse Theatre. His second, NORMAL, played at the Edinburgh Festival and transferred to the Finborough Arms. PENETRATOR (originally commissioned by Colin Ludlow as a BBC Screenplay) played the Edinburgh Festival '93, transferred to the Finborough and then to the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in January '94. Further works include the YEAR OF the FAMILY (Finborough 1994), HEREDITY (Royal Court) and WHITE TRASH (National Theatre Studio). He directed his play the CENSOR at the Finborough Theatre in April 1997 which transferred to the Royal Court, Duke of Yorks, had a third run at the Ambassadors and won the Writers Guild Award for Best Fringe Play 1997. Television credits include DEEPER STILL, a 10 minute film for C4 which he wrote and directed, A TERRIBLE COLDNESS (60') for the Granada Crime Story series, BIBLE JOHN an influential episode of In Suspicious Circumstances, a commission to write screenplay for CRACKER (spin-off from Granada series for theatric release) and a 2 hour Prime Suspect film, also for GranadA. His film debut the DEBT COLLECTOR was released in 1999. In 2002 the Theatre Royal Plymouth produced EDWARD GANT'S AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS which he also directed, he wrote and directed STITCHING for the Bush/Red Room which played at the Traverse at the Edinburgh Festival, transferred to the Bush and toured England and Scotland afterwards and for which he was nominated Evening Standard Most Promising New Playwright. His third new play in 2002, the LYING KIND played in the main house, Royal Court. In Sept 2004, new play the WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA played at the Tron Theatre and Royal Lyceum Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and then at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. Currently he is working on a television commission for BBC Northern Ireland and is adapting the screen version of the NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, to be called USED TO SNOW for Vestry Films/Tartan Video which he will also direct. Anthony directed the UK premiere of the John Adams opera the DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER for Edinburgh International Festival/Scottish Opera which won a Herald Angel Award.

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        Article 19 - Goodbye Princess         Censor, The         Dirty Laundry         Dussseldorf Ripper, The         Edward Gant's Amazing Feats Of Loneliness         Get Santa!         God In Ruins         Heredity         Home         Hoover Bag         Lying Kind, The         Menu, The         narrative         New Play, A         Night Before Christmas, The         Normal: the Dusseldorf Ripper         Orson Welles in the Land of the Peas         Penetrator         Realism         Relocated         Seance, The         Stitching         Twisted         Utopia         Welfare my Lovely         White Trash         Wonderful World Of Dissocia, The         Year of the Family, The



Article 19 - Goodbye Princess

Synopsis:
We asked four leading contemporary playwrights to write a 10 minute play in response to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. A bunch of desperate theatre types have apparently been contracted by Mohamed Al Fayed to appear in a play that reconstructs the last days of Princess Diana. We witness the rehearsal process that is supposedly leading up to the only performance: a presentation to the High Court as evidence of a conspiracy.

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written by Ramin Gray, April de Angelis, Anthony Neilson, Juan Mayorga, David Woodand Jon Haynes.

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Ridiculusmus

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Censor, The

Censor, The
A gripping brief encounter between a pornographic film actress and the man with the licensing scissors. A moving parable of the critic and artist as a healing, and finally tragic love story

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Methuen Drama    978-0413721303

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Dirty Laundry

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Dussseldorf Ripper, The

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Edward Gant's Amazing Feats Of Loneliness

Edward Gant's Amazing Feats Of Loneliness
mixes Victorian meloDrama with a catalogue of grotesque comic tales

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Methuen Drama    978-1408106808

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Get Santa!

Synopsis:
It's Christmas Eve but Holly isn't happy. All she's ever wanted from Santa is to meet her real Dad for the first time. And every time, Santa's failed to deliver, bringing lots of useless presents instead. Well, Holly's had enough. This year she has a plan. She's going to wait up and trap Santa when he arrives and get from him the only present she's ever wanted

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Written by Anthony Neilson, Music by Nick Powell. Story by Anthony Neilson And Nick Powell

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Youth Audience

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Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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God In Ruins

Synopsis:
the themes which have arisen out of the process include elements of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, online technology, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, and men becoming gods in their own bedrooms as they try to recreate themselves in virtual worlds like Second Life. But at the heart of the play is a human story as a father attempts to communicate with his daughter.
- British theatre Guide

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commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Heredity

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Home

Synopsis:
scripted by 9-11 year olds. in their world, the head honcho is Mr fish and Chips, a half man, half cod who never gives a straight answer. A politician to the core.

Notes:
part of ten new pieces to launch the National theatre of Scotland. Playwrights: Jessie Bowman (11), Euan Crowe (9), Dionne Devine (11), Katie Lawson (9), Amanda Rathney-Quinn (9), Allana Stanton (10) Aimee watson (9)

1st Produced:
Edinburgh, Queens Hall, Clerk Street    2006

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Queens hall

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Genre:
Pieces Piece

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Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Hoover Bag

Synopsis:
Horror in contemporary life is explored in this study of loss and erotomania. An elderly woman receives a phone call from her dead son

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aka Meat And Two

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short play

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Theatre record 1966 Page 1264

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Lying Kind, The

Lying Kind, The
Constables Blunt and Gobbel have one last duty to fulfil before they finish their Christmas Eve shift: to tell the old couple at number 58 some terrible news. But what if the shock is too much for them? Maybe they'd be happier not knowing. And maybe the constables would also be better off if they weren't in the middle of a lynching.

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Methuen Drama    978-0413773142

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Menu, The

Synopsis:
the Menu is an odd thing set in a retro-futurist world. Its quite likely to be rude but it also has songs by Vera Lynn.
Press Release

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narrative

Synopsis:
A new play about stories. Against a cool white set, seven actors, all using their own names and wearing T-shirts emblazoned with photos of their childhood selves, play various urban types, including a couple of actors, a PR, a bar worker and a mother haunted by her sons suicide.

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New Play, A

Synopsis:
"Why no title?" "Because I want to write from passion, not obligation. Because I want to write for the actors I've cast, not cast for the parts I've written. Because I want to be stupid enough to do the wrong thing when it's right. Because risk is everything. Because everything is changing. Because I'm doing something else right now. Because I want to surprise myself. Because I want to surprise you. That's why". - Anthony Neilson

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Anthony Neilsons play will be created in the rehearsal room with a cast of actors to be announced.

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Night Before Christmas, The

Night Before Christmas, The
A funny but ultimately warm-hearted cri de coeur against the Christmas industry

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Methuen Drama    978-0413724601

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Normal: the Dusseldorf Ripper

Normal: the Dusseldorf Ripper
Anthony Neilson's controversial exploration into the mind of Peter Kurten, the notorious Dusseldorf Ripper. Neilson is at his stark and subversive best in this dark, emotional and gripping production.

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Methuen Drama    978-0413724601

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Orson Welles in the Land of the Peas

Synopsis:
Orson Welles is the actor, writer and director regarded by many as the greatest cinema artist of all time. In 1941 he releases Citizen Kane. By 1980 he is voicing adverts for frozen food on British television. Examining ambition, myth and the eternal clash between art and commerce, Orson Welles in the Land of the Peas takes a comic yet humane look at the one of the defining figures of twentieth century culture and attempts to fill in the gaps between the famous out-takes of this recording session.
- British theatre Guide

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-    2010

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Headlong

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Penetrator

Penetrator
This play thrusts into the male psyche with a rigour and insight which is by turns hilarious and horrific but always compulsive.

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Methuen Drama    978-0413724601

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Realism

Realism
It follows the life of one man during an ordinary day but veers off from the commonplace to become a deliriously comic trip inside his wayward imagination. Dreams and day dreams are brought to life to hilarious effect exposing the faultlines between everyday life and the world of the imagination in which fantasies ignore conventions of taste and political correctness.

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Methuen Drama, London   978-0713687156

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Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  doubling

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Relocated

Synopsis:
a girl has gone missing, a German man has done terrible things in a basement and a woman - who may or may not be called Connie - is chasing clues.
- Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

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Genre:
Thriller

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Seance, The

Seance, The
A group of teenage friends try to contact one of their number who has died

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performed by the Moat School, London

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New Connections

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in New Connections 2009, Faber and Faber, London and National theatre   978-0571251353

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Stitching

Stitching
in the light of a pregnancy, a faithless couple pick apart their sexual history stitch by painful stitch. Can it be mended?

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the Red Room & the Bush Theatre

1st Published:
Methuen Drama    978-0413772930

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Twisted

Synopsis:
Twenty years ago Willis committed a crime, he believes himself reformed. the investigator looking at his case has other ideas. A powerful and explosive tale.

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originally produced for radio

1st Produced:
Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh Festival    2003

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Rapture Theatre Company

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Utopia

Synopsis:
Enough of the dystopian visions, austerity measures and extreme renditions. UTOPIA is a night of humanity at its best, looking at a different vision of our future, a vision of humankind being both human and kind. Just look at what we could have won... Soho theatre and Live theatre collaborate on the ambitious new writing project - UTOPIA; directed by Artistic Directors Steve Marmion and Max Roberts who will commission writers to create new short plays challenging visions of our future.

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written by Michael Chaplin, Zoe Cooper, Thomas Eccleshare, Alistair McDowall, Dylan Moran, Anthony Neilson, Janice Okoh, Simon Stephens, Chi Onwurah

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Live Theatre & Soho Theatre

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Welfare my Lovely

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National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Acc.10180/38

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White Trash

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National Theatre Studio, London    -

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Wonderful World Of Dissocia, The

Wonderful World Of Dissocia, The
Dissocia is a place Lisa visits sometimes. Nobody wants her to go there but she doesn't understand why. Yes, like anywhere, it has its dangers - it can be a dark and mysterious place - but mostly it's colourful and funny and exciting; and populated by some of the most eccentric people you're ever likely to meet. But the people she loves made her promise not to go there and she's kept that promise. Until now. Now she has no choice but to return. the future of Dissocia depends on it. Her life depends on it. As she is soon to learn, the two are not as separate as she thought..

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Methuen Drama    978-0713687156

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Year of the Family, The

Year of the Family, The
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Methuen Drama    978-0413724601

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