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Diane Samuels

DIANE SAMUELS  (1960 - )

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Alan Brodie Representation Ltd  represented by Caroline Underwood

Diane Samuels was born and raised in Liverpool. She currently lives in London where she has been writing extensively as a playwright and author since the early 1990s. Kindertransport won the Verity Bargate and Meyer-Whitworth Awards, and was first produced by Soho Theatre Company in 1993. Subsequently it has been translated into many languages, performed in the West End, Off Broadway and all over the world, revived in 2007 in an acclaimed production by Shared Experience Theatre Company. It is now a set text for English Literature GCSE. Her other plays include the True-Life Fiction of Mata Hari, Palace Theatre, Watford, 2002; Cinderellas Daughter, Trestle Theatre tour, 2005; and "3 Sisters on Hope Street" (with Tracy-Ann Oberman), based on Chekhovs Three Sisters, inspired by the Jewish community of her upbringing, and co-produced by the Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse and Hampstead Theatres in 2008. Her short play Calais was performed at the Liverpool Everyman as part of the Everyword short play festival in 2008. In 2010, Mrs Gorsky was workshopped at the National Theatre Studio and End of Romance, inspired by the life of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, given a performed reading as part of the Mary Shelley Festival in Bournemouth. In 2011, Diane took part in Battersea Arts Centre's One on One Festival with an interactive writing installation, "In Your Own Words". Diane has also written widely for BBC radio, plays including Swine, Doctor Y, Watch Out for Mister Stork and Hen Party. For younger audiences, her plays include One Hundred Million Footsteps for Quicksilver Theatre Company; Chalk Circle, Frankies Monster and "How To Beat a Giant" at the Unicorn Theatre. Diane has wide experience of teaching creative writing, lecturing at the universities of Birmingham, Reading, Oxford, Goldsmiths' college, London and running workshops for organizations as diverse as IATE (Institute for Arts in therapy and Education), Alternatives, Theatre Royal Haymarket and the National Gallery. From 2008 20 2011 she was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Westminster. She runs a regular writers group and is writer-in-residence at Grafton Primary School in Islington, north London. Diane was one of a creative team awarded a Science on Stage and Screen Award by the Wellcome Trust in 2001. the resulting work, "PUSH", was performed at the People Show Studios in London in June 2003. Her short story, "Rope" was broadcast as one of the 2002 winners of BBC Radio 4's online short story competition and in 2011 she wrote and recorded "Essay: Inter-rail Postcards" for BBC Radio 3. As Pearson Creative Research Fellow 2004/5 at the British Library, she completed research into magic and her booklet "A Writer's Magic Notebook" was published in 2006.

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        100 Million Footsteps         3 Sisters On Hope Street         A-Z Of Mrs P         Beyond Midnight         Bonekeeper         Calais         Chalk Circle         Cinderellas Daughter         End Of Romance         Forever and Ever         Frankie's Monster         How To Beat A Giant         Kindertransport         Monster Garden         Mrs Gorky         One Hundred Million Footsteps         Push         Salt of the Earth         Toilet Of Venus         True Life Fiction Of Mata Hari, The         Turncoat         Watch Out for Mr Stork



100 Million Footsteps

Synopsis:
Leo is minding the sheep when he is told that he has been chosen by the Great Sun to lead an army of children.

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MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling    17 May 1997

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Quicksilver Theatre

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3 Sisters On Hope Street

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A funny, vibrant and moving version of Chekhov's Three Sisters, set amongst the Jewish community in wartime Liverpool. Liverpool, 1946: A year after the sudden death of their father, sisters Gertie, May and Rita Lasky share their once grand home on Hope Street with their asthmatic brother Arnold, Auntie Beil and old family friend Dr Nate. Each sister continues her search for meaning amidst hte shattered remains of their city, in a rapidly changing world

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by Diane Samuels And Tracy-Ann Oberman, After Chekhov

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A-Z Of Mrs P

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Tells the true journey of the eccentric Phyllis Pearsall, who got lost on the way to a party - and spent the next five years of her life walking the streets of London creating the A-Z. The A-Z of Mrs P starts off in the 1930s and explores both the streets of London and the eccentric Mrs Pearsall, a Bohemian artist, as she builds her famous business, mapped against her own troubled family saga.

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book by Diane Samuels, music and lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert adapted from book by Neil Marcus (based on the autobiographies of Phyllis Pearsall). Workshopped at National, London, May 2012

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Beyond Midnight

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CinderElla is dead. the law decrees that her widowed husband must remarry. He still has the glass slipper - can it work for him again?

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Bonekeeper

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Tricycle Youth Theatre, London    1992

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Calais

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part of the Everyword short play festival

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Chalk Circle

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Cinderellas Daughter

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Trestle Theatre tour    2005

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End Of Romance

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inspired by the life of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley

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performed reading as pArt of the Mary Shelley Festival in Bournemouth    -

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Forever and Ever

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SNAP People's Theatre Trust

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Frankie's Monster

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Based on the novel by Vivien Alcock

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How To Beat A Giant

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Kindertransport

Kindertransport
Between 1938 and the outbreak of War, almost 10,000 unaccompanied German children were sent by their parents to foster homes in Britain while the parents were despatched to the death camps

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winner of the Verity Bargate Award 1994. The author's guide to Kindertransport, an invaluable and uniquely authoritative resource for anyone studying, teaching or performing the play. Since it was first staged by the Soho Theatre Company in London in 1993, Diane Samuels'Kindertransport has enjoyed huge success around the world, has been revived numerous times, and is widely studied in schools and colleges. The play tells the story of how nine-year-old Eva, a German Jewish girl, is sent by her parents on the Kindertransport to start a new life with a foster family in Britain just before the outbreak of World War Two. Over forty years later, she has changed her name to Evelyn and denied her roots. When her own daughter discovers some old letters and photos in the attic, she is forced to confront the truth about who she really is and to reveal a dark secret that she has done everything to keep hidden. In this author's guide to the play, Diane Samuels investigates the historical background, drawing on the personal testimony of those whose lives were transformed by the Kindertransport. She explores the creative process that shaped the play through successive drafts. And she presents detailed accounts from the actors, directors, a composer and designer who have contributed to the play's most notable productions. - Nick Hern Books, London (2014) >>>

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Soho Theatre Company

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Nick Hern Books, London >>>, 1995   978-184595270

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Monster Garden

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Mrs Gorky

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Birmingham Rep theatre    -

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One Hundred Million Footsteps

Synopsis:
An exciting adventure tale for young children on the subject of religious belief and violent intolerance

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MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling    17 May 1997

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Quicksilver Theatre Company

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Push

Synopsis:
Push charts the rational and irrational responses of people caught in a state of unexplained physical suffering. Combining evocative imagery, documentary audio and video footage and live performance, a world is created where hopes and nightmares are at once familiar and utterly strange. A play about what it means to live with long-term pain.

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written by Diane Samuels and Alexa Wright (in collaboration with Sarah Woods and Cathrin Long)

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People Show Studios in London    05 Jun 2003

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Artsadmin

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Salt of the Earth

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Toilet Of Venus

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Part of Miniaturists 19 - Bringing you more of the best short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights in the UK today

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True Life Fiction Of Mata Hari, The

Synopsis:
It is 1917. the First World War has taken its toll on 'gay Paree'. Everyone is struggling, not least the notorious exotic dancer, Mata Hari, formerly Margaretha Zelle from Holland. Arrested for passing French information to the Germans but steadfastly proclaiming her love for France, Mata Hari is interrogated by two Frechmen who are convinced that everything she says and does is a lethal fiction. For years Mata Hari has been seen as a femme fatale and a dangerous spy. But the 'truth' behind this remarkable woman is a good deal more complex, with many having their own motives for their version of her story. Why is everything about her not quite what it seems? And what really lies beneath her many masks?

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Turncoat

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Theatre Centre

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Watch Out for Mr Stork

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Steam Industry

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