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Richard Shannon

RICHARD SHANNON  

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Bill McLean Personal Management  represented by Bill Mclean


Richard Shannon is currently writing a new play about contemporary Iran. His credits as a writer include: Sabbat (to be revived for the 400th anniversary of the execution of the Pendle witches at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster in 2012) and The Lady of Burma (The story of Aung San Suu Kyi).The play premiered at the Old Vic in London and went on to the Edinburgh Festival 2007, ran in London at the Riverside Studios and toured nationally. The play is published by Oberon Modern Plays and has been performed in Poland, Bangalore and Norway. It opened in Mumbai in September 2010. Richard was Associate Director (New Work) at Polka Theatre for ten years. His productions at Polka include: Shouting, Stamping, Singing Home by Lisa Evans. In 2008, Richard directed a workshop production of Monster Under the Bed by Kevin Dyer at the New Visions/New Voices festival - the Kennedy Centre, Washington.
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below is a list of Richard Shannon's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

All Our Hellos and Goodbyes     Audience with William Barlow (Deceased), An     El Salvador Nativity     Lady Of Burma, The     Olympic Dreamer     Sabbat     Smile as They Bow     Stargazer



All Our Hellos and Goodbyes

Synopsis:
about John Betjeman and the saving of St Pancras

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This play was commissioned by London And Continental Railways to celebrate John Betjeman's fight to save St.Pancras station from demolition in the 1960s.

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Audience with William Barlow (Deceased), An

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The play takes the form of a television interview with the engineer summoned from the dead. Other ghosts appear and confront Barlow with the fact he had to evict thousands to build the station.

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This play was commissioned by London And Continental Railways And celebrates the work of the engineer William Barlow who built St.Pancras station.

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El Salvador Nativity

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This play was commissioned and published by Christian Aid and designed to focus on the human rights situation in El Salvador. It focused on the birth of child, as a family takes refuge in a church at Christmas as violence rages outside.

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Lady Of Burma, The

Richard Shannon
In her cell in Rangoon's Insein prison, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi  incarcerated by Burma's military dictatorship for almost 20 years  tells her story. Richard Shannon's powerful and moving one-woman play vividly portrays the life and message of the world's most famous prisoner of conscience. Aung San Suu Kyi was held under house arrest from 1989-1995, and again from 2000-2002. She was again arrested in May 2003 after the Depayin massacre. At the time of writing she was still being held under house arrest in Rangoon. Aung San Suu Kyi's message is a simple one  that only by fighting fear can you truly be free  a message Burma's military fears and aims to silence. The Lady of Burma is a Red Fighting Peacock Production presented by the Burma Campaign UK and Louise Chantal. The Burma Campaign UK is part of a global movement to promote democracy and human rights in Burma.

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A gala in Aid of the Burma Campaign UK (BCUK). The second half of the gala evening will feature poetry readings And speeches by contributors including [Prunella Scales], [Sinead Cusack], [Juliet Stevenson], Glenys Kinnock MEP, [Richard Wilson] And [John Pilger]. The Burma Campaign UK presents 'The Lady of Burma', A powerful And moving new play About Aung San Suu Kyi. Host for the evening [Maureen Lipman] will Also bring together contributions to the night from journalist John Pilger, Glenys Kinnock MEP And Actors [Juliet Stevenson], [Sinead Cusack], [Prunella Scales] And [Richard Wilson]. This one-off event looks set to be An extraordinary And moving occasion - bringing to life the woman behind the cause.

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Old Vic Theatre, London >>>    12 Nov 2006

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The Burma Campaign Uk

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Oberon Books (2007) >>>    978-1840027860

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Olympic Dreamer

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the story of the English founder of the modern Olympics  Dr William Penny Brookes.

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Sabbat

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Good Friday 1612. High on a hill in the wild and lawless area of Pendle, a secret meeting is held at Malkin Tower. By the end of the year, most of those present have been sentenced to death at Lancaster Castle - hanged for the crime of witchcraft. This powerful play attempts to unravel the mysteries behind one of England's most famous trials, that of the notorious Pendle Witches. Did Alice Nutter and the others really take part in a witches' Sabbat? Or were these Pendle folk innocent victims at a time of persecution, paranoia and superstition? Sabbat imagines the events leading up to the trial and execution of The Lancashire Witches and asks: who held the real power behind the tightly closed doors of Pendle? How many lives were destroyed by laws born out of fear?

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On Air Theatre Company

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Oberon Books (2012) >>>    978-1849432467

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Smile as They Bow

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from work by Nu Nu Yi, An Award winning Burmese novelist

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adaptation

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Stargazer

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