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Stephen Sharkey

STEPHEN SHARKEY

  (1967 - )

Nationality:    British
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Stephen was born in Liverpool in 1966, and grew up in Huyton, just outside the city. He studied classics at Oxford, where he started writing plays. He lives in London with his wife Rebecca and their two sons. In November 2005 he founded the Miniaturists, an ongoing series of short play events.

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        Chemotherapy         Christmas Carol, A         Cloudcuckooland         Everything Must Go         From Bombay To Santa Fe         Gambler, The         Glass Slipper, The         Great Gatsby, The         Hansel & Gretel         Hell And High Water         Inkheart         Interval         Ion         Jig         Mahler's Unfinished         May Queen, The         Night-Light         Oblomov         Old Curiosity Shop, The         Peter Pan         Picture of Dorian Gray, The         Porno Girl         Resistable Rise Of Arturo Ui         Sex and the Three Day Week         This Night Forward         Tomorrow Is A Lovely Day         Trojan Women         Venus Avenger         Voyager



Chemotherapy

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Part of Miniaturists 43 - Bringing you more of the best short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights in the UK today

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Christmas Carol, A

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Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year . . .Well it is for everyone except the miserable miserly Scrooge. He has no time for friends or fun , celebrating Christmas with misery and meaness rather than mistletoe and merriment. Bah, humbug! But one dark, cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge is paid a visit by the ghost of Marley, his former business partner, who tells him he will be called upon by Three Spirits, each of whom will take him on a magical and mysterious journey to reveal the error of his ways . . .

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Stephen Sharkey from Charles Dickens

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Adaptation

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Cloudcuckooland

Synopsis:
Swift and McFly want to build a new city in the sky away from the pollution on their one on Earth. the birds want revenge on mankind for ruining the environment. A bombardment of bird poo starts

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Music by Alex Silverman; lyrics And book by Stephen Sharkey. Based on "the Birds" by Aristophanes

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Everything Must Go

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A Southwark couple in their sixties, on the verge of splitting up, create a storm as they sell their house, gamble away their savings and auction off their keepsakes on the internet. Breaking up is hard to do but Billy and Margaret are giving it a go. A comedy about love and family, and what happens next after you think it's all over

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Commissioned to mark Southwark Playhouse's departure from 62 Southwark Bridge Road

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Comedy

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From Bombay To Santa Fe

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Part of Miniaturists 7 - Bringing you more of the best short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights in the UK today

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Gambler, The

Synopsis:
Resourceful, vibrant version. . . Lucid and audacious - the Independent. "the material is first class - wonderfully inventive - This is a sure winner" - the Scotsman

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Adaptation of Dostoyevsky

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Glass Slipper, The

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A lovely anti-panto. It often soars, in the manner of the balloon which lifts its bold heroine to the ball - Susannah Clapp, the Observer. "Sharkey's variation on the cinderElla story combines charm with such keen intelligence that the result is a really delightful piece of theatre you can't help falling for" - Lyn Gardner, the Guardian. "Intelligent, baroque humour, colourful characters and touching romanticism" - Time Out

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A new telling of the CinderElla story

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Great Gatsby, The

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Immersing you in the decadence of America's 'Jazz Age', The Great Gatsby is brought to life in this sizzling new stage adaptation from nationally acclaimed Blackeyed Theatre. Recreating the sights, sounds and feel of America's 'Roaring Twenties' as seen through the eyes of Nick Carraway, F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece is a brilliant evocation of a society obsessed with wealth and status.

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adapted from novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Genre:
adaptation 120 min

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Hansel & Gretel

Synopsis:
the idea of Hansel and Gretel running away from their home on the edge of Kielder Forest to Scotland

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Brothers Grimm fairytale

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Christmas Show

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Hell And High Water

Synopsis:
Round the world yachtswoman meets Judas Iscariot on a rocky island in the Southern Ocean.

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Part of Miniaturists 1 - Bringing you more of the best short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights in the UK today

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Inkheart

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This Christmas, prepare to be transported into the enchanted world of Inkheart, where nothing is what it seems and magic hides behind every page... Meggie loves books. they are her best friends in the world but her father Mo hasn't read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared many years ago. Mo is hiding a mysterious secret from Meggie - when he reads aloud, stories come alive and characters burst from the pages into the real world. Suddenly, Meggie is thrust into a perilous and thrilling adventure that catapults her into a cat and mouse chase with dastardly storybook villain Capricorn. Ably assisted by her father, her eccentric aunt, and the fire-breather Dustfinger, will Meggie be able to stay one step ahead and stop Capricorn's fiendish plans to destroy them all? And what will happen when she reads from a book...? Inkheart is a play about the magic of reading and the beauty and meaning stories have in our lives. This magical tale of Meggie, a spirited heroine who meets her literary idols from Treasure Island, Arabian Nights and Peter Pan in real-life, will captivate the whole family this Christmas.

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Adapted from Book by Cornelia Funke. Adapted by Stephen Sharkey. Adapted by Walter Meierjohann. Music Nikola Kodjabashia

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TYA

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Interval

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Part of Miniaturists 40 - Bringing you more of the best short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights in the UK today

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Ion

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A compelling revival - Michael Billington, the Guardian. "Effective, stripped-back storytelling -puffs away at the classical cobwebs" - Brian Logan, Evening Standard. "the genius of his re-rendering is that it is witty, light and realistic - poetic but modern " Jonathan Myerson, the Independent

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Original Playwright - Euripides

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Jig

Synopsis:
about Will Kemp and Will Shakespeare

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Part of Miniaturists 20 - Bringing you more of the best short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights in the UK today

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Mahler's Unfinished

Synopsis:
Gustav Mahler coming to terms with the afterlife

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May Queen, The

May Queen, The
"It's not just what he's done that makes me want to kill him. It's everything about him that makes me want to kill him. Listen to me. And me a May Queen an' all". Frank Donohue is dead. Murdered. And as the culprits bury his death in the chaos of the Blitz, Theresa Donohue prays for revenge. Revenge for her father, her brother and herself. But if vengeance is the Lord's then who will pull the trigger? the May Queen is a dark and brutal thriller set against the backdrop of wartime Merseyside.

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Genre:
revenge tragedy Tragedy

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Night-Light

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An impossibly proportioned bed, a rope, one women in pyjamas and another in oddly insectile get-up with a mischievous glint in her eye. A surreally suggestive foray into the unblinking world of the insomniac.
Lucy Powell, Time Out London

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created And performed by Sinead Rushie And Camille Litalien

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Piece

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Oblomov

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the most challenging offering at the Pleasance - a highly original re-working of Oblomov - the strength of Sharkey's adaptation is its effortless command of many different Dramatic tones; the script slips elegantly between sharp, sly satire and gently generated joy - Independent on Sunday. "Stephen Sharkey's updating of the classic Goncharov novel. . .tackles big issues in a sensitive way" - the Stage . "Sharkey's witty and shrewdly written [script]. . .is full of fine little observations about twenty-something London disaffection. . .one can't help thinking of 'Withnail & I' or George Orwell's 'Keep the Aspidistra Flying' - What's On

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1990s London Adaptation of Russian classic

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Old Curiosity Shop, The

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Solid, old-fashioned storytelling, episodes of comic exuberance - Independent on Sunday. "the literary equivalent of conquering Everest. . . adaptor Stephen Sharkey not only manages this feat, but also does it with some finesse, deserves great credit" - the Stage. "Culturally forward-looking but true to the ghosts of its locale" - Time Out

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A new Adaptation of Dickens

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Peter Pan

Synopsis:
goes back to Barrie's original story away from Disneyfication

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adapted from the original novel by J .M. Barrie

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Picture of Dorian Gray, The

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Adaptation of Wilde

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Lindsay Rooms, Oxford     1989

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Porno Girl

Synopsis:
New Yorker new mom self-medicates for post-natal depression by visiting peep shows

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Part of Miniaturists 3 - Bringing you more of the best short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights in the UK today. Adapted from A story by Merin Wexler

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Resistable Rise Of Arturo Ui

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1930s Chicago. Small time crime boss Arturo and his men offer protection. Protection for workers, jobs, businesses. As the Great Depression hits the City's fortunes, Arturo strikes a deal and makes a killing until soon his shadow looms from the markets to the docks. But whether you're with him or against him, you can't ignore the resistible rise of Arturo Ui.

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Original Playwright - Bertolt Brecht

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Sex and the Three Day Week

Sex and the Three Day Week
Britain in the 1970s: a time of strikes, blackouts, and free love. But Philip's frustrated. While his wife Angela thinks he's past it, he wants to share a whole lotta love with Catherine from next door. When the naughty neighbours check in at the Paradise Hotel, it's a night to remember - for all the wrong reasons. The lights go out, the corridors see more action than the beds, and to cap it all, the place could be haunted... Throw in Fanny the French maid, Detective Inspector Connors of the Vice Squad, a snake called Cecil and Tom the mynah bird, and it all makes for a chaotic cocktail of confusion leaving the would-be lovebirds not even halfway to Paradise.

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Original Playwright - Georges Feydeau based on L'hotel Du Libre Echange

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This Night Forward

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Part of Miniaturists 25 - Bringing you more of the best short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights in the UK today

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Tomorrow Is A Lovely Day

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A homage to Dennis Potter, produced in a double bill with his 'Blue Remembered Hills'.

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Trojan Women

Synopsis:
Verse translation of Euripides

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Courtyard Drama School, London     1992

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Venus Avenger

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One-woman show, with the goddess Venus relating her dethronement by Psyche, and her meeting with Christ in the desert

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Solo Play/Drama

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Voyager

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the Miniaturists is a growing group of playwrights and other theatre workers interested in the possibilities of the short play.

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Miniturists 40

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