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Frank Vickery

FRANK VICKERY

  (1951 - )

Nationality:    Welsh
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Frank Vickery started writing whilst still in school and had his first major success at the age of twenty-one when his first comedy 'After I'm Gone' won the Howard De Waldon Trophy for the best one act play in Great Britain. Frank now writes extensively for the Theatre, radio and television and was recently the subject of a major documentary by BBC Television called 'On Show: Kiss and Tell'. Now considered to be Wales' most popular playwright, he is also a talented actor, his writing and performances have achieved widespread critically acclaim and confirmed his place as a leading name on the Welsh touring circuit since the early 1990's.

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        After I'm Gone         All's Fair         Amazing Grace         Barkin'         Bedside Manner         Biting the Bullet         Breaking the String         Drag Factor, The         Easy Terms         Erogenous Zones         Family Planning         Granny Annie         Green Favours         Kiss on the Bottom, A         Loose Ends         Love Forty         Night On the Tiles, A         Night Out, A         One O'Clock From the House         Pullin' the Wool         Roots And Wings         See You Tomorrow         Sleeping With Mickey Mouse         Spanish Lies         Split Ends         Tonto Evans         Trivial Pursuits



After I'm Gone

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1978   -

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One Act

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Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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All's Fair

Synopsis:
This poignant comedy is set in the wartime Rhondda and captures perfectly the claustrophobic yet protective and supportive atmosphere of life in the Welsh Valleys in 1942. the two central characters - Dilys, in love with an American GI and Sophie, frustrated at being unmarried and happy to settle for Dilys's dull brother- are contrasted and astutely observed, as are the other members of the household - Mother, nearing the end of her years and precocious Brenda, trembling on the brink of adolescence.

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Samuel French, London, 1988   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Amazing Grace

Synopsis:
In 1904, following a young firebrand miner the "Welsh Revival" caused the young men of Wales suddenly to give up drinking, swearing and wife-beating. the tap rooms emptied and the male population started singing' bread of heaven' at rugby matches as a great epidemic of righteousness raged through the land.

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book by Frank Vickery, director - Michael Bogdanov, lyrics by Mal Pope

1st Produced:
Swansea: grand Theatre    25 Mar 2005

Organisations:
Wales Theatre Company

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Barkin'

Synopsis:
This tightly woven Drama is a rich cocktail of pathos and humour, dark secrets and unrealised dreams. Stevie has lived all her life with her domineering mother and feels trapped by the responsibility of caring for her, while her seemingly carefree brother is living life to the full. Now, has the day finally arrived when Stevie can, at last, experience the freedom she has yearned for? Or will she discover that things are not quite what they appear to be?

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1st Produced:
The Torch, Milford Haven    23 Sep 2010

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Genre:
black comedy

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Bedside Manner

Synopsis:
She's back! the loveable, gutsy, human bulldozer, Marlene, finds herself hospitalised once more. Will she be discharged in time for her daughters' wedding? In true Marlene form things just never quite go exactly to plan. the latest in a series of Vickery hits!

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Genre:
Comedy One Act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Biting the Bullet

Synopsis:
Ted, undergoing a mid-life crisis, leaves the house he and home-loving wife Beryl have shared for thirty-two years. At first Beryl is shattered but gradually works back from the edge of despair, helped by her exuberant daughter Angie and down-to-earth neighbour Dawn. A holiday abroad, a complete make-over - not to mention a platonic friendship with the young handyman, who gives her new ways of looking at life - rescue her from the nightmare of separation.

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Organisations:
Sherman Theatre Company

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1997   -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Breaking the String

Synopsis:
To add to her own and her family's problems, Iris nurtures an intensely possessive love for her only child, Simon. Simon comes home, accompanied by a girlfriend, Deryn, and Iris's joy quickly turns to jealousy and suspicion. Confronted with an increasingly difficult situation Simon finally announces that he and Deryn are married and expecting a baby. Iris cannot be reconciled to the news and the play closes with Iris alone, her world shattered, unable to acknowledge her own folly.

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Samuel French, London, 1990   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Drag Factor, The

Synopsis:
Simply set in a hospital corridor, 'the Drag Factor' is classic Frank Vickery. It is a poignant and blisteringly funny account of a husband and wife coming abruptly to terms with the fact that their son is gay. Certain to be a festival favourite, the characters of Ruby and Griff offer brilliant opportunities for middle-aged actors. the small role of the male nurse completes the casting.

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Genre:
Play One Act. - - Gay, one act

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Easy Terms

Synopsis:
Howard has something to tell his mother, it involves Bernard the insurance man

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1997   -

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Genre:
Comedy. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  1 ns

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Erogenous Zones

Synopsis:
set in three apartments over a holiday weekend, depicts a triangle of relationships

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Organisations:
Sherman Theatre Company

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1994   -

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Genre:
Modern Farce Farce

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Family Planning

Synopsis:
young girl discovers she is pregnant and does not know who to tell whilst an overheard conversation leads to disastrous wrong conclusions

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1989   -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Granny Annie

Synopsis:
the story revolves around frustrated actor Teddy who has been passed over by producer Tarquin seemingly coming to the rescue of the am dram production of Annie after Tarquin has some sort of breakdown. Disaster strikes when both the girl playing Annie and the understudy come down with measles. How can the show go on? Teddy has the bright idea of making Lizt, who has coached the girls take their place. Only trouble is Liz is 62 and 4 foot three inches. Rather than want the show to be a success Teddy is actually sabotaging it (thus making Haydn's trousers bigger) and knows full well having Liz playing 12-year-old Annie will make the show a laughing stock.
- Mike Smith, Western Mail

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1st Produced:
Muni Arts Centre Pontypridd    2007

Organisations:
Grass Roots Productions/RCT Theatres

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Genre:
Comedy

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Green Favours

Synopsis:
romantic comedy set in an allotment shed

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Samuel French, London, 1994   -

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Genre:
One Act

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Kiss on the Bottom, A

Synopsis:
three women in hospital for cancer treatments must cope with the uncertainties of their health and the inevitable secrets and half truths from relatives and nursing staff

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1st Produced:
-    1991

Organisations:
Sherman Theatre Company

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1995   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Loose Ends

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1995   -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Love Forty

Synopsis:
wife relives the years of self deception, infidelity and lies before Ruby anniversary celebrations, but the grand lie is swiftly buried again

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1997   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Night On the Tiles, A

Synopsis:
the wedding does not get off to an auspicious start. the groom is hungover and the bride three months pregnant

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1st Produced:
-    1987

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1987   -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Night Out, A

Synopsis:
daughter's desperate attempt to have night of passion with her boyfriend is continually thwarted by her parents

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Samuel French, London, 1986   -

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Genre:
One Act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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One O'Clock From the House

Synopsis:
the funeral of an elderly Father is an occasion for hilarity as the weirdoes assemble

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1986   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Pullin' the Wool

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Sherman Theatre Company

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Roots And Wings

Synopsis:
Expansion of the 1 Act Drag Factor. "What's a wank Mam?" I said, "It's the opposite of a wink."

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1st Produced:
-    1995

Organisations:
Sherman Theatre Company

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1997   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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See You Tomorrow

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in"Triad 29", Macclesfield New Playwrights Network, 1979   -

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Sleeping With Mickey Mouse

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1st Produced:
-    1992

Organisations:
Sherman Theatre Company

1st Published:
Contained in: "One Man One Voice" published by Parthian,    -

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Play/Drama

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Spanish Lies

Synopsis:
hoping to revive their flagging marriage couple return to honeymoon hotel in Majorca, the events of twenty five years ago are relived

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1st Produced:
-    2003

Organisations:
Parc & Dare Theatre Co

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1993   -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Split Ends

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1992   -

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Genre:
One Act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Tonto Evans

Synopsis:
the plot of this laugh out loud comedy joins Ray 'Tonto' Evans, an ex-miner, country and western fanatic, given to dressing up as a Native American, at the news that he has come into money. He dreams of visiting the Wild West and eating beans by the campfire, but Mair, his long suffering wife of 30 years has other ideas. they argue non-stop, while their son and his dozy wife prepare for a trip to Disneyland with their share of the windfall. But all their plans are put on hold by a murder inquiry conducted by the other son who happens to be the overly enthusiastic local plod. Where will it all end? And 'How'!?

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Trivial Pursuits

Synopsis:
the leading lights of the Trealow & District Operatic Society meet at director Nick and his wife, Roz's home to hear what their next production will be. Whilst waiting for one remaining member to arrive they play a game of Trivial Pursuits. As the evening wears on everyone has far too much to drink and some members try to influence Nick's choice of the new production - by all sorts of devious means. they drink even more and lots of bitchy bickering breaks out. Derek cannot get used to his impending divorce Deidre, his soon to be ex-wife arrives with a new man - television addict Eddie. Nick is having an affair with Jessica Joyce a once talented actress is an alcoholic. Teddy is alternately sweet and strident. there are many mishaps - the barbecue wont light and then when paraffin is poured on it it goes up in flames and Teddy is badly burnt. Eddie wants to change the television ariel to get better reception and Derek agrees to donate money to the Society as long as Deidre gets a leading role. And what will the next production be??

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1st Produced:
Parc & Dare Theatre, Treorchy    1987

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1990   -

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Genre:
Comedy. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  6            Other:  -

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