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Simon Vinnicombe

SIMON VINNICOMBE

  

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    The Agency (London) Ltd  

Simon Vinnicombe began his career when he was invited to join a Super Group within the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. His first two plays, Year 10 (2005) and Cradle Me (2008), opened at the Finborough Theatre. Year 10 was named Time Out Critics' Choice and transferred to BAC, the Festival Premieres second edition (a festival by the Theatre National de Strasbourg and Le Maillon) and the Brittany International Theatre Festival in 2006. Both Year 10 and Cradle Me have been performed across Europe in several different languages. He was part of the BBC Writers Academy 2010 and has written for TV and film. He won the Pearson Award for playwriting in the same year. Simon Vinnicombes play City Love was performed at the Bussey Building in September 2013. His other work has been produced at the Bush Theatre, Union Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Southwark Playhouse, the Old Vic, the Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, and on BBC Radio 4.

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below is a list of Simon Vinnicombe's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        City Love         Cradle Me         Make Me A Martyr         Night With the Apathists, A         Tomorrow         Turf         Wilde Tales         Wisdom         Year 10



City Love

City Love
Lucy and Jim are alone. To the world they seem to be doing all right: they have jobs, friends, ambitions (well sort of). But inside they are drowning. Until their chance meeting on a London night bus leads to a desperate search for redemption, each through the other. Inevitably, though, their hopes for salvation are dashed as deep-rooted insecurities rise to the surface. An unflinching look at the opposing human needs for companionship and self-destruction. Sharp observations transform the mundane into the epic, and this grim, witty and agonizingly accurate text will pierce the heart of anyone who has ever been in love.

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Cradle Me

Cradle Me
In the aftermath of an unspeakable yet avoidable tragedy, a family finds themselves torn apart by grief and turning for comfort to Daniel, the troubled teenage boy who lives next door. Having experienced their tragedy first hand, Daniel shares in their grief in a way that creates an individual bond with each member of the family. However, it is Marion, the dead boy's mother, who expresses her grief through Daniel in a way that will ultimately lead both he and her family on a path that will irrevocably alter the course of their lives forever.

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Methuen Drama    978-1408112335

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Make Me A Martyr

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"Have you ever thought that having cancer might be quite good?. . .You could be brave. . .Or dignified. . .You could be something". Zuel's just a normal kid from Mile End - desperately trying to find his place in the world. When charismatic Wasim takes him under his wing and offers him a sense of belonging, events are set in motion that can only end in tragedy. . .

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100 min Play/Drama

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Night With the Apathists, A

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part of ShorTheatre Companyuts 2006

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Tomorrow

Synopsis:
Its last day of school, then prom night, then results day  in three epic scenes, Year Eleven find themselves precariously on the brink of adulthood.

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Each year the National Theatre invites ten writers to create new plays for young people to perform. This spring 230 youth theatre companies will present the premieres of these plays in venues from Scotland to Cornwall and Northern Ireland to Norfolk. Each company will also perform at one of 26 Connections festivals in professional theatres across the country, and ten companies will go on to perform at the National Theatre. Connections celebrates great new writing for the stage  and the energy, commitment and talent of young theatre-makers.

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Turf

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Is it possible to connect in a city of nine million people? A woman has gone missing in a block of flats overlooking Shepherds Bush Green. No one seems to know her name or where she came from. Charlene cant stop asking questions, Max cant bear to read the paper anymore, Pedro wants to be big in business, Jack wants to be a man, while Tracey just longs for some human contact. Confronting dislocation, alienation and the need to engage, twelve young people search for an identity and a place in a city which forgets people; as their individual lives intertwine in and around the urban turf of Sheperds Bush.

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comediuc play

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Wilde Tales

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Step back in time into Wilde s world of tale and fable, and find yourself slap bang in the middle of the here and now. The Happy Prince and other tales gently probes the imagination and evokes a child s journey into a life that is sometimes confusing, sometimes ambiguous, and always, ultimately, magical. Adapted from the original stories written for adults, this sensitive and penetrating production fixes audiences of every age and era with Wilde s tender gaze as he presents some of life s mysteries to the delicate spirit of childhood that lives on in us. Discover the magic of Oscar Wilde's children's tales in Wilde's Tales.

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Adaptations of stories by Oscar Wilde - The Happy Prince/The Selfish Giant/The Nightingale and the Rose and more...

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Southwark Playhouse, London    15 Mar 2005

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Key Productions

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Wisdom

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Peter is fast approaching his sixtieth birthday and has always been a loyal servant to his job and his family. But when his health starts to fail, he's forced to face the frustration and regret that he has kept buried for years. A beautiful and sensitive exploration of the lives of a group of fifty-somethings who must either accept their lot in life or find the courage to reach out into the unknown before it is too late.

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Manhattan Theatre Club, NY, USA (reading) >>>, 2008, part of the Ernst C. Stiefel 7@7 Reading Series

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Year 10

Year 10
I walk to parks and stare into space. . .just stand there and sometimes I cry, so much that I feel I might not ever stop - I stand in the parks with all the fruit bowls, drinking Special Brew and talking to themselves, I'm like a disappointed old man and I'm fifteen years old - . In the suburbs of south London, Jack moves to a new school where he is confronted by aggression, violence and anger. He dreams that time would speed up and hurry by, but then he meets Jamie. And suddenly she makes him wish time could just slow down and stop. An emotionally-charged, bruising yet tender story of the journey of a year in the life of a fifteen year old boy.

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Methuen Drama    978-0413775436

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