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James Vollmar

JAMES VOLLMAR  (1952 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    The Sharland Organisation  


Born in Northamptonshire England. Attended London University. Began his writing career as a poet with work published in over sixty magazines, anthologies and booklets in the UK, usa, New Zealand and Argentina, the latest booklet being Notes from Cafe Bizarre (2006). Involved in publishing as founder and editor of Greylag Press. First play produced in 1987. Lives in Northampton, England with wife June.

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Clearing The Colours         Crossroad Blues         GI Blues         Kingdom of the Rose, The         Last Laugh, The         Silent Forest, The         Smallest Doll, The         Tide of Faces         Time in Summer, A         Timetable



Clearing The Colours

Synopsis:
Dora is a seaside landlady with special healing skills. Her friend George is a small time personal manager. Danny, one of his clients, is a brilliant young snooker player with a big future ahead of him. He is already being courted by big-time agents George cannot compete with. Danny has a lot of pain in his past which George believes threatens his career and so he introduces him to Dora. Danny is sceptical but nevertheless impressed with Dora's tough brand of spirituality. However an innocent insight on her part provokes an explosive confrontation between Danny and George.

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
Stephen Joseph Scarborough

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 2006   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama, 45 min One Act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Crossroad Blues

Synopsis:
Nick runs a dilapidated American style diner in the Fenland country of Eastern England. The business is failing and he is under pressure to sell out to a corporate buyer - for him it is the latest in a long line of unsuccessful business ventures. He is more romantic than practical - he loves blues music and Americana and in the flat expanse of Fenland likes to think of himself in the English 'delta'. His best buddy Larry, eccentric taxi driver and country music fanatic, feeds his dreams and when one night Ellen, a young African-American blues singer from New Orleans wanders in, in search of her dead father's roots as an Air Force pilot in the region it is like a dream come true. Unfortunately, on the same night Nick's ex-wife Melissa turns up having broken down nearby and the dream has all the makings of a nightmare.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
East Anglia (Tour)    2001

Organisations:
Eastern Angles Theatre Co

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy Drama Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  2 male parts doubled in original production

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GI Blues

Synopsis:
It is 1959 - the dawn of the age of rock 'n roll - and Sydney Glass, eccentric carnival impresario, has dreams of staging an authentic American blues show at his Hampshire fairground. To this end he has booked several acts - the only one of which to turn up is Ida Littlefield, feisty blues singer from New Orleans. Sydney has also booked Lonnie Burns, a boxer now serving with the American Air Force in East Anglia to fight some exhibition bouts, not realising that Lonnie has only recently jilted Ida at the altar back in Louisiana and joined the Air Force to escape his complicated love life.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
New Forest Region (Tour)    2004

Organisations:
Forest Forge Theatre Co

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy Drama Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Kingdom of the Rose, The

Synopsis:
A large scale community play commissioned by the town of Higham Ferrers Northamptonshire and based on the history of the town in the Elizabethan age of the late 16th Century. A cast of over 100, with dance and specially composed music played live by a small orchestra.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Ferrers School Higham Ferrers UK    1995

Organisations:
Higham F.Community Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Historical Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Last Laugh, The

Synopsis:
Sometime stand-up comedian Martin Dean has retreated from the world and taken a job as a porter in a Norwich college. New York Jewish humour was his inspiration and after 9/11 he sees nothing to laugh about anymore. But retreating from the world only complicates matters as obsessive-compulsive film buff Esther wants to know more about him while he wants to get closer to Katherine, an ex-nun and counsellor. As if this were not enough Martin finds himself baring his soul to Esther's Uncle Leo, a retired Jewish dentist he has mistaken for a psychiatrist. Meanwhile, in the college basement, Martin is pursued by Jane - seeking revenge on a philandering husband - and a mysterious Cockney Jewish comedian called Lenny Kleinman who keeps coming out of the cupboard and who may or may not actually exist.

Notes:
Produced with 5 Actors. 2 female parts doubled 2 male parts doubled. Same Actor Also took very brief walk-on part for third character

1st Produced:
East Anglia (Tour)    2003

Organisations:
Eastern Angles Theatre Co

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy Drama Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Silent Forest, The

Synopsis:
When ambitious young marketing graduate Becky Waters is called to a meeting with her reclusive boss, self-made retail magnate Eddie Cain, she is little prepared for the eccentric world she is drawn into. There seem no limits to Cain's wealth, vaulting ambition or paranoia. He is by turns charming and cruel. She is confused but eager to please, flattered and intrigued. She has been chosen. Cain asks her to deliver a letter to a lawyer in Los Angeles but will tell her nothing of its contents. She must then proceed to San Francisco where she will collect an obscure booklet of poetry from a former Beat bookshop and its unworldly, laid-back owner Greg Brewster, who it soon emerges knows more about Cain than she imagined. To her excitement and alarm Becky soon finds herself involved in two very different transactions as two men from different worlds bargain for her very soul.

Notes:
Although 3 Actors performed in the original production, the parts of Eddie Cain And Greg Brewster could be doubled And the play performed with 2 Actors if required.

1st Produced:
Black Cat Jazz Bar Northampton    2006

Organisations:
The Milk Train Theatre Co

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Smallest Doll, The

Synopsis:
In an un-named Eastern European country at the height of the Cold War, Barok, a dissident professor of psychiatry, has disappeared without trace from the clinic where he has been confined. He had been under the guardianship of Dr Anna KrANZ one of his former students and also his lover before she became a loyal servant of the state. Dymek, a state security officer, investigates the disappearance which was apparently from a locked room. Was it a betrayal, a deliberate test of Anna's loyalty, or something more supernatural ?

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Stahl Theatre Oundle U.K    1987

Organisations:
The Chameleon Theatre Co

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Tide of Faces

Synopsis:
In 1645, during the English Civil War, a company of Parliamentary soldiers occupies an East Anglian seaside town. The church contains a priceless medieval painted screen which the religious zealots in the company want to destroy in accordance with their fundamentalist anti-Catholic ideology. The educated company commander wavers, caught between his artistic sensibilities, his military responsibilities and his feelings for the wife of the arrogant Royalist landowner whose home he occupies and whose politics he despises.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Maddermarket Theatre Norwich    1999

Organisations:
Maddermarket Theatre Norwich

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Historical Drama

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Time in Summer, A

Synopsis:
A millennial piece comprising three plays set in the early 1940's, the 1960's and the 1990's and covering the history of one fictional family in Higham Ferrers Northamptonshire.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Ferrers School Higham Ferrers UK    2000

Organisations:
H. Ferrers Young People's Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Timetable

Synopsis:
A waiting room in a remote railway station in Central Europe in the 1930's. A doctor waits for the night train to the coast which stops here only once a week. A travelling salesman arrives for the local train and is immediately suspicious of the stranger. How does he know about this train ? Is he really going to a conference ? And what of the station mistress, a schoolteacher pressed into alternative employment by the demands of the times ? Can either of the men trust her ?

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Arundel Sussex UK    Aug 2010

Organisations:
Drip Action Theatre Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama, 45 min One Act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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