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David Wenden

DAVID WENDEN  (1948 - )

Nationality:    British
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David was a professional actor for many years and still retains his Equity card should a call to the boards be issued! He has spent the greater part of his working life in education both in teaching and, reciprocally, learning from his students. He was, until recently, Head of Drama in a leading independent school. Having taught GCSE Drama and A level Theatre Studies in an all girl school he is well acquainted with the perennial problem of finding a play to suit, consequently he has had to write pieces of theatre to satisfy that need. Now he is devoting more time to writing plays and is in the process of producing scripts of the Dramas he has put on over the years. Musicals and music theatre also form part of his repertoire and have been published in collaboration with colleagues. He lives and works in Colchester, Essex with his wonderful wife and two multi-talented daughters.
Agent: SchoolPlay Productions Ltd

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

3's Company         Deja Vu         Mehuja!         Parallel Lines         Penny For Bob, A, or, Bob For A Penny         Pulchritude Personified, or, "Queue For A Bedknob"         Sweet Dreams         Virtue Of Innocence, The, or, The Innocence Of Virtue         Wishing Box, The



3's Company

Synopsis:
Three friends venture into business together and through the eyes of each girl/woman we are given a retrospective look into their growing up with each other. Scenes from childhood, student days, working days and Mondays in particular tell this triumvirates' tale of relationship and a 'girlies' special bond. A poignant look at what they were and what they are to become, told comically to highlight the tragedy that befalls them.

Notes:
Minimal set - Three office desks+office swivel chairs. One Act only 30 mins duration. Ideal A Level or GCSE material Script contains Alternative dialogue for Adult productions

1st Produced:
Headgate Theatre, Colchester    2005

Organisations:
Company of Three (Student Theatre Group)

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Tragi-comedy Tragedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Deja Vu

Synopsis:
Two families, each with their own problems, each with their own teenagers, face up to the realisation that family life has to be worked at. Taking situations and people for granted can lead to unhappiness and solitude. For the parents, there is a strange feeling that they have been here before - and probably will again.

Notes:
written By David Wenden, Andy Jeffers And Ward Baker, Music By Ward Baker

1st Produced:
Anglia Summer Schools    1996

Organisations:
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1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Youth music-theatre, 80 min Youth Audience

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  extras

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Mehuja!

Synopsis:
Five evacuees find themselves lodged with a farmer's widow, who exhorts them not to venture into the old barn. Of course they do and thence through a mysterious hole into another world, another dimension. The Mehujans are ruled by a tyrannical robot whose power extends over the children as well until its human origins give an unexpected twist to the tale.

Notes:
written By David Wenden And Ian Kearney, Music By Ward Baker

1st Produced:
Holmwood House School Colchester    1980

Organisations:
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Music:
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Genre:
Musical Play Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Parallel Lines

Synopsis:
Life throws up many challenges and problems, failures and successes, triumphs and defeats; and at each age of man, worries are relevant and no less important. Each contrasting scene illustrates that what may appear trivial to one may be vital to another; each story has its antithesis; each runs on Parallel Lines.

Notes:
written By David Wenden, Andy Jeffers And Ward Baker, Music By Ward Baker & Miranda Powell

1st Produced:
Anglia Summer Schools    1995

Organisations:
-

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Youth music-theatre, 80 min Youth Audience

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  17 main speaking parts, extras

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Penny For Bob, A, or, Bob For A Penny

Synopsis:
Despite constant interruptions from a "latecomer" the Chairman sets the scene as we witness the plight of Penny Forum, the young mother abandoned to the threats of the landlord's demands for rent, until rescued by her (late) husband's travelling companion, Roland Butter.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Holmwood House School Colchester    1985

Organisations:
-

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Victorian MeloDrama, 12 mins

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  6 or 7 speaking parts

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Pulchritude Personified, or, "Queue For A Bedknob"

Synopsis:
The Chairman has difficulty with both the actors and the stage management in attempting to bring together the down-at-heel heroine, Lucinda Lovelorn, and the unlikely, lisping hero, Eustace Bedknob.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Holmwood House School Colchester    1988

Organisations:
-

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Victorian MeloDrama, 12 mins

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  6 or 7 speaking parts

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Sweet Dreams

Synopsis:
Sam has stolen 5 from his parents and although he won't admit it, his conscience is troubling him. So much so that his Conscience comes to life and, to teach him the error of his ways, takes Sam through a nightmare adventure, during which he encounters some very varied recruits and some comic situations at the training school for apprentice consciences.

Notes:
written By David Wenden And Trevor Huggons, Music By Ward Baker

1st Produced:
Holmwood House School Colchester    1975

Organisations:
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Music:
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Genre:
Musical Fantasy Musical

Parts:
Male:  12            Female:  5            Other:  crowd

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Virtue Of Innocence, The, or, The Innocence Of Virtue

Synopsis:
Old "ham" actors Evelyn Awl and Brandon Irons give stirring "farewell performances" to save their "Little Sweetie" fellow actress (Charlotte Rousse) from the clutches of the scheming, devious and evil confidence trickster, Jake Eland Hyde

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Holmwood House School Colchester    1987

Organisations:
-

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Victorian MeloDrama, 12 mins

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  6 or 7 speaking parts

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Wishing Box, The

Synopsis:
Everybody dreams that they could have whatever they wish. Unfortunately we don't always wish for the things which would be best for us. Perhaps we can learn from living out our wishes and experience what it is like when we wish upon a star.

Notes:
written By David Wenden, Andy Jeffers And Ward Baker, Music By Ward Baker

1st Produced:
Anglia Summer Schools    1991

Organisations:
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1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
YouthMusical Play, 75 min Youth Audience

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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