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Michael West

MICHAEL WEST

  

Nationality:    Irish
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Literary Agent:    Judy Daish Associates Ltd  

Michael West has worked on a number of collaborations with the Dublin-based Corn Exchange Theatre Company in the past, including Foley (2000/2001) and A Play on Two Chairs. He has written numerous translations that have been produced, including Death and the Ploughman (Gate Theatre, London, 2002), The Seagull, and versions of The Marriage of Figaro (Abbey Theatre) and Tartuffe (Gate Theatre, Dublin).

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

        Calling Time         Conservatory         Death And the Ploughman         Don Juan         Dublin By Lamplight         Foley         Forest Man         Freefall         Jack Fell Down         Lolita         Marriage of Figaro, The         Monkey         Outside Eden         Play on Two Chairs, A         Sardines         Scene Around Six         Seagull, The         Snow         Tartuffe         Tender Trap, The



Calling Time

Synopsis:
Part of Tiny Plays for Ireland: Fishamble, in partnership with the Irish Times, asked the Irish public what can be achieved with three minutes of stage time, what are the issues that need to be addressed, and who are the people that should be brought to life in the theatre? Fishamble received over 1,700 plays from every county in Ireland and many countries beyond. Tiny Plays for Ireland combines selected works by members of the public and dramas by some of Ireland's best loved writers to provide one dramatic picture of Ireland at the crossroads.

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fishamble

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short play

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Conservatory

Conservatory
If you hadn't lied and I hadn't told the truth. How different things might have been. Night falls, bringing strange sounds and dark thoughts. In the morning room a couple revisit the intimate argument that holds their marriage together. With only the past to entertain them, are crosswords, sewing and the odd drink all they have to live for? The World Premiere of Conservatory looks through the glass on to a family's dark past. Following years of isolation and denial, can they finally admit to the secret that binds them together? Acclaimed playwright Michael West returns with this searing and compassionate tale of married life, directed by Michael Barker-Caven.

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Death And the Ploughman

Synopsis:
Written in the 15th century by the Bohemian humanist and writer Johannes Von Saaz, Death and the Ploughman is a tragic dialogue between Death and a recently widowed farmer. It is here Dramatised by the acclaimed translator Michael West as an adversarial duel where the farmer's defence of mankind is as strong as Death's ruthless prosecution of his own cause.

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Original Playwright - Johannes Von Saaz

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Methuen, London   -

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Don Juan

Synopsis:
A translation of Molière's French classic. Don Juan, the most notorious womaniser ever, seduces his way across the country until he meets his end and is swallowed up by the flames of hell.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Moliere

1st Produced:

Company:
Pigsback Theatre Company (fishamble)

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  6            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.irishplayography.com/play.aspx?playid=49

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Dublin By Lamplight

Dublin By Lamplight
Amidst the filth and fury of Dublin, 1904, the theatrical event of the century is about to explode - Will the National theatre of Ireland seize its chance for glory? Fading stars, rebels, whores and romantics play out their dreams of theatre and nationhood. This is a night to change Ireland's destiny - unless it all goes horribly wrong.

Notes:
written in collaboration with the Corn Exchange

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Company:
the Corn Exchange

1st Published:
Methuen Drama    978-0413775481

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Genre:
Physical theatre Piece

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Foley

Foley
Foley is the last of his family, among the last Protestants in the Republic of Ireland, "the end point of all that evolution and fruitcake". He attempts to recall his life, to work out what went wrong along the way, why he's so fond of an old pair of shoes. Michael West's award-winning monologue Foley is a funny and moving exploration of what your family really passes on to you.

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1st Produced:
Limerick: Belltable Arts Centre, Ireland, Eur    2000

Company:
the Corn Exchange

1st Published:
Methuen, London   978-0413771728

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Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Forest Man

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1st Produced:
as pArt of a tour to schools    2000

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Genre:
play 11-13 year olds.

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Freefall

Freefall
A sudden shock and a man's life flashes before his eyes. He experiences an intense rush of extraordinary images and tangled memories, revelations and lost connections. People, time and places swirl around him. As he valiantly attempts to stitch it all back together, will his luck hold out?

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1st Produced:
Mermaid Arts Centre, Dublin    30 Sep 2009

Company:
Corn Exchang

1st Published:
Methuen Drama    978-1408133316

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Jack Fell Down

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
the Dalkey School Project, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, as pArt of a tour to schools.    1999

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Genre:
play for 8-10 year olds

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Lolita

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Marriage of Figaro, The

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Monkey

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Genre:
Physical/Devised theatre One Act

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Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Outside Eden

Synopsis:
Car Show involves four concurrent performances, each set in a different car. An audience of three witnesses each fifteen minute performance.

Notes:
written by Annie Ryan And Michael West

1st Produced:

Company:
the Corn Exchange

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Short Play One Act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Play on Two Chairs, A

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Lombard St. Studio, Dublin    1990

Company:
the Three Joes Productions

1st Published:
Mermaid Turbulence, Rebublic of Ireland, 1999   -

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Genre:
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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Sardines

Synopsis:
Sardines is a manic farce which takes place over one hectic evening, as Eva tries to break the news of her impending marriage to her alcoholic mother. The play explores mistaken identity and emotional confusion as Eva tries to cope with a paranoid brother, a neurotic friend and two men called Marc/Mark. The action takes place over three consecutive acts; the timescale for each act is the same but the location is different. By the end of the play, all the misunderstandings become clear in a very crowded bathroom.

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1st Produced:
Samuel Becket Theatre, Dublin    11 Oct 1995

Company:
Pigsback Theatre Company (fishamble)

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.irishplayography.com/play.aspx?playid=56

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Scene Around Six

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1st Produced:
Lombard St. Studio, Dublin    1990

Company:
the Three Joes Productions

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Genre:
Physical/Devised theatre One Act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Seagull, The

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:

Company:
the Corn Exchange

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Snow

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Cleere's Theatre, Kilkenny    1993

Company:
Bickerstaffe

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Tartuffe

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:

Company:
Gate Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Tender Trap, The

Synopsis:
An adaptation of Marivaux's comedy La Double Inconstance in which the action is relocated to 1956, somewhere between Hollywood and Monaco. A Prince falls for a petrol pump attendant. What ensues is a whirlwind comedy which pits love against class.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Marivaux

1st Produced:

Company:
Pigsback Theatre Company (fishamble)

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.irishplayography.com/play.aspx?playid=51

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