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Amanda Whittington

AMANDA WHITTINGTON  (1968 - )

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Alan Brodie Representation Ltd  represented by Lisa Foster

Amanda Whittington has been described as Britain's 'most consistently popular female dramatist' (the Guardian'). Her plays include BE MY BABY, which was originally produced by Soho Theatre and subsequently staged throughout the UK. LADIES DAY and its sequel LADIES DOWN UNDER (Hull Truck/UK Tours) are also widely performed. Her new play the THRILL OF LOVE runs February-March 2013 at the New Vic, Stoke and Stephen Joseph, Scarborough. All are published by Nick Hern Books. Forthcoming productions include the DUG OUT, which Splice Theatre opens at the Tobacco Factory Bristol in May 2013 and MY JUDY GARLAND LIFE (adapted from the book by Susie Boyt) for Nottingham Playhouse in 2014. She writes regularly for BBC Radio 4, with recent radio dramas including Womans Hour series ONE UPON A TIME and PARADISE PLACE, LOUISAS (Weird Tales) and the NINE DAYS QUEEN (Afternoon Drama). Past stage productions includes AMATEUR GIRL (Hull Truck), an adaptation of SATURDAY NIGHT & SUNDAY MORNING (New Perspectives), SATIN 'N' STEEL (Nottingham Playhouse/ Bolton Octagon), BOLLYWOOD JANE (Leicester Haymarket/West Yorkshire Playhouse), TIPPING the VELVET (adapted from the novel by Sarah Waters/ Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and the WILLS' GIRLS (Tobacco Factory, Bristol). Amanda began her writing career as a journalist for titles including New Statesman and Society and the Face. She has also written for television and was joint winner of the BBC2 Dennis Potter Award in 2001.

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        Amateur Girl         Be My Baby         Bollywood Jane         Boy On the Hill, The         Dug Out, The         Ladies' Day         Ladies Down Under         Last Stop Louisa's         My Judy Garland Life         Players Angels         Runaway Girl         Satin 'n' Steel         Saturday Night And Sunday Morning         Scarlet Bus, The         Shirley's Song         Thrill Of Love, The         Tipping the Velvet         Twist And Shout         Wills's Girls, The



Amateur Girl

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a nurse performs intimate acts for an audience of internet voyeurs

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Be My Baby

Be My Baby
Set in 1964, Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams, aged 19 and seven months pregnant. Sent to a mother and baby home, Mary and her fellow inmates have to cope with the shame of their pregnancy and the dawning realisation they must give up their baby for adoption. Yet despite the daily battles with a no-nonsense Matron, the girl's effervescence shines through. As they escape into the girl-groups songs they love, a touching and funny piece of work unfolds, which is not only punctuated but defined by the songs of the day.

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"Has the heartstring-tugging potency of A pop classic". the Independent.

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Bollywood Jane

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Single mum Kate has done a runner from the bloke next door. After landing up in Bradford with Jane, her disenchanted 16 year old daughter, it's all looking pretty grim. But when Jane meets local lad Dini, she's swept into the fantasy world of Shak Ruhk Khan and Bollywood films. Life is more fun in sequins and saris but Jane, Dini and Kate soon find they can't escape reality forever. the Wizard of Oz meets A Taste of Honey in this explosive fusion of lip-synched song and gritty Drama.

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"Bollywood is big in theatre At the moment but this is the most successful integration I have seen. A lovely show." the Guardian

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Boy On the Hill, The

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Dug Out, The

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Park Street, 1944: A black GI is shot dead. Park Street, 1974: An IRA bomb explodes. Tick-tock-tick-tock-tick-tock-tick. One more hour you'll never get back. One more night passes and nothing has changed. the future is now, man, it's now, man, it's now. And what are you doing with it, 'ey? An exciting, original play inspired by the legendary Bristol nightclub, the Dug Out. Based on real-life events, this is an uplifting tale of black and white teenage clubbers in the 1970s, set against a classic love story of thirty years earlier.

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Splice Theatre

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Ladies' Day

Ladies' Day
Work, love and life are one hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. their luck changes when Linda finds tickets to Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot in York. Out go the hairnets and overalls as the girls do themselves up and head for the races. As the day unfolds, the champagne flows, secrets spill out and their horses keep winning. By the last race, the girls are on course for a life-changing win. Follow their further adventures in Ladies Down Under.

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"Ladies Day has the makings of A huge hit; with its Yorkshire heart And soul it has All the warmth of A Calendar Girls or A Full Monty." Yorkshire Evening Post

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Hull Truck Theatre >>>    02 Jun 2005

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comedy/Drama Comedy

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Ladies Down Under

Ladies Down Under
After hitting the jackpot at Ladies Day in York, the fish-filleting foursome are celebrating in style with the trip of a lifetime to Australia. As they travel from Hull to the Gold Coast, Uluru and the bright lights of Sydney, they embark on a journey of self-discovery. While Shelley dreams of luxury and glamour, her mates set their sights on exploring the outback. As Shelley sees there's more to Oz than sun-kissed beaches, Pearl finds herself with a mountain to climb. the sequel to Ladies Day.

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"Were it not for the height of their heels, one might confidently say Whittington's creations could run And run". the Guardian.

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Hull Truck Theatre >>>    12 Apr 2007

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comedy/Drama Comedy

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Last Stop Louisa's

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It's business as usual at Louisa's, a cheap and cheerful roadside cafe. Louisa and her husband Pete seem happy with their lot but when Pete's brother Joe returns home from the USA, he brings old scores to settle and a chance for Louisa to escape her humdrum life.

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My Judy Garland Life

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looks at the joy and heartache of hero worship. Based on an autobiographical memoir, My Judy Garland Life tells the story of how author Susie Boyt grew up under the spell of the famous singer.

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adapted from the book by Susie Boyt

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Players Angels

Players Angels
the play is set in 1950s Nottingham, and follows a group of friends who work on the production line of the John Player tobacco factory. Cyn is an aspiring starlet, beautiful and sassy; Vee has just got married but feels insecure about what her new situation requires; Glad has a dark but wonderful secret; and Mae, who comes to work in the big city, has a warm heart and an open mind, and might just rescue them all in the end. . .

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Runaway Girl

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This comedy-Drama celebrates the sights and sounds of Soho in the 1960's. Shirley Sutton has run away from her home town in search of her mother. She finds herself in the heart of swinging London, a world of Mods, street folk and glamourous gangsters. the bright lights dazzle her but Shirley soon finds that Soho is a dangerous place - especially when you're sixteen, alone and pregnant.

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Youth play, 75 min Youth Audience

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Satin 'n' Steel

Satin 'n' Steel
When karaoke singer Teena White meets veteran Vince Steel, she leaves her dead-end job behind and sets out on the road to fame and fortune. As Satin n Steel, they form a duo and fall in love but life can't quite compare to the love songs they sing. Just when it seems Teena's dream will come true, a guilty secret bursts their showbiz bubble. This bitter-sweet comedy Drama explores the world of one-nighters, cruises and holiday camps, pulling back the glitter curtain to reveal northern clubland in the raw.

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"A script packed with hope, emotion, love, jealousy And sadness. British theatre Guide.

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Nottingham Playhouse >>>    25 Feb 2005

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Saturday Night And Sunday Morning

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Alan Sillitoe's ground-breaking picture of 1950's Nottingham, as seen through the eyes of the unforgettable Arthur Seaton, was immortalised on screen by Albert Finney. Taking Sillitoe's brilliant novel as its inspiration, this fast-moving new stage adaptation brings Arthur raging back to life. Classic kitchen sink Drama fused with high-energy action tells the funny, passionate and painful tale of the original angry young man and the three women in his life. Can be performed with six actors.

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"Amanda Whittington's stage Adaptation makes the Almost 50-year-old classic seem less nostalgic than prophetic". the Guardian.

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New Perspectives Theatre Company

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Drama Adaptation

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Scarlet Bus, The

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Shirley's Song

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It is 21 years since the teenage Shirley Sutton came to London. Now in her late thirties, she is a nightclub singer who has put her troubled past behind her - or so she thinks. Shirley runs the Pink Flamingo with the flamboyant female impersonator, Nicki Piccadilly. But when Nicki hires a new waitress for the club, Shirley is forced to confront the ghosts of her past.

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Youth play, 60 min Youth Audience

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Thrill Of Love, The

Thrill Of Love, The
Ruth Ellis was the last woman to hanged in Britain, convicted of the cold-blooded killing of her unfaithful lover. This gripping new play by the author of the hugely popular Be My Baby takes a new look at the real woman behind the headlines and at the events that drive her to murder. A divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth works in the kind of nightclubs where there's more than just drink on offer. the girls work hard, play hard and dream of a movie-star life. then she meets the wealthy, womanising David, a racing driver with whom she becomes obsessed. Fame comes but not in the way she imagines. Why does their relationship end in murder? When on trial Ruth pleads not guilty but offers no defence. Why does she show no remorse? And, just who is it she's trying to protect?

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Tipping the Velvet

Synopsis:
A controversial exploration of lesbian sex, desire and economic oppression in the late Victorian era. Nancy Astley, an oyster girl from Whitstable, falls in love with Kitty Butler, a male impersonator and stage performer.

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adapted from the novel by Sarah Waters

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama

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Lesbian, full length adaptation

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Twist And Shout

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This comedy-Drama celebrates the early days of Beatlemania. When the Beatles come to town, local band Rocky Storm and the Rainclouds win a coveted slot on the bill. Every schoolgirl in town is desperate to see the show but 15 year old Shirley Sutton has a very personal reason for wanting to meet her idol, John Lennon. This character-led play explores the styles, sounds and social mores of the Sixties. It is set in Mansfield (north Nottinghamshire) but could easily be adapted to the many British towns in which the Beatles performed

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First Play in A Trilogy. music by John Cheetham

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Youth play, 90 min Youth Audience

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Wills's Girls, The

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It's 1954 and all the girls in Bristol want to work at WD & HO Wills, the biggest and best employer in town. the Wills's Girls have a good wage, a tobacco allowance and quite a reputation. On the factory floor, Cyn dreams of being a beauty queen and Vee adjusts to married life. Widowed Glad and her young supervisor Bill have a secret of their own. When Glad's 15 year old niece Mae comes to work at Wills's, they won't be able to keep it for long. Based on real stories of life in the tobacco industry, the Wills's Girls is a celebration of working women and was adapted as a BBC Radio Four Woman's Hour serial.

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"It is the recollection of good times now distant - comradeship, simple pleasures, support for those in trouble - which makes this A joyous evening As well As A very funny one". the Stage.

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