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Michael Wilcox

MICHAEL WILCOX  (1943 - )

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Alan Brodie Representation Ltd  represented by Sarah McNair


Michael Wilcox abandoned his teaching career to become a full-time playwright in 1974. From 1977 to 1978 he was resident playwright at the Dovecot Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees and in 1980 he became resident playwright at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Theatre credits include: MRS. STEINBERG AND THE BYKER BOY (Bush, 2000); ROCKNROLL AND BARBIROLLI (Snap Touring Co, 1999); TIME WINDOWS (Westcliff-on-Sea, 1992); GREEN FINGERS (Northern Stage/Live Theatre, 1990); MASSAGE (Lyric, Hammersmith, 1986); 78 REVOLUTIONS (Traverse/Lyric, Hammersmith, 1984); LENT (Lyric, Hammersmith, 1983); RENTS (Traverse 1979, numerous revivals); ACCOUNTS (Traverse/ Riverside Studios, 1981; Hudson Guild Theatre, New York, 1983); PHANTOM OF THE FELLS (Live Theatre Co, 1977); PIONEERS, MOWGLI and THE BLACKETTS OF BRIGHT STREET (Dovecot Arts, 1977-78). LENT and ACCOUNTS have been broadcast on BBC Radio. In 1995 he collaborated with Jeremy Sams to write a new libretto for Chabrier's THE RELUCTANT KING for Opera North; CULLERCOATS TOMMY (with composer Eddie McGuire) was commissioned by Northern Sinfonia and Northern Stage (1993) and in 1990 he was librettist for John Metcalf's TORNRAK (WNO). His book, BENJAMIN BRITTENS OPERAS (Absolute Press 1997) was shortlisted by the Royal Philharmonic Society for Music Book of the Year. For television: episodes for DR FINLAY (STV) and INSPECTOR MORSE (Zenith for Central TV); LENT (BBC's Screen Two); CROWN COURT (Granada); IN DISGRACE (STV); MIDNIGHT FEAST (STV); ACCOUNTS (one of the earliest of C4's Film on 4); CRICKET (BBC's Play for Tomorrow); CLEAN SWEEP(STV). Currently he has 2 screenplays in development: HELEN STANLEY and LAST RIDE ON THE GOLDEN MILE. Michael has edited five volumes of GAY PLAYS for Methuen. He has received numerous awards including the Thames Television Award (1980), the George Devine Award shared with Hanif Kureishi (1981), the title of Most Promising Playwright by the British Theatre Association (1983) and for LENT: the Pye Television Award for Best TV Script 1984-85, TRICS Award for Best Single Play (1985) and TRICS Best Actor Award for Harry Andrews (1985).

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

78 Revolutions         Accounts         Atom Bomb Project, The         Backetts Of Bright Street, The         Barriers         Betty And Maud         Boy Who Cried Stop, The         Dekka and Dava         Green Fingers         Grimm Tales         Lent         Massage         Mowgli         Mrs Steinberg And The Byker Boy         Phantom Of the Fells         Pioneers         Rents         Roar Like Spears         Rock'n'roll & Barbirolli         Standard Procedure         Time Windows         Werffitt!



78 Revolutions

Synopsis:
Two Americans travel to St.Petersburg in 1901. They hope to record stars of the Imperial State Opera Company with their acoustic recording machine

Notes:
produced jointly by the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh And the Lyric Studio Theatre, Hammersmith, London in 1984. Revised in 2002 And Available from Agent

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  Requires an experienced operatic tenor, a star operatic soprano, and an accomplished, classically trained pianist

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Accounts

Synopsis:
Mary, a widow, and her two sons have moved to a new farm in the Scottish Borders where, for the first time, they are landowners. The play's action is spread over the first year in the new place and details the family's daily routine, their attempts to make the farm pay, Mary coming to terms with widowhood, the boys growing up without a father and the exploration of their own awakening sexuality - in the case of Donald, emerging homosexuality.

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1st Published:
in "Gay Plays 1" Methuen, London, 1984   -

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Play/Drama. - - Gay, theme/character full length

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Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Atom Bomb Project, The

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1st Produced:
-    1975

Company:
Tyneside Theatre Company

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Music:
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Genre:
Epic

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Backetts Of Bright Street, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
aka Barriers

1st Produced:
Stockton    1977

Company:
Dovecot Touring Co

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Music:
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Barriers

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aka Backetts of Bright Street

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Betty And Maud

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-    2010

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Boy Who Cried Stop, The

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1st Produced:
-    1974

Company:
Tyneside Theatre Company

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-   -

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Play/Drama

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Dekka and Dava

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Newcastle-upon-Tyne    1978

Company:
Stolen Boot Co

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Play/Drama

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Green Fingers

Michael Wilcox
young gardener and his lover are accused of burglary, the ensuing trial exposes homophobic fears, prejudices and blackmail

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1st Produced:
Newcastle-upon-Tyne    1990

Company:
Northern Stage and Live Theatre Company

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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Grimm Tales

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1st Produced:
-    1975

Company:
Tyneside Theatre Company

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Lent

Michael Wilcox
intricately woven period piece about adolescence and old age set in a 1956 prep school

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1st Published:
Methuen Drama    978-0413538307

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Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  Lead role for boy actor

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Massage

Synopsis:
provocative play about paedophilia, paternal friendship takes a different turn

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1st Published:
in Michael Wilcox : Plays One, Methuen, London,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Mowgli

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1st Produced:
Dovecote Youth Theatre    1978

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Mrs Steinberg And The Byker Boy

Synopsis:
Mrs Steinberg runs a charity shop in Newcastle upon Tyne. The shop is called the Red Flag and she raises money for socialist causes. Janice, April and Peter are the assistants. Matty is sent as a trainee. Peter arrives late sporting a black eye. He tells Janice that he had been set upon by a Sunderland supporter because he was wearing a Newcastle football shirt. He then sees Matty and realises that this is the youth who hit him. When Janice leaves to serve customers Matty comes over and kisses Peter's bruises. Peter cannot understand what is going on - he had followed Matty into a public convenience the evening before and they had had sex in one of the stalls. Matty had then hit Peter when Peter asked if he were gay. From this unpromising start a relationship develops between the two boys. When Mrs. Steinberg goes away Matty radically transforms the business into a thriving business - selling items on the internet and so on. Mrs Steinberg does not approve when she returns as she feels it goes against her socialist principals.

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1st Published:
Oberon, London, 2000   -

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Phantom Of the Fells

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Pioneers

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Dovecot Actor's Workshop    1977

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Rents

Michael Wilcox
episodic description of fleeting sexual encounters of the homosexual rent boys in contemporary Edinburgh

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Company:
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1st Published:
Methuen Drama    978-0413518101

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Roar Like Spears

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Alabama Drama Institute, USA    1975

Company:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Rock'n'roll & Barbirolli

Synopsis:
Three men are released from long time secure care back into the community with extraordinary, and very different results

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea    1999

Company:
SNAP Theatre Company

1st Published:
Copies available from agent,   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
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Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Standard Procedure

Synopsis:
Tony the new teacher at a Comprehensive falls under suspicion when he takes boys home for the weekend.

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1st Published:
Iron Press,    -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  13            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Time Windows

Synopsis:
The disappearance of a teenage boy challenges the stability of a rural community

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Palace, Westcliff    1992

Company:
-

1st Published:
Scripts available from agent,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Werffitt!

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Manor Park School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne    1980

Company:
-

1st Published:
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