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Charles Wood

CHARLES WOOD  (1932 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Gordon Dickerson  

Charles Wood was born in Guernsey in 1932. He served in the army before beginning a career as a writer. He has written extensively for film, television and stage and has translated and adapted numerous classic works. His original stage plays include 'Dingo', 'Jingo', 'H', 'Cockade', 'meals On Wheels', 'Fill the Stage With Happy Hours', 'Don't Make Me Laugh', 'Veterans', 'Has Washington Legs?', 'Across From the Garden Of Allah'. His films include 'Help!' (directed by Richard Lester 1966) and 'the Charge of the Light Brigade' (directed by Tony Richardson 1969).

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        Across from the Garden of Allah         Can Opener, The         Chaff         Chateau         Cockade         Collier's Wood         Death Or Glory Boy         Dingo         Do As I Say         Don't Forget To Write         Don't Make Me Laugh         Eidelweiss         Fill the Stage With Happy Hours         Garden, The         H, Being Monologues at Front of Burning Cities         Has "Washington" Legs?         Jingo         John Thomas         Labour         Man, Beast and Virtue         Meals On Wheels         Mountain Giants, The         Ms Courage         Next To Being A Knight         Plantagenets         Plastic Igloo         Prisoner And Escort         Rachel I Suppose         Red Star         Rules Of the Game, The         Savages Of American         Script, The         Secrets         Spare         Sunday Best         Tie Up the Ballcock         Tower, The, Or, Marguerite de Bourgogne         US         Veterans; or, Hair in the Gates of the Hellespont         Welfare



Across from the Garden of Allah

Across from the Garden of Allah
Eccentric fun at the Hunt Ball

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Guildford, Surrey    1986

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Comedy

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Can Opener, The

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Original Playwright - Victor Lanoux

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London    1974

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Adaptation

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Chaff

Synopsis:
Play about the Falklands

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Chateau

Synopsis:
Play set in Hollywood

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Cockade

Synopsis:
About Fascism and military life

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includes Prisoner And Escort, John Thomas, Spare

1st Produced:
London    1963

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in "New English Dramatists Vol.8" Penguin, London, 1959   -

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Three Plays

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Collier's Wood

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Liverpool    1970

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Death Or Glory Boy

Synopsis:
Play about young men in the army during the 50's

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Dingo

Dingo
Machinations in the western desert during the Second World war.

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1st Produced:
Bristol    1967

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Penguin, London, 1969
in Plays Two, Oberon Books, London (1997) >>>    187-025984X

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Genre:
Historical Drama

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Do As I Say

Synopsis:
Play about rape

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Don't Forget To Write

Synopsis:
Play about playwrights

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Don't Make Me Laugh

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part of "Home And Colonial" by the RSC

1st Produced:
London    1965

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Short Play One Act

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Eidelweiss

Synopsis:
Play about teenagers in Hitler's war

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Fill the Stage With Happy Hours

Fill the Stage With Happy Hours
a comedy about a run down repertory theatre, nearly autobiographical

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1st Produced:
Nottingham    1966

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1st Published:
in "New English Dramatists Vol.11" Penguin, London, 1967
in Plays Three, Oberon Books, London (1997) >>>   187-0259858

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Comedy

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Garden, The

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Sherborne, Dorset    1982

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H, Being Monologues at Front of Burning Cities

H, Being Monologues at Front of Burning Cities
Picture of the Indian Army during the Mutiny of 1857

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1st Produced:
National Theatre, London    1969

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Methuen Drama    187-025984X

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Genre:
Historical

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Has "Washington" Legs?

Synopsis:
Another play about waste

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1st Produced:
London    1978

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Eyre Methuen, London, 1978   -

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Jingo

Jingo
Set at the fall of Singapore, the symbolic end of the white man's dominance in East Asia

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Historical

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John Thomas

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Labour

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1st Produced:
Bristol    1968

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Man, Beast and Virtue

Man, Beast and Virtue
Love for the mother of one his pupils causes problems for private tutor of great propriety. Appearances must be preserved at all costs in this hilarious Drama of extremes frantically played out within the eternal triangle.

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Original Playwright - Luigi Pirandello (L'uomo, la bestia, e la virtu)

1st Produced:
London    1989

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1st Published:
Oberon Books, London >>>    094-823024X

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Adaptation

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Meals On Wheels

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1st Produced:
London    1965

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Mountain Giants, The

Synopsis:
the Mountain Giants is a posthumously published and unfinished play, for which, in this version, Charles Wood provides a final scene. the action takes place in the fantastic Villa Scalogna, inhabited by a grotesque group of people led by Cotrione, a wizard and illusionist. Into this scene comes a band of actors, about to perform one of Pirandello's own plays.

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Original Playwright - Luigi Pirandello

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National Theatre, London

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Ms Courage

Ms Courage
a brutal yet darkly comic reworking of Mother Courage by Johann von Grimmelshausen

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Next To Being A Knight

Synopsis:
Play about childhood

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Plantagenets

Synopsis:
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Original Playwright - Shakespeare (Henry VI)

1st Produced:
Stratford-on-Avon    1988

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Faber and Faber, London,    -

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Plastic Igloo

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National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 70/4

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Prisoner And Escort

Synopsis:
black comedy about army life

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One Act

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Rachel I Suppose

Synopsis:
Set in Bristol about selfishness

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Red Star

Red Star
Story of an actor in the Russian theatre who bears an uncanny resemblance to Stalin.

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Genre:
Historical

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Rules Of the Game, The

Synopsis:
the Rules of the Game is a Drama of desire and jealousy that brings the revenge tragedy into the twentieth century.

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Original Playwright - Luigi Pirandello

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Translation

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Savages Of American

Synopsis:
Play about Indians

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Script, The

Synopsis:
On Line takes place the Day After the Collapse - of our whole social structure. People of the City of New York are on line in the Municipal Building, where they have gathered in response to notices hastily circulated by the new Rulers, the civil serva

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Secrets

Synopsis:
Play about Russia

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Spare

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One Act

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Sunday Best

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-    1991

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Genre:
screenplay

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National Library of Scotland ref: John McGrath - Acc.11615/72

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Tie Up the Ballcock

Synopsis:
What to do if the H Bomb falls

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1st Produced:
Bristol    1964

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1st Published:
in "Second Playbill 3", Hutchinson, London, 1973   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  1g extras

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Tower, The, Or, Marguerite de Bourgogne

Tower, The, Or, Marguerite de Bourgogne
Translation of La Tour de Nesle produced in 1996 at London's Almeida theatre. A tale of murder, sexual depravity and treachery among the French aristocracy. the play, dubbed anti-monarchist, played for 800 performances during the French revolutions of the 1830s.

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Original Playwright - Alexandre Dumas pere

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US

Synopsis:
America and Vietnam, anti war protest

Notes:
Music by Richard Peastee; lyrics by Adrian Mitchell; original text by Denis Cannan (aka Tell Me Lies; Adaptors of documentary material: Michael Kustow And Michael Scott; directed by Peter Brook. Majot contribution from Charles Wood. Developed with works

1st Produced:
Roundhouse, London    1966

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Calder & Boyers, London, 1968   -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Large Cast

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Veterans; or, Hair in the Gates of the Hellespont

Veterans; or, Hair in the Gates of the Hellespont
Play about waste

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1st Produced:
Edinburgh    1972

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1st Published:
Eyre Methuen, London, 1972
in Plays One, Oberon Books, London (1997) >>>    187-0259831

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Welfare

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Notes:
includes Tie Up the Ballcock, Meals on Wheels, Labour

1st Produced:
Liverpool    1971

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