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Tony is an experienced writer in all media: initially a transport economist, he worked as a copy editor for Wayland Books, a journalist and a script editor for Central Television. For radio, Tony has written short stories for BBC R4, and contributed to its daily soap opera, The Archers, for two and a half years. Two series of his comedy, The OLDER WOMAN, with Martin Clunes and Zoe Wanamaker, have gone out on R4; as have three series of MARRIED, with Hugh Bonneville and Josie Lawrence. Commissioned radio plays include: CATCHING BULLETS, LIFE on a NEW PLANET, PUBLIC INTEREST and The LAST CIGARETTE of the WAR. On television, Tony's black comedy, The LAST WORD, was seen on BBC-2, and he has provided copious sketch material for both adult shows including Alas Smith & Jones, Spitting Image, Rory Bremner, Arnold Brown, and children’s television. Commissioned scripts include The Walkers, Control, Best Supporting Actor, The Fantastic Adventures of Simon Blood and episodes of Specials for the BBC; and for Alomo, both an original script and an episode of Birds of A Feather. Elsewhere, a comic novel, The NATURAL HISTORY MAN, was commissioned for Pavilion Books; and a screenplay, ENEMY, was developed with help from the BFI Production Board. Tony's work has been widely acknowledged. He won a Giles Cooper Award for The MACHINE (BBC R3) - imagining the effects of sound recording in Jacobean England - and a New London Radio Playwrights Award for his L.B.C. play, PROPHET. He was joint winner of the Gooding Award for best 30-minute script; winner of the Alomo Comedy Writing Bursary (1996); and Grand Prix winner of the PAWS Drama Award (1999). Tony was also shortlisted for the London Weekend Television New Writer Award (1998) and the Oscar Moore Screenwriting Prize (2001). Currently available are LIFE IS SUFFERING, an innovative television comedy in half-hour format; and NAZIS, a powerful post-WW2 drama exploring British Fascism and the human cost of divided loyalties. Forthcoming is The NEED of MASSACHUSETTS for COMPOSERS, confronting the repressive puritanism of the English Commonwealth. Tony’s RUBBISH - the life and awkward times of a local government wage-slave – was broadcast on BBC Radio Four in autumn 2006, and subsequently on Radio Four Extra..
At the University of Toronto, where she graduated with distinction in English and Drama, Kristina Bedford directed several productions at the George Ignatieff Theatre. She went on to earn her M.A. in Drama at the University of London with a thesis on the National Theatre production of Coriolanus, later published by AUP, which opened the door to nearly ten years work in various capaciies at the NT. Her drama criticism has been extensively published, and Kristina has done freelance dramaturgical work for various London theatres. An early version of her play ANGEL DAY was presented by NAAA at the Tristan Bates Theatre under the title LEAP of FAITH, and the play has undergone professional critical review. Current stage projects include The SOUL of PLEASURE, taking a quizzical look at John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester; and a new adaptation, co-written with Kenneth Ross, of The Value of Life, the best work of Chekhov's friend and sometime collaborator, Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko. She is also working with Ken Ross on PICTURING ANNIS, a feature-length screenplay with a modern setting and a supernatural mood.
A respected stage and television actor, and author of numerous literary adaptations, Alastair has achieved repeated success with his 1993 version of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic SUNSET SONG, revived by Prime Productions in 2001 and 2002 for national tours of Alastair's native Scotland, and now available from Nick Hern Books. Amongst the stage pieces now available, following initial commission and production by TAG Theatre and Eastern Angles T.C., are CLOUD HOWE and GREY GRANITE (second and third in the SCOTS QUAIR trilogy); LANARK; and NO NAME. In 1998, MRS O'S SATURDAY NIGHT was produced at the Covent Garden Festival (revived 2000); while Alastair's acclaimed version of Dickens' DAVID COPPERFIELD for a cast of eight (revived for a national tour by Eastern Angles in Spring 2003) is the foremost stage adaptation available, widely performed on the non-professional stage. The original thriller FATALE was premiered at the Horseshoe Theatre, Basingstoke in 2001. Eastern Angles' Spring 2002 tour of a touching Norfolk-set tale, The WALSINGHAM ORGAN, played to enthusiastic audiences across East Anglia, and was followed by MARGARET DOWN UNDER, seen on a UK regional tour in the autumn of 2004. It is to be followed by an adaptation of John Buchan's WITCH WOOD for RCB Productions, and a further work for Eastern Angles exploring the life of St Edmund the Martyr, provisionally scheduled for 2012. There was a successful revival and subsequent tour of SUNSET SONG by His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, in the autumn of 2008; followed by a presentation of a revised, shorter version of the play at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010. Alastair is currently working on an important new play examining racial and emotional identity in the context of the British Empire’s twilight years.
Currently collaborating with Philip Hurd-Wood on A PLACE in the COUNTRY, Caroline is a very experienced freelance writer. Formerly a teacher in special educational support services, she has authored work for organisations as diverse as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Fawcett Society. Her other screenplays include ME for a MOMENT and FALLING AWAKE, both stories of women rebuilding their lives after emotional and physical trauma.
An accomplished translator of German literature, Iain Grant has specialised in the work of neglected modern authors, including Stefan Zweig. The CHESS-PLAYERS, his adroit version of Zweig's Schachnovelle, is currently available for publication; and Iain is now working on complementary fiction from the early 20th Century.
Director of Red Shift T.C., which he founded in 1982, Jonathan is also an established writer. Original plays include In the IMAGE of the BEAST (Edinburgh Fringe First award); The HAMMER (theatre and BBC Radio 3); DARKNESS FALLS (Palace Theatre, Watford, and published by Samuel French Ltd.); NOSFERATU: the VISITOR; and two plays commissioned for Nottingham Playhouse, BECAUSE IT'S THERE: the STORY of MALLORY and EVEREST and ANGELS among the TREES (produced in May 2004). Adaptations for the stage include The DOUBLE, DEATH in VENICE, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, The ASPERN PAPERS, Les MISERABLES, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, The MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY, The LEGEND of KING ARTHUR and the first stage versions of Graham Greene's The THIRD MAN in 2004 and Mike Hodges' GET CARTER in 2006. For television, he has written for both Anglia and Thames Television (The Bill). Jonathan has also written extensively for BBC Radio 4, with four original drama series and adaptations of work by Walter de la Mare, Willa Cather, Angela Lambert, Evelyn Waugh, Heinrich Boll, Arturo Perez-Reverte and George Eliot, and a masterful ten-hour adaptation of C P Snow's STRANGERS and BROTHERS novel sequence, broadcast as the Classic Serial in spring 2003. Jonathan's original ghost story, NO CONFERRING, went out on Christmas Night 2003; and his two-part dramatisation of the first human heart transplant by Christiaan Barnard was broadcast March 30-31, 2004. Scheduled for future transmission is a striking detective story set in contemporary Sweden. Jonathan has served on both the Board of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Council of the N.C.A.; he has led EU-sponsored theatre workshops in Chile; and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
With a record of writing in a variety of genres, including comedy revue, conceptual theatre and audio books, Julian consolidated his place as a feature screenwriter with an original thriller, working title PURE, now available after options from two major producers. Having burnt all her boats, a young woman finds life is accelerating out of control: in a twisting story, reality and lies are juggled to devastating effect. A feature development of his widely-admired 30-minute film, ART HEIST, is ready for production (working title HOOKED).
Philip has three scripts currently available for television or feature production. The FIGHTING MACINTYRES, a sensitive story of feuding and reconciliation set against the beautiful backdrop of rural Northern Ireland; WHERE the DEER and the ANTELOPE PLAY, an unusual comedy-drama which questions society's treatment of emotional and mental disturbance; and CITY LIMITS, a fascinating, fast-moving thriller whirling through the changing landscape of millennial London, now in further development. Just finished is The CRAIGEELEE, a short film giving the colourful background to one of Australia's national icons; and newly in development is a life-change drama set in rural Britain, A PLACE in the COUNTRY, co-authored with Caroline Coxon.
In Steve's freshly-available feature screenplay FULL MOON DAY, unimaginable forces have been set loose in the Scottish Highlands, and the police find themselves outflanked - by the Americans, the Russian mafia and not least, the strangely self-possessed Linda Grey. Only her knowledge can explain the twenty-four hours of mayhem that lead to an unnerving conclusion. A technical writer, software developer and expert motorcyclist, Steve kick-starts his screenwriting career with this powerful thriller. A perfectly-judged period drama for radio, GENTLEMAN'S MASQUERADE, is also available. Now completed is THE STONES, a cautionary tale set in 1914, showing what happens when the modern world intrudes on primæval mysteries best left well alone.
Antony's short film, BILLY'S DAY OUT, was exceptionally well-received at the 2004 Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it jointly won the Best UK Short Film Award, and he now has several more short projects available, including MECHANIC, IT'S MY RAMPAGE and TENNIS. FRIENDS & OTHER ENEMIES, a screen adaptation of his serio-comic novel The SUICIDE CLUB, has now been developed via the EAVE and Good Foundations schemes, and Antony has recently completed a screen version of Peter Grimes under commission from Allegra Films. He is developing a full-length version of MECHANIC. Full rights are currently available to FRIENDS & OTHER ENEMIES; to Antony's gripping supernatural mystery feature, KING under the HILL, which has attracted wide interest; and to a radio drama, WILD MAN of the SOUTH. Antony is also the author of a delightful chapter book for 5-7 year-olds, WINDY DAY, which is available for mainstream publication.
Please visit Antony's personal website: www.antonymann.com
A native of Edinburgh, Ken has lived in London for many years. His work has been produced at the Traverse Theatre, the Almost Free Theatre and on the Edinburgh Fringe, and on television and radio. He has also contributed to two collections of Scottish short stories published by HarperCollins. Ken received a Peggy Ramsay Foundation Playwriting Award in 2003 for his two-hander abduction drama HELEN'S STORY and he is currently working, with Kristina Bedford, on a film-script and a translation of Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko's The Value of Life. Ken's wide experience is related fields includes writing audio and video sales scripts; abridging numerous classics for Penguin Audio; producing over a hundred audiobooks; and editorial peer review for the Royal Court, Writernet, Scriptvault, and the London Script Consultancy. Production rights are available to all Ken's stage drama, notably The POOL on the 26th FLOOR, The SMELL of FANTASY, MORENO (a reimagined Renaissance revenge tragedy) and HELEN'S STORY. Other projects include OSCAR WILDE: A SAVOY OPERA, a cleverly worked revue-style entertainment contrasting the respective encounters of Wilde and Gilbert & Sullivan with bourgeois taste and morality at the close of the 19th Century.
Elizabeth grew up in Youghal in the Irish Republic, and her work draws inspiration from her experiences and feelings as an Irishwoman. Her writing career began with Cider Queens, a two-act stage play initially read at the New Theatre in Dublin, then workshopped by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin (the National Theatre of Ireland). The subsequent serialised adaptation of the play for RTE was broadcast in 2009, winning the Irish Writers' Guild Zebbie Award for Radio Drama of the Year. Another two-acter, Slaughterhouse, Swan, was given a successful production by Eala Productions at the Focus Theatre in May, 2010. It won 5 nominations and was awarded best new writing , best visual production and best actress at the Absolute Theatre Festival in Dublin that year. The full-length stage play In the Absence of Snow was given a staged reading by the Choocolate Factory in 2004, and developed two years later by Blood in the Alley TC, rights being acquired by Focus Theatre, Dublin. Tic, a fascinating drama of a woman imprisoned by marriage, was premiered in 2007 by Tall Tales TC, subsequently being published by Liberty Press and optioned by Focus Films; a full-length version of the play was presented to great acclaim in Dublin by Focus Theatre in August 2010. The one-act stage play Walnuts remind me of my mother was premiered at the 2009 Absolut Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and revived for Limerick Pride Week the following autumn. The powerful three-hander stage play Pinching for my soul has been given a staged reading at RADA in London, and a full production at Focus Theare in June/July 2011. After a commission from the Abbey Theatre for their Something Borrowed strand, Elizabeth’s one-act play Marvel was performed there in September 2011.
Vastly experienced as a musician and composer, John has two musicals now available for production. BROOKLYN BRIDGE is an ingenious one-woman show: Muriel is fast approaching 40, but she's distracted in her efforts to find Mr Right by an endless battle of wits with her momma-from-Hell, Ada. Then, God steps in... with alarming consequences. New York-set ME presents One Apartment; Two Relations; Three Attractions; Four Revelations; Five Denials; and Six not entirely generous People in a round-dance of love and misunderstanding. Both pieces have received public and critical plaudits on their world premier productions in Ireland, and are ideal for small and mid-scale, medium-budget presentation.
SHAKESPEARE 2000 is a new edition of the most-studied plays of the canon, juxtaposing Shakespeare's text with a lucid modern version which adheres closely to the poetic form of the original. In addition to the great tragedies - King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and Antony and Cleopatra - the series to date features Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. It is now open to negotiation for European, US and Australasian publication. In South Africa, the initial editions by Centaur and Heinemann SA have been widely used for teaching and performance in the public school system, with over 150,000 copies in circulation. As a concept, SHAKESPEARE 2000 has been universally praised by teachers and educationalists for its unparallelled success in making Shakespeare readily accessible to a modern audience ("An exciting project... greatly to be welcomed." Dr Susan Bassnett, University of Warwick).
Following his feature debut with the claustrophobic and intense thriller, LIGHTHOUSE, released in 2002, Graeme now has three further full-length screenplays completed, each in a different genre. SEAGULLS on SPEED is a delightful, quirky tale of seaside skulduggery, featuring gangsters, narcotics, passionate romance - and some peculiarly addictive fast food. "You'll believe a bird can fry". GAMBIT, adapted from the best-selling novel by Antoinette Falquier & Joseph Harned, tells a complex tale of nuclear blackmail, in which the fate of world peace comes to depend on a very surprising substance. Rights to both properties are currently available. Graeme has just completed a commission from Articulate Pictures to script the romantic comedy feature MARTA’S VINEYARD (w/t) for future production. Graeme’s latest project is The INFLUENCING ENGINE, a screen adaptation of Richard Hayden's successful and intriguing historical thriller; full production rights are now available.
Former Drama Editor at Cambridge University Press, Diane is a seasoned writer of prose and poetry, with work in many published anthologies. She has also been a senior member of the editorial staff of Argosy, and Assistant Editor of Granta. She has also written both for the national press, including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Stage, and such periodicals as Drama and Everywoman. Currently in preparation is a compilation of writing on women in theatre. Major plays now released for full production include BOUNDARIES, workshopped twice by Soho Theatre and produced by Norwich Playhouse; TALISWOMAN, the astonishing true story of the Renaissance artist Artemisia Gentileschi, seen at both Birmingham Rep and the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and now to be produced at Leicester Guildhall in November 2009; and An HONEST ACTRESS, detailing the switchback career of Sarah Siddons, first lady of the late 18th Century stage, which was developed at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. Other stage writing includes SYDNEY (a monologue), and A COUPLA HOTTUNZ, seen at the Half Moon Theatre. Among Diane’s short screenplays are PLAYING with FIRE, BIG SISTER IS WATCHING YOU, RUSSIAN ROULETTE and HOUSE of CARDS, all of which are available for production; a feature, REVOLUTION DREAMING, is currently in development. Diane’s writing appears in FEMALE VOICES, FIGHTING LIVES (Raymond Williams Award, 1992).
Ready now for television or film production is ARMADALE, Diana's definitive adaptation of Wilkie Collins' 1850s classic. Featuring Lydia Gwilt, Victorian fiction's greatest anti-heroine, a breathlessly thrilling plot takes in murder, revenge, multiple mistaken identities and the final triumph of innocent love. A must-read. Diana has recently completed a richly atmospheric screen version of Robert Louis Stevenson's 19th Century Scottish romance WEIR of HERMISTON. Radio versions of both these scripts are also available. Diana has recently completed screen and radio versions of George Eliot’s political novel set at the time of the Great Reform Bill of 1832, FELIX HOLT the RADICAL.
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