1975 Now she laughs, now she cries, by Jill Hyem
c1975 After the Funeral, by Peter Barnes
1976 All in good time, by Bill Naughton
c1980 - The Passion Flower Hotel - Erskine, dram. Bert Coules
1987 My Baby Mine by Paul Angus, 90m
1987 Cheap in August by Graham Greene
c1990 - Just a Gypsy - Ian Cullen
c1990 The tinker's daughter; author nk
1990 Rock & Roll Baby - Leslie Davies
c1992 First Love (three plays)
1992 A matter of sex - Nick Stafford
1992 The man in the paper mask - David Marshall
1995 - Stolen Kisses - Bob Taylor
c2000 Laying Ghosts, by Bryony Lavery
2001 Victorian Marriage Beds - Strindberg, Benson, George Eliot
2002 Inappropriate Behaviour, by Robert Shearman
2003 Thomas Hardy - two plays
2004 Mr. Sex - Kinsey - Steve Coombs
2004 They are a married couple - Sheila Goff
2004 Tell Jake to sleep on the roof - Alison Joseph
2004 Another part of the wood - Steve Jacobs
2005 Waterloo Sunset - Mervyn Stutter
2005 Nothing Happened - Shelley Silas & Luke Sorba
2005 The Goldilocks Zone, by Lucy Catherine
2005 My difficult second album, by Stephen Keyworth
2006 Lady Chatterley, adap, by Michelene Wandor
date nk - Cousin Basilio
Now She Laughs, Now She Cries....1975
Angela Pleasance/Penelope Lee. The relationship between two women. A groundbreaking play in its time.
AFTER THE FUNERAL....c1975?
By Peter Barnes, 30m. A clever piece of writing where we think initially that a man has lost his wife and that his best friend is consoling him. But it's not like that at all. Stars Sean Connery. ABC rpt. c1998; original BBC broadcast around 1975, I think.
THE CORNERS OF THE MOUTH, by Graham Swannell : Teenage Love.
ALISON, by Al Hunter: Two thirty-somethings look back ten years.
Recordings supplied by Clive Lever .
THE MAN IN THE PAPER MASK....1992
Helen, a young widow with twin stepchildren, wants to start a new relationship but the devious pair plan otherwise. With Richard Pearce, Siriol Jenkins, Joanna Myers, Paul Greenwood. R4, 11 Feb 92.
A MATTER OF SEX....1992
An East End love story by Nick Stafford, based on true events. Starring Patricia Hayes. James and Abigail lived an outwardly conventional married life in the early 1800s in London. But on his death, James was found to be a woman. A public scandal followed. Director- Claire Grove.
Victorian Marriage Beds... 2001
- R4, 1415, beginning 22 Jan 01 - was a series of three drama-documentaries about sexuality and how the Victorians coped with it. One hopes that the marriages described (of Edward Benson, August Strindberg and George Eliot) were not typical. Some of the scenes were upsetting but horribly fascinating. Nicholas McInnerney wrote the plays, and Rosie Boulton and Peter Leslie Wild did the production.
17.8.02 - Sensitive play about an awkward vicar and a lonely widow who's just about to marry again. Helen is slightly tipsy and accidentally insults the vicar...this is the start of a long-lasting and very unusual friendship. Their relationship is funny and touching as they try to make sense of their lives. Martin Jarvis is the vicar, Rosalind Ayres is Helen; other cast members are Danen Brucker, Jane Carr, Kenneth Danziger, Jean Gilpin, Charlie Hixon, Hayley Hixon, Simon Templemann and David Weston. Directed by Martin Jarvis. (Quite similar in some ways to NOTHING HAPPENED, by Shelley Silas, 2005 - see further down the page).
There were two plays by Adam Thorpe on the life of Thomas Hardy which were interesting because of the utter tediousness of the subject - the elderly Thomas Hardy. Could anyone really be as awkward as this? The titles were SOMETHING MEMORABLE (R4 29 Jan 03 1415) and NOUGHT HAPPENS TWICE THUS (R4 30 Jan 03 1415); first we had Hardy (Patrick Malahide) and his first wife Emma (Gemma Jones) amiably arguing with each other; then we had his second wife Florence (Sylvestra Le Touzel) coming out for the next round; it is July 1921 and a production company descend on the house to make a film of "The Mayor of Casterbridge". If Hardy was as cantankerous as this it was a wonder he ever wrote the books. The first play was produced by Rob Ketteridge and the second by Patrick Rayner.
Radio Times: Fifty years ago, Kinsey paid the price for discovering the truth about sexual behaviour in the US. .... This play tells how the safest man on the dullest campus in the US came to change our world.......
BBC Publicity: In 1936, Alfred C Kinsey was a 38-year-old leading light of the Boy Scouts of America and a zoologist at a college in Bloomington, Indiana, with a keen interest in gall wasps. When he was asked by the Dean to tutor the sex module on a marriage course for students engaged to be married, Kinsey insisted on doing a little research of his own to back up his teaching. Fifteen years later, Kinsey had collected 18,000 300-page “sex histories” and conducted the largest survey of human sexual behaviour ever undertaken. A lot of what we know and take for granted about sex was first discovered by Kinsey and his students. Mr Sex is the tragi-comic tale of that journey and how a few pioneers opened up a whole new continent of science. The cast includes Garrick Hagon as Kinsey and Adele Robbins, sister of actor and director Tim, as his wife, Mac. The cast also includes Liza Ross.The writer is Steve Coombes. Producer/Peter Kavanagh. More information on Steve's page.
In 1914 Margaret Sanger, the great campaigner for birth
control, had a relationship with eminent Fabian and
sexual campaigner Havelock Ellis. Using their letters
and autobiographies, the play recreates that year and
asks, can history ever tell the truth?
Director Marion Nancarrow.
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