Drama

TOPOKANA MARTYRS DAY

A stage comedy concerning a famine relief team in Uganda.
Bush Theatre, London, 1983.
Five other productions inc. Salisbury, New York, Los Angeles and BBC World Service radio.
London theatre critics (‘Plays & Players’): Most Promising Playwright.

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Top image: David Threlfall and Jabu Mbalu in the original 1983 London production. Photo by Nobby Clarke.  Below: the Salisbury Production 1987, photo by Peter Brown.

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FREDERICK II: FOUR CELEBRATED EXPERIMENTS

A tragi-comedy about the life and scientific interests of the 12th century Emperor at his court in Sicily.

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The lead role at the first performance in London was played by Tom Wilkinson.

Public readings:
Bush Theatre, London, 1985.
Los Angeles Actors Theatre, 1985.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 1996.

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DOWN THE TUBES

A stage drama for a community theatre group, describing the misadventures of a wayward youth in the Edinburgh sewers.
First Base Theatre Co. at Netherbow Theatre, Edinburgh 1996.

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¡DIRIAMBA!

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A play with songs about Scottish visitors to a Nicaraguan fishing community, and their
staging of an ancient myth.
Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 1997, directed by Robert Rae.
Devised co-production with Teatro Nixtayolero (Nicaragua), led by Valentin Castillo (photo above).
Scriptwriter and translator, Jonathan Falla.
‘The Scotsman’ Fringe First award.

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The play was recreated by a community cast on the streets of Stockbridge (Edinburgh) and was then also performed at the South Bank Centre, London

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FREE ROPE

Enough To Hang Ourselves and Pikes and Patsies
Two short location-based plays commissioned by the Saltire Society for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
John Knox House, Edinburgh 1998.

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RIVER OF DREAMS

Book/lyrics for a children’s opera about the River Tay, with music by Gordon Murch.
Highland Perthshire schools group. Perth City Hall 1999.
Heart of Scotland Festival (Aberfeldy) 2000
Millennium Dome (London), 2000.

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THE HUMMINGBIRD TREE

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Feature film based on the 1969 novel by Ian McDonald, concerning children in Trinidad at the time of the first post-war elections in 1946.
BBC Screen One 1992. Filmed on location in Trinidad.

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Directed by Noella Smith, produced by Gub Neal.
Starring Patrick Bergin, Susan Wooldridge, Desha Penco, Sunil J Ramjitsingh and Tom Beasley.
Reims Television Festival 1993: Winner, Best Film.
Laon Film Festival 1993: Winner, Prix de la Ville de Laon.
Los Angeles and London Film Festivals 1993: official selection.

The published script is available.

Sunil J Ramjitsingh and Tom Beasley as Kaiser and Alan. Photo John Jefford (copyright BBC)

The published script is available from Stupor Mundi Books

2 thoughts on “Drama”

  1. I remember seeing “Diriamba” at the Edinburgh Festival. There was a marvellous mix of big, up-front Latin American street theatre with Scottish trained actors, and some great songs – very enjoyable. Pleased to hear it won something.

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