Plays

Shadow for a Hero   The play takes place in a suburban villa in a capital city in the Middle East during a political crisis in the late 1950s. It traces the reactions of British and American staff to the crisis and the complex situation which develops as a result of a Russian spy appearing unexpectedly in the British diplomat’s house.

Double Genesis; A Play in Verse   This is an early play (1950-51) written in verse which is about the possible and imaginary end of the world.

A Masque of Fools   A three act comedy concerned with an exiled scientist and his family living on a remote island in order for the scientist to carry out his research without interference from the outside world. Unexpectedly the island is visited by the President of the country who exiled the scientist and the family are told to leave the island because of an international crisis. Within the play is a radio play –‘The Masque of Fools’. The play is based loosely on Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest’.

An Edgeless Vertigo  This is a series of four one act plays, three monologues and one duologue, loosely based and sometimes parodying Samuel Becket’s plays.

The Dispossessed

Put a Sticker on Death’s Back   This play is an attack on capitalism and nuclear weapons, set and written in the 1960s.

A Man Perplexed (1967-68) A play in verse, set in America during the Vietnam War period, centred on an encounter between an Italian film director investigating the causes of violence, and a Vietnik intending self immolation.

Che Died Twice (1969-70) Centres on the encounter between Regis Debrey and Che Guevara in a Bolivian jungle village.

And or Polymorph and Polydwarf (1970) An absurdist black comedy on an actual attempted self-crucifixion which took place on Hampstead Heath. The incident is used as a modem Everyman.

And After… (1972-73) An absurdist play in which the central character is an Artaud-like film director wondering in the jungle. He meets up with three American deserters. Together they arrive at an island peace sanctuary presided over by Thanh Nam, the Buddhist coconut priest.

No Flowers for the Revolution   An early 1960’s country house comedy with a difference in that it slowly evolves into a political comedy.

The Last Analysis of Wilhelm Reich (1972-73) A semi-documentary based on crucial incidents in the life of Reich, the Freudian analyst, recollected during his stay in Lewisburg Penitentiary, where he died in 1957.

After Neruda (1974-76) Set in Santiago, Chile during the decline and overthrow of the Allende government in 1973. The action centres on the last ten days in the life of Pablo Neruda, poet and close friend of Allende.

The Death of Passolini (1977-78)

Voices in Exile The play deals with the last five years of the Russian poet, Osip Mandlestam (1898-1938)

A Life of Buchner This play centres on the life of the early German and revolutionary dramatist and his ideas.

The Sea of Azov The play centres on the problems of an ex-patriot Russian film director and his actress wife. While staying in Rome they hear that their last projected film for the Russian Film Institute is rejected because of its specific references to the threats to world peace posed by the East and the West. They are faced with the dilemma as to whether to stay in the West in order to find finance or to return to Moscow to rejoin their family. Their problems become more complicated when a Turkish director has escaped imprisonment for his activities with the Turkish Peace Movement, joins them to find a solution. The three of them then become involved in an intense personal relationship. The play was inspired by the Russian film director, Tarkovsky’s visit to England in 1984 and his lecture at the Riverside Studio on the ‘State of the Arts Today’.

The Fence The play is centered on the struggle by the Peace Women against the sitting of Cruise Missiles at RAF Greenham Common.

Museum Peace (Gorki’s Dream) (1989-90) Set in Chekhov’s former home in Yalta in 1936, where Gorki has escaped from Stalin’s purges. The play is based on extracts from Chekhov’s letters and Gorki’s memoirs, from 1905 -1917. Politics, love and death are explored together with asking what went wrong with the revolution in Gorki’s dream.

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