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Tony Stowers is an author, playwright, actor and teacher who was born in North East England in 1963 and now lives in North West France. This collection, two of four volumes, features theatre plays for schools and family audiences and theatre companies with low budgets. "Harry's Dream" (1997) was written as a response to help children respond to intimidation and violence in schools. It tells the story of bullied Harry who meets an alien called Venus who crash lands on Earth on her way to school and, while helping her fix her engine, learns a few tricks to help him cope. "My Brother Jake" (1997), aimed at teenage audiences, is the story of teenage Jake who betrays the trust of his younger brother and their single Mum by secretly dealing drugs. "Scars" (1998) commissioned by Durham County Council to address vandalism issues amongst young people, tells a story based on a real-life incident. "Eddie" (1999) is a reflective look back at the accomplishments of ordinary working people against the backdrop of the wider world during the twentieth century. "Cyrano" (1999) is a comedy re-vamp of both Edmond Rostand's original "Cyrano de Bergerac" and Steve Martin's film "Roxanne," updated and relocated to a small Northern English town in the 1990's. Each play comes with notes and original publicity, where possible.
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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 12.19mm | 381.02g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1507893671
  • 9781507893678

About Tony Stowers

Tony Stowers was born in North East England in 1963 and left secondary school at age 15 with almost no qualifications. Often in trouble with teachers and the police and disinterested in manual work, his saving grace was a passion for reading, writing and acting. At 18 he decided he'd be a writer and actor. From that moment on he hasn't stopped. Though returning to part-time education to increase his skills and knowledge and spending three years full-time at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama from 1985 - 88, he has never received a formal degree-level education. A published poet and performance poet, he also lived in London for 11 years, Darlington for 4 years and Gateshead-Newcastle for 4 years and has lived in France since 2006. He has written 25 theatre plays, all of which are published and today performed and read all over the world and both they and his performance skills have been reviewed by Time Out, The Stage and The Guardian in the UK. He has run two professional theatre companies as Writer-Actor-Director, employed up to 50 actors and artists, toured in the UK and Europe and published 10 books. He concentrates his writing on his own life experience and often with a working class perspective. His style is workmanlike, absent of frills and too much over-ornamentation. Self-taught and largely self-educated, he now teaches English in France and continues to write. Six of his plays have been translated into French.
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