Plays : Four
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, four of four volumes, features five of his later plays. "The Dishwasher" (2005) is an experimental monologue where a lowly dishwasher shows us why we should never take anything or anyone for granted. "Confessions of a rock n roll star" (2007) is a one-man show in which a middle-aged man, living in borderline poverty, puts on his denim jeans, plays some classic rock tracks and is yet again transported to the world of his dreams. "Gauguin's Ghost Story" (2009) is the spirit of the legendary French artist Paul Gauguin reappraising his life, redeeming himself from negative press and doing it all through the mouth of a man from North East England. "Tommy Greaves" (2014) is an alternative take of a parallel world built around the "fat lad a few inches taller than Billy" as the blink-and-you'll-miss-him character in Lee Hall's "Billy Elliot." Older than Billy, he is able to tell his own, more mature story of some of the grittier realities of what it meant to be young during the time of the Miner's Strike, seeking salvation by auditioning for drama school in London. "Two Gendarmes" (2015) is an English take on contemporary racism in modern France, of old pitted against new, of temptation, corruption and complacency and asks questions about the destiny of tomorrow's Europe. Each play comes with notes and original publicity, where possible.
- Paperback | 146 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 8.38mm | 276.69g
- 13 Feb 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Tony Stowers
Tony Stowers was born into a working class family in North East England in 1963 and left secondary school at age 15. Often in trouble, 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 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 15 books. He mostly 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.