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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, one of four volumes, features his hard-hitting but darkly humorous early plays, for theatre companies and actors with small budgets. "The Waiting Room" (1983) is a one-act play. In a deserted railway station waiting room, a stranger contemplates suicide while members of a dysfunctional family try in vain to save him because it can't even save itself. "1979" (1984) covers the early life of Graham Barlow who leaves secondary school in 1979 aged 15. Unable to find work or adjust to the world forced on him and his class by Margaret Thatcher's politics, he is sectioned in a psychiatric hospital before escaping to freedom and re-shaping his life. "The Bond" (1984) is about a stranger trying to return to his family and friends to make up for lost time. "The Conformist" (1985) is adapted as a one-man show from the novel by Alberto Moravia. Young Marcello Clerici accidentally kills an older man, so to redeem himself he endeavours to lead as normal a life as possible. Unfortunately for him, this means adhering zealously to the politics of Mussolini's Fascist government. "London Cousins" (1988) looks at the new opportunities offered to three migrants to London from different parts of the UK and whose existences brush almost imperceptibly against each other. Each play comes with notes and original publicity, where possible.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 11.18mm | 353.8g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 150848516X
  • 9781508485162

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 with the police and school, his saving grace was a passion for reading, writing and acting and 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.
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