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John Bowen

JOHN BOWEN

  (1926 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Ltd  

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below is a list of John Bowen's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        After the Rain         Alarm Call         Bondage         Candidate, The         Coffee Lace, The         Cold Salmon         Corsican Brothers, The         Disorderly Women, The         Diversion         Essay Prize, The         Fall And Redemption Of Man, The         Florence Nightingale         Geordie Gentleman, The         Heil Caesar!         Holiday Abroad, A         I Love You Mrs Patterson         Inconstant Couple, The         Last Word?, The         Little Boxes         Miss Nightingale         Oak Tree Room Siege, The         Robin Redbreast         Roger         Silver Wedding         Singles         Spot the Lady         Trevor         Waiting Room, The         Which Way Are You Facing ?         Young Guy Seeks Part-Time Work



After the Rain

After the Rain
the time is '200 years after the Rain of 1969' and the action is a paraphrase of the Bible, commencing with the ark and the flood and ending with the sacrifice of the god-figure. a vital youth and a girl are introduced to the rituals of the community led by arthur, who believes himself divine. another man becomes his priest and establishes a ritual-ablutions, confession, audiences, sacrifices, etc. But arthur is disabused of his godly notions and convinced that he was only possessed by God and was only his vicar. It is he who must be sacrificed.

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1st Produced:
Hamstead Theatre Club, London    1966

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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1967   978-0571241842

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Play/Drama

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Male:  9            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Alarm Call

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1st Published:
Rook, R. (ed.), Play Nine,    -

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One act

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Bondage

Synopsis:
New look at the world of Ivy Compton-Burnett. Ropes and talk of whips disguise a feminist piece.

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1st Produced:
Soho Poly, London    1978

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One act

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Candidate, The

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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1962   -

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T.V. Drama

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Coffee Lace, The

Synopsis:
Group of elderly concert party artistes sell the body for a celebration when one dies

Notes:
part of Little Boxes

1st Produced:
Hamstead Theatre Club, London    1968

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Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Cold Salmon

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1998   -

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Corsican Brothers, The

Synopsis:
about twin brothers and the vendetta. Songs and lights.

Notes:
based on the Alexandre Dumas story, televised 1965. Lyrics by John Holmstrom And John Bowen

1st Produced:
Greenwich Theatre, London    1970

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Genre:
Play with Music

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Disorderly Women, The

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Original Playwright - euripides (the Bacchae)

1st Produced:
Stables Theatre, Manchester    1969

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  6            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Diversion

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1st Produced:
London    1973

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1st Published:
excerpts in Rook, R. (ed.), Play Nine, arnold, London, 1981   -

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Essay Prize, The

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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1962   -

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Fall And Redemption Of Man, The

Synopsis:
Selection and translation of assorted mystery plays in verse

Notes:
from the Mystery plays

1st Produced:
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Scotland    1967

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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1968   -

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Genre:
Religious

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Florence Nightingale

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1st Produced:
Canterbury    1975

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1976   -

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Genre:
Historical

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  6            Other:  extras

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Geordie Gentleman, The

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Original Playwright - Moliere

1st Produced:
Newcastle Onupon Tyne    1987

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Genre:
adaptation

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Heil Caesar!

Synopsis:
a version of Shakespeare

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1st Produced:
Midland Arts, Birmingham    1974

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1974   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  2            Other:  extras

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Holiday Abroad, A

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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1962   -

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Genre:
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Male:  10            Female:  6            Other:  -

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I Love You Mrs Patterson

Synopsis:
about marital inequality among professional classes in the west country. ambivalent conclusion.

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1st Produced:
Cambridge, Uk    1964

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1st Published:
Evans Bros, London, 1964   -

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Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Inconstant Couple, The

Synopsis:
Baroque elegance. Unsentimental piece about love and jealousy among 18th century upper crust

Notes:
Original Playwright - Marivaux (L'Heaueaux Strategeme)

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1st Published:
as the Feigned Inconstancy in Marivaux Plays, Methuen, London, 1988   -

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Genre:
Translation

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Last Word?, The

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Notes:
written by Alan Ayckbourn, John Bowen, Lyndon Brook, David Campton, John Gorrie, Julia Jones, James Saunders and Faye Weldon

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Genre:
entertainment

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Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Little Boxes

Synopsis:
Group of elderly concert party artistes sell the body for a celebration when one dies. Lesbian couple hire an actor as lover of one, fiance of the other, when parents come to visit.

Notes:
the Coffee Lace And Trevor

1st Produced:
Hamstead Theatre Club, London    1968

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Genre:
Two 1 actors One act

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  13 characters

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Miss Nightingale

Synopsis:
a group of actors try to recreate Miss Nightingale. Her mystery persists

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1st Produced:
Canterbury Marlowe    1975

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London,    -

Music:
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Oak Tree Room Siege, The

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1st Produced:
Leicester    1990

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Robin Redbreast

Synopsis:
Lonely lady in a country cottage gets caught up in village fertility rites. Fields are fertilised with blood.

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1st Published:
TV version in 'the Television Dramatists', elek, London, 1973   -

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Roger

Synopsis:
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Notes:
in Mixed Blessings

1st Produced:
Horsham, Sussex    1973

Organisations:
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1st Published:
in London Magazine, October-November, 1976   -

Music:
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Silver Wedding

Synopsis:
Mixed Doubles, 'an entertainment on marriage,' takes the form of eight short plays, each for two characters. . . each is an independent play in its own right but the whole sequence, linked by a series of wickedly anti-authoritarian monologues written by George Melly adds up to an amusing if acid picture of the progress of married life from honeymoon to cemetry

Notes:
Originally presented As one of eight plays under the title "We Who Are About To. . ." At the Hampstead theatre Club on February 6th 1969, which was subsequently presented As "Mixed Doubles" At the Comedy theatre, London on April 9th 1969

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1st Published:
in Mixed Doubles - an entertainment On Marriage, Methuen, London, 1970   -

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Genre:
Short dialogue One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Singles

Synopsis:
Young woman requires child but no husband, and advertises for impregnator in the New Statesman

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1st Produced:
Greenwich Theatre, London    1977

Organisations:
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1st Published:
in "Plays 1" Oberon, London, 1999   -

Music:
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Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  5 characters

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Spot the Lady

Synopsis:
With a transsexual, a peripatetic corpse and various concealed doors

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1st Produced:
Playhouse, Newcastle Upon Tyne    1981

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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Frivolous Play

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Trevor

Synopsis:
Lesbian couple hire an actor as lover of one, fiance of the other, when parents come to visit.

Notes:
part of Little Boxes

1st Produced:
Hamstead Theatre Club, London    1968

Organisations:
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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Lesbian, theme/character, full length

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Waiting Room, The

Synopsis:
Harriet is shown into a waiting room after a few moments Paul is shown in. She feels that she knows Paul from somewhere but cannot place him. then she notices that they are both wearing identical watches.

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1st Produced:
Soho Poly, London    1970

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1970   978-0573023279

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Genre:
One act. - - Gay, theme/character, one act

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Which Way Are You Facing ?

Synopsis:
In a corrupt society, which is worse, to try to alleviate individual pain at the cost of bolstering up the society, or to push the society further towards self destruction at the cost of increasing individual pain ?

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1st Produced:
New Vic, Bristol    1976

Organisations:
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1st Published:
excerpts in Rook, R. (ed.), Play Nine, arnold, London, 1981   -

Music:
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Young Guy Seeks Part-Time Work

Synopsis:
Parents of a teenager receive calls which seem to indicate that he is going in for Personal Service Massage, including French

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1st Produced:
Action Space, London    1978

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Genre:
One act

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