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David Byrne

DAVID BYRNE

  

Nationality:    Irish
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Literary Agent:    Julia Tyrell Management  represented by Julia Tyrrell

Currently David is developing original sitcom ideas solo and together with writing partner Richard Hurst. BEING JULIAN was optioned by Objective Productions. Artistic and Executive Director of London's New Diorama Theatre, David Byrne is a playwright and theatre director whose first play won a Writers Guild New Writing award in 2004. David's A STROKE OF GENIUS, was co-produced by Pleasance Theatres for the Edinburgh Festival and was presented as part of Arts Council England's Escalator showcase as well as being awarded the Charlie Hartill Fund for emerging artists. THE DARK ROOM, has seen David nominated for Best Director by the Off-West-End Awards and was Critics Choice in Time Out. In 2011 David was one of the winners of BBC Writers Room national script contest Laughing Stock; and currently has several scripts under commission with BBC Television. His most recent shows have received Critics Choice in The Times and won the Enfant Terribles Prize. In 2013 KUBRICK CUBED which David wrote and directed garnered 5 star reviews at Edinburgh Festival where it played in the Pleasance Courtyard. As a founding member of New Diorama Theatre, based just off Regent's Park, David's programme has been awarded two Peter Brook Awards; the first for establishing a central London home for ensemble theatre, and the second for its support of young NDT associate theatre company, The Faction. The small theatre is currently in its fourth successful year having welcomed over 100,000 audience members.

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

        24 Hour Play!         Against the Wall         Dark Room, The         Here Lies Love         Kubrick         Kubrick Cubed         Little Christmas Spirit, A         No Fun Game         Stroke Of Genius, A         Universal Machine, The



24 Hour Play!

Synopsis:
A unique platform of new short plays by Britain s brightest emerging theatre makers, entirely created in just 24 hours. For the seventh year running, Old Vic New Voices (OVNV) partner with the 24 Hour Play Company and IdeasTap to discover the next generation of theatrical talent in a grand theatrical experiment like no other. A company of twenty one actors, six writers, six directors and six producers aged between eighteen and thirty will be challenged to create six brand new short plays from scratch in just twenty four hours. From the playwrights' first ideas, to casting, rehearsals, prop sourcing, the lighting design and sound effects, everything must be completed in one day, ready to be staged in front of more than one thousand VIPs and members of the public, on the Old Vic's one hundred and ninety three year old stage.

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Author Jon Barton. Author David Byrne. Author Zoe Cooper. Author Cat Jones. Author Sophie Petzal. Author Chris Urch.

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Against the Wall

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with company

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Project Arts Centre, Dublin    Jan 1986

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Dark Room, The

Synopsis:
the DaRK ROOM, a dark comedy(with shades of American teen classic MeaN GIRLS), transplants a world of underground gangsters into a modern secondary school. This funny and energetic piece follows new girl Ruth as she blackmails and seduces her way to the top of the social ladder.

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inspired by the Restible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht

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PIT

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60 min piece

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Here Lies Love

Synopsis:
Here Lies Love traces the astonishing journey of Imelda Marcos, First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace.

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Concept and Lyrics by David Byrne, Music by Fatboy Slim and David Byrne

1st Produced:
Adelaide Festival of Arts in Adelaide, Australia [as a song cycle]    10 Mar 2006

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original cast recording Todomundo/Nonesuch Records

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musical 90 min

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Male:  8            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Kubrick

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Part of Miniaturists 35 - Bringing you more of the best short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights in the UK today

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short play

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Kubrick Cubed

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Alan Conway: failed businessman and unsuccessful homosexual decides his life might improve if he just tells people he's award-winning film director Stanley Kubrick. What could possibly go wrong? Frenetic, funny, absurd, unnecessary, stupid, unbelievable (and totally true)  Kubrick3 delights in the complexities of a compulsive fantasist in this ridiculous comic play. Winner: 2013 Les Enfants Terribles Award. Previous winners of the Writers' Guild and List Magazine Awards for drama, PIT return to Edinburgh after 2009's A Stroke of Genius. Written and directed by David Byrne. Produced by New Diorama Theatre, Greenwich Theatre and Flavia Fraser-Cannon.

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1st Produced:
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival Fringe    Aug 2013

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PIT

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Genre:
short Comedy

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Little Christmas Spirit, A

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written by David Byrne And Gary Peterson

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Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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No Fun Game

Synopsis:
Growth of sexual awareness amongst the young

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with company

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Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Stroke Of Genius, A

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Edinburgh Fringe festival    -

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Universal Machine, The

Synopsis:
the Universal Machine tells Alan Turings dense life story from his school days at Sherbourne, his time at the infamous Station X at Bletchley Park during World War Two, and his arrest for homosexuality and tragic death. This complex re-examination of Alans life and work tells the story of a man who could make machines think but struggled to make connections with those around him.

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Written and directed by PIT and New Diorama Artistic Director David Byrne with music composed by Night engine's Dominic Brennan with movement from Gecko theatre's Associate Director Rich Rusk, the Universal Machine is part of the Alan Turing Centenary Celebrations.

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Genre:
Gay/Lesbian historical character play with music

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