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Nicholas de Jongh

NICHOLAS DE JONGH

  

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Playwright Nicholas de Jonghs previous work seen in Vibrant  A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals includes To Keep the Ghost Awake (2010) and there Goes My Future (2011). His Plague Over England received its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre in 2008. It was produced in the West End in 2009 by Bill Kenwright and the Ambassador Theatre Group and was optioned for film production. the script is published by Samuel French Limited. Nicholas was Theatre critic of the Evening Standard from 1991 to 2009 and was previously Arts Correspondent and Deputy Theatre Critic for the Guardian. His books include Not in Front of the Audience, a history of homosexuality on stage, and Politics, Pruderies and Perversions, a history of Theatre censorship in the UK, which won the Society of Theatre Research Prize in 2001. He wrote a dramatisation of the twentieth century history of this censorship which was given a performance at the Royal Court Theatre during their fiftieth anniversary season. He also contributed a one act play about AIDS to the Royal Court's May Days season in 1991.

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        Aids Memoirs         Plague Over England         Then I Realised I'd Been Murdered         there Goes My Future         Unquiet Grave of Garcia Lorca, The



Aids Memoirs

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Plague Over England

Plague Over England
In autumn 1953, Sir John Gielgud, then at the height of his fame as an actor, was arrested in a Chelsea public lavatory. He pleaded guilty the following morning to the charge of persistently importuning men for immoral purposes. Poised to appear in the West end in a play he was directing and recently knighted, his conviction caused a national sensation - breaking the great taboo of public discussion of homosexuality. More than just a Dramatisation of a scandalous event in one actor's life, this controversial new play shows how Gielgud's arrest played a small but distinct part in the battle to make homosexuality legal. It captures the spirit of Britain in the early 1950s when judges, politicians and the national press were describing homosexuality as a cancer, an epidemic and a threat to national life. It offers an extraordinary insight into the Dramatic changes in social attitudes to gay life in the last fifty years.

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Then I Realised I'd Been Murdered

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Inspired by the 2012 discovery of a trance of letters and diaries that reveal the great gay Spanish poet-playwright FedErico Garcia Lorca had a last, young lover who was to play an unwitting role in precipitating his murder by fascists supporters in the opening days of the Spanish Civil War, then I realised I'd been murdered retraces the final, fearful days of the writer's life. Meanwhile the British government, diplomatic and intelligence services are casting sympathetic eyes on General Franco, the Nationalist eager to bring down the Republican government.?

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there Goes My Future

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Unquiet Grave of Garcia Lorca, The

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It is 1936 with Spain riven with violence and poised on the outbreak of the Spanish Civil war. A respectable London publisher with under-cover M16 connections helps arrange for two young blondes and one adventurous English man to commandeer a British plane to undertake a risky flight to the Canary Islands and collect a Very Important Person. It is 2008 and a minister in David Cameron's administration and his wife are drinking Sangria in the garden of their new Granadian holiday home when they receive a mighty shock. It is 2009 and Alex a young theatre critic travels to Madrid to pick up a gift for Harry, a very old actor, that is too precious to be sent by post. What he discovers forges a vital link between the present and the past. In a play that cross time-zones and between London and Spain Nicholas de Jongh's new play, creates a kaleidoscope of known facts and recent revelations. It offers a challenging new perspective on events leading up to the mysterious assassination of the famous Spanish playwright and poet, Garcia Lorca in August 1936 and spotlights Britain's covert, shameful role in Spain's civil war, a role fashioned by Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden that both betrayed Spain's democratic government and turned a blind eye to Hitler and Mussolini's military support for General Franco, in defiance of a Non Intervention pact. de Jongh's play, which he says takes its inspiration from Peter Day's 2011 book, Franco's Friends: how British Intelligence helped bring Franco to Power in Spain and Spanish newspaper reports in which Lorca's last, secret lover revealed his identity.

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