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Stanley Eveling

STANLEY EVELING

  (1925 - 2008)

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    The Agency (London) Ltd  

Stanley was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. He wrote his first performed play when he was seven. It contained little dialogue and much rough and tumble and was banned by the school authorities. So for the next thirty or more years he spent his time in the Infantry during the Second World War, and then at Durham and Oxford Universities, studying first, English Literature and then Philosophy. He went on to teach the latter at Aberdeen and Aberystwyth and then finally edinburgh. He was for a number of years television critic for the Scotsman, this following his delayed return to play writing. After a spell writing plays for radio he passed to writing for the Theatre, where his play the Balachites was also the first British work to be produced at the newly opened Traverse Theatre. This encouraged him to continue and many more of his plays were performed there.

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        147         Albright Fellow, The         Balachites, The         Better Days, Better Knights         Buglar Boy And His Swish Friend, The         Caravaggio, Buddy         Cogito Caper, The         Come And Be Killed         Dead Of Night, The         Dear Janet Rosenberg, Dear Mr Kooning         Dear Mr Kooning         Devil In Summer, The         Dracula         He Used To Play For Hearts         Laughing Cavalier, The         Lunatic, The, The Secret Sportsman, And the Woman Next Door         Mister         Oh Starlings         Onefourseven         Our Sunday Times         Shivvers         Strange Case Of Martin Richter, The         Sweet Alice         Union Jack (And Bonzo)         Unspeakable Crime, An         Vibrations



147

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1st Produced:
public reading at the Traverse, Edinburgh    -

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Albright Fellow, The

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aka Cognito Caper

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Balachites, The

Synopsis:
a young couple are joined by three ghosts in a vain attempt to recapture innocence.

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1st Published:
Playscript 20, Calder and Boyars, London, 1970   -

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Genre:
Ghostly Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Better Days, Better Knights

Better Days, Better Knights
an unfashionably sweet-hearted tale of a washed-up knight-of-old, from the grandFather of modern Scottish playwriting - 'a leading exponent of the theatre of the absurd' Telegraph.

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1st Produced:
Pool Lunch-Hour Theatre, Edinburgh    1971

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Fifth estate Theatre Company - acc.11443/4

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Buglar Boy And His Swish Friend, The

Synopsis:
set among Viennese eccentrics, as things awful and ugly are transformed into something rich and strange.

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1st Published:
Salamander Press, Edinburgh, 1983. (in Collected Plays, Oberon Books, London, 2006),    -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  doubling

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - acc.10577/10

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Caravaggio, Buddy

Synopsis:
a man repeatedly attempts to commit suicide

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Play/Drama

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Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - acc.10180/7

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Cogito Caper, The

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Notes:
early version of the Albright Fellow

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Come And Be Killed

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1st Published:
Playscript 37, Calder and Boyars, London, 1971   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 18/1

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Dead Of Night, The

Synopsis:
a new version of adolf Hitler's final hours, as witnessed by a german guard and an invading Russian soldier who develop an unexpected companionship.

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 18/1

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Dear Janet Rosenberg, Dear Mr Kooning

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1st Published:
Playscript 37, Calder and Boyars, London, 1971   -

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Play/Drama

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Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 18/1

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Dear Mr Kooning

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Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 18/1

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Devil In Summer, The

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Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 18/1

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Dracula

Synopsis:
classic story of suave vampire whose passion is sinking his teeth into the throats of beautiful young women.

Notes:
written with others

1st Produced:
Edinburgh    1969

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  2            Other:  -

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He Used To Play For Hearts

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1st Produced:
Edinburgh    1971

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Play/Drama

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Laughing Cavalier, The

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1st Produced:
London    1971

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 18/1

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Lunatic, The, The Secret Sportsman, And the Woman Next Door

Synopsis:
Surreal examination of mindless violence, homosexuality and insanity

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1st Published:
Playscript 30, Calder and Boyars, London, 1970   -

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Genre:
theatre of the absurd. - - Gay, full length

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 18/1

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Mister

Mister
No more beautiful image of the play could have been found. In the long closing suicidal speech, when Mister at last joins the safe majority and lies down beside the effigy of Nelson to become an effigy himself, eveling draws the strands of imagery together in one of the finest pieces of contemporary Dramatic poetry we have heard in a long while.
- Gavin Miller, the Listener

Notes:
Duchess theatre 1971

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1st Published:
in "a Decade's Drama", Woodhouse Books, Huddersfield, 1980
Fairplay Press, Edinburgh (2008) >>>    978-1906220099

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Oh Starlings

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Edinburgh    1971

Organisations:
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1st Published:
in "Plays and Players, March", London, 1971   -

Music:
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Play/Drama

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Onefourseven

Synopsis:
concentration camp inmates, on the edge of despair, discuss the nature of jokes and the mysticism of numbers, lucky and otherwise.

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  cast of 7 + extras

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Our Sunday Times

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 18/1

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Shivvers

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1st Produced:
London    1974

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Strange Case Of Martin Richter, The

Synopsis:
a group of men with a terrible past act out a fantasy in a German country house

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1st Produced:
Close Theatre Club, Glasgow    1967

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1st Published:
Calder & Boyers, London, 1970. (in Collected Plays, Oberon Books, London, 2006),    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 18/1

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Sweet Alice

Synopsis:
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Notes:
aka Jakey Fat Boy.

1st Produced:
New York    1971

Organisations:
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1st Published:
in "Plays and Players, March", London, 1971   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 19/1

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Union Jack (And Bonzo)

Synopsis:
There is a serial killer at the Boy Scout camp

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Genre:
Black comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - acc.10365/25

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Unspeakable Crime, An

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1st Produced:
London    1963

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Vibrations

Synopsis:
Human responsibility is subjected to a surreal treatment

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1st Produced:
Edinburgh Festival    1969

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Calder & Boyers, London, 1970   -

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Genre:
theatre of the absurd

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 19/1

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