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Pete Lawson

PETE LAWSON  (1968 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Ltd  

Pete Lawson was born in Malawi, grew up in Birmingham, worked in Paris, and studied English Literature and Drama at Sheffield University. after working in young people's Theatre in London, aberdeen, Moscow, and Romania, Pete co-founded the Steam Factory before becoming Arts Council Writer in Residence for Gay Sweatshop. He has written two plays for BBC Radio 4, Melt and the Deep end, and for television he wrote the one-off ITV comedy, Sweet, followed by regular episodes of London Bridge and Casualty. In 1995, Pete was runner up for the inaugural Dennis Potter award. His original series, Being April, premiered on primetime BBC1 in 2002, topping the ratings. It has since sold across the world. His single television play Drive was shown on BBC1 in 2004 and won a Royal Television Society award. He currently writes for eastenders.

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

        (Im)Patience         All Shook Up         Big Little Heart         Burning Houses         Happenstance         Impostor, The         In Bed With Magritte         People Like Us         Sssh!         Swanflight         Telephone Belles         Telling Tales         Traffic Hearts         Whatever         You Me Us



(Im)Patience

Synopsis:
When dad dies, his first and third wives and two children gather for a long night of soul searching. Memories are swapped, insults freely traded, tears shed and forgiveness sought as morning brings catharsis and, in some ways, closure.

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1st Produced:
Theatre Royal Basingstoke    1994

Organisations:
Theatre Royal Basingstoke

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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  a chorus for 4 to 14

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All Shook Up

Synopsis:
a play about diabetes. the story follows Frank, a lorry driver and elvis impersonator, as he copes with deteriorating health, a diagnosis of diabetes, the challenges of embracing a new lifestyle, and the impact it all has on his relationship with wife Milly - as well as preparing for the Karaoke elvis finals.

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1st Produced:
National Tour    2005

Organisations:
Pyramid Theatre Company, Wales

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
theatre in Health education

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Big Little Heart

Synopsis:
When 45 year old Maria has a stroke, she finds herself in hospital, unable to move or speak. the play follows her long and painful journey as she courageously faces up to her changed circumstances, and slowly puts her life together again, encouraged and supported by her husband and teenage daughter.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
National tour    Mar 2009

Organisations:
Pyramid Theatre Company, Wales

1st Published:
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Music:
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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Burning Houses

Synopsis:
What happens when a gay man falls in love with a lesbian? and then with the lesbian's straight brother? a love story for queer times.

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Organisations:
the Chelsea Centre Theatre

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Genre:
Comedy. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Happenstance

Synopsis:
a girl whose body's packing up, a young British Indian who's lost her mother, and an ageing Russian ballerina facing death find their paths cross in the Chelsea and Westminster hospital. It's a story of lives colliding and the friendships that are forged in the magical space between east and West, young and old; taking in Nuryev, brain scans, and comets in Siberia, it's a poetic and visionary tale of love, death and redemption.

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Impostor, The

Synopsis:
a contemporary take on Moliere's satire Tartuffe, set in the world of New Labour spin doctors and small town political ambition. When local businessman Orgon decides to run for mayor, he needs a man to show him the way. Tartuffe is soon not only running his campaign, but he's moved into his house and is running his life - as well as trying his hardest to jump into bed with his wife. Written in rhyming couplets.

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  4            Other:  -

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In Bed With Magritte

Synopsis:
Three generations of a family long since separated and scattered across europe find their lives slowly being pulled back together in a piece about lost love, family jealousy, the tricks of memory, and art.

Notes:
Joint winner of 1994 Comedy Store Players' Young Writers' Commission

1st Produced:
Royal National Theatre Studio (rehearsed reading)    1995

Organisations:
the Royal National Theatre

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  5            Other:  -

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People Like Us

Synopsis:
an exploration of issues surrounding women's mental health and the effect on their families, following the story of a woman whose deepening depression culminates in a breakdown, before she finds a fellow survivor and through that a path to recovery.

Notes:
Commissioned by the NHS, People Like Us toured for Almost three years, playing community centres, mental health units, hospitals And schools.

1st Produced:
National Tour    1997

Organisations:
Pyramid Theatre Company, Wales

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
theatre in Health education

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Sssh!

Synopsis:
When three deaf children find an old-fashioned hearing aid buried in the garden, they discover they can tap into the memories trapped inside. Slowly, they piece together the story of the hearing aid's owner, until her life crashes Dramatically into the present. a story of exclusion, inclusion, communication, friendship and forgiveness, fully accessible to both deaf and hearing audiences.

Notes:
For 5-8 year olds And their families. Also produced by M6 theatre Company, Rochdale, in 1999.

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Organisations:
Roundabout Theatre

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Children's theatre Youth audience

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Swanflight

Synopsis:
a contemporary retelling of the Ugly Duckling. When a storm on a Nottingham canal causes a swan's egg to get separated from its nest, the urban duckling has a string of adventures as it treks across town trying to track down its family, learning along the way the ugliness of bullying, the need to embrace and celebrate the diversity around it, and that true family aren't always those you are born with.

Notes:
For 5-8 year olds And their families

1st Produced:

Organisations:
Roundabout Theatre

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Children's theatre Youth audience

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Telephone Belles

Synopsis:
Five quintuplets and four queens in a story of childhood rivalry, crossed wires and love on hold.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Man In the Moon Theatre, London    1992

Organisations:
the Steam Factory

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Physical theatre Piece. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Telling Tales

Synopsis:
When six year old Natalie Nautilus wakes up to find her favourite story has vanished from the pages of its book, she sets out to track it down, gathering others' favourite stories along the way.

Notes:
For 5-8 year olds And their families. Also produced by the Nuffield theatre, Southampton, in 1997

1st Produced:

Organisations:
Roundabout Theatre

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Children's theatre Youth audience

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Traffic Hearts

Synopsis:
Seven characters hurtle round London until, in one way or another, they are all involved in the same car crash. a tale of passion at the traffic lights and love in a jam.

Notes:
Nominated for A London Fringe Award

1st Produced:
Man In the Moon Theatre, London    1992

Organisations:
the Steam Factory

1st Published:
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Music:
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To Buy This Play:
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Genre:
Physical theatre Piece. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Whatever

Synopsis:
When a new girl moves to town, she finds it hard to fit in with Stacey and Hutch, the cool girls in class. a play for teenagers that uses humour to explore issues around smoking - the pressures to start, and the reasons to stop.

Notes:
For 11-16 year olds And their families

1st Produced:
National Tour    2004

Organisations:
Pyramid Theatre Company, Wales

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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To Buy This Play:
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Genre:
theatre in Health education

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  4            Other:  -

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You Me Us

Synopsis:
a beautiful, moving and uplifting play about living with bowel cancer. When cab driver Rob is diagnosed with bowel cancer, his world falls apart. Through the love and support of his wife and teenage daughter, he finds the courage to face up the challenges of the disease and rebuild his life again - a new life for all 3 of them.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
National tour    Jan 2009

Organisations:
Pyramid Theatre Company, Wales

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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To Buy This Play:
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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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