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Rex Obano

REX OBANO

  (1968 - )

Nationality:    British
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Rex Obano has written for the stage, television, radio and film. He was born in London and spent a year in the United States on placement where he read Playwriting at City College of New York. He has a Masters Degree in Feature Film Screenwriting from Royal Holloway, University of London. He was chosen to be part of The Script Factory Writers Group, Talawa Theatres Writers Group, Royal Court Theatre Invitation Group and Theatre 503Five.

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        2009         All I Want for Christmas         Door Never Closes, The         Election Drama: A theatrical Response         Half a Life         La Fausse Monnaie         Life For Beginners         Moors Of England, The         Of the Willing         Slaves         Someone's Son         Wrong Party, The



2009

Synopsis:
Rex Obano's 2009 concludes the evening with BNP councillor Nigel asking for a "Big hand for Nick Griffin", which leaves a weary audience nervously contemplating whether to clap in support, having assumed the role of Nigel's audience in the mock BNP meeting, or to abandon this frame and praise the performers
- Simon Sladen, British theatre Guide

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part of "Decade" by Amy Rosenthal, Beth Steel, Nimer Rashed, David Eldridge, Lou Ramsden, Fraser Grace, April de Angelis, Richard Marsh, Phil Porter And Rex Obano. Much has changed in the world since our current millennium dawned in 2000. theatre503 presents ten short plays by ten different playwrights, each encompassing A year of the so-called noughties And encourages the Audience to reflect over the past decade whilst taking in A great evening of theatre.

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All I Want for Christmas

Synopsis:
five fiendishly funny shorts on the true meaning of everyone's favourite holiday. Twisted and touching, All I Want For Christmas is the tale of everyday people struggling to survive in a winter wonderland. Meanwhile in Santa's grotto, the elves have decided enough is enough. Brought to you from five of the country's hottest writers and the home of fearless new theatre. If you're counting the days till Christmas is over, then this is the show for you.

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Written by Beth Steel, Louise Ramsden, Nimer Rashed, Rex Obano And Richard Marsh

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Christmas Shorts

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Door Never Closes, The

Synopsis:
Marley's not been answering his phone. So Ayley decides to let herself into his flat. She's got something important to tell him. But Marley has got other plans. He wants to make a new life for himself, away from crime and the estate, fighting for his country. Yet Marley's left his phone in the flat, and it keeps ringing. Who is Collins and what does he want? Ayley answers the phone. As a butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil and causes a tsunami in Korea, every phone call has a consequence. One hour later, Marley's out cold, and Collins and Ayley come face to face. Now he wants something from both of them. Following the success of last year's All the little things we crushed by Joel Horwood, Almeida Projects present another new play commissioned for a young audience, in response to the Almeida theatre's production of Ruined by Lynn Nottage. the Door Never Closes follows two young people at crucial points of change in their lives, navigating their path through a world in which technology determines their personal relationships. the play gives students a creative opportunity to engage with the issues of choice and personal responsibility across the curriculum, particularly within Drama, English and citizenship.

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Drama (60 mins) One Act

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Election Drama: A theatrical Response

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written by Che Walker; Rex Obano; Anders Lustgarten; Phil Willmott

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Half a Life

Synopsis:
Half a Life is a harrowing drama that tells the stories of Lee, Cara and Barry whose search for identity lies in family, friendship and the truths buried in their childhood.

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part of Talawa Firsts: Curated by Michael Buffong, Talawa Firsts is a new studio season, now in its second year, dedicated to developing and showcasing the best in Black British writing.

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Talawa Studio, London     05 Jun 2013

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La Fausse Monnaie

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part of All I Want For Christmas is the tale of everyday people struggling to survive in a winter wonderland. Meanwhile in Santa's grotto, the elves have decided enough is enough. Brought to you from five of the country's hottest writers and the home of fearless new theatre.

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based on short story by Charles Baudelaire

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Life For Beginners

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"Some people described a plague, others a cloud. Some people found God, others lost him. Over one hundred people claim the incident caused them to fall in love." Tony meets himself but younger. Emma and Sam meet but can never touch. Eva meets Quinn before either goes too far. Nina's not sure she should ever have met James. And Mark tries to stop Hayley making a tit of herself on national TV. In a play that spans all ages we explore the magical and joyful moments in our everyday lives.

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written by By Alice Birch, Ben Ellis, Matt Hartley, Lizzie Nunnery and Rex Obano

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Moors Of England, The

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Two Moors were living in London Beaupair and Fortunatus in Tudor times

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Of the Willing

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theatre503 present a series of short plays which riff on the theme of "Coalition" - both in that they are all products of collaborations between playwrights and artists of other disciplines, and in that they all address in one way or another the new age of coalition government in which we find ourselves. You might say that a theatrical exploration of the current political situation could have come a little sooner; but coinciding as it does with the student riots and the general reaction to the October cuts, this project feels incredibly vital. there are ten pieces of work, split into a Blue Group and a Yellow Group (for Tories and Lib Dems, of course), which perform on alternate nights.

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Slaves

Synopsis:
When you enter a cell on the C.S.U. you don't always know what you'll find. HMP Wandsworth, London, January 2010. 1665 prisoners. Rising star prison officer Chris Jackson knows nothing is simply black or white. His superiors don't trust him, the prisoners suspect him and his girlfriend is being stalked. But after a sudden promotion, he needs to be even more careful. Confronted by Paul 'Jenks' Jenkins, an inmate whose fingers reach far beyond the prison walls, the two men begin a fight for survival on opposite sides of an indifferent system which makes a slave of everyone. Rex Obano's play is an unflinching portrait of prison life on both sides of the bars.
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Someone's Son

Synopsis:
a tribute to that endangered species, the good old British boozer

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part of Union of Shorts

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Union, London     2005

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Wrong Party, The

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In Rex Obano's the Wrong Party, the character of Stanley in Pinter's the Birthday Party became a Cockney Gordon Brown, defiantly banging his toy drum whilst being interrogated on his failure by two menacing men in sharp suits. (Biggest groan line of the evening: 'Which came first, the chicken or the Clegg?')
- Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times

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part of Election Drama. Supporting Wall invited A number of writers to come up with playlets within hours of the polls closing in Thursday's general election

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