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John Waddington-Feather

JOHN WADDINGTON-FEATHER  (1933 - )

Nationality:    British
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John Waddington-Feather is a popular British author who belongs to the West Yorkshire 'school' of writers. His children's novel, Quill's Adventures in Grozzieland, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 1989, and his widely produced verse-play, Garlic Lane, won the Burton Award in 1999, and was staged recently in London. His trilogy of romantic historical novels (Illingworth House, Chance Child (1) Chance Child (2) are attracting the interest of the American movie/TV industry). In 2002 he was awarded the American DeWitt Romig Prize for his poetry. He was the first chairman of the J.B.Priestley Society and is now a vice-president. In 1985 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art. Over the past few years his wide range of work has attracted a growing number of readers in many countries, more recently in translation in Eastern Europe.

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below is a list of John Waddington-Feather's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

Behind Corridors of Power         Bill Braithwaite's Miracle         Bus Stop         Easy Street         Edward         Garlic Lane         Jonah         Limbo         Lollipop Man, The         Moon Cactus         Secret Martyrs Against Hitler, The         Tyndale



Behind Corridors of Power

Synopsis:
A full-length play satirising politics and current political figures. The play also looks at life from the perspective of a high-ranking politician's wife whose husband unknown to her has a series of affairs, one with his diary secretary, whilst at Westminster. It also stresses the values of family life.

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1st Published:
Feather Books, 2007   1-84175-245-2

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Genre:
Satirical play on politics

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Bill Braithwaite's Miracle

Synopsis:
A full-length comedy about a family of self-made rich cousins who refuse to take in the black sheep of the family returning from Australia after 30 years, a dying impoverished man, as they imagine. When they discover he's a multi-millionaire they fall over themselves to accommodate him believing they're going to inherit his fortune as next of kin. He agrees to take up their offers - but imposes conditions; and therein lies the comedy.

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Feather Books, 2007   978-1-84175-266-2

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Genre:
Full length Comedy

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Bus Stop

Synopsis:
A one-act surrealistic play. Four characters, a young couple and an older couple. One set. Touches on contemporary issues. Plenty of humour. A surrealist play with audience participation

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Feather Books, 2010   978-1-84175-309-6

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Genre:
One-act play

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Easy Street

Synopsis:
A humorous full-length verse-play set over a week (a day for each Sin) in a West Yorkshire mill town, with the Seven Deadly Sins acting as Narrators introducing each day's action. First produced at Leeds Civic Theatre in the 1970s and subsequently revised

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Leeds Civic Theatre    1973

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Feather Books, 1973   1-84175-033-6

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Genre:
Full-length verse -play

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  10            Other:  1 Narrator

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Edward

Synopsis:
A full-length play about King Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson and the abdication crisis of 1936, which involved Edward and Mrs Simpson's liaison with the Nazis.

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Feather Books, 2010   978-1-84175-314-0

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Genre:
20th century historical play

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Garlic Lane

Synopsis:
A one-act verse-play set in a West Yorkshire mill town. The action takes place one Saturday beginning with a rugby league game and continuing the action through various locations in the town till midnight.

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A one-act humorous verse-play play set in West Yorkshire in the 1950s. First produced At Leeds Civic Theatre in 1972, it was revised And given A rehearsed reading by Bingley Little Theatre in 1998. In 1999 it was Awarded the Burton Prize And described by one critic As the best verse-play since Under Milk Wood. A recording of the play was made live At Bingley Little Theatre in 1998 And is Available on CD At 12 And cassette At 5. Its fourth edition London premiere was to A packed house At the Rosemary Branch Theatre in January 2010.

1st Produced:
Leeds Civic Theatre    1972

Organisations:
Rosemary Branch Theatre, Islington

1st Published:
Feather Books, 1972   0-947718-64-8

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Genre:
Verse play

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  9            Other:  2 narrators

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Jonah

Synopsis:
A short play based on the biblical story of Jonah

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A short play or musical suitable for school or church. Lasts About one hour As A play longer if produced A s short musical. Suitable for 10 to 14 year-olds.

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Feather Books, 2006   1-84175-244-4

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Genre:
One-act School musical or play

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  5 characters male or female

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Limbo

Synopsis:
A one and half hour play. Six souls from very different backgrounds find themselves waiting to be assessed for their next life. "Limbo" touches on religious themes, lightened by comedy and some commentary on contemporary events

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Feather Books, 2010   978-1-84175-308-9

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Genre:
Religious satire/commentary

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Lollipop Man, The

Synopsis:
A full-length play about the homeless - and much else - based on the author's experiences as chaplain in a Night Shelter and Prison

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Suitable for either stage on in hand reading

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-    2002

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1st Published:
Feather Books   1-84175-132-4

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Genre:
Serio-comedy

Parts:
Male:  12            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Moon Cactus

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Secret Martyrs Against Hitler, The

Synopsis:
A full-length play based on an account of the resistance against Hitler during the 1930s and 1940s inside Germany, culminating with Stauffenberg's bomb plot of 1944

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Very suitable for in hand reading by A drama group

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Feather Books, 2009   978-1-84175-311-9

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Genre:
20th century Historical play

Parts:
Male:  18            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Tyndale

Synopsis:
A full length play tracing the life and martyrdom of William Tyndale, the first translator of the Bible into English. A drama about free speech and religious freedom; set at a time when modern English evolved to become the global language of Shakespeare and his fellow writers a generation later. The play covers events which marked the beginning of the Anglican Church.

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Tyndale splits in half with the Death of Sir Thomas More. The male parts can thus be doubled. Suitable for in-hand group reading

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Feather Books, 2007   978-1-84175-223-5

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Genre:
Full-length Historial play

Parts:
Male:  23            Female:  5            Other:  1 Narrator

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