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Mial Pagan


  (1956 - )

Nationality:    British
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Mial Pagan was born in Belfast. 28 May 1956, and came over to England to take a BA Degree in English Literature and Drama at Manchester University. During his time at Manchester he appeared in 'man for All Seasons' by Robert Bolt and Tennessee William's 'Camino Real.' Moving to London to train as a Drama therapist, he was a member of several Theatre groups, performing in a number of productions including 'magnificence' by Howard Brenton and Eugene Ionesco's 'Rhinoceros' at Croydon Warehouse. A member of the Company of Ten he has acted in 'translations' by Brian Friel, 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' and 'God Only Knows,' by Hugh Whitemore. Mial also writes plays, short stories and poetry. His play 'Other People's Lives' was performed at the Abbey Theatre in St Albans in November 2010 and his latest, 'Dancehall Sweethearts,' is currently under development.

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        Other People's Lives

Other People's Lives

Mick, an anarchist with a religious fixation, opens a new squat in Brixton and with it a fresh chapter in the lives of a group of political activists with varying ideals and visions of the world. Johnno, an easy-going Australian and Eva, a Dutch computer geek, view the squat as free accommodation for an extended holiday in London. Feminist writer Emma wants to build her life round the principles of the commune. Her boyfriend Phil is a realist; he hates the squat and sees his job as a teacher in a tough South London school as a more practical way to improve the world. Mick believes in direct action and through a haze of drink and drugs pursues his own vendetta against the world. the breadth of their beliefs creates frictions which simmer constantly but are tolerated and kept in check by the closeness of their relationships. then Alan, a violent outsider, arrives to expose the fault lines between them and snap the fragile bonds that keep the group together. His brutality and the corrosive effect of Mick's personal demons test unity, friendship and idealism to destruction.

Mial Pagan's play, 'Other People's Lives', was given A rehearsed reading in the Studio At the Abbey Theatre, on Sunday 28th November. the play is set in June 1983 And the five characters who inhabit the Brixton squat, Mick, Phil, Emma, Eva And Johnno, Are firmly opposed to Margaret Thatcher And All her works. But they don't just sit Around moaning About it, or waste time At boring party constituency meetings - they get out there And take radical Action - well, that's what they're going to do when they've worked their way through the Guardian crossword or finished the latest computer game, or had Another drink or, better, got stoned. Of course, this was A group that was bound to break up And go their separate ways but the process of disintegration is Accelerated by the Arrival of Alan, A sinister And manipulative character who has latched on to Mick, An Anarchist And the most vulnerable And ultimately tragic member of the menage. Mial has captured these characters brilliantly - their Ambitions, quarrels, loves And betrayals, All brought to life by A strong cast. the play was characterised by really lively dialogue which got plenty of laughs from A large Audience.
Reviewed by Derek Rhodes.

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Abbey Theatre St Albans     28 Nov 2010

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