Georgia Fitch: Playwright, Radio Scriptwriter and Screenwriter

Georgia Fitch

Georgia Fitch is an East London-born playwright. She began her career as an actress and started writing in order to create more interesting roles that represented the women she knew. Initially, Georgia partnered with Tracy O’Flaherty and they had their first major success with The Footballer’s Wife (1997). Georgia has since independently written numerous plays for the stage and radio as well as a television drama. She is most well-known for Adrenalin Heart (2002) which premiered at the Bush and then went on to be performed at the Tokyo Theatre Festival in 2004.

Georgia was  Writer in Residence at the Bush Theatre, London, with O’Flaherty in 2001. In 2004, she was Writer in Residence at BBC Radio. From 2006 to 2008, she was on attachment to the Royal Court and Soho Theatre. She is currently Writer-in-Residence at Kingston University.

Her most recent work, Blair’s Children, co-written with April de Angelis, Anders Lustgarten, Mark Norfolk and Paula Stanic, opened at The Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone on 05 June 2013 and runs until 21 June 2013. You can find more information and purchase tickets for Blair’s Children here.

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Bibliography:

Plays:

Blair’s Children – The Cockpit Theatre, 2013

Fit and Proper People – Soho Theatre/RSC, 2011

Dirty Dirty Princess – National Theatre, New Connections, 2009

I Like Mine with a Kiss – Bush Theatre, 2007

Adrenalin  Heart – Bush Theatre, 2002,2004

Alone – Etc Theatre, 2000

Arrivals – Old Red Lion, 1999

Come Dancing – (Co-written with Tracy O’Flaherty) Old Red Lion, 1998

The Footballer’s Wife – (Co-written with Tracy O’Flaherty) Riverside Studios, 1997

Radio:

Up The Junction– BBC Radio 4 – 2013

The Mother of – BBC Radio 4, 2007

Untitled Lover – BBC Radio 4, 2007
Fortunes Always Hiding – BBC Radio 4, 2005

Romeo and Juliet in Southwark –  BBC, 2004

Produced in collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe and Kingsdale School, Dulwich

Adrenalin Heart – BBC Radio 3, 2003

Television:

Darke Town – (Co-written with Lucy Catherine and Ryan Craig) BBC Drama, 2006

Other:

Dis-Assembly – (An installation created with Runa Islam) Sepentine Gallery, 2006

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Recommended Reading:

Plays to read:

A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry

The Visit – Fredrich Durrenmatt

Saved – Edward Bond

Whistle in the Dark – Tom Murphy

Ecstasy – Mike Leigh

Masterpieces – Sarah Daniels

Films to view:

Cathy Come Home – Ken Loach

Nil by Mouth – Gary Oldman

A Seperation – Asghar Farhadi

Source Materials:

How Plays Work – David Edgar

The Art Of Dramatic Writing – Lajos Egri

The Writers Journey – Christopher Vogler

The Hero’s Journey – Joseph Campbell

Dark nights of the Soul – Thomas Moore

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Barrie Keeffe

Barrie Keeffe

Barrie Keeffe is a London-born dramatist and screenwriter, best-known for his screenplay for the 1981 film The Long Good Friday, starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. He began his career as an actor and journalist before turning to writing full-time in 1975. His first television play, Substitute, was produced in 1972 and his first theatre play, Only a Game, the following year. He was writer-in-residence at the Shaw Theatre in 1977, the next year, was resident playwright with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and associate writer with the Theatre Royal Stratford East from 1986 to 1991. His theatre plays have been produced in 25 countries. He has written stage plays, screenplays, radio plays, television scripts and novels.

Barrie’s accolades include The Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award for The Long Good Friday, Paris Critics Prix Revelation for Gotcha and the Giles Cooper Best Radio Plays Award for Heaven Scent. He was appointed a United Nations Ambassador for the 50th anniversary year in 1995 and, in 2010, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Warwick.

He has taught at City University London, the Skyros Writers Lab in Greece, the Collaldra Writers’ School and Retreat in Italy, Ruskin College Oxford and is a visiting fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He is currently a Writer-in-Residence at Kingston University where he teaches on both the Creative Writing MA and MFA, and supervises dissertations.

Barrie’s screenplay, The Long Good Friday, was on the MFA Critical Reading list and, on 19 March 2013, he taught a master class on film, stage and novel writing.

 

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Selected Bibliography:

Stage plays:

Only a Game (1973)

Gimme Shelter (1977)

A Mad World My Masters (1977, 1984)

Barbarians (1977)

Sus (1979)

Black Lear (1980)

Better Times (1985)

Not Fade Away (1990)

The Long Good Friday (1997)

Shadows on the Sun (2001)

Still Killing Time (2006)

Television:

Substitute (1972)

Not Quite Cricket (1977)

Champions (1978)

Waterloo Sunset (1979)

King (1984)

Screenplays:

The Long Good Friday (1981)

Sus (2010)

Novels:

Gadabout (1969)

No Excuses (1983)

 

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Barrie Keeffe’s Recommended Reading List:

Into the Woods: A Five Act Journey into Story – John Yorke

Adventures in the Screen Trade – William Goldman

A Whore’s Profession – David Mamet

Five Screenplays: The Servant, The Pumpkin Eater, The Quiller Memorandum, The Go-Between, Accident – Harold Pinter

Crash – Ian Sinclair (The Cronenberg film)

Harold Pinter: Life and Work – Michael Billington

John Osborne: A Patriot for Us – John Heilpern

Arthur Miller: A Life – Marin Gottfried

Double Act: A Life of Tom Stoppard – Ira Nadel

Samuel Beckett: A Biography – Deirdre Bair

O’Neil: A Life with Monte Cristo – Arthur and Barbara Gelb

The Script Selling Game – Kathie Fong Yoneda

In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures – Helen Mirren

Being an Actor – Simon Callow

What’s My Motive? – Michael Simpkins

The End of the Affair – Graham Greene (novel)

The End of the Affair – Neil Jordan (film)

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