Arnold WESKER

Biography

Gender Male
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Birthdate 1932-05-24
Education Upton House Central Sch Hackney
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Style Sir Arnold Wesker, FRSL
Career playwright and director; Nat Serv RAF 1950-52 (material gathered for later play Chips with Everything); various positions Norfolk 1952-54 (incl seed sorter, farm labourer and kitchen porter), trained pastry cook London and Paris 1954-56; awarded Arts Cncl grant 1958 and Writers' Bursary 1996; artistic dir Centre Fortytwo 1961-70, chm Br Centre of Int Theatre Inst 1978-82, pres Int Playwrights' Ctee 1979-83; awarded Last Frontier Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service in the Theatre 1999; Hon DLitt UEA 1989, hon fell Queen Mary & Westfield Coll London 1995, Hon Dr of Humane Letters Denison Univ of Ohio 1997; FRSL; >ir<: The Kitchen (1957), Chicken Soup with Barley (1958), Roots (1959), I'm Talking About Jerusalem (1960), Chips with Everything (1962), The Four Seasons (1965), Their Very Own and Golden City (Marzotto Prize, 1966), The Old Ones (1970), The Friends (1970), The Journalists (1972), The Wedding Feast (1974), Shylock (1976), Love Letters on Blue Paper (stories 1974, play 1976), One More Ride on the Merry-Go-Round (1978), Fatlips (book 1978, play as Tamak - Island of Lethargy (later renamed Voices in the Wind) 1980), Caritas (1980, wrote libretto for Caritas opera cmmnd by Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music 1988), Sullied Hand (1981), Anne Wobbler (1982), Four Portraits - of Mothers (1982), Yarsdale (1983), Cinders (1983), Whatever Happened to Betty Lemon (1986), When God Wanted a Son (1986), Badenheim 1939 (1987), Shoeshine & Little Old Lady (1987), Lady Othello (1987), Beorhtel's Hill (1988), The Mistress (1988), Three Women Talking (1990), Letter To A Daughter (1990), Blood Libel (1991), Wild Spring (1992), Circles of Perception (1996), Denial (1997), Break My Heart (1997), Groupie (2001), Longitude (2002), Letter to Myself (for 13-year-old actress, 2004); >ir< Menace (1971), Breakfast (1981), Bluey (radio play 1984, stage play 1993), Thieves in the Night (4 part adaptation of Arthur Koestler's novel, 1984-85), Phoenix Phoenix Burning Bright (TV play 1992, stageplay 2006), Barabbas (2000), Groupie (radio play 2001, stageplay 2003), Shylock (radio adaptation, 2005), The Rocking Horse (BBC World Serv cmmn, 2007, adapted for stage as The Rocking Horse Kid 2008); >ir< The Wesker Trilogy (1979), Lady Othello (1980), Homage to Catalonia (1991), Maudie (film version of Lessing's novel Diary of a Good Neighbour 1995), The Kitchen (2005); >ir< Six Sundays in January (1971), Love Letters on Blue Paper (1974), Said The Old Man to The Young Man (1978), The King's Daughters (erotic stories) 1998; >ir< Fears of Fragmentation (1971), Words - as definitions of experience (1976), Distinctions (1985), Wesker on Theatre (2010); >ir< Say Goodbye You May Never See Them Again (text for book on John Allin's naive paintings of the East End, 1974), Fatlips (story for young people, 1978), Journey into Journalism (diary of two months researching The Sunday Times, 1977), A Mini-Biography (1988), As Much As I Dare (autobiography, 1994), The BIRTH of Shylock and the DEATH of Zero Mostel (1997), When I Was Your Age (for young people, 2001), Grief (libretto for one-woman opera, 2003), Honey (novel, 2005), All Things Tire of Themselves (poetry, 2008), Wester's Monolgues; >ir< The Four Seasons (Havana) 1968, The Friends (Stockholm and London) 1970, The Old Ones (Munich) 1973, Their Very Own and Golden City (Aahus) 1974, Love Letters on Blue Paper (Nat Theatre 1978 and Oslo 1980), The Entertainer (Theatr Clwyd) 1983, Annie Wobbler (Birmingham and London) 1984, Yarsdale (RSC Actor's Festival Stratford) 1985, Yarsdale and Whatever Happened to Betty Lemon (London) 1987, Shylock (workshop prodn, London) 1989, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Oslo) 1989-90, The Kitchen (Univ of Wisconsin USA) 1990, The Mistress (Rome) 1991, The Wedding Feast (Denison Univ of Ohio USA), Letter to a Daughter (music by Benjamin Till Edinburgh Festival) 1998
Food and drink etiquette

Food and drink etiquette

Debrett's notebooks

Debrett's notebooks

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