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Mercer Plays: 1 (:'Where the Difference', 'Case for Treatment', 'Governor's Lady', 'Eve of Publication', 'Almond Tree', 'Emma's Time')

Mercer Plays: 1 (:'Where the Difference', 'Case for Treatment', 'Governor's Lady', 'Eve of Publication', 'Almond Tree', 'Emma's Time')

David Mercer

ISBN: 9780413634504

This first volume in the world dramatists series explores the start of the career of television and stage dramatist, David Mercer, who was one of the first writers to recognize the fundamental difference of writing for television.

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The first volume of stage and TV plays by one of the best British TV writers Where the Difference Begins, a naturalist play for television, is about the "difference" between thirties deprivation and fifties affluence, between material prosperity and its accompanying spiritual and political apathy, as embodied by sixty-year-old railwayman Wilf and his sons; A Suitable Case for Treatment, a play for television, portrays a man who, on account of his communist beliefs, is unable to conform to the world around him and associates more with the gorilla he sees in the zoo than with his own wife; The Governor's Lady is set in colonial Africa focussing on a reactionary central figure; broadcast on BBC TV during the lates 60s and early 70s The Kelvin trilogy (On the Eve of Publication, The Cellar and the Almond Tree and Emma's Time) moves between Britain and Eastern Europe, the the past and the present. After Haggerty, Mercer's first major stage success is, in the playwright's own words "an intervention and a commentary on the supposed revolutionary theatre of 1968 and after."Mercer "demands in my mind the saem love and esteem I feel for Gorky. They share a generosity of spirit, a desire for change, and a savage compassion for those who must be changed." David Jones (director)

David Mercer

David Mercer was born in Wakefield in 1928, the son of an engine driver. He left school at 14 and subsequently trained and qualified as a laboratory technician and worked in this capacity for three years in a civilian hospital and then for a further three years in a Royal Navy laboratory. After leaving the navy in 1948 he studied painting for four years under Lawrence Gowing at King’s College, ... view full profile

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