John Godber Biography (1956-)

Full name, John Harry Godber; born May 15, 1956, in Upton, Yorkshire, England. Career: Playwright and director. High school teacher in South Elmsall, England, 1981-83; Hull Truck (theatre company), Hull, England, artistic director, 1984-. Awards, Honors: Awards from Edinburgh Festival, 1981, 1982, and 1984; Olivier Award, Society of West End Theatre, 1984; award from Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, 1986; honorary D.Litt., University of Hull,1988; five Chicago Jefferson Awards, 1990; Olivier Award nomination, comedy of the year, for On the Piste; Martini Theatre Award nomination, best touring production, for April in Paris. Addresses: Office: HullTruck, Spring Street Theatre, Spring St., Hull, Yorkshire HU2 8RW, England.

Nationality
English
Gender
Male
Occupation
Playwright, director
Birth Details
May 15, 1956
Upton, Yorkshire, England

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Director
  • A Clockwork Orange, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1980, then London, 1984
  • Cry Wolf, Rotherham, England, 1981
  • Cramp, Hull, England, 1981, revised version produced in Edinburghand London, both 1986
  • E. P. A., Hull, 1982
  • Happy Jack, Hull, 1982
  • Young Hearts Run Free: Ideas towards a Play, West Bretton, England, 1983
  • September in the Rain, Edinburgh, 1983, then London, 1984
  • Bouncers, Edinburgh and London, both 1984
  • Up 'n' Under, Edinburgh and London, both 1984
  • Shakers, Spring Street Theatre, Hull, then London, both 1985
  • Up 'n' Under, Edinburgh, 1985
  • Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Spring Street Theatre, then London, both1986
  • Imagine, Spring Street Theatre, 1987
  • Hedda Gabler, Spring Street Theatre, 1987
  • The Dock, Spring Street Theatre, 1987
  • Putting on the Ritz, Leicester, England, 1987
  • Teechers, Edinburgh and London, both 1987
  • On the Piste, Garrick Theatre, London, 1993
  • Director of the touring production of April in Paris.
  • Television Work
  • Creator; Series; Unless Otherwise Noted
  • Blood, Sweat, and Tears, 1986
  • The Ritz (based on his stage play Putting on the Ritz), 1987
  • The Continental, 1987
  • Chalkface, BBC, 1990
  • My Kingdom for a Horse, BBC, 1990
  • Bloomin' Marvellous, BBC, 1997
  • Film Work
  • Director, Up 'n' Under (based on his stage play; also known as Up and Under), Entertainment Film Distributors, 1998
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Plays
  • A Clockwork Orange (based on the novel by Anthony Burgess), produced in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1980, then London, 1984
  • Cry Wolf, Rotherham, England, 1981
  • Cramp, Hull Truck (theatre company), Hull, England, 1981, revisedversion (with Music by Tom robinson and Hereward K), Edinburgh, then Bloomsbury Theatre, London, both 1986
  • E. P. A., Hull, 1982
  • Happy Jack, Hull, 1982, then London, 1985
  • Young Hearts Run Free: Ideas towards a Play, West Bretton, England, 1983
  • September in the Rain, Hull Truck, Edinburgh, 1983, then Gate/Latchmere Theatre, London, 1984, later Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1983-85
  • Bouncers, Edinburgh and London, both 1984, then Hull Truck, DonmarWarehouse Theatre, 1986, later Arts Theatre Club, London, 1986, and Los Angeles, 1986, later Minetta Lane Theatre, New York City, 1987, published with Shakers, Chappell, 1987, published in Five Plays, 1989
  • Up 'n' Under, Hull Truck, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, 1984, then Fortune Theatre, London, 1985, published by Amber Lane Press, 1985, published inFive Plays, 1989
  • (With Jane Thornton) Shakers, Hull Truck, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, 1984, then Spring Street Theatre, Hull, 1985, then Kings Head Theatre, London, 1985, later Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles, 1987-88
  • Up 'n' Under II, Edinburgh, 1985
  • Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Spring Street Theatre, then Hull Truck, Tricycle Theatre, London, both 1986
  • Putting on the Ritz, Leicester, England, 1987
  • Teechers, Hull Truck, Edinburgh, 1987, then Arts Theatre Club, London, 1988, published in Five Plays, 1989, published as Teachers: AClassroom Odyssey, 1989
  • Oliver Twist (juvenile; based on the novel by Charles Dickens), 1987
  • Salt of the Earth, Hull Truck, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, 1988, published in 1989
  • Happy Families, Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain, Tower Theatre, Canonbury, 1991, published in 1992
  • The Office Party, Hull Truck, 1992
  • April in Paris, 1992
  • On the Piste, Garrick Theatre, London, 1993, published in 1992
  • Television Series
  • Rainbow Coloured Disco Dancer (based on work by C. P. Taylor), 1984
  • Television Episodes
  • Toys of Age, 1979
  • Crown Court, 1983
  • Brookside, between 1983 and 1984
  • Grange Hill, between 1984 and 1986
  • Screenplays
  • Up 'n' Under (based on his stage play; also known as Up and Under), Entertainment Film Distributors, 1998

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