Barrie Keeffe Biography (1945-)

Full name, Barrie Colin Keeffe; born October 31, 1945, in London, England; son of Edward Thomas (a post office employee) and Constance Beatrice (a Women'sVoluntary Service worker; maiden name, Marsh) Keeffe; married Dee Sarah Truman, 1969 (divorced, 1979); married Verity Eileen Bargate Proud (a writer), 1981 (died 1981); married Julia Lindsay, 1983; children: (second marriage) twostepsons. Addresses: Agent--Harvey Unna & Stephen Durbridge Ltd.,24-32 Pottery Lane, London, W11 4LZ, England; Gilbert Parker, William MorrisAgency, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019.

Nationality
English
Gender
Male
Birth Details
October 31, 1945
London, England

Famous Works

  • Credits; STAGE DIRECTOR
  • A Certain Vincent (also see below), produced in Amsterdam and London, 1975.
  • A Gentle Spirit (also see below), produced in Amsterdam, 1981, then London, 1982.
  • A Certain Vincent has been released as a taped reading by RCA, and No Excuses has been released as a taped reading by CBS.
  • Writings;STAGE PLAYS
  • Only a Game, produced at Shaw Theatre, London, 1973.
  • A Sight of Glory, produced at Cockpit Theatre, London, 1975.
  • Gem (also see below), produced at Soho Poly Theatre, London, 1975.
  • My Girl: A Love Story, produced at Soho Poly Theatre, London, 1975, thenTheatre Royal, Stratford East, 1989.
  • (With Jules Croiset) A Certain Vincent (adaptation of letters of VincentVan Gogh), produced in Amsterdam and London, 1975.
  • Scribes, produced in Newcastle upon Tyne, 1975, then Greenwich Theatre, London, 1976, later Phoenix Theatre, 1977.
  • Gotcha (also see below), produced at Soho Poly Theatre, London, 1976.
  • Here Comes the Sun, produced at Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre, London, 1976,published in Act 3, edited by David Self and Ray Speakman, Hutchinson, 1979.
  • Abide with Me (also see below), produced at Soho Poly Theatre, London, 1976.
  • Barbarians: A Trilogy: Killing Time, Abide with Me, In the City, producedat Soho Poly Theatre, London, 1977, then Greenwich Theatre, London, 1977, later produced at Young Vic Theatre, 1988, published by Eyre Methuen (London),1977, Eyre Methuen (New York), 1981.
  • Gimme Shelter: Gem, Gotcha, Getaway (trilogy), produced at Soho Poly Theatre, London, 1977, then Royal Court Theatre, London, 1977, and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, 1978, published by Eyre Methuen, 1977, Grove Press, 1979.
  • Up the Truncheon, produced at Shaw Theatre, London, 1977.
  • A Mad World, My Masters (musical), produced by Joint Stock Company, YoungVic Theatre, London, then Roadhouse Theatre, London, both 1977, later San Francisco, 1978, revised version produced at Theatre Royal, Stratford East, 1984, published by Eyre Methuen (London), 1977, Eyre Methuen (New York), 1981.
  • Frozen Assets (two act; also see below), produced at Warehouse Theatre, London, 1978, then San Francisco, 1978; revised version produced in London, 1987, published by Eyre Methuen (London), c.
  • 1979, Eyre Methuen (New York), 1981.
  • Sus, produced at Soho Poly Theatre, London, 1979, then Royal Court Theatre, London, 1979, later Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1983, and Soho Poly Theatre, 1984, published by Eyre Methuen (London), c. 1980, Eyre Methuen (New York), 1981.
  • Bastard Angel (based on a play by Anton Chekhov), produced at Queen's Theatre, London, 1980, published by Eyre Methuen (London), 1980, Eyre Methuen (New York), 1981.
  • Black Lear, produced in Sheffield, 1980.
  • She's So Modern, produced at Queen's Theatre, London, 1980.
  • Chorus Girls (musical), produced at Theatre Royal, Stratford East, 1981.
  • (With Croiset) A Gentle Spirit (adaptation of a story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky), produced in Amsterdam, 1981, then London, 1982.
  • Better Times, produced at Theatre Royal, Stratford East, 1985, publishedby Methuen, 1985.
  • King of England, produced at Theatre Royal, Stratford East, 1988.
  • Wild Justice, produced at Theatre Royal, Stratford East, 1990.
  • Not Fade Away (musical), produced at Theatre Royal, Stratford East, 1990.
  • Writings;SCREENPLAYS
  • The Long Good Friday, released by Black Lion Films, 1980, published by Methuen, 1984.
  • Writings;TELEVISION PLAYS
  • Substitute, Granada, 1972.
  • Gotcha, BBC, 1977.
  • Not Quite Cricket, Thames, 1977.
  • Scribes, BBC, 1977.
  • Nipper, BBC, 1978.
  • Champions, Granada, 1978.
  • Hanging Around, BBC, 1978.
  • Waterloo Sunset, BBC, 1980.
  • Also author of No Excuses (series; also see below), 1983; and King, 1984.
  • Writings;RADIO PLAYS
  • Good Old Uncle Jack, BBC, 1975.
  • Pigeon Skyline, BBC, 1975.
  • Only a Game, BBC, 1976.
  • Self Portrait, BBC, 1977.
  • Heaven Scent, BBC, 1979, published in Best Radio Plays of 1979, Eyre Methuen, 1980.
  • Frozen Assets (adaptation of his play), BBC, c. 1987.
  • Writings;OTHER
  • Gadabout (novel), Longmans, Green, 1969.
  • No Excuses (novelization of his television series), Methuen, 1983.
  • (Editor) The 1984 Verity Bargate Award Short Plays, Methuen, 1985.
  • (Editor) The Verity Bargate Award New Plays 1986, Methuen, 1987.
  • Other Works
  • Adaptations: A Mad World, My Masters has been adapted for audiences in the Netherlands and the United States.

Further Reference

BOOKS

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 13: British Dramatists Since World War II, Gale, 1982, pp. 272-76.
PERIODICALS
  • Times Saturday Review, March 26, 1977, p. 10.

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