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David Mercer

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(1928–80) English playwright. Born into working-class Yorkshire, Mercer became a successful writer of witty yet substantial stage and television plays in the 1960s, often dealing ...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., David ( 1928–1980 ) British dramatist A Suitable Case for Treatment ( 1962 ) Drama After Haggerty ( 1970 ) ...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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155 words

..., David ( 1928–80 ) English playwright . Born into working-class Yorkshire, Mercer became a successful writer of witty yet substantial stage and television plays in the 1960s, often dealing with social alienation and class loyalties. These themes appear in Mercer's first successful play, Ride a Cock Horse ( 1965 ), as well as in After Haggerty ( 1970 ), an ironic *comedy in which a theatre critic, lecturing about the British theatrical revolution of 1956 in the face of real, political revolutions, must also confront his offensive working-class...

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Melissa Dana Gibson

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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154 words

..., David ( 1928–80 ) English playwright. Born into working-class Yorkshire, Mercer became a successful writer of witty yet substantial stage and television plays in the 1960s, often dealing with social alienation and class loyalties. These themes appear in Mercer's first successful play, Ride a Cock Horse ( 1965 ), as well as in After Haggerty ( 1970 ), an ironic comedy in which a theatre critic, lecturing about the British theatrical revolution of 1956 in the face of real, political revolutions, must also confront his offensive working-class...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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199 words

..., David (b. Wakefield, Yorks , 27 June 1928 ; d. Haifa, Israel , 8 Aug. 1980 ) Playwright . Mercer was, first and foremost, a pioneering screenwriter whose work reflects his Marxist beliefs, his northern roots and his own history of mental illness. A recurring theme is the tension resulting from conflicting social (or political) and family pressures, seen in his first West End play, Ride a Cock Horse ( 1965 ), in which a Yorkshire writer moves among three women. His television trilogy, The Generations ( Where the Difference Begins , 1961 ; A...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

..., David ( 1928–80 ), British dramatist , born in Wakefield, the son of an engine driver. After leaving school at 14 he worked as a laboratory technician, then went to King's College, Newcastle, first to study chemistry, then to take a degree in fine arts. After some years spent teaching he became a full-time writer, achieving recognition with a series of television plays, including Where the Difference Begins ( 1961 ), A Climate of Fear ( 1962 ), and A Suitable Case for Treatment ( 1962 ), which was later filmed as Morgan ( 1965 ). Subsequently he...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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Literature
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..., David ( 1928–80 ) Playwright , who achieved recognition with his trilogy of television plays Where the Difference Begins ( 1961 ), A Climate of Fear ( 1962 ), and The Birth of a Private Man ( 1963 ), published together as The Generations in 1964 . The trilogy is primarily concerned with problems of left-wing political commitment. His many subsequent works for stage, screen, and television include A Suitable Case for Treatment (TV 1962 ; published in Three TV Comedies , 1966 ; filmed as Morgan , 1965 ); After Haggerty , staged and...

Mercer, David

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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178 words

..., David ( 1928–80 ), English playwright, whose plays reflect an interest in both politics—he was a disillusioned Marxist—and schizophrenia and madness. He was already well known for his television plays when in 1965 the RSC staged his one-act political play The Governor's Lady . In the same year Peter O'Toole appeared in Ride a Cock Horse as the working-class anti-hero alienated from his background by his success as a writer; it was produced in New York in 1979 . Two further plays, Belcher's Luck ( 1966 ) and After Haggerty ( 1970 ), the...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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Literature
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185 words

..., David ( 1928–80 ) Playwright , born in Wakefield, the son of an engine-driver. After attempts at various careers he achieved recognition with his trilogy of television plays Where the Difference Begins ( 1961 ), A Climate of Fear ( 1962 ), and The Birth of a Private Man ( 1963 ), published together as The Generations in 1964 . The trilogy is primarily concerned with problems of left-wing political commitment; it opens in a Yorkshire working-class home, and ends with death on the Berlin Wall. Mental disturbance, alienation, class conflict, generation...

David Mercer

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
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Quotations
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35 words

...0David David Mercer 1928 – 80 English dramatist A suitable case for treatment. title of television play (1962); later filmed as Morgan–A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) suitable case for treatment suitable case for ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
35 words

...0David David Mercer 1928 – 80 English dramatist A suitable case for treatment. title of television play (1962); later filmed as Morgan—A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) suitable case for treatment suitable case for ...

David Mercer

David Mercer  

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(1928–80)English playwright. Born into working-class Yorkshire, Mercer became a successful writer of witty yet substantial stage and television plays in the 1960s, often dealing with social ...
Domestic Buildings

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Malcolm Airs

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
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6,135 words
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Oxford University Press

...School of Architecture in his Illustrated Handbook of Vernacular Architecture ( 1970 ). The success of this slim volume was a measure of the increasing popular interest in the subject, and it was followed in 1975 by a major review of the current state of knowledge by Eric Mercer in English Vernacular Houses , the first thematic volume by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England . In the same year Peter Smith published a comprehensive volume entitled the Houses of the Welsh Countryside for the Royal Commission on Ancient and...

Mercer plays

Mercer plays  

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There are few rivals in Canadian theatre for the importance and influence of David French's Mercer plays as a body of connected works. The first play, Leaving home (1972), is ...
David Bottoms

David Bottoms  

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(1949– ),was born in Canton, Georgia, the only child of a funeral director and a registered nurse. Educated at Mercer University, West Georgia College, and Florida State University, Bottoms became ...
After Haggerty

After Haggerty  

A: David Mercer Pf: 1970, London Pb: 1970 G: Pol. com. in 2 acts S: London, Budapest, Moscow, Havana, Prague, Chicago, New York, Long Island, and Yorkshire, 1956–70 C: 9m, 5fBernard Link, an ...
David Jones

David Jones  

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(b. Poole, Dorset, 19 Feb. 1934)Director. He directed new plays and twentieth-century classics for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Brecht, Vian, Nelson, Grass, O'Casey, four by Mercer, and a ...
David Raksin

David Raksin  

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B. 4 August 1912, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 9 August 2004, Van Nuys, California, USA. A composer, lyricist, and arranger for film background music, whose career spanned more than 50 ...
David Warner

David Warner  

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(b. Manchester, 29 July 1941)Actor. Warner was spotted in the film Tom Jones (1963) by the Royal Shakespeare Company, for which he subsequently played Henry VI and Edward IV ...
Leaving Home

Leaving Home  

A: David French Pf: 1972, Toronto Pb: 1972 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Working-class house in Toronto, late 1950s C: 4m, 3fBill Mercer is about to get married to Kathy Jackson, who is pregnant. His brother ...
Vivien Merchant

Vivien Merchant  

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(1929–82)English actress. Playing cool, sexually charged characters, Merchant was best known as an interpreter of Harold Pinter, to whom she was married. She originated the role of Ruth, the ...

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