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"When a Man Knows"

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Richardson, Alan Watt (Scottish playwright, May 28, 1949-____), “When a Man Knows,”

a 35-minute drama in English, set in a deserted factory, Scotland, 2003,

1m1f (+ extra)

; • © 2003 by Alan Watt Richardson; • in Alan Watt Richardson’s When a Man Knows (Edinburgh, Scotland: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Alan Watt Richardson, 40/9 Robertson Avenue, Edinburgh EH11 1PS, Scotland, telephone 0131 313 5040, e-mail alanrichardson@clara.co.uk or alan@playsbyalanrichardson.co.uk. • Cited on Alan Watt Richardson’s Website, One Act Plays, http://www.playsbyalanrichardson.co.uk/one_act_plays.htm, accessed March 20, 2003.

§ Dramatis Personae Edward Harris (m), 40-50, a businessman (kidnap victim) Pamela (f), 40-50, the kidnapper.

§ Synopsis “A businessman is held captive by an unknown woman.

§ Comment "Short listed in the SCDA Play on Words Competition 2002 and the Drama Association of Wales One Act Playwriting Competition 2003. Was written in response to theatre group requests for ‘something really challenging’. First performance was given in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, by the Old Nick Theatre Company, August, 2003. The first UK performance was at the King's Head theatre, Islington, London, June, 2004. • Alan was born and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He has been involved in amateur theatre for 35 years as an actor, director, stage manager and playwright. Since his first play won the Scottish Community Drama Association Playwriting Competition in 1973, another 6 plays have won playwriting competitions. His 20+ plays have been staged over 600 times, mainly in the UK, but also in Holland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.”—Alan Watt Richardson via e-mail alanrichardson@clara.co.uk, July 11, 4002.

§ Themes AIDS, business, captivity, death, dominance, kidnapping, revenge, sexual attitudes.

See also Alan Watt Richardson's

  • "The Broken Band," a 40-minute drama in English, set in a ruined sheiling (a temporary shelter for shepherds) close to the border between England and Scotland, September 10, 1513; the day after the Battle of Flodden, 2m2f (+ extra)
  • "Mr Perfect," a 35-minute comedy in English, set in a hotel lounge bar, late afternoon, Scotland, 2003, 2f (+1m nonspeaking)
  • "Perfect Partners," a 40-minute Scottish comedy-drama in English (available in Dutch translation), set in an agency office, Scotland, 1990, 2m2f
  • "Telltale," a 40--minute Scottish drama in English, set in _____, Scotland, 1715, 2m2f (+ extra)

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