Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down
Cameron, Richard (English playwright, television and film writer, 19__-____),
“Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down,” a __-minute drama of interweaving monologues in English, set in rural Yorkshire, England,
© 1990 by Richard Cameron;
• in Richard Cameron’s Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down [and] The Moon’s the Madonna (London: Methuen Publishing, Ltd, 1991), ISBN 0413656802;
• also, in Richard Cameron’s Cameron Plays 1: Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down. Pond Life. The Mortal Ash. All of You Mine, introduction by the author (London: Methuen Publishing, Ltd, 1998), ISBN 0413716600;
• script/rights available from Methuen Drama, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EJ, England, telephone+44 20 7798 1600, fax +44 20 7828 2098/7233 9827, http://www.methuen.co.uk/titles.php/isbn/0413716600.
• Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
Ruby (f), stranger to the other two; _____ (f), stranger to the other two; _____ (f), stranger to the other two.
One boorish, unthinking, man who never appears in the play wreaks damage on three women.
“Woman’s body found in quarry where eight years earlier her son died. Three women, strangers to each other, are tied to this event through one domineering man.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 56.
• Premiered 1990 National Student Drama Festival, Scunthorpe.
• Richard is three times winner of The Sunday Times Playwriting Award.
• “[Cameron Plays 1] includes 'Can't Stand Up for Falling Down,' 'Pond Life,' 'Mortal Ash' and 'All of You Mine.' 'Can't Stand Up for Falling Down,' written as interweaving monologues, is a contemporary coming-of-age play set in rural Yorkshire and centres around a death that may not be quite as accidental as it seems ‘Cameron’s play is itself cumulatively and salutarily devastating . . . building up a picture from many partial perspectives, the monologues are beautifully arranged’ (Independent); 'Pond Life' is a play about a life-changing fishing expedition ‘the unpatronisingly sensitive vignette of adolescence explores more angles than angling in these youngsters' lives’ (Mail on Sunday); 'Mortal Ash' is a tale of youthful love, death and regeneration; 'All of You Mine' deals with the miners' strike of 1984 and it’s effects on an ex-pit village near Doncaster ‘there is a remorseless Ibsen-like vigour about the way he uncovers lies, motives and bad faith’ (Sunday Times). “Over the past few years, Cameron has emerged as the shrewd chronicler of a small-town, post industrial England whose experience is quite distinct from that of city dwellers." (Guardian).”—Cameron Plays 1 by Richard Cameron, http://www.methuen.co.uk/cameronplays1.html, accessed November 11, 2002, and February 24, 2006.
• “Richard Cameron is an English playwright from Doncaster. Cameron's themes are Northern post-industrial society, working class life, tough women, and violent men. His plays include Pond Life 1992; Not Fade Away 1993; The Mortal Ash 1994; All of You Mine 1996; The Glee Club 2002; Gong Donkeys 2004. He wrote Stone, Scissors, Paper for the BBC (1997) and received the first Dennis Potter Award for it. He is associated with the movement referred to as in-yer-face theatre.”—Richard Cameron (writer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Cameron_(writer), accessed August 27, 2006.
• “Richard Cameron has had six plays produced at the Bush theatre including Pond Life (1992), Not Fade Away (1993), The Mortal Ash (1994), All Of You Mine (1997) and The Glee Club (2002 and 2004). Other recent plays include In Bed With Billy Cotton (1996) at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, With Every Beat (1995) written under the 1995 Thames Television Writer In Residence Award for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Almost Grown (1995) for The Royal National Theatre, and Seven (1995) for the Birmingham Rep. His earlier work includes Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (1990), The Moon's A Madonna (1989) and Strugglers (1989).”—Cameron Plays: 1 by Richard Cameron, http://www.methuen.co.uk/titles.php/isbn/0413716600, accessed August 27, 2006.
• Research could include Making Scenes 3: Short Plays for Young Actors, edited by Michael Fry, foreword by Nick Drake (London: Methuen Publishing Ltd, 1995), 240 pp., ISBN 0413698602, http://www.methuen.co.uk/contact.php, including “Indian Summer,” by Harwant Bains; “Almost Grown,” by Richard Cameron; “The Ice Palace,” by Lucinda Coxon; “The Dark Tower,” by Louis MacNeice. Making Scenes 3 is an exciting selection of plays commissioned by the Royal National Theatre for the BT National Connections festival for young actors in 1995. “Indian Summer,” by Harwant Bains (Kulwant returns to India and becomes fascinated with an ice-cream seller and the Holy Man who has sat for years with a sword through his mouth. When Kulwant pulls out the sword and offers the man a tutti-frutti ice-cream, a remarkable friendship is established.) “Almost Grown,” by Richard Cameron (set in Yorkshire this is the story of how a tragic accident has affected the lives of three friends.) “The Ice Palace,” by Lucinda Coxon (in this magical rites of passage tale Siss and Unn are best friends at school, but when Siss goes to visit her one day they set out on an adventure into a magnificent frozen waterfall from which Unn will never return.) “The Dark Tower,” by Louis MacNeice (Roland must follow his ancestors' and brothers' footsteps on a journey through time, by ship across the sea of doubt, past ghost towns of history and through 'deserts of dried-up hopes', until he reaches the Dark Tower.). Each play includes Production Notes, dealing with setting and staging, costume, lighting and casting. Also included are a set of questions and exercises for workshop classes.”—Making Scenes 3: Short Plays for Young Actors by Michael Fry, http://www.methuen.co.uk/titles.php/isbn/0413698602, accessed August 27, 2006.
accident, coming of age, death, domination, mother-son relationship, stranger