Other Plays by Derek Benfield
Benfield, Derek (British playwright, actor, ____-____), “The Party,”
a __-minute comedy in English, set in _____, 1964,
© 1964 by Derek Benfield;
• in Derek Benfield’s The Party (New York: Evans Brothers, Ltd, 1964);
• script/rights available from Evans Brothers, Ltd, Montague House, Russell Square, London W.C. 1, England.
_____ (m), __, husband; _____ (m), __, _____; _____ (f), __, wife; _____ (f), __, _____.
“Unambitious couple try to behave in manner foreign to their natures and fail.”—Play Index 1961-1967: An Index to 4,793 Plays, edited by Estelle A. Fidell (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1968), p. 26.
• Interior setting. Background music.
• "Derek Benfield was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, the son of a journalist. He was educated ay Bingley Grammar School before serving in the army during the war. He then trained for the theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he won the Gertrude Lawrence Award for his performance in French Without Tears. Derek's first professional appearances were for Brian Rix in Ilkley and Bridlington after which he acted for many years in various repertory companies including Preston, Hull, Salisbury, Hornchurch, Croydon and Worthing. He also appeared in several plays in the West End. Derek's first television appearance was in the serial Return to the Lost Planet for the BBC, after which he played countless roles in such popular programmes as Emergency Ward Ten, Dixon of Dock Green, Three Live Wires, Maigret, Coronation Street, Z Cars and The Likely Lads as well as such TV dramas as War and Peace, The Apple Cart and Great Expectations. Since playing Frank Skinner in Timeslip, Derek's face has become a very popular one from his many appearances on television including his role as Bill Riley in the long running BBC series The Brothers, and more recently playing Patricia Routledge's husband in the popular crime drama Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. Derek is also a successful playwright. His many comedies have been widely produced throughout the world. These include: Beyond a Joke, In for the Kill, Murder for the Asking, A Respectable Wedding (trans.), Running Riot, The Solemn Communion, Caught on the Hop, Touch and Go, Bedside Manners (starring John Inman), Look Who's Talking and Fish Out of Water. Two new plays by Derek, Funny Business and Second Time Around are to be produced in the U.K. during 2003."—D.Benfield, http://www.lampenfieber-in-hanau.de/html/d_benfield.html, accessed March 28, 2006.
ambition, behavior, failure, fraud, normalcy.