Other Plays by Howard Brenton
Other Plays by Tariq Ali
Other Plays by Andy de la Tour
Brenton, Howard (aka Howard John Brenton, British playwright, novelist, librettist, radio writer, screen writer, b. Portsmouth, Hants [Hampshire], England, on December 13, 1942-____), Tariq Ali (Indian playwright, 1943-____), and Andy de la Tour (English playwright, 1942-____) “Snogging Ken,"
a _-minute drama in English, set in London, England, 2000,
© 2000 by Tariq Ali, Howard Brenton, Andy de la Tour;
• in Tariq Ali, Howard Brenton, Andy de la Tour’s Snogging Ken (London: Oberon, 2000), 120 pp., ISBN 9781840021639, including the “Stigma Manifesto.”
Millbank (m), __, _______; Ken (m), __, _______; _______ (f), __, Tony’s nanny, a Millbank babe; _______ (f), __, Tony’s nanny, a Millbank babe.
“Pity Tony’s nannies at New Labour’s Millbank election war-room: they’re working night and day to get ‘Red Ken’ and prevent him from becoming Mayor of London. Suddenly it’s Ken, the cuckoo in the nest, who’s getting the people’s vote and Millbank, charged with plotting his downfall, is getting desperate. Ever more dastardly plots are afoot as the election draws nearer.”—Howard Brenton - complete guide to the Playwright and Plays, http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsB/brenton-howard.html, August 12, 2008.
“A one-act after-dinner entertainment in the run-up to the London mayoral elections. ‘Snogging Ken,’ which takes place over three lunches between now and polling day, has two Millbank babes hatching Ken's defeat.”—Directory of performance listings | Arts Archive, http://www.arts-archive.com, August 12, 2008.
• Premiered at Almeida Theatre, London, England, 2000.
• “Left-wing playwright Brenton began writing for the Combination, at Brighton, and The Portable Theatre, a touring company. He is strongly influenced by Bertold Brecht, and has worked with both fringe and mainstream theatre companies since the late 1960s, frequently causing controversy. Recently he has worked at the National Theatre despite his having expressed doubts in the past about such establishment institutions. Important plays include 'Magnificence', (1973); 'Brassneck' (1973), a collaboration with David Hare; 'The Churchill Play' (1974); 'Weapons of Happiness' (1974); 'Epsom Downs' (1977); 'Romans in Britain' (1978); 'The Genius' (1983); 'Bloody Poetry' (1984); 'Pravda' (1985), also a collaboration with David Hare, and 'Greenland' (1988).”—Brenton, Howard, http://www.artsworld.com/books-film/biographies/a-c/howard-brenton.html, accessed August 14, 2002.
• “Tariq Ali was born . . . in Lahore [Pakistan], in what was then British-controlled India. He was educated in Pakistan and then at Oxford. His opposition to the military dictatorship in Pakistan during the 1960s led to permanent exile in Britain. He was active in the anti-war movement in Europe during the late 1960s. Ali is a longstanding editor of New Left Review and has written more than a dozen books on history and politics. His forthcoming book is The Clash of Fundamentalism: Crusades, Jihad, and Modernity (Verso, 2002). He also has been working on two sets of novels. Three novels of the "Islamic Quintet" have been published by Verso: Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, The Book of Saladin, and The Stone Woman. They portray Islamic civilization in a way that he says "run counter to the standard views." His "Fall of Communism" trilogy has seen the publication of Redemption and Fear of Mirrors. Ali’s creative output extends to scripts for stage and screen. A short play of his on Iraq was recently performed at Cooper Union in New York. A veritable "all 'rounder," as they say in South Asia, he is currently working on an opera on Ayatollah Khomeini.”—Tariq Ali Interview | David Barsamian | January 2002 issue of The Progressive magazine, http://www.progressive.org/0901/intv0102.html, accessed September 14, 2002.
• Author Bio Tariq Ali Though educated at a Catholic school in Lahore (formerly in India, now in Pakistan), Tariq Ali has been an atheist all his life. He has been a dissenter in other ways as well. He studied at Oxford, where he was president of the Oxford Union and debated the Vietnam War with Henry Kissinger, and he was briefly a member of a Marxist group. Since he was in his 20s, Ali has devoted himself to writing and broadcasting on behalf of the social and political causes he believes in, fighting against capitalist hegemony, the exploitation of the poor, and the marginalization of dissent.”—Snogging Ken : Tariq Ali : ISBN 9781840021639 - Buy.com, http://www.buy.com/prod/snogging-ken/q/loc/106/30714413.html, August 12, 2008.
conspiracy, election, London politics, mayoralty.