Vickery, Frank (Welsh playwright, 19__-____), “Split Ends,”
a __-minute farce in English, set in a living room, ___,
© 1992 by Frank Vickery; • in Frank Vickery’s Split Ends (London: Samuel French, Ltd., 1992), 16 pp.;
• script/rights available from Frank Vickery through Phil Clark, Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff CF24 4YE, United Kingdom, telephone 029 2064 6900, e-mail shermantheatre.co.uk.
• 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.
Cyril (m), Norman’s father; Norman (m), _____; Nancy (f), Norman’s mother; Susan (f), Norman's new girl friend.
“Parents meet their son’s girlfriend for the first time and comic mishaps ensue.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 399.
“. . . Nancy and Cyril . . . are about to meet their son Norman's new girl friend Susan for the first time. Susan, however whilst slim as a rake has a stomach capacity of a large dustbin and starts to eat them out of house and home. But that's not the only problem for Normans father- Cyril. He goes into hiding when his wig goes missing. Add to this a lost contact lens, a litter of kittens and you have this recipe for chaos.”—(newprod), http://www.hosiprog.freeuk.com/newprod.html, accessed May 29, 2003.
“Frank Vickery was born in 1951 in Blaen-cwm in the Rhondda. He left school at 15 and worked for a while in a clothes factory. He frequently draws on his intimate knowledge of the social and working life of his area to create his bitter-sweet dramas of life. He learnt the craft of theatre from amateur groups where he practised as an actor and writer. Just as Ayckbourn is linked to Scarborough, so Vickery is linked to the Parc and Dare Theatre in Treorchy. He uses his remarkable ear for dialogue to explore the secret passions and quiet desperations of suburban and working-class life, often tackling taboo subjects. He has written more than 20 stage plays, including: See You Tomorrow, set in a hospital ward, which explores the strained relationship between two friends, one of whom is dying; All’s Fair, which looks at the hopes of women in the Second World War; and Erogenous Zones, which investigates the sexual affairs of the inhabitants of a block of flats with all the comic energy of a farce. Frank Vickery’s writing for television includes episodes of District Nurse and Lifeboat, plays and sitcoms. Many of his plays have been broadcast on radio and he is currently writing for the radio soap Station Road.”—4Learning - Secondary - Resources4Learning - Secondary - Resources - English - The English Programme: Writers from Wales - Theatre, http://web.channel4.com/learning/main/netnotes//sectionid100663764.htm, accessed May 12, 2006.
• Frank Vickery’s plays include: After I’m Gone (1978); See You Tomorrow (1979); Breaking the String (1990); Biting the Bullet (1988); Family Planning (1989); Sleeping With Mickey Mouse (1982); All’s Fair (1988); One o’Clock From the House (1986); Roots and Wings (1986); A Night on the Tiles (1987); Split Ends (1992); A Kiss on the Bottom (1989); Easy Terms (1990); Trivial Pursuits (1990); Spanish Lies (1993); Green Favours (1994); Erogenous Zones (1994); The Drag Factor (1994); Loose Ends (1994); Bedside Manner (1996); and Love Forty (1997).
• Samuel French, Ltd., London, offers eighteen scripts by Frank Vickery: After I'm Gone, ISBN 0 573 12003 X; All's Fair, ISBN 0 573 01675 5; Biting the Bullet, ISBN 0 573 01920 7; Breaking the String, ISBN 0 573 01728 X; Easy Terms, ISBN 0 573 01757 3; Erogenous Zones, ISBN 0 573 01759 X; Family Planning*ISBN 0 573 01685 2; Green Favours, ISBN 0 573 12103 6; Kiss on the Bottom, ISBN 0 573 13004 3; Loose Ends, ISBN 0 573 01824 3; Love Forty, ISBN 0 573 01826 X; Night on the Tiles, ISBN 0 573 11350 5; Night Out, ISBN 0 573 12011 0; One O'Clock from the House, ISBN 0 573 01628 3; Pullin' the Wool, ISBN 0 573 01959 2; Roots and Wings, ISBN 0 573 01885 5; Spanish Lies, ISBN 0 573 01903 7; Split Ends, ISBN 0 573 12264 4; Trivial Pursuits, ISBN 0 573 11469 2.—French's acting editions: V, http://www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk, accessed May 12, 2006.
appetite, contact lens, courtship, family, kittens, new girlfriend, wig.