Ken Duncum

Plays 2 London Calling: Blue Sky Boys, Waterloo Sunset, John I'm Only Dancing

ISBN: 9780864736840

Paperback, 148 x 210mm
276 pages

Published 2011

Music hits the shores of New Zealand and reverberates through three different eras in these plays by award-winning playwright Ken Duncum. 

Blue Sky Boys 
Wellington, 1964, The Beatles rock the Town Hall while the down-on-their-luck Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, thrash out their artistic and personal differences, using a trio of New Zealand teens as cannon fodder.

John, I'm Only Dancing 
Glam gatecrashes an early seventies boys' high as a subversive music teacher turns macho school culture on its head via a staging of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust

Waterloo Sunset 
1980, a Wellington southerly batters a converted waterfront boatshed where safety-pinned Punks clash with older ex-pat English Mods, each fighting to find a future as their youth runs out.

Ken Duncum grew up in Rotorua and has been writing for theatre and television for over twenty years and is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading playwrights. His many plays include Blue Sky Boys (Best New Zealand Play 1990), Flipside (Chapman Tripp Award for Production of the Year 2000), Trick of the Light and Cherish (Chapman Tripp Awards for Best New New Zealand Play 2002 and 2003). He has also written scripts for major television shows like Duggan and Coverstory (Best Script, TV Drama, Film and TV Awards 1997), and is the Michael Hirschfeld Director of Scriptwriting at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. In 2010 he held the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship in Menton, France.




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