Storey Plays: 1: The Contractor , Home , Stages , Caring

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Bloomsbury Academic, Oct 12, 1992 - Drama - 272 pages

"David Storey is a writer who genuinely extends the territory of drama" (Guardian)

The Contractor: "A subtle and poetic parable about the nature and joy of skilled work, the meaning of community and the effect of its loss" (Observer); Home: "about the solitude and dislocation of madness and...the decline of Britain itself...part of the play's appeal is that Storey leaves it to us to draw our own conclusions...a play that contains within itself the still, sad music of humanity." (Guardian); Stages: " elegy for lost times and places, an obituary that has been free-associated by the corpse-to-be...Storey once said that a play 'lives almost in the measure that it escapes and refuses definition'. He has always been a writer who hints rather than states, let alone hectors." (The Times); Caring, a companion piece to Stages, reflects a reassessment and renegotiation of the conflict between life and art.

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About the author (1992)

David Storey is a well-known British novelist and playwright. His first novel, This Sporting Life was published in 1960 and won the Macmillan Award. Later, he adapted it for the screen. Flight Into Camden, his second novel, published in 1960, won several awards and several of his plays, among them, The Contractor, Home, and The Changing Room have also been award winners. Storey, the son of a coal miner, was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England and earned a diploma from the Slade School of Art in London. His early life as a professional rugby player and an art student influenced his works. He documents much of this in his novel, Saville, the story of a man who finds himself gradually alienated from the world of his Yorkshire roots. Saville won the Booker Award in 1976. David Storey is married and has four children.

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