Cameron Plays: 1: Can't Stand Up for Falling Down; Pond Life; The Mortal Ash; All of You Mine

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Bloomsbury Academic, Jan 8, 1998 - Drama - 240 pages
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Richard Cameron's most popular and acclaimed work together in one volume introduced by the author

This volume includes Can't Stand Up for Falling Down, Pond Life, Mortal Ash and All of You Mine. Can't Stand Up for Falling Down, written as interweaving monologues, is a contemporary coming-of-age play set in rural Yorkshire and centres around a death that may not be quite as accidental as it seems "Cameron's play is itself cumulatively and salutarily devastating...building up a picture from many partial perspectives, the monologues are beautifully arranged" (Independent); Pond Life is a play about a life-changing fishing expedition "the unpatronisingly sensitive vignette of adolescence explores more angles than angling in these youngsters' lives" (Mail on Sunday); Mortal Ash is a tale of youthful love, death and regeneration; All of You Mine deals with the miners' strike of 1984 and it's effects on an ex-pit village near Doncaster "there is a remorseless Ibsen-like vigour about the way he uncovers lies, motives and bad faith" (Sunday Times).
"Over the past few years, Cameron has emerged as the shrewd chronicler of a small-town, post industrial England whose experience is quite distinct from that of city dwellers." (Guardian)

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About the author (1998)

Richard Cameron was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. He taught for many years, was Director of Scunthorpe Youth Theatre from 1979 to 1988 and Head of Drama at the Thomas Sumpter School in Scunthorpe until 1991, then gave up teaching in order to write full-time. His plays include Haunted Flowers, now retitled Handle with Care (National Student Drama Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 1985) which won the 1985 Sunday Times Playwriting Award; Strugglers (Battersea Arts Centre, 1988), which won the 1988 Sunday Times Playwriting Award; The Moon's the Madonna (NSDF, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Battersea Arts Centre, 1989) which was shortlisted for the Independent Theatre Award and won the 1989 Company Award at the NSDF and Can't Stand Up for Falling Down (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Hampstead Theatre, London) for which he won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award for a record third time in 1990, as well as a Scotsman Fringe First and the 1990 Independent Theatre Award. Pond Life (Bush Theatre, London, 1992), Not Fade Away (Bush Theatre, 1993), The Mortal Ash (Bush Theatre), Almost Grown (National Theatre) and Seven (Birmingham Rep) were all performed in 1994. Other plays include The Glee Club (2002) and Gong Donkeys (2004). His first television play Stone Scissors Paper won the inaugural BBC Television Dennis Potter Play of the Year Award in 1995.

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