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TONY MARCHANT is best known for his play about the Falklands War, Welcome Home, which, after a national tour by Paines Plough, was presented at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1983. He has worked closely with the Theatre Royal, Stratford East: Remember Me? (1980); Thick as Thieves (1981); The Lucky Ones (1982); Lazydays Ltd (1984) and at the Soho Poly Theatre: Stiff (1982); Raspberry (1982). His stage play Speculators was presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Pit in 1987. He was the winner of DRAMA Magazine's ‘Most Promising Playwright’ award in 1982 and won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival in the same year for Raspberry. His work for television includes Reservations, Moneymen, Death of a Son, Great Expectations, Crime and Punishment and an episode of The Canterbury Tales (2003).

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Tony Marchant
The Attractions

Sam Lawson runs a 'black museum' in a seaside town. There are some very strange exhibits on display, including a lot of nasty-looking murder weapons. But business is bad — until young Danny breezes in with some fresh ideas about what the public wants. (Cast 2m, 1f)

"Marchant, whose writing has lost none of its verve and authenticity, and whose creation of character remains consummate, sets up a situation that chillingly explores the darker aspects of human thoughts and behaviour"
~ Lyn Gardner, City Limits

“The greatest pleasure is Marchant’s heightened, even Baroque use of the vernacular, and his way with humour ... he is an instinctive dramatist.”
~ Giles Gordon, London Daily News

“[a] sharp-witted and wise psychological mystery...”
~ Eric Shorter, The Daily Telegraph

“...there is great pleasure to be found in Marchant’s chamber of horrors ... his writing is Stanley-blade acute..."
~ Alex Renton, The Independent

 

 


Tony Marchant
Speculators

It is 7.15 a.m. in the foreign exchange dealing room of a bank in the City of London and the young whizz-kids are all geared up for a day's work making money out of money. Deutschmarks, dollars, yen — the bandwagon is rolling and the adrenalin is flowing faster than the champagne. The question is — can these speculators stand the pace? (Cast 10m, 4f)

Speculators marks this young dramatist’s continued, gleaming progress from the back streets into grander public concerns.”
~ Jim Hiley, The Listener

“...the play scores high points on tautly written, febrile authenticity, and a strong cast confidently handle the jokey banter soured by the musk of fear rising from amidst the hardware.”
~ Robert Gore-Langton, Time Out

"...Speculators is a horrifyingly entertaining attack on those who have substituted 'Greed' for 'Cheese' in the group photo and have forever changed the traditional city rules in their ruthless pursuit of the fast buck."
~ Lyn Gardner, City Limits

"...a punchy, aggressive play..."
~ Michael Billington, The Guardian

 

 

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