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ALAN PLATER (1935 - 2010) was born in Jarrow. He trained as an architect in Newcastle but had abandoned that by 1961 to become a full-time writer, often celebrating northern working-class life in his work. He had over 250 credits in radio, television, theatre and films, and also wrote six novels. His TV credits spanned 40 years including Softly, Softly and The Wednesday Play in the sixties and seventies, Fortunes of War in the eighties, Dalziel and Pasco and Midsomer Murders in the nineties, and Joe Maddison's War postumously in the year of his death. His stage plays include Close the Coalhouse Door, two boisterous adaptations of Bill Tidy’s Fosdyke Saga, and Sweet Sorrow - a celebration of the poet Philip Larkin. In 2005 Plater was awarded a CBE and also the Dennis Potter BAFTA award for writing.

I Thought I Heard a Rustling by Alan Plater publisher Amber Lane Press
ISBN: 9781872868042
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Alan Plater
I Thought I Heard a Rustling

I Thought I Heard a Rustling is a comedy – about a very serious topical dilemma: would you rather live in a town with twenty-seven supermarkets and one library, or a town with twenty-eight supermarkets and no library? With passing swipes at Professional Northerners and pompous local councillors, Alan Plater’s play is a Celebration of the Written Word, suggesting as a basis for negotiation that Books are a Good Idea. First seen at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, in January 1991 starring Annette Crosbie and Paul Copley. (Cast 3m, 2f)

I Thought I Heard a Rustling has warmth, affection, humour and whatever it is that makes some plays live while other plays are still-born.”
~ John Gross, Sunday Telegraph

“[Plater’s latest comedy] once again strikes an anachronistic note, set, as it is, in an underused branch library, in a politically hung borough. Once again Plater reveals himself through the gentle eccentricity of his characters the central pair of whom are a fastidious middle-aged librarian and a fraudulent young poet-in-residence.”
~ Claire Armitstead, Financial Times

“[The play displays] a fine ear for quirky dialogue, a sharp eye for the absurd, and, above all, a generosity of spirit ... Plater has created a most engaging study of the sort of professional Northerner who preys so easily on the gullibility of Southerners with talk of hard times down t’pit and pubs called The Limping Whippet.”
~ Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

 


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