David Rudkin






Penda's Fen (tv film 1972): papers given at British Film Institute conference June 2017

published Oct 31 2019 by Strange Attractor Press:  360pp with stills and including original screenplay   

PENDA's FEN:  showings:  

Feb 28 2020 London Review of Books bookshop

Feb 29 2020 Whitechapel Gallery


libretto for opera by Param Vir

premiere scheduled for Dec 13th 2020, Beethoven Anniversary Festival Season, Theater Bonn, Germany

William Dazeley, baritone

Director Vasily Barkhatov

Dec 19th, 26th 2020; Jan 3rd, 10th, 27th, Feb 19th, 26th 2021



libretto for major opera project with composer Param Vir

scheduled for premiere late 2020 (season to celebrate 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth), Theater Bonn, Germany. With William Dazeley, baritone.  Director Vasily Barkhatov.


(working title)  

Original screenplay for film by Andre Semenza, Zikzira Theatre Company, Maverick Films.

major opera project with c

Theater Bonn season 2020-21


(working title)

original screenplay in progress for film by Andre Semenza

Maverick Films/Zikzira Theatre Co

News & Updates

while site was down:

Macedonia   Repudiating Athens' failed democracy and her theatre, the aging Euripides goes into voluntary exile.  He will write only 'little pieces' from now.  But in the savage wilds of Macedonia, one last terrible transgressive tragedy comes struggling up within him to be born. With Michael Pennington.  Director Jeremy Mortimer.  BBC Radio 3, February 2015.

Here We Stay   PlacePrint 9 of sequence of ten:  1665, the villagers of Eyam, Derbyshire, quarantine themselves to prevent the spread of the Plague, that has come to them in a consignment of cloth from London. Prepared reading given in Eyam Parish Church, July 15th 2015, with Charlotte Cornwell as Pestis.  Director Jack McNamara.

Retrospective season of tv and fim work:  British Film Institute, February 2016. curator Victoria Childs.

Deathwatch by Jean Genet   In an updated translation of his1985 final revision, for the Print Room, Coronet Theatre, London, April - May 2016.  With Emma Naomi, Joseph Quinn, Tom Varey, Danny Lee Wynter.  Directed by Geraldine Alexander.    

PlacePrints 1, 2, 3, 7  in prepared reading by Richard Lynch, Juliet Stevenson, Toby Jones, Jack Wilkinson, Frances Tomelty, Hugh Ross.  The Print Room Studio, Coronet Theatre, London, April 20th and 21st 2016.  Director Jack McNamara.

Oh Whistle, and I'll Come to You  At King's College, Cambridge each Christmas-tide, Professor M R James would read his latest ghost-story to an invited audience of colleagues and pupils.  In honour of this tradition, I devised this stage version of his perhaps most famous story for the Nottingham-based New Perspectives Theatre Company to tour to winter villages.  November-January 2016-27.  With Mark Jardine, Jack Wilkinson, Anthony Wise.  Directed by Theresa Keogh.

Ashes  my 1972 stage-play in a startling and unsparing re-awakening, Octagon Theatre, Bolton, February - March 2017, with Katy Cavanagh, Colin Connor, Kate Coogan, John Branwell.  Directed by David Thacker.

Where There Is No More Sea  PlacePrint 8, the traditional site of two Covenanter women's martyrdom by drowning on the tidal sands of the Solway Firth.  With Frances Grey.  Directed by Jack McNamara for the British Film Institute conference on Penda's Fen, National Film Theatre, June 2017. 

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