DAVID RUDKIN


dramatist, screenwriter, translator, author




represented at
Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd
3rd Floor
7 Savoy Court
Strand
LONDON WC2R 0EX

tel: +44 (0)20 7287 4450
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www.casarotto.co.uk


www.davidrudkin.com


stage:

first produced:

1962
AFORE NIGHT COME stage play (written 1960): RSC London
Penguin Books New English Dramatists vol 7; Oberon Books 2001

1965
MOSES AND AARON singers' translation of libretto; opera by Schoenberg: Covent Garden
Friends of Covent Garden

1966
SUN INTO DARKNESS scenario for Western Theatre Ballet, Sadlers Wells

1968
BURGLARS childrens play: Oval Theatre; ICA; Unicorn Theatre, London
Hutchinson: Prompt vol 2

1969
THE GRACE OF TODD original libretto; comic opera by Gordon Crosse: Aldeburgh Festival
Oxford University Press

1972
THE FILTH HUNT one-act stage play: InterAction, Almost Free Theatre, London

1973
ASHES stage play: first performed in German, Stadtsteater Hamburg; in English, Open Space Theatre, London
Pluto Press; Samuel French, New York; Talon Books, Canada

1974
NO TITLE stage adaptation of tv play House of Character: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, England

1975
THE SONS OF LIGHT stage play (first written 1964-65): Tyneside Theatre Company, Newcastle, England; final version, RSC Stratford
Methuen

1977
SOVEREIGNTY UNDER ELIZABETH one-act stage play: InterAction, Almost Free Theatre, London

1978
HIPPOLYTUS translation of Euripides: RSC Stratford
Heinemann

1980
HANSEL AND GRETEL stage play: RSC Stratford; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London

1981
THE TRIUMPH OF DEATH stage play (written 1976): Birmingham Repertory, England; Actors' Centre, London
Methuen

1982
PEER GYNT translation of Ibsen: RSC Stratford
Methuen; Oberon Books

1983
SPACE INVADERS one-act stage play: RSC Youth Festival, Stratford

1984
WILL'S WAY one-act one-hander for William Shakespeare: RSC Youth Festival, Stratford
Celandine Press, Stratford

1986
THE SAXON SHORE stage play: Almeida Theatre, London
Methuen

1987
DEATHWATCH and THE MAIDS translation of Genet: RSC London;
see 2016

1990
WHEN WE DEAD WAKEN translation of Ibsen: Almeida Theatre, London
Absolute Press; Oberon Books

1991
JOHN PIPER IN THE HOUSE OF DEATH stage play (first written 1984) after Defoe Journal of the Plague Year: Embassy Studio, Central School of Speech and Drama, London

(1992)
SYMPHONIE PATHETIQUEstage play: commissioned for centenary of Tchaikovsky's death November 1993: revised 2002; so far unproduced

1997
ROSMERSHOLM translation of Ibsen (1988): Studio Theatre, Wimbledon;  BBC Radio 3
Absolute Press; Oberon Books

(1997)
TRADE stage play: set in a male brothel: revised 2003; so far unproduced

2003
RED SUN stage play: commissioned by 2-man touring company AJTC; toured Southern England, also Edinburgh; Croydon Warehouse 2004.
Intellect Books

2004
THE MASTER AND MARGARITA adaptation of the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, commissioned by the National Youth Theatre

2008
MERLIN UNCHAINED written for performance students at University of Aberystwyth in thanks for Honorary Professorship: Theatr y Castell 2009.
Intellect Books

2013
THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK 1993 radio play re-worked for New Perspectives Theatre Company: toured England; also Brits Off-Broadway 2014
Oberon Books

2015
HERE WE STAY

PlacePrint #9: Eyam, Derbyshire, plague village 1665-66. New Perspectives, Eyam

New Perspectives podcast

2016

DEATHWATCH translation of Genet, radically reworked from Genet's final revision:  Print Room Theatre, London

Faber


OH WHISTLE, AND I’LL COME TO YOU    M R James short story adapted for small-scale tour to winter villages: New Perspectives





television:

1963
THE STONE DANCE   ATV

1967
CHILDREN PLAYING   ATV

1968
HOUSE OF CHARACTER    BBC

1969
BLODWEN, HOME FROM RACHEL'S MARRIAGE    BBC

1972
BYPASS    BBC

1973
ATROCITY    BBC

1974
PENDA'S FEN       BBC
Davis-Poynter; British Film Institute; DVD

PRITAN and THE COMING OF THE CROSS for the BBC series Churchill's People

1975
THE ASH TREE adaptation from M R James: BBC

1980
THE LIVING GRAVE for BBC series Leap in the Dark

1981
ARTEMIS 81    BBC
DVD

1983
ACROSS THE WATER    BBC

1987
WHITE LADY (also directed)    BBC

1991
GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT adaptation: Thames TV




radio:

1959
NO ACCOUNTING FOR TASTE    BBC Home Service

1965
THE PERSIANS   translation of Aeschylus    BBC Radio 3

1967
GEAR CHANGE    BBC Radio 4

1973
CRIES FROM CASEMENT AS HIS BONES ARE BROUGHT TO DUBLIN    BBC Radio 3
BBC Publications

1974
HECUBA   translation of Euripides    BBC Radio 3

1993
THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK   a 'film for radio'    BBC Radio 3
Sony Silver Medal

1994
THE HAUNTING OF MAHLER    BBC Radio 3

2004
THE GIANT'S CAUSE...    BBC Radio 4 Belfast

2012
MACEDONIA    BBC Radio 3

2013
FLYAWAY DEAD    unfinished last radio work by John Arden, completed at his request:   so far unproduced

2014 (audio sequence)
TEN PLACEPRINTS    ‘journeys into haunted landscapes for voices and sound’
New Perspectives podcast





film:

1966
MADEMOISELLE   additional screenplay work on original Genet script: Woodfall Films, dir. Tony Richardson

1966
FAHRENHEIT 451   additional screenplay work: MCA, dir. François Truffaut

1988
TESTIMONY   original screenplay, after the memoirs of Shostakovich: Isolde Films, dir. Tony Palmer
New York Film Festival Gold Medal screenplay award

1989
DECEMBER BRIDE  screenplay from the novel by Sam Hanna Bell: Little Bird films, dir. Thaddeus O'Sullivan
European Film Festival Jury Special Award

1998
THE WOODLANDERS   from the novel by Thomas Hardy:  River Films, dir. Phil Agland
Shanghai Festival Best Film Award


        Lost in development:

        FAREWELL, DRESDEN:   from the novel by Henri Coulonges

        FIRE FROM THE WOMB: from the ORESTEIA of Aeschylus, and the Iphigeneia and Electra plays of Sophocles and Euripides
        (See Translation: Oresteia)

        NO WAY BACK    (based on Xenophon Anabasis)
        dir. George Panossopoulos
        Filmiki Eteria, Athens

       THE REVEREND'S WIFE    dir. Moshe Mizrahi Mark Forstater Productions, London; Israfilm, Tel Aviv

Currently in development (2021):
STIGMA (working title)   dir. André Semenza, Maverick Motion Ltd






music theatre:

1992
BROKEN STRINGS
libretto (after a traditional Buddhist tale) for one-act opera by Param Vir: Netherlands Opera with Munich Biennale; Almeida Music Festival, London; Scottish National Opera; Berlin, Vienna
Scottish National Opera

2007
BLACK FEATHER RISING
libretto (after a Native American folk tale) for one-act opera by Param Vir: Stichting Octopus, Netherlands
Stichting Octopus

2021
AWAKENING
‘dramatic poem’ for major opera project by Param Vir: commissioned by Theatre Bonn for 2020 Beethoven anniversary season
pending Covid pandemic, on hold




books:
1985
WHAT HITCHCOCK KNEW   'a field-study guide to The Birds'
A shot-by-shot analysis, seeing through the narrative surface to the mythic process at work beneath. 

Unpublished.


2005
VAMPYR    monograph on Carl Dreyer's 1932 'poem of horror'.

BFI Film Classics 2005; 2nd edition 2013



2009-12
SHOREZONE    'stories from between worlds’

Unpublished

2019
THE KEEPER ‘  'an Epilogue’   short story
Nightjar Press





work in prospect:

THE SAVIOUR AMOK    translation of Heracles Deranged by Euripides

THE MYSTERY OF JESUS    stage: reconstruction of the historical trial of Jesus