But main personal commitment has always been to original theatre-work: Afore Night Come, written 1960 (first staged 1962, RSC dir. Clifford Williams); The Sons of Light 1964-65 (revised and first staged 1975, Newcastle Playhouse dir. Keith Hack; in further revision, RSC, dir. Ron Daniels); Ashes 1972 (first staged in German, Hamburg 1973; in English, London Open Space Theatre, dir. Pam Brighton 1975); The Triumph of Death 1976 (first staged 1981, Birmingham Repertory Theatre Studio, dir. Peter Farago); Hansel and Gretel (RSC, dir. Ron Daniels 1978); The Saxon Shore 1983 (first staged 1986, Almeida Theatre, dir. Pierre Audi) John Piper in the House of Death 1984 (revised and first staged 1991, London Central School of Speech and Drama, dir. Nick Mahon); Will's Way (RSC 1984, dir. Alison Sutcliffe). More recently, Red Sun, commissioned for AJTC two-man touring company (dir. Geoff Bullen, first toured 2003); adaptation of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita for National Youth Theatre (dir. John Hoggarth, 2004).

Subsequent stage-plays Symphonie Pathétique (1993 rev. 2001, on the mystery of Tchaikovsky's death), and Trade (1997, set in a male brothel), both yet to be performed. Finally, what I intend as my last play for the theatre, Merlin Unchained, written in thanks to the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, and given its first staging by them in January 2009: the old magician emerging from his final madness for one last mission in the world.

For music-theatre, with composer Param Vir: Broken Strings (first staged Amsterdam and Munich Biennale 1992, dir. Pierre Audi); Black Feather Rising, for Octopus Ensemble (again, the Netherlands: first staged Haarlem, October 2008, dir. Jos van Kan, and subsequently toured). Meanwhile a large-scale opera, working title Awakening, currently in 'arrested' development, seeking finance.

Film study: monograph on Carl Dreyer's Vampyr for the British Film Institute Film Classics series.

As editor, I am currently preparing, with the assistance of the Chichester St Richard's Press, a Second Edition of my late father David J Rudkin's Emsworth Series - studies on the origins, topography and social history of a Hampshire coastal town. www.emsworthbooks.co.uk

 

 


1981. At rehearsal of The Triumph of Death (Birmingham Repertory Theatre Studio) with director Peter Farago.