THE LATE BRIAN MARSHALL
Writer/Director

Died 6 November 2020

Brian Marshall was the third generation of a theatrical family – his grandparents music hall entertainers, his father a writer for stage and TV and his mother a singer. His first career was as a musician and songwriter

After nearly twenty years of touring and recording he contracted arthritis
and was forced to give up playing professionally

Writing had always been a pastime for Brian. Thinking this might be a suitable second career he signed up as a mature student to study for a degree course in Literature and Drama. It was there that he wrote Blah, Blah, Blah, a play with songs. On an MA drama exchange programme to the University of Northern Illinois, USA Blah played at Theater Corner in Chicago. It then went on to win an award in the National Drama Awards Festival and was published by Samuel French in 1998. He had several stage plays produced and written for television and short film, and worked for Carlton TV's daytime drama Crossroads.

 

Credits

AWL

Acting Credits (Sketches)
Writer Sketch Role
Carrie Cohen Pee-Jay-Ay Brian
Muriel Marshall & Brian Marshall Shaggy's Christmas Story Sonny
Directing Credits
Play Writer
Houston, We Have a Problem Eddie Coleman
Mantis and the Kicking Boy Linda Scott
Snow Monkeys Linda Scott
Writing Credits
Play Director
Diabolical Liberty
It's a Man's World Brendan Gregory
Misogyny
No Not That Parrot Sketch
Twelve
Brief Encounter (2003) Kirsty Bennett
Bulldog Gregory Cox
Shaggy's Christmas Story

Brian's many friends in AWL paid tribute to him in a special evening of readings of his work in February 2004.

The plays featured were as follows:

Film

Life at the Bottom
(Two year contract developing)

  Universal Studios
The Group   Universal Studios

Television

Crossroads   Carlton TV
Eastenders   BBC TV
Weird City, a paranormal thriller Martin Goodsmith Channel 4
Viscous Circle Brian Marshall Anglia TV

Theatre

Blah, blah, blah, a one-act play with songs Hilary Wetherilt Theatre Corner, Chicago. Published by Samuel French. Runner-up National Drama Awards.
Strange Customs, a one-act play Ted Roberts The Pump House Theatre, Watford
Voices, three short plays Miles Eady The Theatre Arts Centre, Edinburgh (festival fringe)
Vapour Trails, a one-act play David Niman The King’s Head Theatre, London
Diabolical Liberty, a psychological thriller   The AWL Theatre Company at The Polish Centre.

 

 

 

 

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