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Ian Buckley is a prolific writer of plays for stage, radio and television. He specialises in naturalistic, contemporary plays with a comic touch.

 

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ISOBEL AND THE MATADOR
(45 mins 2M 1F)
Runner-up National Festival of Community Drama. A fanatic of the bull-fight decides if he can’t practise with a bull a substitute will do.
DOWN THE RIVER
(1 hr 45 mins 3M 1F)
Commissioned and performed by Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Director Jules Wright. Dockers’ livelihoods come under threat from technological advance, and with it their friendships.
KEEPING FAITH
(1 hr 45 mins 4M 4)
Short-listed Maddermarket Theatre full-length play competition. Micki’s father’s a traditionalist but Jake - her partner - thinks monogamy’s days are numbered.
KEEPING FAITH
(60 mins 1M 2F)
Revised 3 character version. Performed Kings Head by Elephant Theatre Co. Jake thinks monogamy’s dead until Micki takes him at his word.
BEST FRIENDS
(1 hr 20 mins 5M 2F)
Entered National Student Drama Festival, Dacorum College student drama group - writing commended (Stephen Jeffries) - white and Asian adolescents love and battle in a London School.
JAMES BONNEY M.P.
(1 hr 45 mins 3M 3F)
Short-listed, Verity Bargate Award, 1987 - rehearsed public reading Soho Theatre. The life and loves of a sitting Labour M.P. as he comes under attack from a young militant.
SAY YOU DO
(1 hr 40 mins 3M 3F)
Comedy of domestic relationships on day after wedding-day of young couple
FIRST TIMERS
(1 hr 20 mins 2M 1F)
Developed Soho Theatre’s writer-director workshops. Performed Duke’s Head 1992, director David Gillies. A desperate young man seeks sexual release. A young girl is forced into prostitution. For both it’s a first.
DR RICHTER AND PERO
(1 hr 45mins 4M 1F)
Awarded Arts Council writer’s bursary to undertake this project. Lenin, his wife Krupskaya and Trotsky meet in London in 1902 for the first time.
RESCUE ME
(1 hr 40 mins 2M 2F)
A young man, recently out of nick, tries to keep to the straight and narrow, but temptations grow.
SPELLING IT OUT
(1 hr 40 mins 4M)
Public reading ‘The Play’s The Thing Festival’, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith. An internationally renowned star of ‘serious’ films agrees to be interviewed for a biog-doc. The process takes an unexpected turn when questions of his sexuality arise during filming.
ENIGMAS
(1 hr 45 mins 5M 3F)
2nd round Verity Bargate Award - A successful emigre businessman is accused of war-crimes. True or false and how does his family react to the man they know as father?
AFRICA STORY
(1 hr 40 mins 4M 1F)
An English girl falls in love with an African while holidaying in Gambia. Getting married and settling in England prove to be no simple matter.
TAINTED LOVE
(1 hr 45 mins 3M 3F)
Read by awl. Gil’s first wife died accidentally, 20 years ago. Now his son Mitchell wants to know exactly how.
TAINTED LOVE: MONOLOGUES
(1 hr 30 mins 2M 2F)
The above seen through the eyes of the four main characters.
SUITS & BLOUSES
(1 hr 35 mins 2M 2F)
Performed, The Orange Tree Theatre, London, May 13-30, 1999. Sarah, a spirited sixth-former, is fighting changes aimed at taking her school up-market. When her relationship with a member of staff is uncovered, those in charge have a lever against her. New second act added since production.
PLATFORM SOULS
(1 hr 45 mins 5M 1F)
Completed July 2000 - submitted Verity Bargate Award. Kal, Richie and Jan home in on commuters as they pass through Kings Cross station. They need to make money and are not too fussed how they do it.
PHILLIP GLIN & THE TEACHING BUG
(40 mins 1M)
Performed in Showcase at Soho Theatre, 13th July 2000. Maths lecturer Phillip’s sex life is a mystery - to himself and others. Is his friendship for Matthew purely platonic? It’s affecting his professional as well as his personal life so he needs to sort it out. Reading awl February 2001
TAINTED LOVE (Duologue version)
(65 mins 1M 1F)
Given public ‘Page To Stage’ workshop by Stop-Gap Theatre Co In association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - May, 2001. Mitchell and Lisanne, half-brother and sister deal with past family secrets. Structurally a mix of monologue and naturalistic scenes.
ARTFUL OCCUPATION
(90 mins 3M)
1940 - the German army gains control of France. All valuables in Paris banks are to be inventoried. Picasso hurries to have his works listed. We witness a battle of wits between him and the two German officers detailed to catalogue his works. Who will come out victorious? Reading awl September 2004. Click here for cast list.
REALIFE TV
(1hr 50mins 2M 2F)
Most recently completed play. A young tv documentarist for a ‘human interest’ slot, begins to get involved in the lives she is documenting. Is she there simply to ‘observe’ or should she jazz up the action a bit? Is she to blame for the explosive conclusion to her drama?
CHANGING GEAR (15 mins IM IF) Broadcast BBC Radio 4 and Hessische Rundfunk - a husband teaches his wife to drive with comic consequences.
THE REVOLUTIONARY
(30 mins 1M 1F)
Hessische Rundfunk (Frankfurt,1989) A second-hand car-dealer devotes his profits to the cause of the revolution.
TWIN PLAY
(60 mins 4M 3F)
Twin sons from a footballing family, head for success under the tutelage of their father. Though they don’t know it, only one is going to make it. Submitted to TAPS
PUBLIC FAVOUR
(60 mins)
A single headmistress gets pregnant to a married teacher. The Governors are shocked - should she be dismissed? They decide to put it to a parent-vote.
S.W.A.L.K.
(50 mins 4M 3F)
An impressionable girl sends patriotic letters to a young Gulf soldier. Returned home, he finds she wants the relationship to continue and will not be dissuaded.
BUCKING BRONCO
(30 mins 5F 2M)
A comic look at a women’s evening Keep-Fit class. Submitted to tv companies with a number of follow-up episodes
OTHERWORLDS
(60 mins x 2 3M 2F)
A two-part political thriller written for t.v. When Ben meets his childhood sweetheart unexpectedly he wants to know what she does for a living. The truth leads him into a world of political blackmail. Submitted to TAPS.
FIREFIGHTERS
(60 mins x2 7M 7F)
A single drama. When a body is discovered in a burned out art-room in a local school, Douglas Foster is given the case. Suicide, accident or murder? As he and his assistant Siva work to uncover the truth, the investigation leads him in an unexpected and unwanted direction.
 

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