Monday, January 05, 2009

Stanley Eveling obituaries

Stanley Eveling, the first writer to have a new play staged at the Traverse Theatre in Edinurgh, has died at the age of 83.

There are obituaries in The Guardian and The Scotsman.
For his plays, he liked to draw on his own experiences. Certainly, his plays impressed leading directors and actors, as is evidenced by the impressive casts the Traverse assembled for their premieres.

The then artistic director of the Traverse, Max Stafford-Clark, commissioned several plays from him and has written of Eveling: "Stanley's work was lyrical and funny, often including tramps and jokes, a combination of the highest metaphysical speculations and Morecambe and Wise.

"In rehearsal I remember a sense of playfulness, but you were always aware that you were talking to someone with a brilliant mind. Sometimes a play can hit the moment and the writer suddenly has access to the popular imagination. Dear Janet was one of those plays."

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