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25th July, 2013

Bloomsbury Institute Salon with Michael Frayn

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25th July, 2013
6pm for 6.30pm start
Bloomsbury Institute, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP
£10/£6 for students including wine

Following on from his recent Olivier award in recognition of an outstanding theatre career spanning four decades, Methuen Drama playwright Michael Frayn discusses his prolific literary career with Geoffrey Colman.

‘A man equally distinguished as a playwright, a novelist and a translator; it’s hard to think of anyone else who has pulled off this literary triple-crown, and that’s before you consider his side-projects of journalism, essays and philosophy, all published in collected editions. His name is synonymous with both comedy and seriousness. In his work, a vaudevillian and a professor of phenomenology sometimes seem to wrestle for mastery.’ Guardian

Michael Frayn has published novels – The Tin MenThe Russian InterpreterTowards the End of the MorningA Very Private LifeSweet DreamsThe Trick of ItA Landing on the SunNow You KnowHeadlongSpies, and Skios, together with two philosophical works, Constructions and The Human Touch. He has also written Stage Directions – a collection of his prefaces and postscripts – and the non-fiction work My Father’s Fortune. His plays include The Two of UsAlphabetical OrderDonkeys’ YearsCloudsBalmoral (Liberty Hall)Make and BreakNoises OffBenefactors, Copenhagen, Democracy, and Here. He adapted his novel Now You Know for the stage. 

He has also translated four of Chekhov’s full-length plays (The Cherry OrchardThree Sisters, The Seagull and Uncle Vanya), adapted his first, untitled play as Wild Honey, translated four of his one-act plays (The Evils of TobaccoSwan SongThe Bear and The Proposal), and adapted five of his short stories for the stage (DramaThe Alien CornThe SneezeThe Inspector GeneralSwan Song, and Plots). Michael Frayn has also translated Tolstoy’s Fruits of Enlightenment, Yuri Trifonov’s Exchange, and Anouilh’s Number One.

His films include Clockwise and First and Last. Aside from the numerous awards for many of his works, Michael Frayn was awarded the Writer’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, received the South Bank Show Outstanding Achievement Award 2012, and was awarded a Special Award at the Olivier Awards in 2013.

Geoffrey Colman is Head of Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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