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All Together Now by Steve Gooch

Steve's early work helped establish the pioneering Half Moon Theatre in London's East End. His best-known play from this time, Female Transport (published by Samuel French), has since received nearly 500 productions around the world and will shortly celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Other plays produced internationally include The Women Pirates (Pluto Press), originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and 17 years later commissioned as a screenplay for Roger Corman in Hollywood. Alongside international success Steve has retained his commitment to regional and community theatre, in such plays as Good For You, Dark Glory and British Beauty, his experience of which is recorded in All Together Now (published by Methuen).

Adaptations and Translations

Stages of Translation by Steve Gooch

Steve's adaptations include Great Expectations, produced at Liverpool Playhouse, and It's all for the Best (from 'Candide') performed at the Victoria, Stoke.

His well-known translations include Brecht's Man is Man produced by the Royal Court, Stoke and the RSC, and The Mother, produced at the Roundhouse and revived by the National Theatre, as well as contemporary plays by Fassbinder, Kroetz & Harald Mueller, whose Big Wolf, originally produced by the Royal Court, was subsequently published by Davis-Poynter. His experience as a translator is reflected in the book Stages of Translation, (Oberon Books).

Teaching, Radio and Other Work

Steve has worked as literary manager with companies as diverse as Charles Marowitz' Open Space, Greenwich Theatre and The Gate, often running workshops of new plays. In 1999 he founded Freehand Theatre with Christine Kimberley to produce script-in-hand performances of new work at St Mary-in-the-Castle where Passed On, his play about England's first non-conformists, the Lollards, was presented in the season 'Free Spirits'.

Writing a Play by Steve Gooch

He has taught drama and writing for, amongst others, RADA, Goldsmiths College, Smith College Massachusetts, and the Tisch School, NYU, as well as in Krakov and Kiev, and at Central School of Speech & Drama who commissioned his play Massa. His popular course at the City Literary Institute led to Writing a Play (A&C Black), soon to go into its fourth edition and translated into five languages. He runs a 'script doctor' consultancy for writers and production companies, individually and together, called The Playpen.

Radio work includes a number of translations and What they Want, set in S.London and based on Roman playwright Terence's comedy The Brothers, and Bill of Health about health-conscious hippies sucked into the world of competitive business. He also wrote a one-man show McNaughton, about the would-be assassin of a British Prime Minister, which won the Writers Guild Best Radio Play of 2007 award.

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