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SW - Snoo Wilson Archive

Reference code
Level of description
Snoo Wilson Archive
Quantity & Format
44 boxes Mixed
Corporate name
British Archive for Contemporary Writing
Personal name
Wilson, Snoo, 1948-2013
Dramatists, English -- 20th century
Wilson, Snoo
Scope and content
Snoo Wilson's Archive was gifted to the University of East Anglia by his widow, Ann McFerran. The papers were delivered to the Archives between April and July 2015.

The collection is one of many individual deposits forming part of the wider British Archive for Contemporary Writing, est. 2015.

The collection contains papers and correspondence of Snoo Wilson (1948-2013), playwright, director, novelist. Snoo Wilson was educated at Bradfield College, Berkshire, 1962-66 and University of East Anglia, 1966-69 (B.A. in English and American Studies) where he was taught by Malcolm Bradbury.

The papers are mostly in English but include some third party items in other languages. Typescript and photocopies. Partly drafts. The collection is comprised of his literary papers - plays, film scripts, and prose works; professional and personal correspondence including printed emails and faxes; notes and research papers; photographs; programmes relating to productions; printed diaries; miscellaneous papers and works.

Film scripts 'Shadey', directed by Philip Saville, with Antony Sher, Katherine Helmond. 'The Silent Touch' directed by Krystof Zanussi. TV scripts include numerous plays for BBC and ITV as well as radio plays.

Plays include 'The Pleasure Principle' (Royal Court Theatre, London); 'Vampire' (NY Theatre Studio); 'The Number of the Beast'; 'The Glad Hand' (Royal Court Theatre); 'The Everest Hotel' (Bush Theatre, London); 'The Grass Widow' (Royal Court Theatre); 'More Light' (Bush Theatre and Rose Theatre); 'Darwin's Flood' (Bush Theatre); 'Loving Reno' (New York Off-Off-Broadway, and Bush Theatre); Erofeyev's 'Walpurgis Night' (Gate Theatre). Adapted Mayakovsky's 'Bedbug' (songs by Gary Kemp, for Royal National Theatre Youth programme 2004). 'Sabina' (Bush Theatre, 1998); 'HRH' (West End, 1997, directed by Simon Callow, with Corin Redgrave and Amanda Donohoe); 'Moonshine', 1999 (Hampstead Theatre London and UK tour).

Original musicals include '80 Days' (book, lyrics and music by Ray Davies, La Jolla Playhouse, 1987); and the musical 'Pack up your Troubles' about Felix Powell, the troubled author of the world's most famous marching song. Opera adaptation: 'Orpheus in the Underworld' (Jacques Offenbach; English National Opera, Houston and LA 1988).

The collection contains 16 series.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright. All rights reserved. Photographs may be taken for private research only with permission of the archive on completion of a copyright declaration form. The amount of copying is subject to fair dealing under copyright law.
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