April De Angelis

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April De Angelis (born c.1960) is an English dramatist[1] of part Sicilian descent. She is a graduate of Sussex University[2] who trained at East 15 Acting School.

De Angelis began her career in the 1980s as an actress with the Monstrous Regiment theatre company.

In 1987, her play Breathless was a prize winner at the 1987 Second Wave Young Women's Writing Festival.

Her plays often feature historical figures. Playhouse Creatures and A Laughing Matter are set in the London theatrical milieu of the 17th and 18th centuries respectively. Wanderlust examines Victorian colonialism and Ironmistress is a verse play exploring Lady Charlotte Guest's factory ownership.

As a librettist, De Angelis contributed to the opera The Silent Twins (2007), composed by Errollyn Wallen, which is based on the case of June and Jennifer Gibbons.[3]

De Angelis tends to write to commission and several of her plays have been produced by Max Stafford-Clark's Out of Joint theatre company.

Plays[edit]

Libretti[edit]

  • Pig
  • Flight
  • Silent Twins (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Eamonn; Marlow, Jean (2004). More duologues for all accents and ages. Psychology Press. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-87830-179-9. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Chris Arnot "No bed of roses", The Guardian, 25 August 1999
  3. ^ April de Angelis "'Have I the strength to kill her?'", The Guardian, 28 June 2007