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Campton, David

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Works: 220 works in 588 publications in 2 languages and 4,082 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Parodies, imitations, etc  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Conceptor, Dedicatee, Scenarist
Classifications: PR6053.A49, 822.914
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Publications about David Campton
Publications by David Campton
Publications by David Campton, published posthumously.
Most widely held works about David Campton
 
Most widely held works by David Campton
Little brother: little sister ; Out of the flying pan : two plays by David Campton( Book )
20 editions published between 1961 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 173 libraries worldwide
" LITTLE BROTHER: LITTLE SISTER. In the deep shelter where they escaped from the last spasm of global destruction, Sir and Madam (a teenage brother and sister) experiment with the first gropings of love, while Cook, their aged family servant and symbol of timeless authority, snores in her chair. Awakening suddenly she orders them apart, threatening to grind them up for "rissoles" if they don't behave. But the feelings stirring within them cannot be imprisoned indefinitely. When Cook falls asleep again Sir and Madam resolve to find the door leading outside, away from the restrictions of a life imposed by others and shaped by their failures. As they search for the handle Cook mumbles in her sleep of the old days and of forgotten loves, and when she rouses she speaks to the young people of how it used to be—and can never be again. Then she chastises them for trying to leave and resolves that one of them must be sacrificed if security is to be maintained. But then Sir, acting as though he were Cook's long-lost lover, pleads his affection—and suddenly he is (to her) what he pretends to be. Cook falls eagerly into his arms and, just as abruptly, to her death. She has gone "outside." Sir and Madam then turn at last towards the door, with only a vague feeling of hopefulness to guide their steps into the unknown that lies before them. (2 men, 1 woman or 1 man, 2 women.) OUT OF THE FLYING PAN. Amid fanfares and popping flash bulbs, two diplomats (A and B) meet to engage in a bout of international bargaining. Their rapid-fire dialogue, while composed largely of outlandish doubletalk and windy pronouncements, has chilly overtones of the "real thing," as do their inevitable disagreement and estrangement. Angrily they tear apart the treaty they have signed, and turn their backs on one another. Sirens wail, guns rattle, and then a cosmic-sized explosion—followed by a sudden, heavy silence. In the stillness B stalks off the stage, but then a bird twitters, gentle music plays, and A begins to move to its rhythm, retrieving the pieces of the torn treaty. Another moment passes, the sound of an approaching airplane, and then B reappears, dispatch case at the ready. They shake hands, patter again through the trite preliminaries, and then launch into still another round of pretentious gibberish, while mankind holds its collective breath at the outcome. (2 men.)--
The life and death of almost everybody by David Campton( Book )
10 editions published between 1967 and 1976 in English and held by 157 libraries worldwide
" As he tidies up an empty stage, the Sweeper is tempted to experiment with the magic power of the theatre—to create life through the exercise of imagination. After a few preliminary tries in summoning up a rabbit and an elephant, the Sweeper plunges ahead and creates a Young Man and a Young Woman. Then, as ever more characters are called for, events begin to go beyond his bewildered control. The most potent forces in human life and society—love, hate, politics, religion—emerge and dominate, and with them the bickering, dissension and decadence which they can engender. Eventually, as more and more creations are demanded of the Sweeper's imagination, a sort of universal Aunt Harriet (whom he had not even thought of) pops up to marshal the diverse forces into a hedonistic and fatefully doomed communal order. Rattled and fearful, the Sweeper struggles to regain control of his delinquent creations, banishing them back to the shadows as the Stage Manager arrives, the theatre returns to silence, and the world outside continues as it will."--
Time-sneeze; a play by David Campton( Book )
9 editions published between 1974 and 1978 in English and held by 105 libraries worldwide
Laughter and fear: nine one-act plays by David Campton( Book )
2 editions published in 1969 in Undetermined and English and held by 93 libraries worldwide
A smell of burning, and Then ... Two plays by David Campton( Book )
2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 92 libraries worldwide
Singing in the wilderness : a play by David Campton( Book )
6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 91 libraries worldwide
The cagebirds : a play by David Campton( Book )
4 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in English and held by 81 libraries worldwide
" ... The Cagebirds is a play for eight women. Birds in a cage live, each totally absorbed in her own particular characteristics. When the Wild One is introduced into their midst by the Mistress in charge of them, she endeavours to persuade them to break out from their self-imposed dependence and imprisonment into the wider world outside - but her efforts result only in her own destruction at their hands." [Back cover]
Parcel : a play by David Campton( Book )
6 editions published between 1979 and 1990 in Afrikaans and English and held by 77 libraries worldwide
The lunatic view: by David Campton( Book )
13 editions published between 1960 and 1969 in English and held by 75 libraries worldwide
The do-it-yourself Frankenstein outfit by David Campton( Book )
9 editions published between 1976 and 1990 in English and Afrikaans and held by 75 libraries worldwide
Us and them : a play by David Campton( Book )
6 editions published between 1977 and 1982 in English and held by 74 libraries worldwide
Who calls? : a play by David Campton( Book )
3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 73 libraries worldwide
After midnight, before dawn : a play by David Campton( Book )
3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
Our branch in Brussels : a play by David Campton( Book )
5 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 67 libraries worldwide
What are you doing here? by David Campton( Book )
11 editions published between 1976 and 1993 in English and Afrikaans and held by 65 libraries worldwide
Now and then : a play by David Campton( Book )
7 editions published between 1969 and 1977 in English and held by 64 libraries worldwide
Can you hear the music? by David Campton( Book )
8 editions published between 1987 and 1996 in Afrikaans and English and held by 61 libraries worldwide
Becoming a playwright by David Campton( Book )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
Split down the middle by David Campton( Book )
7 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
Everybody's friend : a play by David Campton( Book )
4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 53 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Campton, David
David Campton British dramatist
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Languages
English (118)
Afrikaans (14)
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