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John Bowen


Writers: Film & Television, Writers: Playwrights

John Bowen was born in India in 1924 and reared reluctantly by aunts and grandparents in the UK. He is a novelist, TV writer and playwright. After a fairly uneventful war, he went to Oxford to read History and thereafter to the USA as a Fulbright Scholar. He began his writing life as a novelist, was recruited to television drama by the director, Peter Wood, then began writing for the stage. His first play, I LOVE YOU, MRS PATTERSON ran for five weeks in the West End, his second, AFTER THE RAIN, has been produced all over Europe as well as the USA, Canada and Australia. In 1984 he began writing novels again. He has written little for the theatre since, apart from a short two-hander performed in a compilation at the Orange Tree.


'confirms the feeling created by... I LOVE YOU, MRS PATTERSON and AFTER THE RAIN that a major talent, disturbing, brooding and despite its humour, essentially tragic, has come into the British Theatre.’ (Harold Hobson)


‘a fascinating play… constantly absorbing in its sheer theatrical virtuosity… a serious, provocative and engrossing drama that abounds in ideas, imaginative invention and theatrical power.’ (New York Post)

‘a play of extraordinary imagination.. . full of humour and generosity of spirit.’ (Daily Express)