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Mercer, David

David Mercer

David Mercer was born on 27th June 1928 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, Eng.
He died on 8th August 1980 in Haifa, Israel
He wasa playwright who established his reputation on the London stage in the mid-1960s with plays that examine the decay he saw in English society.

Mercer's first play, written for television, was Where the Difference Begins (1961); it was the first part of a trilogy, The Generations (1964). His A Suitable Case for Treatment, televised in 1962, won a Writers' Guild award and was filmed in 1965 as Morgan! From that play emerged Mercer's view of the world as anarchic, despairing, and insane, a view also apparent in The Governor's Lady, his first stage play (performed 1965), about a man who in utter frustration turned into a baboon and attacked his frigid wife. His other full-length plays include Ride a Cock Horse (1965), Belcher's Luck (1966), Flint (1970), After Haggerty (1970), Duck Song (1974), and Cousin Vladimir (1978).


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