Russell, William Martin
RUSSELL, William Martin
RUSSELL, William Martin. British, b. 1947. Genres: Plays/Screenplays, Poetry. Career: British dramatist, director, actor, musician, composer, and novelist. Worked as a hairdresser, Liverpool, 1963-68; Bear Brand warehouse, Liverpool, laborer, 1968-69; Shorefields Comprehensive, Liverpool, teacher, 1973-74; freelance writer, 1974-; C.F. Mott College of Education, Liverpool, writer-in-residence, 1976; Manchester Polytechnic, England, fellow in creative writing, 1977-79; Liverpool Playhouse, associate director, 1981-83; Quintet Films, founding director, 1982. Singer, composer, and performer with the Kikbytown Three (music group) in clubs and on radio and television, 1965-. Composer of musical scores for films and plays. Publications: PLAYS: Keep Your Eyes Down, 1971; Blind Scouse (includes Keep Your Eyes Down, Playground, and Sam O'Shanker), 1972; Tam Lin, 1972; Sam O'Shanker (rev. ed.), 1973; When the Reds, 1973; John, Paul, George, Ringo… and Bert, 1974; (co-writer) The Cantril Tales, 1975; Breezeblock Park, 1975; Terraces, published in Second Playbill I, 1973; One for the Road, 1980, rev. ed., 1985; Stags and Hens, 1978; Educating Rita, 1981; Blood Brothers, 1981; Our Day Out, 1984; Shirley Valentine, 1986; Plays, 1996; Single Spies. SCREENPLAYS: Educating Rita, 1983; Shirley Valentine, 1989; (also composer of music) Dancin' Thru the Dark, 1990. TELEPLAYS: King of the Castle, 1973; The Death of a Young, Young Man, 1975; Break In, 1975; Our Day Out, 1977; Lies, 1978; Politics and Terror, 1978; The Daughters of Albion, 1979; The Boy with the Transistor Radio, 1980; One Summer (series), 1983; Terraces, 1993. RADIO PLAYS: I Read the News Today, 1976. POETRY: Sam O'Shanker: A Liverpool Tale, 1978; NOVEL: The Wrong Boy, 2000.