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Michael Abbensetts

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Born in Guyana, Michael Abbensetts moved to London in 1963, and began his career writing short stories. Inspired after seeing a performance of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger he turned to playwriting and his first play Sweet Talk premiered at the Royal Court in 1973, receiving the George Devine Award in the same year. Sweet Talk is the most widely performed of Abbensett's plays with productions staged in New York, Canada, Nigeria, Guyana, and Jamaica. In 1974 Abbensetts became the Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court and during the 1970s and 80s a number of his plays were produced for the London stage.


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Sweet Talk 1973 Plays and Players, Vol.20, No.11
Sweet Talk 1974 Methuen Publishing
Four Plays: Sweet Talk; Alterations; In the Mood; El Dorado 2001 Oberon Modern Playwrights

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