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David Rudkin

James David Rudkin (born 29 June 1936, London) is an English playwright of Northern Irish descent.[1] He is most known for his critically-acclaimed radio play Cries from Casement as His Bones are Brought to Dublin. He won a Society of Authors Silver Award for his radio play The Lovesong of Alfred J. Hitchcock in 1993[2].


Coming from a family of strict evangelical Christians,[3] Rudkin was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and read Mods and Greats at St Catherine's College, Oxford. He began to write during national service in the Royal Corps of Signals, and taught Latin, Greek and music at a county high school in Worcestershire until 1964,[4] while also directing amateur theatre productions.[5]. He has primarily written for the stage, but has also written for TV and radio.

Radio Plays[]


  1. "BBC page for Giant's Cause" Retrieved on 5 October 2009
  3. Anger and After by John Russell Taylor p.279 of revised 1963 Pelican edition
  4. Biographical information on cover of The Triumph of Death, Methuen 1981 ISBN 0413491102 and The Saxon Shore, Methuen 1986 ISBN 0413141004
  5. John Russell Taylor Anger and After, Harmondesworth: Pelican, 1963 ed., pp.279-280
  6. Rabey, David Ian. David Rudkin: Sacred Disobedience: An Expository Study of His Drama: 1959-1996. Harwood Academic Publishers. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 1997

External Links[]

Official Site