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Mark Ravenhill
(1966 - living) U.K.

Mark Ravenhill



Born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, his mother was a secretary. His father is a design engineer. He has a younger brother. From 1984 to 1987 Mark Ravenhill studied drama and English at Bristol University. Mark RavenhillHe worked as an assistant administrator at Soho Poly. He also started theatre directing at Soho Poly, and also in productions of La Bohème and Rigoletto at Opera East.

He began writing 10-minute playlets and one of them was noticed by Max Stafford-Clark who suggested that he write a full-length play. The result was Shopping and F***ing, (abbreviated to S&F) which was first put on in October 1996 in front of an audience of 60 people at the Royal Court's upstairs space at the Ambassador's. It was soon transferred to the Gielgud theatre in the West End. It gained international success and the British Council funded an overseas tour.

His play Mother Clap's Molly House was said to be inspired by Rictor Norton's book "Mother Clap's Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830", (1992). However, Rictor Norton's permission was not sought and he dissassociated himself from the play saying that it distorted history. Mark Ravenhill has been open about being HIV-positive.


Source: excerpts from: The Knitting Circle, U.K. - http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html

His work include:

  • Shopping and F***ing (1996)
  • Faust is Dead (1997)
  • Handbag (1998)
  • Some Explicit Polaroids (1999)
  • Mother Clap's Molly House (2001)
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