Arnold Wesker

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Arnold Wesker
BirthplaceStepney, London

Wesker, Arnold,

1932–, English playwright, b. London. At various times he has been a carpenter's mate, a seed sorter, and a pastry cook. His plays Chicken Soup with Barley (1958), Roots (1958), and I'm Talking about Jerusalem (1960) form a trilogy about a family of Jewish Communist intellectuals. His socialist point of view is reflected in his other plays, notably The Kitchen (1961), Chips with Everything (1962), and The Four Seasons (1969). His later plays include The Wedding Feast (1974) and The Old Ones (1972), which describes the enforced isolation of the elderly.


See studies by G. Leeming and S. Trussler (1971), R. Hayman (1973), and G. Leeming (1982).

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Wesker's granddaughter Leanne Courvoisier revealed the playwright's passing on Twitter: "There was a monkey called Arnold Wesker, who died.
According to Arnold Wesker, it is the task of the theatre and the artist to explain that "all these people would only need to share one fundamental principle: "that it is an offence to the dignity of men to force them to compete with each other for economic survival.
Active engagement in the theatre led him to criticize a younger generation of British playwrights, the "Angry Young Men" or "Kitchen Sink" leftists that included John Osborne and Arnold Wesker, with whom he nevertheless eventually developed a friendly association.
Arnold Wesker turns 73 on May 24, but the acclaimed author of such seminal British plays as "Roots" remains a busy bee.
Pastel de zarzamora, El jardin de las delicias y Muchacha del alma (premiadas en 1984 y 1985 por Sogem y la UNAM), son una Trilogia inspirada en la celebre de Arnold Wesker (dramaturgo ingles de los cincuenta, renovador del realismo), en la que los personajes transitan de una obra a otra: a veces como protagonistas, otras como incidentales; y en otras, el tiempo ya ha pasado.
Among the other stars who'll be visiting are Benjamin Zephaniah, Julian Barnes, Arnold Wesker, Andrew Davies and the painter Peter Blake.
For me it was a form of resistance to be involved in something that was considered out of one's scope--as were Genet, Pinter, Arnold Wesker, and Brecht among others.
BARBARA squeezed the job in around her hectic EastEnders schedule and her first-ever radio play, Groupie, by Arnold Wesker, broadcast on Radio 4 last month alongside Timothy West.
Arnold Wesker is consigned to the scrapheap even though Denial, which premiered last year, is probably one of the most powerful and sensible treatments of 'recovered memory syndrome' one is ever likely to see.
THE author of the play Chips With Everything was Arnold Wesker, not Weaker (Page 47, Thursday April 12).
It was called Buster, a short novel, and was in the vein of the "angry young man" vogue of the day, which included the work of John Osborne, Arnold Wesker, John Braine, etc.
While this is obviously true, and while Professor Halio properly draws attention to a range of ambiguities in the play's depiction of both Shylock and his Christian adversaries, that word 'largely' does beg a question to which Arnold Wesker (among others) has offered a challengingly hostile answer.