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Chanson! A Story of Forbidden Love In Occupied Paris: A Two-Act Play By David Bret
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'Chanson', based on true events and with songs from the perios, tells the story of French singer, Marcel~brooding, rough-and-ready and from the wrong side of the tracks, he arrived in Paris in 1934... More > and was discovered singing in the streets by Gérard, the impresario. When the play opens it is 1944. Paris is under the Nazi jackboot and Marcel is star attraction at Gérard's nightclub, Levalle's, the most famous in town. When Gérard is murdered, Marcel's life falls apart. He ends his relationship with his girlfriend, and can no longer see his mistress because her husband is home on leave. While trudging the streets, drunk after curfew, he is picked up by Jurgen, a young German lieutenant who has worshipped him from afar for some time. Initially their relationship is platonic. As time passes, however, a deep bond develops between the two men as Marcel fights his demons to rebuild his shattered career~while the Liberation approaches, bringing triumph and tragedy in equal measure. WARNING: contains strong language< Less
Darvinz Of Zarumna: A Mythological Romance of the Ancient World By David Bret
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Much of the world has been destroyed by the gods. Darvinz, a boy from the Zarumna flatlands—regarded as a freak because of his unusual complexion, is chosen by the god Koizh to redeem his race... More > by embarking on a journey to find the lost city of Korazunta. His trials are many. In the Korun Desert he slumbers in the Pool of Ivos and seemingly attains manhood overnight, awakening a powerfully-built six-and-a-half-foot demi-god. Reaching the settlement of Zembora he is told to procreate with the last woman there, Colas, but also falls for Yannis, her beautiful brother. He finds Korazunta, ruled by the evil King Nataam, his exact double who sentences him to death. He is saved by Amaak, a rebel-leader whose people are held captive here. They become lovers and escape to Amaak’s mountain settlement to prepare an insurrection against Nataam—from which point it emerges that Darvinz is the Chosen One, written about in the Sacred Scrolls, and himself a god. WARNING: this story contains adult material of a sexual nature< Less
Darvinz of Zarumna: A Mythological Romance of the Ancient World By David Bret
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Much of the world has been destroyed by the gods. Darvinz, a boy from the Zarumna flatlands—regarded as a freak because of his unusual complexion, is chosen by the God, Koizh, to redeem his... More > race by embarking on a journey to find the lost city of Korazunta. His trials are many. In the Korun Desert he slumbers in the Pool of Ivos and seemingly attains manhood overnight, awakening a powerfully-built six-and-a-half-foot demi-god. Reaching the settlement of Zembora he is told to procreate with the last woman there, Colas, but also falls for Yannis, her beautiful brother. He finds Korazunta, ruled by the evil King Nataam, his double who sentences him to death. He is saved by Amaak, a rebel-leader whose people are held captive here. They become lovers and escape to Amaak’s mountain settlement to prepare an insurrection against Nataam—from which point it emerges that Darvinz is the Chosen One, written about in the Sacred Scrolls, and himself a god. WARNING: This story contains adult material of a sexual nature< Less
Mistinguett Queen of the French Music-Hall: A Musical Play In Two Acts By David Bret
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At eighteen, Jeanne Bourgeois was an 'added attraction' at the Eldorado: ten years later, as Mistinguett, she was the toast of Paris. During a career spanning sixty years, her temper and meanness... More > became almost as famous as her panache of plumes, exotic costumes and a clutch of songs delivered in her quaint, inimitable style. Her love affairs with the famous ~ mostly with men many years her junior ~ made her infamous. The one with Maurice Chevalier made them the most renowned couple in Paris, but by her own admission the great love of her life was with the bisexual American dancer, Harry Pilcer, who shares centre-stage with her in this play. Colleagues and lovers alike were terrified of her, yet for her fans she could do no wrong. She was also the heroine of two world wars: as such when she died in 1956, she was laid in state at the Madeleine. David Bret's play contains her theme tune, 'Mon homme', along with his English adaptations of other famous Miss and Pilcer songs. There is some strong language.< Less
Our Gracie: The Gracie Fields Story: A Two-Act Play By David Bret
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One of the world's highest-paid entertainers, Gracie Fields cut hundreds of recordings, starred in a series of optimistically-titled films whose scenarios reflected the spirit of the Depression, and... More > never lost her popularity. Her personal and professional life was plagued by controversy, media prejudice and tragedy. She married three times. Then there were the lovers, a mixture of painters, actors and soldiers. The action of this play takes place in London during the 1960s, when Gracie is preparing for another appearance on the Royal Performance and suffering professional and personal crises. The arrival of pop has part convinced her that her kind of music has gone out of fashion. Then come two blasts from the past: Irene, the stepdaughter who accompanied her around the world when she was the biggest draw in Britain-and Ted, her fighter pilot lover who swept her off her feet during the war. The play ends with Gracie regaining her confidence and entertaining a new audience with the songs which made her famous.< Less
Brit Girls Of The Sixties Volume Three: Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw & Lulu By David Bret
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Cilla Black was the only important British female singer to emerge from the "Mersey Sound" explosion of the early 1960s. The archetypal girl-next-door, her speciality was powerhouse... More > Continental ballads, with which she was unrivalled. "The Barefoot Princess From Dagenham", Sandie Shaw was one of the decade's most alluring images. She topped the British charts three times and romped to victory in the Eurovision Song Contest at a time when the songs were worth listening to. Lulu was the wee Scottish lassie with the voice which could demolish a skyscraper. Hers was a bigger struggle than most, from Glasgow tenement block to superstardom. She starred in one good movie, was the only Brit Girl to top the US charts, married a Bee Gee, and also won Eurovision. Like Sandie, following a slump in her career she briefly returned to chart glory, singing with the boy band, Take That. Also in this series: Brit Girls Of The Sixties Volume One: Dusty Springfield & Helen Shapiro; Volume Two: Marianne Faithfull & Kathy Kirby.< Less
Brit Girls of the Sixties: Kathy Kirby + Dusty Springfield + Cilla Black + Helen Shapiro + Marianne Faithfull + Sandie Shaw + Lulu By David Bret
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For the first time in a massive, single 133,000-word volume! KATHY KIRBY: Britain’s answer to Marilyn Monroe, for whom there was no such thing as a bad take. DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: The enigmatic,... More > much-missed creator of the unique style known as “blue-eyed soul”. CILLA BLACK: The only important female singer to emerge from the “Mersey Sound”, whose speciality was powerhouse ballads with which she was unrivalled. HELEN SHAPIRO: The teenage sensation whose commercial career ended as the other Brit Girls were coming into their own. MARIANNE FAITHFULL: The most enigmatic of the Brit Girls, no less popular today than back then, one of the world’s most prestigious entertainers. SANDIE SHAW: The “Barefoot Princess” and one of the decade’s most alluring images. LULU: The wee Scottish lassie with the voice which could demolish a skyscraper—the only Brit Girl to top the US chart. Best-selling biographer David Bret tells their story with affection, honesty and compassion.< Less
Brit Girls Of The Sixties Volume One: Dusty Springfield & Helen Shapiro By David Bret
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The creator of the unique style known as 'blue-eyed soul', Dusty Springfield was instrumental in introducing Motown to Britain, and for several years reigned supreme on both sides of the Atlantic.... More > Her voice~flute-like, smoky and sensual, frequently in the space of the same song~was similarly unique. Over a decade after her death, she remains a show business legend~yet she also remains an enigma, a completely self-fabricated, difficult yet strangely vulnerable woman who allowed few access to her complex, in turns exhuberant and neurotic world where at times there was little difference between reality and make-believe. HELEN SHAPIRO: The teenage sensation whose commercial career ended as the other Brit Girls were coming into their own, though she went on to be a fine, successful jazz-singer. Contains full 1960s UK and European vinyl discographies. Also in this series: Volume Two: Marianne Faithfull & Kathy Kirby Volume Three: Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw & Lulu< Less
Our George: The George Formby Story: Play in 2 Acts + 'Our Annie's Funeral', A Monologue By David Bret
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'Our George' is based on David Bret's controversial, best-selling biography, 'George Formby: A Troubled Genius'. It presents the no-holds-barred story of the legendary British entertainer George... More > Formby, he of the toothy grin, ukulele, and risqué but catchy songs, a man whose life was dominated firstly by a cantankerous, copiously vulgar mother, then by grasping siblings and a frequently overbearing and domineering wife, yet without whose nagging and shrewd business sense he would never have made it to the top. The play presents George Formby as an equally difficult but loving, womanising troubled genius, a man with an innate charisma who suffered for his art, and who only found true love when it was too late. OUR ANNIE'S FUNERAL is David Bret's humorous take on his grandmother's funeral, as seen through the eyes of her odd-bod sister, Kate.< Less
Chanson: A Two-Act Play (A Story of Forbidden Love Set During the German Occupation of Paris) By David Bret
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The French singer, Marcel~brooding, mysterious and from the wrong side of the tracks, arrived in Paris in 1934 and was discovered singing in the streets by Gérard,the city's most prominent... More > impresario. When the play opens it is 1944. Paris is under the Nazi jackboot and Marcel is star attraction at Levalle's, the most fashionable nightclub in Paris. When Gérard is murdered, Marcel's life falls apart. He ends his relationship with his girlfriend, and his mistress can no longer see him because her husband is home on leave. While trudging the streets late at night, drunk and disorientated after curfew, he is picked up by Jurgen, a young German lieutenant who has worshipped him from afar. Initially, their relationship is platonic. As time passes,a deep bond develops between the two as Marcel fights his demons to rebuild his shattered career~while the Liberation approaches, bringing triumph and tragedy in equal measure. David Bret is a leading authority on the French music-hall. WARNING:contains strong language.< Less