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Valentino's Affairs A Two-Act Play By David Bret
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In a brief career, Rudolph Valentino's name became synonymous with unbridled Latin passion, When his image flickered onto the screen, fans of both sexes swooned. In this two-act play, David Bret... More > presents the real Valentino. A man who seemed to enjoy being dominated by his rapacious lesbian wives~a man blatantly extroverted, yet who was naively unaware that the manager he trusted implicitely had but a single goal, to manipulate him and take charge of his fortune for his own aims. And finally there is the warm, sensitive, charismatic, happy-go-lucky Rudy, a man with a biting, off-beat sense of humour who when in the company of his male friends and lovers could let himself go and be himself. David Bret is one of Britain's leading showbusiness biographers and has published over 30 books, most of them beat sellers. His other biographies of the man known as 'The World's Greatest Lover' are 'Valentino, A Dream Of Desire'(1998), and 'Rudolph Valentino: Lovers, Friends & Foes'(2013). WARNING: contains strong language.< Less
The Piaf We Loved: A Two-Act Play By David Bret
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October 1963. Pierre is proprietor of the Mimosa Club, a downmarket Parisian gay club. Posh boy Paul is his female impersonator lover, 20 years his junior. Both have had affairs with Edith Piaf:... More > Pierre in the 1930s when she was just starting out, Paul in the 1950s when she was at the height of her fame. Now it is the eve of her funeral,a time for reflection marred by the arrival of Paul's snooty mother, Fabienne, who disapproves of his lifestyle and does not get along with the vulgar but loveable Pierre. The action alternates between her visit and events of the past~Pierre's meeting with Piaf in a seedy Pigalle club~her launching of Paul's career which he has held in check because of his attachment to the man who took him in~and his eventual decision to take Piaf's advice and accept the tour she arranged for him just before her death, which will mean him sacrificing the great love of his life, as she did many times. Contains 11 Piaf songs adapted into English by David Bret. WARNING: contains strong language.< 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
Our George: The Life of George Formby: A Two Act Play + 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 a no-holds-barred but affectionate story of the legendary British... More > entertainer-he of the toothy grin, ukulele, and catchy but risqué 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 humerous take on his grandmother's funeral, as seen through the eyes of her eccentric sister, Kate.< Less
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
Nancy & Cecil: A Marriage Made In Hell: The Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story Finale: An Irreverent Spoof By David Bret
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Nancy Sphinctergritzel (1904-2010) was Hollywood’s biggest lush. Her husbands predeceased her. Her children were taken into care. Her lifelong quest was to prove her imagined lover Valentino... More > had never had sex with men—or with any woman but her. It took her 68 years to write My Life With Rudy—minutes for her victims to destroy it. Lord Cecil Wilde (1859-1947) was a hero. He had hundreds of lovers, his favourites the Dilly Boys met during the Cleveland Street Scandal. He made al fresco sex acceptable, married a suffragette, and established the world’s first edible condoms factory in Ceylon. But why did he marry a homophobe who collaborated with Germany in World War II? This final part of the trilogy tells all! NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to persons living or dead, events or locales is coincidental. WARNING: This story contains adult material of a sexual nature.< Less
Rudolph Valentino: The Screen God Who Loved Men By David Bret
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In Rudolph Valentino: The Screen God Who Loved Men, best-selling author David Bret tells of the real Valentino, a man sexually attracted only towards other men, whose relationships with women,... More > particularly his two rapacious lesbian wives—brought him heartbreak. Moralists attacked him, studio chiefs treated him like dirt. His manager was only interested in gaining control of his estate. When he lay dying in hospital, these people deliberated between saving him and letting him die while working out which was the most financially viable: Valentino alive or dead, and what would happen if the truth emerged about his private life. Valentino was less ashamed of his sexuality than he was of being trapped within the image of his public persona. In 1920s Hollywood, gay men were stereotyped as feeble degenerates. Not so Valentino, a powerfully-built man who excelled at most sports, boxing in particular. It was his persistent, unnecessary need to ‘prove’ his manhood which ultimately contributed to his early death.< Less
Nancy & Cecil: A Marriage Made In Hell: The Nancy Sphinctergritzel Finale: An Illustrated Irreverent Spoof About The World's Most Infamous Lush By David Bret
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Nancy Sphinctergritzel (1904-2010) was Hollywood’s biggest lush. Her husbands predeceased her. Her children were taken into care. Her lifelong quest was to prove her imagined lover Valentino... More > had never had sex with men—or with any woman but her. It took her 68 years to write My Life With Rudy—minutes for her victims to destroy it. Lord Cecil Wilde (1859-1947) was a hero. He had hundreds of lovers, his favourites the Dilly Boys met during the Cleveland Street Scandal. He made al fresco sex acceptable, married a suffragette, and established the world’s first edible condoms factory in Ceylon. But why did he marry a homophobe who collaborated with Germany in World War II? This final part of the trilogy tells all! NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to persons living or dead, events or locales is coincidental. WARNING: This story contains adult material of a sexual nature.< Less
Cyclops & The Hermaphrodite: A Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story: An Illustrated Irreverent Spoof By David Bret
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In the latest episode of the saga of the world's most infamous lush we explore one of the most reviled homophobic partnerships in Hollywood history. Nancy Sphinctergritzel (1904-2010) and Hal... More > Pickford (1906-2011). Cross-dresser Hal, tipping the scales at 400 pounds. Nancy: one-eyed, one leg shorter than the other, tattooed, multi-pierced, the quintessential example of Machiavellian insanity. Both were fanatics of Rudolph Valentino. Nancy spent 68 years writing the Valentino book which her victims destroyed. Hal just bullied. Tinsel Town had Bette and Joan, Hedda and Louella, Popeye and Bluto—the ones who were respected. In the end the victims won, and Nancy and Hal’s deaths remain among the great comedy moments of all time! AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Resemblance to persons living or dead or to locales is entirely coincidental. WARNING: this story contains adult material of a sexual nature.< Less