This volume includes the "Evening Standard" Award-winning play "Talent", and Victoria Wood's other stage play "Good Fun", both premiered at the Sheffield Crucible. Alongside these plays are three TV scripts, including the acclaimed "Pat and Margaret".
Victoria Wood was born in Prestwich, Lancashire, in 1953. She is one of Britain's top comedians. Her first stage play,
Talent (1978) was awarded the Plays and Players and Evening Standard Award for Most Promising PLaywright. It was then adapted for television in 1979 and won the Pye Television Most Promsing New Writer Award. Wood subsequently wrote two television plays,
Nearly a Happy Ending and
Happy Since I Met You, and a second stage play,
Good Fun (Sheffield Crucible 1980; King's Head Theatre, London, 1981). Her television series include
Wood and Walters and
Dinner Ladies, as well as the two
As Seen on TV series, followed by a TV special which won BAFTA awards for Best Light Entertainment Programme in 1986 and 1987. She has performed a series of one-woman shows in theatres all over Britain, including the London Palladium in 1987. Her previous books, L
ucky Bag: The Victoria Wood Song Book;
Up to You, Porky: The Victoria Wood Sketch Book; and
Barmy: The New Victoria Wood Song Book were based on these shows. Her first full-length comedy film,
Pat and Margaret, was screened by the BBC in September 1994.