Rib Davis

Playwright

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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Since the late 1970s Rib Davis has pursued the dual careers of playwright and oral historian. For many projects, the two have been combined in community arts, often leading to large-scale oral history-based documentary plays, usually directed by himself. On other occasions, the scripts have been pure fiction and he has worked on many oral history projects with no theatrical outcome.

1993-95 Rib was Artistic Director of the leading documentary arts organisation, The Living Archive (winner, Living in Cities community art award 1994). 2003-2008 he oversaw the large scale oral history project for the Lightbox (winner, Arts Fund Award 2008).

As well as doing his own writing and interviewing, Rib carries out a great deal of training in both fields. At the British Library, he presents two courses, Introdution to Oral History and Transcript to Script (turning oral history into theatre). He also runs courses on various aspects of writing and has produced books on dialogue and characterisation.

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1978 INTERGALACTIC PLAYS

Milton Keynes

1979 TUTORIAL

Radio 4

1979 YOUR OWN BOSS

Radio 4

1979 PEOPLE'S POEMS

1980 CAN'T COMPLAIN

Radio 4

1980 WHY

Radio 4

1980 WRITE HERE

1981 FAMILY

Radio 4

1981 NIELSEN'S FIFTH

Milton Keynes

1982 A DERBYSHIRE TOWN REMEMBERED

1982 CHARITY

Manchester

1982 GRAVEN IMAGES

Milton Keynes

1983 A PENNORTH O' DUCK

South Normanton

1983 CORRIDOR

Radio 4

1983 MILTONI THE GRAND

Miton Keynes

1983 TALES FROM JUNCTION 28

1984 A FEW KIND WORDS

Radio 4

1984 A PARTICULAR JOURNEY

Milton Keynes

1985 DUST

Radio 4

1985 EVERY OTHER GARDEN 'AD A PIT

Eastwood

1985 IT STARTS WITH THE ORE

Corby

1985 MEMORIES FROM SHIREBROOK

1985 WHERE THE TRAINS USED TO RUN

1986 COVENTRY MADE

Coventry

1986 THIS SIDE OF THE BRIDGE

Cambridge

1986 SPEND A SHILLING MORE

Derbyshire

1987 YOU COULD COUNT THE CHIMNEYS TO THE CHURCH

Cherry Hinton

1987 YOU WOULDN'T DREAM OF IT TODAY

Loughborough

1987 NO FUTHER CAUSE FOR CONCERN

Edinburgh/ Cardiff

1988 RICHIE'S LAW

Radio 4

1989 THE PEOPLE'S WOMAN

Radio 4

1990 ADD LIFE TO YEARS

Radio 4

1991 HOMEWORK FOR ANNETTE

Northampton

1991 TWO COUNTRY VILLAGES

Shenley

1991 WEST END, BEST END!

Derby

1992 WORKER BY NAME

Stony Stratford

1992 CARTAGENA!

Northampton

1992-3 MURDER MOST FOUL

Radio 4

1993 BETRAYERS

Radio 4

1993 THE LADY OF THE DIAGRAM

Radio 4

1995 OPEN ARMS

High Wycombe

1995 THIS WAS A VILLAGE

Chiselhurst

1995 A WORKING CLASS WAR

1995 SOUTHWARK AT WAR

1995 WHEN THE LIGHTS GO ON AGAIN

Blackheath

1996 BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT

Radio 4

1996 BIGGER, BRIGHTER, BETTER

Bletchley

1996 RIVERHEAD LIVES

Riverhead

1996 WINTER WARMERS

1997 BRICKS AND BARGES

Slough

1998 UNWRITTEN LAW

Radio 4

1998 NET CURTAINS AND KIPPERS

Buckinghamshire

1998 CHASING TOPOLIS

Derbyshire

1998 FETLOCK TO FORECOURT

South Bucks

1998/2003/2008 WRITING DIALOGUE FOR SCRIPTS

1999 CARRIE'S WAR

Radio 4

1999 SETTLER'S TALES

Greenwich

2000 UNWRITTEN LAW

Radio 4

2000 CHUCK OUT YOUR MOULDIESi

2009

East Greenwich

2000 DESTINATION GREENWICH

Greenwich

2000 WHAT WAS COMING TO HIM

Southport

2000 AN HYSTERICAL WALK

Greenwich

2000 DREAMERS' WELCOME

Derbtshire

2000 MORETON MADE

Maids Moreton

2001 EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE

Radio 3

2001 DEVELOPING CHARACTERS FOR SCRIPT WRITING

2003 PIONEERS!

Sheerwater, Woking

2004 THEY'RE NOT FROM HERE

Chertsey

2006 THE PRINCESS, THE PALACE AND THE ICE-COLD BATH

Esher

2007 WOKING LIVING WORDS

2008 WOMEN FROM THE VALE

Radio 4

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scripts for young people

Television

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1988 NO FURTHER CAUSE FOR CONCERN

BBC

1990-92 THE BILL

Carlton

1994 THE PASSIONATE STATISTICIAN

BBC

Theatre

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CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS

2014

Playing for Time Theatre Company

Commission for production at
HMP Winchester