Feb 11, He's the creator of comedy character 'Doreen, the lazy cow', now Shropshire writer David Tristram has been crowned the UK's most popular comedy playwright.
Subscribe to our daily newsletter Sign Up Mr Tristram almost fell into writing and only picked up a pen to help out a friend working for an amateur dramatics group. Thirty years later the playwright has enjoyed unprecedented success with his latest comedy plays and films taking the country by storm.
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Such has been the interest in the Highley writer's work that he has become the UK's most popular comedy playwright. The honour was unveiled by Samuel French Limited of London and New York, the world's biggest agent and publisher of plays, after the company analysed performances of authors across different genres.
The year-old writer, who works from his studio in Coven, Staffordshire, hopes the latest of his 29 published works will produce characters as memorable as Inspector Drake and Doreen, out of Doreen's Story. Advertising "I couldn't have foreseen I'd now be the UK's most popular comedy playwright with 29 published works translated into many languages.
Advertising "A few years ago, my work went off on another unexpected tangent when a local actress, Gill Jordan, invited me to her production of one of my Inspector Drake plays at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. The play sparked lively internet debates and at one point even attracted comments from one of George Bush's scriptwriters on a forum in the USA.
The idea was developed into a stage show and last year An Audience With Doreen toured 20 Midlands theatres — and remarkably there was not a single unsold seat. He was a commercial copywriter before turning to comedy. He claims he writes only comedy because he can't take himself too seriously. He said his Black Country roots were affectionately enshrined in Doreen's character.
The show will include some familiar faces as they delve fearlessly into the controversial worlds of politics, religion, the monarchy, the NHS — and also take an irreverent look at the new opium of the masses, television. Preview Gill will play a cast of thousands, including Margaret Thatcher, as well as taking to the stage as Doreen herself. For details about the tour visit www.