Stephen Poliakoff

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  • Margaret E Groome (University of Manitoba )

Stephen Poliakoff exploded onto the theatre scene in the early 1970s with eight plays produced in quick succession by the time he was twenty-two. At the age of twenty-four (1976) he was writer-in-residence at the National Theatre of Great Britain and had won the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright Award. By the turn of the Millennium Poliakoff had been acclaimed as Britain’s greatest auteur of television dramas for more than ten years and in 2007 he was awarded a CBE. In this span Poliakoff has tackled themes as diverse as incest, the monarchy, the family – both nurturing and destroying – and the effects of government secrecy. What links these themes are his ongoing concern with how fragile …

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Groome, Margaret E. "Stephen Poliakoff". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 November 2009
[, accessed 06 July 2015.]

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