1971 – 1981
PA to the late Viscount Maugham, known as the writer, Robin Maugham.
Took down in dictation, typed, and worked creatively on the following projects:
1, THE BARRIER – novel set in an India, up-country hill station at the time of the RAJ.
2, THE SIGN – novel set in AD20 – centred around the character of a preacher, CALEB, who comes to believe himself to be the Messiah.
3, KNOCK ON TEAK – comic novel – written in collaboration with Robin Maugham – set on an exotic, imaginary island off the coast of Sri Lanka where hashish has been legalised – centred around the journey taken by a novelist, TEAK, to increase his failing book sales.
4, SEARCH FOR NIRVANA – autobiography – researched and travelled with the writer to fined the perfect place to settle down.
5, NIJINSKY – play based on the life of the Russian dancer Vaslav Fomich Nijinsky – for which I travelled with the writer to meet Romola de Pulsky, the dancer’s wife, with regard to collaboration and research for the project (play never performed).
6, THE CORRIDOR – psychological thriller – centred in the mind of a man who goes back through the decisions he has made in his life.
7, THE SIGN – filmscript.
8, THE LINK – filmscript based on Robin Maugham’s novel of the same title set in Victorian England and centred around the subject of identity theft when a man appears after being presumed dead, to claim the estate and fortune of an English aristocrat – based on a true legal case, THE TICHBORNE CASE.
9, THE SIGN – play script and film script based on Robin Maugham’s novel of the same title.
10, LOVERS IN EXILE – a collection of short stories centred around the theme of broken lovers.
11, THE DIVIDING LINE – a novel and film script set in Agadir during the aftermath of the earthquake – centred around the theme of mistaken identity.
12, REFUGE – novel written in collaboration – centred around a man searching for a way to escape his suburban nightmare (unpublished).
13, THE SERVANT – the original version of Robin Maugham’s play, based on his novella of the same title. The original play script was recently discovered and edited to a IIAct play by William Lawrence.
Career as a Sculptor
Trained at the Chelsea School of Art, UK
Various commissions, including portraits of Rod Stewart; Sir Elton John; Alec Waugh; Robin Maugham; Henry Fry, founder of the Labour National History Museum; Brian Desmond Hurst…
Exhibited at ALL HALLOWS by THE TOWER in London. Commissioned by The Dockland Development Corporation for a sculpture titled: ENTERPRISE – for the opening of East London’s Dockland by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Geoffrey Howe.
1991 – WORK AS A WRITER
1991 – Spring - PLAY – CATWALK
THE RED LION THEATRE, ISLINGTON
Written, produced and directed by William Lawrence - as a response to the death of two close friends who died of AIDS – first performed as a reading at THE RED LION THEATRE, ISLINGTON.
1991 – Summer - PLAY – THE SHOW MUST GO ON
THE MARLBOROUGH THEATRE, BRIGHTON
A newly titled version of the play CATWALK
1991 – Autumn – PLAY – NEVER WALK ALONE
THE MARLBOROUGH THEATRE, BRIGHTON
A newly titled version of the play THE SHOW MUST GO ON.
Directed by William Lawrence, sponsored by AIDS POSITIVE UNDERGROUND and supported by
John Roman Baker, playwright - and dedicated to his friend the founder Graham Wilkinson who also died of AIDS.
1992 – Summer – PLAY – NEVER WALK ALONE
THEATRO TECHNIS, CAMDEN
Sponsored and directed by Hugh Futcher to excellent critical acclaim:
‘… well constructed, often moving two-hander… Lawrence never forfeits our trust… Where it excels is in its presentation of humanity stripped bare… The play may not make you feel better about death, but it may well make you feel considerably better about life.’
Never Walk Alone… an abrasive two-hander… about opposites painfully growing towards each other… From the violence of the football terraces… to the melancholy of a hospice… both the rabidly heterosexual Dave and the happily homosexual Luke have Aids … ruthlessly hewn… theatrically gripping piece…
‘Never Walk Alone… a brilliant work… Writer William Lawrence avoids cliché… insightful, witty dialogue and poignant characterizations.’
1996 – WORD’S AID DAY – NEVER WALK ALONE
William Lawrence established THE CRYSTAL THEATRE COMPANY
The company toured NEVER WALK ALONE, directed by William Lawrence and sponsored by HASTING AIDS SUPPORT SOCIETY for schools, colleges and universities in the South East of England.
1997 – CRYSTAL THEATRE COMPANY
Toured workshops for schools in and around Hastings on difficult subjects such as abuse in the family; alcohol abuse; safe sex programmes.
1998 – CRYSTAL THEATRE COMPANY
ANGEL OF THE SUN a dramatic dance piece based on the life of Nijinsky – performed at
THE WILLIAM PARKER SCHOOL, HASTINGS
1999 – CRYSTAL THEATRE COMPANY
THE SABRE’S EDGE based on the original play ANGEL OF THE SUN – sponsored by THE NATIONAL LOTTERY, ARTS FOR EVERYONE, was performed at THE BARON’S COURT THEATRE and then at THE BOURNE THEATRE, HASTINGS. The dance drama was excellently review:
‘… It provides endless questions about who Nijinsky really was, his sexual colours and the illness that destroyed him. While Lawrence leaves us to let our imagination gallop, he structures his writing with inspired efficiency and great detail of the protagonists’ lives is unfurled… absorbing and credible.’
2004 – TOMORROW BELONGS TO NOBODY
CRYSTAL THEATRE COMPANY presented a short film for AIDS awareness on WORLD AIDS DAY
Now showing on YOUTUBE:
Tomorrow Belongs To Nobody
by William G Lawrence
2008 – THE EDINBURGH FRINGE
BLUE ON BLUE
Play set in Afghanistan – given five stars by THE SCOTSMAN NEWSPAPER
THEATRE explorations tackling the personal effects of war are always
difficult to manage in terms of measuring the reality and believability of
what’s being depicted and, for the most part, ex-RAF man turned-writer
William Lawrence succeeds here… Lawrence carefully juxtaposes Lee’s
Western perspective with Ahmed’s ancient traditions. At its best, there are
some neat observations and the show’s leads manage to convey a heated sense
of frustration – both sexual and otherwise… thought provoking theatre.
August 25, 2008
An overview of BLUE ON BLUE and its writer, WILLIAM LAWRENCE
What inspired the play?
I was born in the east end of London, six years after the end of the Second World War. My mother’s family had twice been bombed out of house and home. It was a trauma from which they never fully recovered. At high school, poets like Owen, Sassoon and Kipling moved me. My father, a ‘docker’, had an enduring love and talent for reciting lyrical anthems such as, ‘The Burial of Sir John Moore’ at Corunna, which stirred me to look at the tragic consequences of war and, inspired by such works as Hell in the Pacific and Enemy, by Robin Maugham, I wrote the play Blue on Blue.
BLUE ON BLUE was first performed at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Originally, the play was set in Afghanistan; however, I have now developed the theme to encapsulate a wider interpretation that incorporates the action within an unidentified ‘war zone’ – so that its connotations may be more widely relevant in a broader sense, as the expansion of the ‘war on terror’ has seemingly spread and continues to spread throughout the globe.
Also, true to the spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I have expanded areas which were successful during the run and thus the work has developed since its inception.
Blue On Blue Synopsis
The drama – is set in a secluded ravine – hidden in a war zone – not specified. The piece opens up many of the issues that are currently mainstream news headlines; and looks beneath the shallow sound bites of what is generally presented to the public.
The work is thought provoking and uses black humour – to convey the absurdity of extremes – when neither side understands the other and both believe they are right.
AHMED is a Rebel/Freedom Fighter. Where he comes from is not defined only that he is a Muslim who has lost most of his family in the war.
LEE is an American Lieutenant who escorts tanks. She has stumbled upon the wreck of an allied MV which, we are told has been accidentally hit by ‘Friendly Fire’, killing all its occupants, including a soldier whose body, covered in a camouflage ground sheet, lies in front of a stack of metal boxes which we discover contains several million dollars.
The action unfolds when LEE is taken prisoner by AHMED. There is a sense that behind their stories lurks something more sinister.
A FRAGMENT OF THE PLAY IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE:
BLUE ON BLUE
by William Lawrence
2009 – QUALIFIED AS A TEACHER OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TO FOREIGN STUDENTS
2019 – WILLIAM LAWENCE CRYSTAL THEATRE/NEW EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE
INVOLVEMENT THERAPY FOR THOSE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
We are working on a project written in collaboration
with nursing staff and Activities Coordinators of a local nursing home.
The main cast of the production is made up of the residents living with dementia.
This a new experimental piece that we hope will enable residents to express themselves
with words, movement, music and drama - as a beneficial form of involvement therapy -
which has already had great success.
The most recent production has been filmed.
For more information please contact the William Lawrence
2020 – PROJECTED WORK
William Lawrence is now in the process of completing a musical titled: THE GHOSTS OF CAPTAIN MORGAN - set in the late 1600’s based on the life of the pirate Captain Henry Morgan and his notorious exploits – it is also a coming of age saga.