Simon Farquhar

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Simon Farquhar is a playwright. He was born in Cullen in Banffshire on 15 December 1972.

During his time at the University of Aberdeen he was an active writer and performer in the university's drama group, Centre Stage. His early one-act plays were staged at the Aberdeen Arts Centre, until a radio script set in Cullen, Candy Floss Kisses, was picked up by actor and producer Martin Jarvis and commissioned for BBC Radio 4. This was followed by another Cullen-based drama, Elevenses with Twiggy, set during the dying days of the Sixties and featuring a cameo performance by Twiggy herself.

His first full-length stage play, the Aberdeen-based Rainbow Kiss, starring Joseph McFadden and Dawn Steele and directed by Richard Wilson, opened at the Royal Court in April 2006 as part of the theatre's 50th anniversary season. "What makes the play so impressive" wrote Michael Billington in The Guardian, "is Farquhar's portrait of the grimness behind Aberdeen's oil-fuelled boom. This is not just another sex'n'violence play: what it grippingly shows is the disastrous effect of a money-mad materialist culture on society's marginalised no-hopers." On the other hand, Charles Spencer at Telegraph panned the play, calling...
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