anniversary of Dennis Potter's death this year will be commemorated
by the Voices in the Forest festival, which features a week of events
culminating in a day of celebration on Sunday June 27.
is arguably the most famous Forester of his generation.
in 1935 in the village of Berry Hill near Coleford, the son of a
coalminer, by his death in 1994 he had dominated British screen
drama for almost three decades.
the age of 26 he was afflicted with Psoriaic Arthropathy, a disease
which combines the symptoms of skin disease psoriasis and arthritis.
to this he had pursued careers in journalism and politics, but his
illness forced him to withdraw from the public eye.
decided to concentrate on his writing, first rising to prominence
in 1965 when four of his plays were transmitted in the BBC's respected
Wednesday Play slot, which was dedicated to cutting-edge contemporary
non-naturalistic style was partly a reaction to what he described
as the "dreary" drama of the time.
plays featured surreal touches such as characters breaking into
song (Pennies From Heaven, which made a star of Bob Hoskins) and
children played by adults (Blue Remembered Hills).
Gambon in The Singing Detective
his career he wrote 28 plays, including The Singing Detective, Brimstone
And Treacle and Lipstick On Your Collar, which provided actor Ewan
Macgregor with his first major starring role.
February 1994 Potter was diagnosed as suffering from pancreatic
the medical odds he survived another four months to complete his
works Cold Lazarus and Karaoke, which, in an unusual colloboration,
were broadcast on both Channel 4 and BBC1.
can learn more about Potter and the Forest of Dean at the Voices
in the Forest community festival.
is already under way with schools and community groups to produce
new work for the week-long festival, which will include talks, music
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