Bernard Kops is one of the best-known playwrights of his time. He achieved recognition with his first play The Hamlet of Stepney Green, which has been performed worldwide. He has subsequently written more than forty plays for stage and radio, nine novels, seven volumes of poetry and two volumes of autobiography. His Dreams of Anne Frank tours constantly.
Bernard Kops is still writing, receiving a major award from the Arts Council to develop a new play.
Bernard Kops’ East End comprises extracts from several of his East End plays, fragments of memoir, extracts from novels. The book includes “Returning we hear the larks”: a short play about Isaac Rosenberg.
“If Wesker began as the realist Edward Hopper of British Jewish theatre, Bernard Kops was and remains its dreamlike Chagall. His Hamlet of Stepney Green brought another vernacular East End voice to the stage, not unlike the Jewish voices that Jack Rosenthal was getting on to British television.” – The Times
“Kops allows life to flow over him, never losing his sense of sheer delight.” – The Guardian
“A writer of outstanding talent” – Sunday Times
“Essential reading” – Mike Leigh
“I am interested in the man Kops I like Kops” – Eugene Ionesco
“Aboundingly honest, aboundingly alive” – TLS
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