Dave Freeman

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Dave Freeman was born in London in 1922. He worked as a stage electrician until the outbreak of war when he joined the Royal Navy for seven years. He then joined the London Metropolitan police until recalled to the Navy in 1951 for the Korean War.
After leaving the Navy for the second time, he became a journalist and crime reporter. He then specialised in writing comedy pieces for television and radio. During the 1950s he wrote much of Benny Hill’s material and collaborated with him on the West End revue FINE FETTLE which ran for nine months at the Palace Theatre.
He also contributed to a number of Palladium pantomimes and revues. He has written over two hundred television situation comedies and full length plays.I
His first stage play A BEDFULL OF FOREIGNERS opened in 1973 and ran in the West End for eighteen months, starring Terry Scott and June Whitfield. Since then it has played successfully all over the world. Counties where it has been produced include Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Latvia, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Bratislava, Australia, South Africa, The United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, China, Israel and Egypt.
His second play, KEY FOR TWO, written with John Chapman, has also played all over the world. His third play, KINDLY KEEP IT COVERED ran for a year in Vienna and has also played throughout Europe.
He is married with three children and ten grandchildren. His hobbies are carpentry, gardening, reading and languages.


Comedy 4M 3F

The play is set in a French village near the German border on the eve of a local festival. When Stanley and Brenda, on a motoring trip, obtain a room for the night, they consider themselves lucky – but not for long. In less than an hour, Stanley finds himself, in Brenda’s absence, lowering an attractive girl, stark naked, from the window, with the room’s radiator hanging from a rope near the ceiling. The arrival of Claud, the attractive girl’s husband, and or his own girlfriend, Simone, causes further chaos. By the second hour, almost everyone is in the wrong bed, as figures dressed as nuns and monks rush in an out and seductions and confrontations run rampant.


Comedy 4M 3F

Roland Dickerby, formerly of the Kindly Insurance Company, runs a health farm with his wide Julia, bought with the proceeds of a hefty insurance payout on the demise of Julia’s first husband, the charming rogue Sidney. Life isn’t easy for Roland; a healthy lifestyle isn’t exactly his cup of carrot juice. His formidable mother in law, Olivia, keeps a very beady eye on him and he is constantly harassed by portly guests maniacally in search of carbohydrates of the sweet variety. But today fate has something special in store for Roland; Sidney has decided to resurrect himself and turns up at the farm, just as Vanessa, the wife of Roland’s ex-boss from the Kindly Mutual checks in for a health giving visit, guaranteeing a fast, furious and frantic farce.

KEY FOR TWO by John Chapman and Dave Freeman

Comedy 3M 4F

In this wickedly amusing play, by two master craftsmen of comedy, Harriet, a divorcee living in an elegant flat in Brighton, solves her financial problems by entertaining two married gentlemen callers on different days of the week. The scheme faces collapse when her friend Anne, whose marriage is tottering, arrives at the flat hotly pursued by her husband. One of Harriet’s lovers is confined to her bed with a sprained ankle and the second lover turns up unexpectedly, closely followed by two irate wives in search of their itinerant husbands. The indescribable confusion that ensues builds to a rich complexity of mistaken identity, splendidly farcical situations and a climax of comic wizardry.


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