Document Reference NumberKL
Acc No2011/3
TitleThe Kevin Laffan Archive
DescriptionKevin Laffan (1922-2003) was a playwright and scriptwriter, probably best known as the creator, in 1972, of ‘Emmerdale Farm’, the ITV soap opera, for which he wrote 262 episodes.
The collection is principally related to Kevin Laffan’s work for the theatre, with additional material related to his screenplays and novels. He wrote his first plays under the name Kevin Barry.
The collection comprises draft typescripts, published playscripts, posters, production scripts, rehearsal scripts, papers related to his published and unpublished novels, and extensive correspondence with his agent Emmanuel Wax. The archive also includes a small amount of correspondence with fellow writers, actors and producers, including Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Harold Pinter, Emlyn Williams, Prunella Scales and Fenton Bresler. There is little original manuscript material in the collection, suggesting that Laffan either did not handwrite his early drafts or did not retain them. The collection contains a small number of early ‘Emmerdale Farm’ scripts.
LevelFonds
Date1955-2003
Extent11 linear metres
OtherNumber1122388
AccessConditionsThe collection is open to bona fide researchers.
AccessStatusAvailable for general access
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