Bernard Kops was born in the East End of London to Dutch-Jewish working class parents in 1926. He achieved international recognition with his first play, THE HAMLET OF STEPNEY GREEN which was performed all over the world.
He has written more than forty plays for stage and radio; including. PLAYING SINATRA, WHO SHALL I BE TOMORROW? CALL IN THE NIGHT, DREAMS OF ANNE FRANK, ISAAC BABEL: RETURNING WE HEAR THE LARKS, ROGUES AND VAGABONDS and KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR. His autobiography THE WORLD IS A WEDDING was published throughout the world and has recently been followed by his acclaimed second instalment of autobiography, SHALOM BOMB.
Three volumes of his plays are available from Oberon Books. He recently received a major award from the Arts Council to write Rogues and Vagabonds, his most recent work on the birth of Yiddish Theatre. His latest novel THE ODYSSEY OF SAMUEL GLASS was published in February 2012. “The Odyssey of Sammy Glass epitomises the traditional Jewish imaginative novel.” The Jewish Quarterly for Autumn 2012
A monograph of his entire life’s work, FANTASIST, LONDON JEW, APOCALYPTIC HUMORIST has just been published in America by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, sold by Rowman and Littlefield. It has been written by Professor William Baker and Professor Jeantette Roberts Shumaker of North Illinois University.
Some Press Quotes for DREAMS OF ANNE FRANK
“Marvellous” The Guardian
“Eloquent. Distinctive. A masterpiece.” Time Out
This play won The London Fringe Award 1992 and Time Out Award 1992.
Nominated for Writers Guild Award 1993.
Some quotes on PLAYING SINATRA
“A memorable evening – one of the most important new plays of the year.” Time Out
“Raw energy – powerful” City Limits
“Moving and affecting.” Financial Times
“Emotional profundity – Bernard Kops has written a three hander that fills it’s space to bursting point and expands outward with whirling centrifugal force, scattering ideas from it’s tight central core.” The Times
Some other quotes:
“No other living English Playwright matches Kops in the virtuoso handling of dream logic” Irving Wardle, The Times
“Kops allows life to flow over him, never losing his sense of sheer delight, in its size, its possibilities and its outrageousness.” The Guardian
“Brutal, grim, factual, but the mind that interprets is unfailingly dramatic, and exalts a most horrible history into a fantastical rhapsody”. The New York Times
“A writer of outstanding talent.” The Sunday Times
“Aboundingly honest, aboundingly alive”. Times Literary Supplement
“A sensational and compulsive writer” The Times