Marcy Kahan

Screenwriter & Playwright
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Marcy Kahan is an award-winning radio and theatre playwright and screenwriter. She was born in Montreal, educated at Oxford and in Paris and currently lives in London.

Marcy’s BBC screenplay Antonia & Jane was the first television film to be given cinematic distribution by Miramax and won a Gold Plaque award for best original screenplay at the 1991 Chicago Film Festival.

Her plays include: 20 Cigarettes (Soho Theatre); a stage version of Nora Ephron’s When Harry Met Sally (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); and Intimate Memoirs of An Irish Taxidermist (Perrier award, 1986 Edinburgh Festival).

She has written more than 35 highly urbane plays for BBC Radio, including five series of Lunch: a Platonic romantic comedy (2015 BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Scripted Comedy); The Playwright & The Grammarian (‘wonderfully incestuous’, the Times); The Uncertainty Principle (a comedy about the mapping of the human genome); Everybody Comes to Schicklgruber’s, a comedy about Hitler’s brother, the pastry-chef (which won a silver Sony award in 1997); a sextet of plays about her hero, Noël Coward; and her very first radio play The Contemplative Life which starred Alan Rickman as a homicidal Benedictine monk.

Marcy’s dramatisations for BBC Radio include Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential; Timur Vermes’s Look Who’s Back; Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections; P.G. Wodehouse’s Psmith in the City; Tolstoy’s War and Peace (with Mike Walker; 1998 Talkie award for best drama); Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (BBC/CBC co-production) and The Wizard of Oz.

Her current projects include an original play, Oscar Wilde: The Warhol Years, for BBC R4.

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Marcy Kahan is appearing at the following sessions:

Something Old, Something New...The Art of the Adaptation

Something Old, Something New...The Art of the Adaptation

Our panel of writers (both adaptors and adaptees) will examine broad strategies to help you plan your adapted works, as well as share personal anecdotes of their own adaptation journeys.