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Surrey Hills Landscape Assessment

Biography: Stephen Plaice

Stephen Plaice was born in Watford Hertfordshire, but he has family connections with Surrey and with the North Downs Area where the Surrey Hills project was situated. His grandparents were married in Shere Church and his father was born in the village. As well as writing about the countryside, Stephen is a regular scriptwriter for television, including the police drama The Bill for ITV. For several years, he was writer-in-residence at Lewes Prison, where he researched his play Trunks, which toured extensively in the UK. His short play, The Last Post, was made into a film, given multiple screenings on Channel 4 (UK) and was nominated for a BAFTA award in 1996. He has worked on many projects with Glyndebourne Education and written the librettos for Glyndebourne's new operas for young people - Misper (1977, revived 1998) and Zoë (2000), which was recently hailed by the Times as 'a giant leap forward' for the genre. A film version of Zoë will be made in summer 2000 for broadcast on Channel 4.