Laffan Archive

Kevin 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.

Brighton Actors Workshop

The collection is principally related to Kevin Laffan’s work for the theatre, with additional material related to his screenplays and novels. It 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typescripts, published playscripts, posters, production scripts, rehearsal scripts, papers related to his published and unpublished novels, and extensive correspondence with his agent Emmanuel Wax.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 also a small number of early Emmerdale Farm scripts.

Titles include:

  • Cut in Ebony (1959)
  • Zoo Zoo Widdershins Zoo (1968)
  • The Superannuated Man
  • It’s a Two-Foot-Six-Inches-above-the-Ground World
  • The Love Ban (1973)
  • Bud
  • Decision to Burn
  • The Best Pair of Legs in the Business
  • Beryl’s Lot
  • Kate
  • Justice
  • I Thought You’d Gone

Archive catalogue record for the Kevin Laffan Archive

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