Alan Seymour, a prolific playwright for stage, radio and television, has died in his native Australia aged 87. He made his name with The One Day of the Year, his 1960 study of the meaning of Anzac Day – initially suppressed in Australia, but subsequently a hit both in Sydney and at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, London.
The play has been revived to coincide with the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign at the Finborough Theatre, Earls Court, London, where it runs until Saturday 13 June 2015.
Alan Seymour came to London, where he became a leading TV writer in the 1960s, writing for The Wednesday Play, dramatising The Chronicles of Narnia and Frost In May, and contributing episodes to The House of Eliott and Tales of the Unexpected before returning to Australia in 1995.
He was a long-standing member of WGGB and the Australian Writers’ Guild, and in his will has made generous bequests to both unions.
See Guardian obituary.