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Dunbar, Andrea (I) Biography




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22 May 1961, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK
20 December 1990, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK (brain haemorrhage)
Andrea Dunbar was brought up on the deprived Buttershaw Estate in Bradford, which was the setting of her three plays. She had three children by different fathers. Her first play, The Arbor, was written for a Certificate of Secondary Education drama course and found its way into the London Royal Court Theatre's Young Writer's Festival. This was followed by the play, and later film, Rita, Sue and Bob Too, which caused local controversy due to its portrayal of Bradford life. This is reckoned to have been a cause of her heavy drinking which may have contributed to her death at age 29 from a brain haemorrhage.
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-   She died in 1990 of a brain haemorrhage in The Beacon pub, a few years after it had been used as the location for the 'Black Lace' (qv) "Gang Bang" scenes in the film _Rita, Sue and Bob Too! (1987)_ (qv) which she wrote.

-   Mother of 'Lorraine Dunbar' (qv), 'Lisa Thompson (IX)' (qv) and 'Andrew Dunbar (II)' (qv). Sister of 'Pamela Dunbar' (qv) and 'David Dunbar (VII)' (qv).


-   Three plays - The Arbor; Rita, Sue and Bob Too; Shirley


-   _The Arbor (2010)_ (qv)


-   "The Guardian" (UK), 4 July 1998, pg. Saturday Section, p.4, by: Lyn Gardner, "Born to Write. And Die"

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Acting in movies by Dunbar, Andrea

  1. The Arbor (2010)

Written by Dunbar, Andrea (I)

  1. Rita, Sue and Bob Too! (1987) (based on the stage plays by) <2,1,1>
  2. Rita, Sue and Bob Too! (1987) (written by) <1,1,1>