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Syd Cheatle (born 1943[1])is an Irish writer born in Dublin and educated at Castleknock.

Leaving Ireland to pursue a writing career in London, his first two plays "Retreat" and "The Director" were produced by the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1970. His next play, "Straight Up", received its premiere at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and subsequently transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre in London in December 1971. It premiered in the US at the Kansas City playhouse in 1973 with subsequent productions in Seattle, Newhaven, Washington DC and New York City.

Also translated into German by Jurgen and Astrid Fischer under the title "Im Schoss der Familie", "Straight Up" premiered in Germany at Darmstadt Landestheater in 1972, and enjoyed considerable success over a 14-year period with major productions including Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Vienna.

Syd Cheatle is married with three children, and currently lives on Sherkin Island, in West Cork.

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