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Accession Number: 08-014


David Langley Carley fonds. Additions. -- 30 cm of textual records. -- 12 cm of audio cassettes, video cassettes, and C.D.s.


David Langley Carley was born in Peterborough, Ontario and was educated at Trent University and Queen's University Law School. He was editor of the Kawartha Sun newspaper from 1981-1982 and was an editor at Scirocco Press. He is a playwright whose work has been staged internationally. His plays include: Susanna, Sister Jude, Writing With Our Feet, Into, After You, A View From the Roof, Losing Paradise (edited), Taking Liberties, South on Bay, Vanishing Point, Two Ships Passing, Big Box, and many others. He was formerly drama editor for the CBC show "Morningside," editor of Stereodrama, and was senior script editor for CBC Radio Performance. His latest plays include "Orchidelerium," "The Trouble With Leo," "The Last Liberal," and "Conservatives in Love." A complete biography for Dave appears on his Web site:

Custodial History

Fonds was in the custody of Dave Carley until donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence, drafts of plays, posters and tapes of Carley plays. Plays in this addition include the D Day play "The Final Hour," "The Trouble With Leo," and "The Last Liberal."


Title based on creator of the fonds.
Fonds contains textual material, audio and video casettes and c.d.s. Computer disks acquired with the fonds were not accessioned.
Fonds acquired from Dave Carley in 2008.
Restrictions: N
This fonds along with 98-003, 02-013, 05-010 and 08-011 is an addition to 95-022

Finding Aid

Box 1

Correspondence, drafts of plays and rehearsal copies.


1. "The Final Hour/ D Day Play" (2004)
2. "The Final Hour"
3. "The Final Hour"
4. "The Final Hour" (Lighthouse Workshop)
5. CBC article for Canplay
6. "Into" (1994)
7. "Into"
8. "After You/Kawartha" 1998
9. Wendy Lill article
10. U. of T. Residency
11. Time Magazine article
12. "Zoolympics"
13. "Writing With Our Feet" (1991)
14. "The Trouble With Leo"
15. "The Trouble With Leo"
16. "The Last Liberal" (2006)
17. Three Plays - Scirocco
18. Drive Home Dramas (4 pilots)
19. "Through the Summers: 50 Years at Sandy Lake" personal reminincences of the Carley, Langley and Perry families at their summer cottage
20. Correspondence re the Katchawanooka Herald newspaper, Lakefield
21. "Blizzard"
22. "A View From the Roof" (1996)
23. "Desserts"
24. "Orchidelirium" (2002)
26. "Test Drive" (2002)
27. Musical (1997)
28. Correspondence, 2003-4
29. Dave Carley Web site

Box 2

Audio cassettes of interviews with Dave Carley; audio cassettes of plays.

Large Materials Cabinet, Drawer 47

Posters of Carley Plays.