Victor Kazan has worked in the entertainment industry for more than fifty years. After reading Romance Languages at the University of London he trained as an actor at Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Over the next two decades, while still occasionally performing, he worked principally as a director and writer in British theatre and television before taking up residency in Melbourne to work in the Australian film industry.
His screenwriting credits include: feature films Dalkeith, The Madness That Was Kolberg, Stoker’s Boat, The Last Supper, Beethoven’s Tenth, Hit the Ground Running; documentary films Smithy Revisited, Present Day Dinosaurs, Much Ado About Shakespeare; telemovie McGregor Rules and mini-series Requiem for a Wren.
Among the works that he has penned for the stage are an adaptation of Pirandello’s absurdist play Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore, the revue Rome and All That Jazz and one-act plays A Late Night Encounter, The Birthday Treat, Good Night Sleep Tight.
Musical Theatre has been an important part of Victor’s life ever since 1955, when at the age of eight he played the role of Little Jake in an amateur production of Annie Get Your Gun at London’s Scala Theatre. Twenty or so years later he wrote the book and lyrics for his first musical A Little Bit of Fluff.
His long-standing writing partnership with Kevin Purcell began in the early-1990s. Their previous collaborations include Atlantis, The Ghost of Manderley and The Stranger from Seville.