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Ronald Gow (1 November 1897 – 27 April 1993) was an English dramatist, best known for Love on the Dole (1934).

Born in Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire, the son of a bank manager, Gow attended Altrincham County High School. After training as a chemist, he returned to his old school as a teacher. In the late 1920s he made several educational silent films with his pupils: The People of the Axe (1926) and The People of the Lake (1928) recreated life in ancient Britain, the latter produced 'with the approval of' Sir William Boyd Dawkins; The Man Who Changed His Mind (1928) was a Boy Scout adventure with a cameo from Robert Baden-Powell; The Glittering Sword (1929) was a medieval parable about disarmament.

Writing occupied his spare time during his years as a schoolmaster, and he wrote several plays for the BBC. At the age of 35 he had his first professional production, in London, with Gallow's Glorious (1933), a play about the American slavery abolitionist John Brown.

In 1934 he wrote Love on the Dole, based on Walter Greenwood's novel about unemployment in Salford during the Great Depression – the play was a huge success. Wendy Hiller played the lead in the play, and also made her first film appearance in the Gow-scripted Lancashire Luck.

In 1937 Hiller and Gow married. They later moved to Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, where they had two children, Ann (1939—2006) and Anthony (b. 1942). They lived at their home, "Spindles", until Gow's death in 1993. He continued writing plays into his eighties, providing material for his wife in adaptations of Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1946), which was a great success while Ann Veronica (1949) quickly proved a commercial failure. His other adaptations include Vita Sackville-West's The Edwardians and A Boston Story (1966), based on Henry James' Watch and Ward.
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Total Books: 6
Love on the Dole
1986 - Love on the Dole (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780435223601
ISBN-10: 0435223607

Love on the Dole Play
Love on the Dole Play [Acting Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780573012525
ISBN-10: 0573012520
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Scuttleboom's Treasure Play
Scuttleboom's Treasure Play [Acting Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780573052309
ISBN-10: 0573052301

Plays for the Classroom
Plays for the Classroom (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780719505430
ISBN-10: 0719505437

Boston Story
Boston Story [Guild library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780900354021
ISBN-10: 090035402X