Plays Four

Author: Caryl Churchill

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781854595409

Category: Drama

Page: 309

View: 9600

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Barker: Plays Four

Author: Howard Barker

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849433798

Category: Drama

Page: 312

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Includes the plays I Saw Myself, The Dying of Today, Found in the Ground and The Road, the House, the Road Howard Barker is one of the most significant and controversial dramatists of his time. His plays challenge, unsettle and expose. In I Saw Myself a woman's longing to understand her compulsion to transgress the laws of her society comes into collision with the conventions of an art form. In the weaving of a tapestry Barker's13th century heroine privileges private life over public responsibility. If she is cruelly punished she is also granted self-awareness. A critical moment in social decay is also at the centre of The Dying of Today, in which a stranger who luxuriates in the telling of bad news observes the effects of his devastating narrative on a humble barber. The barber's recovery from pain, and the beauty of his sensibility, bring the two strangers into an emotional proximity. Barker's most experimental work in form and content is probably Found in the Ground, a mobile, musical work set during the last days of an aged Nuremberg judge whose baying hounds and burning library form an uncanny background to his wayward daughter's struggle to make meaning from the atrocities of the 20th century. The contradictions of the humanist personality are explored in The Road, the House, the Road. Erasmus' obscure colleague Aventinus was found dead on a wintry road. How he arrived at his solitary death forms the subject of this speculation on scholarship, mischief and the murderer's vocation.
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Bean Plays Four

Author: Richard Bean

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849439362

Category: Drama

Page: 312

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England People Very Nice ‘A very funny but outrageous comedy...makes you laugh then wonder whether you should have.’ Financial Times The Big Fellah ‘Bean’s play is very funny, full of sharp contrasts between grim hilarity and gut-wrenching reversals.’ The Stage (Shortlisted for the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Best Theatre Play 2011) The Heretic ‘delicious... Above all, though, it is Bean’s writing that scintillates. Pulsing with shrewd humour, it’s risqué and linguistically rich. There are some blissfully surreal touches... The Heretic is clever, imaginative and entertaining theatre.’ Evening Standard Winner of the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Best Play Award.
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Priestley Plays Four

Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849437327

Category: Drama

Page: 296

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Two little known Priestley plays, which, while they are quite different, have important features in common. The 31st of June is a comedy set partly in an advertising agency and partly in a medieval castle; Jenny Villiers is a serious play set backstage in an old provincial theatre. But both exploit elements of Time. In the 31st of June scenes switch between modern times and the middle ages, while characters move between both. There are kings, company bosses, princesses, fashion models, dwarves and two rival magicians. causing confusion and romance. Jenny Villiers examines life in the Theatre. The doubts of the present are confronted by players from the past, and a jaded playwright recovers his faith in the Theatre. Both plays were performed on the stage, but later rewritten and published as novels.
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Plays Four

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 508

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This fourth collection of Nobel Laureate, Harold Pinter's work includes the plays Betrayal, Mountain Language, The New World Order, and Ashes to Ashes.
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Company of Angels: Four Plays

Four Plays by John Retallack

Author: John Retallack

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849433305

Category: Drama

Page: 176

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Features the plays Hannah and Hanna,Virgins, Risk and Club Asylum. In Hannah & Hanna having escaped from Kosovo, Hanna, 16 meets Hannah, 16, from Margate. An unlikely friendship develops when they find that music is a common bond between them despite their different cultures and circumstances. Virgins explores issues of sexuality for young people: How do you explore your sexuality when you are still living at home with your parents? How do your parents sustain their love life with you in the house? And why do we find it so difficult to talk about? Risk asks how young people can discover their limits, how can they find out who they are? It asks why young people are drawn to danger; why they risk their freedom, their bodies, their minds and their futures, through dangerous activities and crime. Club Asylum is a devised dance theatre piece about teenage asylum seekers in Glasgow based on research with both young asylum seekers and residents. A thrilling fusion of dance, theatre and music.
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Plays Four

Author: Jon Fosse

Publisher: Oberon Books Limited

ISBN: 9781840024791

Category: Drama

Page: 294

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In And we'll never be parted, Jon Fosse exploits theatre's unique potential for ambiguity: as a woman anxiously waits for her husband, are we watching reality, fantasy, memory, or even a ghost story? The Son concerns an ageing and isolated couple, whose long-absent son has a score to settle with their meddlesome neighbour. In the oblique but psychologically penetrating Visits, a withdrawn teenager, apparently upset by the attentions of her mother's boyfriend, turns to her brother for help. The short play Meanwhile the lights go down and everything becomes black, exploring the dilemmas of an errant husband, his young lover and his family, displays Fosse's characteristic compression of theatrical time and space at its most concentrated.
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Plays: four

The worlds, The activists papers, Restoration , Summer

Author: Edward Bond

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 411

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Edward Bond is "a great playwright—many, particularly in continental Europe, would say the greatest living English playwright."—Independent The Worlds: "Will come to be recognized as one of the playwright's most important to date."—Financial Times Restoration: "Towers like a colossus ... its stylistic wit, moral complexity, and theatrical force are of the kind one associates with classic drama."—Guardian Summer: "The writing is as strong and clear as sunlight ... the plot is revealed slowly and skillfully."—Spectator Also included in this volume is The Activists Papers, a commentary on The Worlds.
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Brecht Collected Plays: 4

Round Heads & Pointed Heads; Fear & Misery of the Third Reich; Senora Carrar's Rifles; Trial of Lucullus; Dansen; How Much Is Your Iron?

Author: Bertolt Brecht

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472538544

Category: Drama

Page: 464

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Now in paperback, the long-awaited volume of Brecht's classic plays from the 1930s Volume 4 of Brecht's Collected Plays contains works from the 1930s, straddling fateful years in German political and cultural history - as well as in Brecht's own life. Round Heads and Pointed Heads, based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, is a powerful political allegory on Nazi racial policy and conditions in the Germany Brecht had to leave in 1933. The Trial of Lucullus, a starkly pacifist text originally written in response to a commission from Swedish radio, portrays the Roman general tried by the Underworld for his military triumphs. Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, unique in Brecht's work, consists of some thirty short scenes of life under the Nazis between 1933 and 1938, designed for use by groups in exile. Señora Carrara's Rifles is based on J.M. Synge's Riders to the Sea, but relocated by Brecht in the Spanish Civil War. Also included are two one-act plays, Dansen and How Much is Your Iron?, minor works designed for amateurs in Scandinavia, where the Brechts lived till spring 1941. The volume includes an introduction and notes by Tom Kuhn and John Willett, as well as Brecht's own notes on the texts.
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The Joy of Misery: Four One-Act Plays

Four One-Act Plays

Author: David Pinner

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849436320

Category: Drama

Page: 144

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Cartoon is a comedy about cartoons and the joy of misery. As Siegfried, the cartoonist, remarks; ‘If you cut succulent slices off people, then everyone laughs. However, if the scalpel slips, then you’re down to the bone. But then, of course, comedy is tragedy speeded up.’ An Evening with the G.L.C. is a play about public morality versus political expediency, and it exposes the dire state of London. Labour Councillor Rennip, who is on the G.L.C., faces some very awkward questions from his son on the combative TV Current Affairs programme ‘Confrontation’. Shakebag is a farcical comedy about an amateur company’s chaotic rehearsal of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Bard’s birthday while the amused ghost of Shakespeare looks down from on high at the antics of his thespian ‘mechanicals’. Succubus is Lili, who may, or may not be, a Mesopotamian storm demon or the Moon Goddess Herself. Mark, the Born-Again Christian, confronts Lili with his burning secret, and the play explores female myths, male fears, paganism and Christianity.
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Euripides Plays: 4

Elektra; Orestes and Iphigeneia in Tauris

Author: Euripides,

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408148811

Category: Drama

Page: 224

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"Euripides, the Athenian playwright who dared to question the whims of wanton gods, has always been the most intriguing of the Greek tragedians. Now, with translations aimed at the stage rather than the page, his restless intellect strikes the chord This volume contains some of Euripides' most famous works: Elektra, which reverses previous notions of 'heroic' behaviour; Orestes, in which almost all the characters are driven by base motives of cowardice or revenge; Iphigeneia in Tauris who presumes her brother Orestes dead and her mother Klytemnestra and stepfather Aigisthos still living, is visited by a surprise guest. Elektra, Oresetes and Iphigeneia in Tauris were performed together as Agamemnon's children at The Gate Theatre in 1995 and show the consequences of Agamemnon's "sacrifice" of his daughter at the start of the Trojan war.
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Ibsen Plays: 4

John Gabriel Borkman; Pillars of Society; When We Dead Awaken

Author: Henrik Ibsen

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472573935

Category: Drama

Page: 272

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"Meyer's translations of Ibsen are a major fact in one's general sense of post-war drama. Their vital pace, their unforced insistence on the poetic centre of Ibsen's genius, have beaten academic versions from the field" (George Steiner) The plays shine freshly from the pages ...This will be our definitive Ibsen." (JC Trewin) This volume contains Ibsen's first great modern prose play and his two last symbolic dramas. The Pillars of Society, written between 1875 and 1877, exhibits many of the classic elements which recur in the subsequent plays - a marriage founded on a lie, women stunted by social conventions, an arrogant man destroying the happiness of those around him. John Gabriel Borkman (1896), according to Edvard Munch, is "the most powerful winter landscape in Scandinavian art"; and Ibsen's last play, When We Dead Awaken (1899), also dealing with "the coldness of heart", showed, said Bernard Shaw, "no decay of Ibsen's highest qualities. His magic is nowhere more potent.Michael Meyer's translations are 'crisp and cobweb-free, purged of verbal Victoriana' (Kenneth Tynan)
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Plays: Fourth Series

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Author: John Galsworthy

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1427065128

Category: Drama

Page: 552

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Four Great Russian Plays

Author: Anton Chekhov

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048615372X

Category: Drama

Page: 304

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From the golden age of Russian theater: The Inspector General by Gogol; Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard; Gorky's The Lower Depths; and A Month in the Country by Turgenev.
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Alan Ayckbourn Plays 4

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571274684

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 688

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The Revengers' Comedies A hugely entertaining pitch that recalls the old movies to which it frequently pays homage - Strangers on a Train, Rebecca, Kind Hearts and Coronets - and expands after intermission to reveal an immensely disturbing vision of contemporary middle-class England poisoned by the rise of economic ruthlessness and the collapse of ethics. New York Times Things We Do for Love Lloyds Private Banking Playwright of the Year Award One of his best, his most shockingly and uproariously funny: a cruel and hilarious masterpiece of tragic comedy and comic tragedy. Sunday Times House & Garden The triumph of his ingenuity lies in the fact that you have to see both plays . . . A second time round, in whichever order you take them, characters will deepen, while those you know become the background. It is a superb Ayckbourn joke that a comedy about non-communication should depend on the sharpest communication skills. Sunday Times
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Plays Four

Author: Tony Harrison

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571210466

Category: Christian drama, English (Middle)

Page: 343

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This fourth collection of Tony Harrison's poetry for stage contains his highly acclaimed translations of Aeschylus, Aristophanes and Euripides. Included are the plays The Oresteia, and The Common Chorus (Parts I and II). This volume contains introductions, written by Tony Harrison, to each of the plays.
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Godber Plays: 4

Our House; Crown Prince; Sold; Christmas Crackers

Author: John Godber

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408142171

Category: Drama

Page: 480

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Godber Plays: 4 brings together four recent plays by one of Britain's most prolific, popular playwrights. The author is the artistic director of Hull Truck Theatre and the publication is timed to coincide with the opening of Hull Truck's new theatre building in the heart of Hull. In Our House May, a widow, mother and grandmother, is packing up her home of 45 years and heads for a life in the sun. However, trading neighbourhood hell for the Costa del Calm is no easy task as memories are harder to let go than possessions. First produced in 2007, the play was revived and toured the UK in 2008. In Crown Prince (2007) Godber finds comedy in a bowls club, and against the backdrop of the advancing years of its members, issues of redundancy, bereavement and guilt emerge. Sold is the author's most politically charged play to date, exposing the misery of people-trafficking and women sold into the sex-trade in Britain. Christmas Crackers follows overworked A&E nurses Holly and Kath on a shopping and booze trip to Prague where things take an unexpected turn. 'John Godber's work is unique; he is able to speak to a very broad audience in a way that is thought-provoking, exciting and always very funny.' Hilary Strong, Executive Director of Greenwich Theatre
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Williams Plays: 4

Sucker Punch; Category B; Joe Guy; Baby Girl; There?s Only One Wayne Matthews

Author: Roy Williams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472520718

Category: Drama

Page: 320

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'[Williams's] plays have brought the experience of black urban youth onto the stage' Observer Sucker Punch: 'As usual with Williams, the dialogue is crisp and bespoke: motives are mixed, nobody is a hero, nothing is just black and white.' The Times Joe Guy: 'Williams's dialogue ricochets around the stage like gunfire . . . energetic, exciting and entertaining.' Stage Category B: 'Category B is a harrowing play, but one shot through with both dark humour and tentative flickers of hope'. Daily Telegraph Baby Girl: 'The shocking thing about Roy Williams's Baby Girl is that it argues that there is a cyclical pattern to teenage pregnancy . . . Williams paints a rivetingly plausible picture of a world in which mothers and daughters are sexual rivals, 'virgin' is the ultimate peer insult and the school gates are a fertile hunting ground for male predators.' Guardian There's Only One Wayne Matthews: 'Williams's writing is punchy . . . Wayne's gradual understanding of the realities of the world make this a touching coming-of-age drama.' Guardian
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Simon Gray: Plays 4

Common Pursuit; Holy Terror; After Pilkington; Old Flames; They Never Slept

Author: Simon Gray

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571307612

Category: Drama

Page: 560

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'Sharp, funny and clever . . . What a pleasure to re-encounter a play that combines unabashed intelligence and zinging wit with a rare generosity of spirit.' Daily Telegraph on The Common Pursuit 'Gray's stature as one of the handful of great tragi-comic English dramatists of the second half of the twentieth century would appear now to be undisputed.' Howard Jacobson, Critical Quarterly Hidden Laughter 'A sad divine comedy, superbly written. Gray nurses his characters and cares for them, but he never pampers them, or pities them, or presumes to use them as his spokesman. In this respect, he has become an English Chekhov... At the same time, Gray dispenses some of the incandescent malice and moral savagery of Coward at his acid best... But, of course, comparisons can only help you get your bearings. Gray is entirely his own man in this painful, querulous, warm, hard and mature play.' Sunday Times
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