Bed

Author: Jim Cartwright

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780413622303

Category: Drama

Page: 29

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The Fastest Clock in the Universe

Author: Philip Ridley

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408126710

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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It's Cougar's birthday. He's having a party. And the gift he'd kill for is youth… In a strange room in East London the party preparations are under way. Everything has been planned to the last detail. Surely nothing can go wrong? After all, there's the specially made birthday cake, the specially written cards, the specially chosen guest of honour… and a very, very sharp knife. Philip Ridley's edgy and provocative drama caused a sensation when it premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1992, winning the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer to the Stage and the Meyer Whitworth Prize. It is now regarded as a contemporary classic. 'A bit like a ride on a ghost train… you find yourself shuddering with shock and laughing uproariously… horror has rarely been so much fun' Daily Telegraph 'Scorchingly nasty… fingers an age and its icons with terrifying accuracy' Guardian
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Klippies

Author: Jessica Siân

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474265766

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 64

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I slip into Thandi's bed in the night. I crack her ribs and climb deep inside her chest So I never have to leave. Johannesburg. 2014. Summer. Yolandi is listening to rap-rave music and helping her brother bust parts from her teacher's car. Thandi is swotting for her exams and keeping well away from any distractions. In the stifling heat, two teenagers collide. Downing Klipdrift brandy, they create an alliance away from everything else. But scars take time to heal and, as the thunder threatens to strike, the real world crashes in. Set in the eighteenth year of South Africa's democracy a tender coming-of-age story for a nation and its youth. Following a rehearsed reading at HighTide Festival in 2013, Klippies by South African playwright Jessica Siân received its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse, London, on 13 May 2015.
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Hysteria

Author: Terry Johnson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472557557

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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1938. Hampstead, London. Sigmund Freud has fled Nazi-occupied Austria and settled in leafy Swiss Cottage. At eighty-two-years-old, he aims to spend his final days in peace. However, when Salvador Dalà turns up to discover a less-than-fully dressed woman in the closet, peace becomes somewhat elusive . . . An acknowledged modern classic, Terry Johnson's hilarious farce explores the fall-out when two of the twentieth century's most brilliant and original minds collide. It touches on many themes including Nazi Germany, the Surrealist movement, Judaism, Freud's theories of the unconscious mind, family relationships, life and death, and love and loss. Johnson's celebrated play raises intriguing questions about Freud's radical revision of his theories of hysteria.
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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights

Author: Martin Middeke,Peter Paul Schnierer,Aleks Sierz

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408159678

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 544

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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights is an authoritative guide to the work of twenty-five playwrights who have risen to prominence since the 1980s. Written by an international team of scholars, it will be invaluable to anyone interested in, studying or teaching contemporary drama. Among the many playwrights whose work is examined are Sarah Daniels, Terry Johnson, Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane, Anthony Neilson, Mark Ravenhill, Simon Stephens, Debbie Tucker Green, Tanika Gupta and Richard Bean. Each essay features: A biographical sketch and introduction to the playwright A discussion of their most important plays An analysis of their stylistic and thematic traits, the critical reception and their place in the discourses of British theatre A bibliography of texts and critical material
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The Lonesome West

Author: Martin McDonagh

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408119188

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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"The play combines manic energy and physical violence in a way that is both hilarious and viscerally exciting" Daily Telegraph Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father's house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without the most massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only father Welsh, the local young priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty squabblings spiral into vicious and bloody carnage. The Lonesome West was first presented as a Druid Theatre company and Royal Court co-production in the summer of 1997.
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Hard Fruit

Author: Jim Cartwright

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9780413748201

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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A new play by Jim Cartwright premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in March 2000 From the author of Road and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice comes a new play about life in the North. Sump and Choke are the Little and Large of the local pub. They are friends who have bonded together though a shared passion for the martial arts. What happens to them during their bonding exercises surprises them both. Jim Cartwright's comic drama looks at two northern hard men and explores the idea of masculinity in an age when every certainty is in doubt. He's large as life at the star and garter Saturday afternoons. He bit a pool ball in half last week. He might be a hundred years old but he's the same as ever. A rough tuff puff.
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Beautiful Thing

Author: Jonathan Harvey

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822217176

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 70

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THE STORY: Jamie and Ste (short for Steve) are teenage neighbors in a working-class housing project in London. Jamie is bookish and shy while Ste is more athletic. Neither one has an ideal home life: Jamie's mother Sandra is bitter over her financi
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The Time of Your Life

Author: William Saroyan

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408141167

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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A programme text edition published in conjunction with the Finborough Theatre to coincide with the centenary of the birth of William Saroyan, The Time of Your Life runs from 26 November - 20 December. 'In the time of our life, live - so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it' The Time of Your Life, a rich tapestry of human life, peopled by a profusion of wistful dreamers, pining lonely hearts, and beer-hall-philosophers, is a twentieth century American masterpiece. The Time of Your Life was first presented at The Shubert Theatre, New Haven, USA, on 7 October 1939. It was the first play to win both the New York Drama Critics' Circle award and the Pulitzer Prize. . It has been revived three times on Broadway; was filmed in 1948, starring James Cagney; and twice filmed for TV. It was last seen in the UK in a star-studded Royal Shakespeare Company production in Stratford and London in 1983, and received the following review: 'A remarkable play which blazes forth like a brave beacon: warming and full of fire' Daily Mail
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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights

Landmark Playwrights from 1980 to the Present

Author: Aleks Sierz,Martin Middeke,Peter Paul Schnierer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408123347

Category: Drama

Page: 544

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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights is an authoritative guide to the work of twenty-five playwrights who have risen to prominence since the 1980s. Written by an international team of scholars, it will be invaluable to anyone interested in, studying or teaching contemporary drama. Among the many playwrights whose work is examined are Sarah Daniels, Terry Johnson, Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane, Anthony Neilson, Mark Ravenhill, Simon Stephens, Debbie Tucker Green, Tanika Gupta and Richard Bean. Each essay features: A biographical sketch and introduction to the playwright A discussion of their most important plays An analysis of their stylistic and thematic traits, the critical reception and their place in the discourses of British theatre A bibliography of texts and critical material
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Blood Brothers

Author: Willy Russell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408176939

Category: Drama

Page: 128

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A Liverpudlian West Side Story, Blood Brothers is the story of twin brothers separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both. One of them is given away to wealthy Mrs Lyons and they grow up as friends in ignorance of their fraternity until the inevitable quarrel unleashes a blood-bath. Blood Brothers was first performed at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983 and subsequently transferred to the Lyric Theatre, London. It was revived in the West End in 1988 for a long-running production and opened on Broadway in 1993.
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Brief Encounter

Author: Noël Coward

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350083607

Category: Drama

Page: 72

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Noël Coward's Brief Encounter is remembered as one of the most haunting love stories on screen ever. Drawing on the characteristic wit and musicality of Kneehigh, Emma Rice, former Joint Artistic Director of the Company, has adapted Coward's classic 1945 screenplay, and the one-act play Still Life on which it was based, into a richly theatrical, imaginative and vibrant piece of theatre. From an original idea by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers, Kneehigh's production received its world premiere in 2008. This edition is published to coincide with the production's run live at the Empire Cinema in London's West End for 2018, co-produced by Steve and Jenny Wiener and The Old Vic. With an updated foreword by Emma Rice. 'Surely the most enchanting work of stagecraft ever inspired by a movie.' Ben Brantley, The New York Times 'Moving, funny, gripping and even at its most inventive, true to the original and its all-English heart' The Times
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My Mother Said I Never Should

Author: Charlotte Keatley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350010200

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

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I don't know if you'll ever love me as much as I love you, but one day you'll understand why I've done this to you. Doris, born illegitimate in 1900, exchanges her budding teaching career for marriage and motherhood. When the war is over, her daughter Margaret marries an American and has Jackie, who becomes an archetypal 60s rebel. When Jackie can't face being a single mother, it is decided that baby Rosie will be brought up as Margaret's own. That's the plan anyway . . . Charlotte Keatley's award-winning play is a moving exploration of the relationships between mothers and daughters, and the consequences of breaking the most sacred taboo of motherhood. My Mother Said I Never Should is about the choices we make which determine the course of our lives and how it is never too late to change. This edition was published to coincide with the revival of the play at the St James Theatre, London, in 2016, starring Maureen Lipman and Katie Brayben.
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The Firm

Author: Roy Williams

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350065463

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

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I can't get out of bed without groaning or feel summin inside of me is creaking… We're too old for this shit. In a pub in South London 'The Firm' reunite for the first time in twelve years. Back in their misspent youth they were a notorious criminal gang; these days they're older, wiser, and their lives have changed beyond recognition. But when an uninvited guest turns up to the party with an intriguing proposition and an explosive secret it's clear they might be tempted to try their hands at one last job. Will they escape their past unscathed? Roy Williams' gripping new play is a tale of growing up, lifelong loyalties and how sometimes, it is possible to choose your own family. Published to coincide with the premiere at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in Autumn 2017.
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Mess and You're Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy

Author: Caroline Horton

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408173514

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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Two plays from The Stage's 2010 Best Solo Performer award winner, Caroline Horton; Mess is a story of obsession and addiction, while You're Not Like Other Girls, Chrissy is a fond, comical and ultimately poignant portrait of one woman's experience of love and war.
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Road

Author: Jim Cartwright

Publisher: Methuen

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 84

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Road: "A surreal vision of the contemporary urban landscape…uncomfortable and magical, funny and bitter. It is a northern Under Milk Wood, high on pills and booze" (Sunday Times).
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Punk Rock

Author: Simon Stephens

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474229379

Category: Drama

Page: 176

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Everything human beings do finishes up bad in the end. Everything good human beings ever make is built on something monstrous. Nothing lasts. We certainly won't . . . William Carlisle has the world at his feet, but its weight on his shoulders. He is intelligent, articulate and f***ed. In the library of a grammar school, William and his fellow sixth-formers are preparing for their mock A-Levels while navigating the pressures of teenage life. They are educated and aspirational young people, but step-by-step, the dislocation, disjunction and latent aggression is revealed. Punk Rock premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith on 3 September 2009 in a co-production between Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. It is published here as a Student Edition featuring commentary and notes by Catherine Love. The ancillary material is geared at students and considers: - an introduction outlining the play's plot, character, themes, context and performance history - the full text of the play - a chronology of the playwright's life and work - a detailed introductory analysis - extensive textual notes - questions for further study Methuen Drama Student Editions are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays from the modern and classic repertoires. This play includes some strong language and violent scenes.
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Teechers

A Classroom Comedy

Author: John Godber

Publisher: Samuel French Limited

ISBN: 9780573016783

Category: English drama

Page: 36

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Fast-moving and highly entertaining, Teechers evokes life at a modern school. Using the format of an end-of-term play, the new drama teacher's progress through two terms of recalcitrant classes, synical colleagues and obstructive caretakers is reviewed. Disillutioned, he departs for a safer private school.
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Layla's Room

Author: Sabrina Mahfouz

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350027596

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 48

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Respect women, respect girls. Respect yourselves. Remember you are everyone who's gone before you and you are nobody that has ever been, so make it count, make it special, make a difference, make people listen, love the women who have loved you and watch us make the world move to a better place. For Layla, every day is a battleground. The pay gap, the thigh gap, over-sexed pop and selfies that are photoshopped – they're just part of the world she lives in. But that world is about to change. While breaking out of her bedroom – and with drama, comedy, poetry and music as her weapons – Layla breaks down and makes sense of the realities, difficulties and absurdities of teenage life in the UK today. Collected from a bespoke national survey, the voices of a thousand UK teens are brought to life in Layla. Their ambitions, concerns, role-models and regrets are woven together by award-winning Sabrina Mahfouz and theatre company Theatre Centre, offering a hard-hitting, yet hopeful, story. Layla's Room received its world premiere at Redbridge Drama Centre on 15 September 2016 in a production by Theatre Centre. It is ideal for students and young performers between 16 and 18 years old.
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