Codpieces

Author: Perry Pontac

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849433135

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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To be or not to be?' may be The Question, but it is not the only one. Hamlet, Part II, for example, answers a question about Hamlet that has plagued scholars, readers and play-goers for over four hundred years: What happened next? Prince Lear tackles yet another conundrum: What happened just before the start of King Lear, setting in motion the improbable events of Act I, scene 1? And in Fatal Loins, the question answered by the play is directly posed in the prologue: 'If Juliet and Romeo survive / Will their eternal passion stay alive?' ‘I am no stranger to Shakespearean parody... but reading Pontac I am (only slightly) mortified to find that he can write cod Shakespeare much better than Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, Dudley Moore or myself’ – Alan Bennett, from the foreword ‘Perfect if you want something intelligent and hilarious to stage, perhaps with students. Each play is an accomplished, laugh-aloud Shakespeare parody.” – Susan Elkin, The Stage ‘Highly amusing... These works may be short, clearly designed to fit into a slot in 30 minutes or so, but the quality of the writing and intelligence of the playwright shines through... It is greatly to be hoped that a stage producer decides to take an option on these plays, as well as commissioning many more since they would surely delight any discerning theatrical audience’ - British Theatre Guide ‘a phenomenally intelligent and perfectly crafted trio of Shakespeare trilogies.. A delightfully witty and entertaining collection’ - Buzz Magazine
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Alan Bennett

Author: Kara McKechnie

Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780719068058

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 216

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Alan Bennett is one of the UK’s most well-known and successful writers. He has acted, written, directed, presented, or edited in almost every conceivable dramatic medium, including stage, print media, radio, film, and television. This book is the first to focus on his often neglected work for television, from the mid-1960s right through to the present. It encompasses formats such as the single play (the rarely seen 1970s collaborations with Stephen Frears and Lindsay Anderson), the two Talking Heads series, perceived as a reinvention of the television monologue, and his autobiographical documentaries. While providing a context of television drama in which Bennett’s output is embedded, this study also provides compact overviews of his work in other media.
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The One-Act Play Companion

A Guide to plays, playwrights and performance

Author: Colin Dolley,Rex Walford

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408103168

Category: Study Aids

Page: 224

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The one-act play stands apart as a distinct art form with some well known writers providing specialist material, among them Bernard Shaw, Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill. Alan Ayckbourn, Edward Albee and Tennesee Williams. There are also lesser-known writers with plenty of material to offer, yet sourcing one-act plays to perform is notoriously hard. This companion is the first book to survey the work of over 250 playwrights in an illuminating A-Z guide. Multiple styles, nationalities and periods are covered, offering a treasure trove of compelling moments of theatre waiting to be discovered. Guidance on performing and staging one-act plays is also covered as well as essential contact information and where to apply for performance rights. A chapter introducing the history of the one-act play rounds off the title as a definitive guide.
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The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory

Author: John Anthony Cuddon,Claire Preston

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780140513639

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 991

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The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory is firmly established as a key work of reference in the complex and varied field of literary criticism. Now in its fourth edition, it remains the most comprehensive and accessible work of its kind, and is invaluable for student, teachers and general readers alike.
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Coming Back to a Theater Near You

A History of Hollywood Reissues, 1914–2014

Author: Brian Hannan

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476623899

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 492

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In the Silent Era, film reissues were a battle between rival studios—every Mary Pickford new release in 1914 was met with a Pickford re-release. For 50 years after the Silent Era, reissues were a battle between the studios, who considered old movies “found money,” and cinema owners, who often saw audiences reject former box office hits. In the mid–1960s, the return of The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)—the second biggest reissue of all time—altered industry perceptions, and James Bond double features pushed the revival market to new heights. In the digital age, reissues have continued to confound the critics. This is the untold hundred-year story of how old movies saved new Hollywood. Covering the booms and busts of a recycling business that became its own industry, the author describes how the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart and Alfred Hitchcock won over new generations of audiences, and explores the lasting appeal of films like Napoléon (1927), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Rocky Horror Show (1975) and Blade Runner (1982).
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The Oxford Companion to the Theatre

Author: Phyllis Hartnoll

Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York : Oxford University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 934

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This one-volume encyclopedia of the theater attempts to cover all aspects of the theater in every country
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