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A Memory of Water; Five Kinds of Silence; An Experiment with an Air Pump; Ancient Lights

Author: Shelagh Stephenson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472517636

Category: Drama

Page: 336

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The first collection of plays by one of Britain's most acclaimed contemporary playwrights - "one of the most promising dramatic prospects of the new millennium" (Daily Telegraph) The collection includes the THE MEMORY OF WATER in which three sisters meet on the evening after their mother's funeral and fight out old troubles with one another. FIVE KINDS OF SILENCE is a terrifying portrayal of a family for whom rules, duties and punishments are the driving force. In AN EXPERIMENT WITH AN AIR PUMP in a world of scientific chaos, cloning and genetic engineering, the cellar of a house yields up the secrets of the scientific discoveries of 1799. In ANCIENT LIGHTS, Hollywood stars come home to the hills of Northumberland.The Memory of Water: "combines a flair for witty dialogue with a relish for the dynamics of theatre...a mistress of comic anguish" Guardian Five Kinds of Silence: "this quietly eloquent play" Independent An Experiment With An Air Pump: "teeming with interest, humour, eloquence and, above all, ideas...it's not often we see a new play with this much energy, variety and intelligence" Independent Ancient Lights: "a cracking, grown-up play...with a light touch that cuts surprisingly deep" Daily Telegraph
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Five Kinds of Silence

Author: Shelagh Stephenson

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 9780822219194

Category: Drama

Page: 31

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THE STORY: Billy controls his wife and two adult daughters to the extent that they can't leave the room without asking permission. He runs his family as a personal fiefdom, and the women are there to service him and his madness. He is violent, dist
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Memory of Water/Five Kinds of Silence

Author: Shelagh Stephenson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408171678

Category: Drama

Page: 144

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In The Memory of Water (winner of the 2000 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy), three sisters meet on the eve of their mother's funeral. As the conflicts of the past converge, everyday lies and tensions reveal the particular patterns and strains of family relationships. '"Combines a flair for witty dialogue with a relish for the dynamics of theatre ... a mistress of comic anguish" Guardian Five Kinds of Silence (winner of the 1996 Writers' Guild Award for Best Original Radio Play and the 1997 Sony Award for Best Original Drama) is the story of a family in which control has become the driving force, where everything has its place, and where there are only rules, duties and punishments. "An acute and funny writer, Stephenson carves out a welcome territory that is distinctive, contemporary and theatrical" Independent
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Two Kinds of Silence (Large Print 16pt)

Author: Kathryn Lomer

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458782727

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Page: 120

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Bold, musical, lively and highly alluring, Two Kinds of Silence invokes not only the splendour of the Tasmanian coastline and high country, but also the fire and reach of imagination, the poignancy of parenthood, and the overwhelming force and consequence of adult love. Kathryn Lomer's poems prove her to be richly inspired.
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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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Disgraced

Author: Ayad Akhtar

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472525469

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2013. New York. Today. Corporate lawyer Amir Kapoor is happy, in love, and about to land the biggest career promotion of his life. But beneath the veneer, success has come at a price. When Amir and his artist wife, Emily, host an intimate dinner party at their Upper East Side apartment, what starts out as a friendly conversation soon escalates into something far more damaging. After taking US audiences by storm in a sold out run in New York, Disgraced transferred to the Bush Theatre in London in 2013.
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Enlightenment

Author: Shelagh Stephenson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408150409

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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At three o'clock in the morning, this is what I think. I think somebody killed him. They killed him, God, I don't know how I'm uttering these words ... they killed him because he's white and Western and they hated him. And it wasn't personal. Which somehow makes it worse. When Lia and Nick's son disappears when overseas, all they have is an email that he was thinking of going to Jakarta, leaving them with their own grief and uncertainty. And then a stranger appears, uncannily like their son, covered in scars and holding Adam's passport... Enlightenment is a powerful study of parental grief and of hope amidst uncertainty. Published to tie-in with the world premier at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in March 2005.
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Inheritance

Author: Mike Packer

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571275109

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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Harry wants to leave an Inheritance for his sons. So, going against life-long political convictions, he joins the property-owning class. Then the economic crisis hits. A timely, comic and poignant exploration of how a worldwide recession impacts on the lives of ordinary people, Mike Packer's Inheritance opened at Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, in November 2010.
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The Waste Ground Party

Author: Shaun Dunne

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474228100

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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This area is gone to the fucking dogs. Gary returns home from college to confront age-old rivalries, bitter disputes, and bin bags that just won't stop falling from the sky. As Gary and his old friend Martin fight to find their place in the world, their mothers desperately search for meaning in a life that has already passed them by. Will Gary leave the estate forever or return to the rubbish heap? The Waste Ground Party was published to coincide with the Abbey Theatre debut of award-winning playwright Shaun Dunne.
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The Theatre Arts Audition Book for Men

Author: Annika Bluhm

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780878301720

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 103

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A collection of fifty audition speeches for men selected from the finest plays of the last twenty years. The selections come from mainstream contemporary classics and important emerging work. Many of the playwrights represented here have received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Included are Jim Cartwright's Road, Caryl Churchill's Serious Money, David Edgar's Maydays, Martin McDonagh's the Beauty Queen of Leenane, Ron Hutchinson's Rat in the Skull, Ntozake Shange's Spell #7, and Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good, as well as work by Max Frisch, Edward Bond, Terry Johnson, Alan Ayckbourn, and others. he speeches cover a wide range of mood and character, from comedy to tragedy, from youth to old age, offering the actor a rich choice of new material. Each piece is accompanied by a synopsis setting the extract firmly in its context. The volume is introduced by the editor with a note of advice drawn from interviews with experienced directors. Book jacket.
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