When We Are Married

Author: JB Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849436134

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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In the heart of Northern England, three respectable couples, married on the same day, at the same church, and by the same vicar, join to celebrate 25 years of blissful matrimony. Or so they think... The happy celebrations are brought to a sudden halt by a shocking revelation – these pillars of the community aren’t quite as respectably married as they thought they were. As the home truths fly like confetti and conjugal rites turn to farcical fights, an evening of sparkling comic mayhem erupts. With a photographer from the local paper due to arrive any second, a missing housekeeper and a doorbell that wont stop ringing, can the three couples keep a lid on their embarrassing secret? Penned in 1938, this is a classic comedy that is a blessed union of laughs and surprises.
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The Mistress Contract (Oberon Modern Plays)

Author: Abi Morgan,She and He

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783195525

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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She and He are the pseudonyms of a real-life couple who live in separate houses in the same city on the west coast of America. She is 88. He is 93. For 30 years he has provided her with a home and an income, while she provides ‘mistress services’ – ‘All sexual acts as requested, with suspension of historical, emotional, psychological disclaimers.’ They first met at university and then lost touch. When they met again twenty years later, they began an affair when She – a highly educated, intelligent woman with a history of involvement in the feminist movement – asked her wealthy lover to sign the remarkable document that outlines their unconventional lifestyle: The Mistress Contract. Was her suggestion a betrayal of all that she and the women of her generation had fought for? Or was it brave, honest, and radical? Then — on a small recorder that fit in her purse — this extraordinary couple began to tape their conversations about their relationship, conversations that took place while travelling, over dinner at home and in restaurants, on the phone, even in bed. Based on reams of tape recordings made over their 30 year relationship, The Mistress Contract is a remarkable document of this unconventional couple, and the contract that kept them bound together to this day.
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Plays One

Author: John Boynton Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 263

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The widely performed and prolific Priestley experimented with many forms in his long career as a playwright, moving adeptly from expressionism to farce to political drama. This volume includes: : When We Are Married, Mr. Kettle and Mrs. Moon and Laburnum Grove.
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Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Author: Mark Thornton Burnett

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748649344

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 588

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This authoritative and innovative volume explores the place of Shakespeare in relation to a wide range of artistic practices and activities, past and present.
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Things of Darkness

Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England

Author: Kim F. Hall

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501725459

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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The "Ethiope," the "tawny Tartar," the "woman blackamoore," and "knotty Africanisms"—allusions to blackness abound in Renaissance texts. Kim F. Hall's eagerly awaited book is the first to view these evocations of blackness in the contexts of sexual politics, imperialism, and slavery in early modern England. Her work reveals the vital link between England's expansion into realms of difference and otherness—through exploration and colonialism-and the highly charged ideas of race and gender which emerged. How, Hall asks, did new connections between race and gender figure in Renaissance ideas about the proper roles of men and women? What effect did real racial and cultural difference have on the literary portrayal of blackness? And how did the interrelationship of tropes of race and gender contribute to a modern conception of individual identity? Hall mines a wealth of sources for answers to these questions: travel literature from Sir John Mandeville's Travels to Leo Africanus's History and Description of Africa; lyric poetry and plays, from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest to Ben Jonson's Masque of Blackness; works by Emilia Lanyer, Philip Sidney, John Webster, and Lady Mary Wroth; and the visual and decorative arts. Concentrating on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Hall shows how race, sexuality, economics, and nationalism contributed to the formation of a modern ( white, male) identity in English culture. The volume includes a useful appendix of not readily accessible Renaissance poems on blackness.
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Plays Two

Author: John Boynton Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 278

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The second volume of Collect plays from the author of An Inspector Calls.
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Bathsheba Doran: The Marriage Plays

Author: Bathsheba Doran

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783197609

Category: Drama

Page: 240

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kin Anna, a Texan poetry scholar and Sean, an Irish personal trainer, hardly seem destined for one another. But as their web of family and friends crosses distances both psychological and geographical, an unlikely new family is forged. A sharp exploration of the changing face of kinship in the expansive landscape of the modern world. the mystery of love and sex Deep in the American South, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were nine. She's Jewish, he's Christian, he's black, she's white. An unexpected love story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up. parents’ eveningMother and Father are in the bedroom, preparing for parents’ evening. This rare opportunity to check in triggers a volatile, passionate and surprising confrontation. A painfully witty, perceptive exploration of the landlines of parenting in modern marriage.
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Summer Day's Dream

Author: J. B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books Limited

ISBN: 9781783190515

Category: Drama

Page: 132

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First performed in 1949, Summer Day's Dream is a 20th Century classic play set in the post-apocalyptic future: 1975.
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Staged Transgression in Shakespeare's England

Author: R. Loughnane,E. Semple

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137349352

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

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Staged Transgression in Shakespeare's England is a groundbreaking collection of seventeen essays, drawing together leading and emerging scholars to discuss and challenge critical assumptions about the transgressive nature of the early modern English stage. These essays shed new light on issues of gender, race, sexuality, law and politics.
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