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This comedy of love and errors set on a single day, somewhere between Verona and jindyworobak, has entranced audiences for twenty years. This entertaining romp put an Australian spin on Goldoni's classic Italian farce (2 acts, 7 men, 3 women).
Set in the mysterious landscape of the bogs of rural Ireland, Carr's lyrical and timeless play tells the story of Hester Swane, an Irish traveller with a deep and unearthly connection to her land. Tormented by the memory of a mother who deserted her, Hester is once again betrayed, this time by the father of her child, the man she loves. On the brink of despair, she embarks on a terrible journey of vengeance as the secrets of her tangled history are revealed. 'A piece of poetic realism steeped in the past... Carr has an extraordinary ability to move between the mythic and the real.' Guardian 'A great play... a great work of poetry... the word should soon carry across both sides of the Atlantic.' Independent By the Bog of Cats premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 1998. It was revived at Wyndham's Theatre, London, in November 2004.
A bestseller in hardback, this critically acclaimed collection of short essays and reflections on poetry is now available in paperback. llustrating Maxwell's poetic philosophy with examples from canonical poets, this is a beautiful, accessible guide to the most ancient and sublime of the realms of literature.
Treating ancient plays as living drama. Classical Greek drama is brought vividly to life in this series of new translations. Students are encouraged to engage with the text through detailed commentaries, including suggestions for discussion and analysis. Numerous practical questions stimulate ideas on staging and encourage students to explore the play's dramatic qualities. Frogs is suitable for students of Classical Civilisation and Drama. Features include a full synopsis of the play, commentary alongside translation for easy reference and a comprehensive introduction to the Greek Theatre. Frogs is aimed at A-level and undergraduate students in the UK, and college students in North America.
Violet is starting to forget, but she's got a long life to remember before she does. There are rights to wrong and ends to tie up; a life well lived is never neat. Generations younger, Bertie is at the beginning with no idea what lies ahead. She's looking for something to point her in the right direction. From new playwright Bebe Sanders and award-winning company Poor Michelle, VIOLET is a new play about human connection and inter-generational friendships. It quietly explores themes of mental health, dementia, and loneliness without forgetting the often funny and absurd moments of ordinary life.
Each edition includes:
• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
• Scene-by-scene plot summaries
• A key to famous lines and phrases
• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
• An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
The problem with love is that it's different for everyone. For Bex, love is a handjob in detention and the promise of a date at a Chinese buffet. She doesn't even like Chinese. Developed by HighTide and Nottingham Playhouse, LIT is premiered at HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh, in September 2019.
The stirring tale of a legendary royal family's fall and ultimate
redemption, the Theban trilogy endures as the crowning achievement
of Greek drama. Sophocles' 3-play cycle, chronicling Oedipus's
search for the truth and its tragic results, remains essential
reading for English and classical studies majors as well as for all
students of Western civilization.
Playwright and novelist Nigel Williams's stage adaptation of William Golding's story was first professionally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon in July 1995. 'Remarkably true to the novel in spirit . . . the theatre lends itself particularly well to the ritualistic aspects of the story - chanting, dancing, marching, forming a circle round the victim, stamping out a fire . . . You end up feeling you have seen a fable of infinite implications enacted in a little room.' Sunday Telegraph This special acting edition, particularly suitable for schools and amateur groups, contains the full playtext as well as notes on staging, a full properties list and lighting and sound cues.
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Baruch Spinoza (1632-77) is considered one of the great rationalist thinkers of the seventeenth century. His magnum opus, Ethics, in which he criticized the dualism of Descartes, solidified his reputation and greatly influenced the Enlightenment thinkers who would build from his work. Born in Amsterdam into a family of Sephardic Jews who had to take refuge there after they were expelled from Portugal, the precocious young scholar imbibed skepticism at an early age. By the time he was twenty-four, he had challenged what he called the "fairy tales" of the Old Testament and was excommunicated by the Synagogue. In this biographical play, Tariq Ali contextualizes Spinoza's philosophy by linking it to the turbulent politics of the period, in which Spinoza was deeply involved. Ali originally wrote The Trials of Spinoza as part of a series on philosophy for British Channel Four television, and this publication also includes a DVD of that original television production. This work will be welcomed as a testament to the continuing interest in and relevance of Spinoza's work and as an example of Ali's eloquent and always politically engaged writing.
Trapped in a house that keeps its secrets behind closed doors, a mother is confronted with the ghosts of her past when her son returns home after finding himself embroiled in a scandal. When the Crows Visit is premiered at Kiln Theatre, London, in October 2019.
In this collection of essays written from different critical perspectives, African playwrights demonstrate through their art that they are not only witnesses, but also consciences, of their societies. Their works bear witness to the strivings of African people as they challenge the vices that continue to plague the continent, including neo-colonialism, dictatorship, corruption, nepotism, inter-ethnic conflicts, poverty, gender inequality and HIV/AIDS.;This anthology, which also emphasises the existence of a link or a sense of organic continuity within African literary tradition between the pre-colonial and post-colonial forms of drama and theatre, is designed to be a guide to students and scholars of African literature and society.
The Whitbread 2000 Book of the Year is a haunting and captivating work of historical fiction for children. The Coram man takes babies and money from desperate mothers, promising to deliver them safely to a Foundling Hospital in London. Instead, he murders them and buries them by the roadside, to the helpless horror of his mentally ill son, Mish. Mish saves one, Aaron, who grows up happily unaware of his history, proving himself a promising musician. As Aaron's new life takes him closer to his real family, the watchful Mish makes a terrible mistake, delivering Aaron and his best friend Toby back into the hands of the Coram man. It tells the story of a dark time in English history. Fans of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mr Tom will love this. A great read for children aged 10+. Look out for Jamilla's other titles: The Eye of the Horse The Robber Baron's Daughter The Track of the Wind Wheel of Surya Coram Boy won the 2000 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has been adapted into a highly acclaimed stage play. Jamila Gavin was born in Mussoorie, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas. With an Indian father and an English mother, she inherited two rich cultures which ran side by side throughout her life, and which always made her feel she belonged to both countries. The family finally settled in England where Jamila completed her schooling, was a music student, worked for the BBC and became a mother of two children. It was then that she began writing children's books, and felt a need to reflect the multi-cultural world in which she and her children now lived.
The mayor and local officials of a small provincial town in Russia have
got it made: corruption is rife and they have all the power. Yet, when
they learn that an undercover government inspector is about to make a
visit, they face a mad dash to cover their tracks. Soon, the news that
a suspicious person has recently arrived from St Petersburg and is
staying in a local inn produces a series of events and
misunderstandings that lead to a hilarious denouement. Often quoted as
Russian literature's greatest comedy, The Government Inspector is a
trenchant satire of the corruption, greed and stupidity of petty
officialdom, and the crowning achievement of Gogol's skills as a
An anthology of monologues by contemporary writers, divided into four categories: "Hope and Longing," "Spirit and Soul," "Fun and Fantasy," and "Doubt and Despair." Includes audition techniques.
MULE. Who created us? ROCINANTE. What kind of dumb question is that? The great master Cervantes, of course. Who else? MULE. God. ROCINANTE. Listen you obstinate fool. We're animals. We don't have to believe in God. That's meant for the superior species. MULE. Why did Cervantes create us? ROCINANTE. Because he was a genius. I think he made me a bit like himself. But those who ride us were not so lucky. Tariq Ali's latest play, The New Adventures of Don Quixote, can be read as homage to German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht as much as a playful tribute to Cervantes's masterwork. The central characters from the original novel, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, are mounted on their beasts of burden, Rocinante and the Mule, and Ali has them ride into the twenty-first century, where they are confronted by old vices familiar to them: war, greed, ethnic and religious prejudices, disappointed love, and economic crisis. Their story is satirical, and their songs are sad and angry. But there are odd moments of happiness for Quixote, when he imagines that a wounded US colonel is Dulcinea and allows himself to be seduced by her in a military hospital in Germany. Primarily interested in discovering the meaning of life and how it is molded by the world in which we live, Ali's theatrical device is the conversation between the two animals - Rocinante the philosopher and Mule the everyman who questions her relentlessly. Accompanied by numerous color performance stills of the play from its 2013 production in Germany, this volume is as intellectually stimulating as it is uproariously humorous.
A classic of 20th century theatre, Death and the Maiden ran for a year in the West End, was a hit on Broadway and was filmed by Roman Polanski starring Ben Kingsley and Sigourney Weaver. Olivier Award for Best New Play 1992 A woman seeks revenge when the man she believes to have been her torturer happens to re enter her life.
When Dexter's mum is sent to jail for getting mixed up in a jewellery robbery, it's up to Dexter and his best friend Winter to get her out. On their journey to uncover the truth and free Mum, their detective work leads them to some surprising discoveries. Dexter and Winter's Detective Agency is a madcap adventure story for young people (and older detectives) to watch, read and perform. It was first produced in 2019 by Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd on a nationwide tour, including a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in Paines Plough's pop-up theatre, Roundabout.
Premiered at the Royal National Theater, this extraordinary new play by one of Britain's leading playwrights combines English folk tales with modern urban life. In terms of its language alone, it is as exciting and challenging on the page as on the stage.
The play follows the Skriker, 'a shapeshifter and death portent, ancient and damaged', in its search for love and revenge as it pursues two young women to London, changing its shape at every new encounter. Along with the Skriker come Raw head and bloody bones, the Kelpie, the Green Lady, Black Dog and more, till the whole country is swarming with enticing and angry creatures that have burst from the underworld.
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