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Jerusalem (Paperback): Jez Butterworth Jerusalem (Paperback)
Jez Butterworth
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'My dad said he jumped buses. Horseboxes. Jumped an aqueduct once. He was gonna jump Stonehenge but the council put a stop to it.' On St George's Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron, local waster and modern day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his children want their dad to take them to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. Jez Butterworth's new play is a comic, contemporary vision of life in our green and pleasant land. His previous plays for the Royal Court include "The Winterling", "The Night Heron" and "Mojo". "The key British theatre work of the last decade." Time Out 2012. An Instant Modern Classic. A comic, contemporary vision of life in our green and pleasant land. BEST PLAY Evening Standard Awards BEST PLAY Critics Circle Awards.

Samuel Beckett: The Complete Dramatic Works  (Paperback, Main): Samuel Beckett Samuel Beckett: The Complete Dramatic Works (Paperback, Main)
Samuel Beckett
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The present volume gathers all of Beckett's texts for theatre, from 1955 to 1984. It includes both the major dramatic works and the short and more compressed texts for the stage and for radio. 'He believes in the cadence, the comma, the bite of word on reality, whatever else he believes; and his devotion to them, he makes clear, is a sufficient focus for the reader's attention. In the modern history of literature he is a unique moral figure, not a dreamer of rose-gardens but a cultivator of what will grow in the waste land, who can make us see the exhilarating design that thorns and yucca share with whatever will grow anywhere.' - Hugh Kenner Contents: Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Happy Days, All That Fall, Acts Without Words, Krapp's Last Tape, Roughs for the Theatre, Embers, Roughs for the Radio, Words and Music, Cascando, Play, Film, The Old Tune, Come and Go, Eh Joe, Breath, Not I, That Time, Footfalls, Ghost Trio,...but the clouds..., A Piece of Monologue, Rockaby, Ohio Impromptu, Quad, Catastrophe, Nacht und Traume, What Where.

Small Mouth Sounds: A Play: Off-Broadway Edition (Paperback): Bess Wohl Small Mouth Sounds: A Play: Off-Broadway Edition (Paperback)
Bess Wohl
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Lachlan Philpott: Plays One (Paperback): Lachlan Philpott Lachlan Philpott: Plays One (Paperback)
Lachlan Philpott
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M. Rock is based on a true story, about the enduring joys of music, dancing and self-discovery, and charts the fortunes of 18-year-old Tracey and her grandmother Mabel. Little Emperors: `Little Emperor Syndrome' is a term used to describe the behavioural time-bomb created by China's One Child Policy. Set in both Melbourne and Beijing, and weaving between Mandarin and English, Little Emperors deals with a single family as they attempt to negotiate the troubled waters of their shared history, one that includes a hidden second child, forced separation, and deep wells of regret and shame. Premiered at Malthouse Melbourne as part of Asia TOPA Festival in February 2017. The Trouble with Harry: Harry Crawford and his wife Annie lead quiet, unexceptional lives in the suburbs of 1920s Sydney, working and raising a child. But when Josephine arrives at the door, it sets in train a series of events that will result in an astounding revelation. Based on the extraordinary true story of the `Man-Woman' murderer that shocked turn- of -the -century Australians, The Trouble with Harry is a disorienting tale of deception and enigma. Premier produced by TheatreofplacK at The Mac Belfast, 2013.

On Poetry (Hardcover): Glyn Maxwell On Poetry (Hardcover)
Glyn Maxwell
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"On Poetry, the latest addition to the Oberon Masters series, is a collection of short essays and reflections on poetry from the acclaimed British poet Glyn Maxwell. These essays illustrate Maxwell's poetic philosophy, that the greatest verse arises from a harmony of mind and body, and that poetic forms originate in human necessities - breath, heartbeat, footstep, posture. He speaks of his inspirations, his models, and takes us inside the strange world of the Creative Writing Class, where four young hopefuls grapple with love, sex, cheap wine and hard work. Illustrated with examples from canonical poets, this is a beautiful and accessible guide to the most ancient and sublime of the realms of literature."

The Trials of Spinoza (Paperback): Tariq Ali The Trials of Spinoza (Paperback)
Tariq Ali
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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.

The Vagina Monologues (Paperback): Eve Ensler The Vagina Monologues (Paperback)
Eve Ensler; Introduction by Jacqueline Woodson 1
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2018 marks the twentieth anniversary of V-Day, the radical grassroots movement to end violence against women and girls, inspired by Eve Ensler's international sensation The Vagina Monologues. This special edition features six never-before-published monologues, a new foreword by National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, a new introduction by the author, and a new afterword by One Billion Rising director Monique Wilson on the stage phenomenon's global impact. A landmark work in women's empowerment, as relevant as ever after a year marked by unprecedented social and political protest in the face of unapologetic racism and misogyny, The Vagina Monologues honours women's sexuality in all its complexity, mystery and power. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, this award-winning masterpiece gives voice to real women's deepest fantasies, fears, anger and pleasure, and calls for a world where all women are safe, equal, free and alive in their bodies. 'This play changed the world. Seeing it changed my soul. Performing in it changed my life' Kerry Washington

Elizabethan Tragedies - A Basic Anthology (Paperback): Dover Publications Inc. Elizabethan Tragedies - A Basic Anthology (Paperback)
Dover Publications Inc.
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Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (German, Paperback): Bertolt Brecht Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (German, Paperback)
Bertolt Brecht
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Fruhlings Erwachen (German, Paperback): Frank Wedekind Fruhlings Erwachen (German, Paperback)
Frank Wedekind
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Small Island (Paperback): Andrea Levy Small Island (Paperback)
Andrea Levy; Adapted by Helen Edmundson
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Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. In these three intimately connected stories, hope and humanity meet stubborn reality, tracing the tangled history of Jamaica and Britain. Andrea Levy's epic novel, adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, journeys from Jamaica to Britain in 1948 - the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. It premiered at the National Theatre, London, in 2019, directed by Rufus Norris.

The Wild Duck (Paperback): Robert Icke The Wild Duck (Paperback)
Robert Icke
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verb. to duck 1. a quick lowering of the head (to avoid a blow or so as not to be seen) 2. depart quickly 3. avoid noun. wild duck (more commonly known as mallard duck or anas platyrhynchos) - an undomesticated duck. note. Due to its beautiful feathers, the mallard duck is one of the most popular ducks for hunters. When injured or threatened, ducks have been alleged to commit suicide, by diving to the bottom of the water, never returning to the surface. Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke stages a new version of The Wild Duck, Ibsen's masterpiece about the nature of truth.

Wolfie (Paperback): Ross Willis Wolfie (Paperback)
Ross Willis
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'If the sky dropped the stars or the river drained the water there would be outrage, but we treat children like this and there is silence.' Something's not right. Children are being raised by animals. A mother is slowly sinking in the bath. The trees are left doing the paperwork. The air is filled with screams of children howling for help. And some twins want to tell you a story about how everything got so f**ked up. A spiralling odyssey of dizzying theatricality, Wolfie is a bold, fantastical fairytale following two twins separated at birth and asks who is truly responsible for society's most vulnerable children. This wildly imaginative, irreverent look at life in and after the care system premiered at Theatre503, London, in 2019.

Les Oeuvres Diverses de Monsieur de Cyrano Bergerac (�d.1661-1662) (French, Paperback, 1661-1662 ed.): Savinien Cyrano De... Les Oeuvres Diverses de Monsieur de Cyrano Bergerac (�d.1661-1662) (French, Paperback, 1661-1662 ed.)
Savinien Cyrano De Bergerac
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Les Musiciens C�l�bres Depuis Le Seizi�me Si�cle Jusqu'� Nos Jours 2e �dition, Revue Et Augment�e (French,... Les Musiciens C�l�bres Depuis Le Seizi�me Si�cle Jusqu'� Nos Jours 2e �dition, Revue Et Augment�e (French, Paperback)
Clement F.
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Playwrights Before the Fall - Eastern European Drama in Times of Revolution (Paperback): Daniel Gerould Playwrights Before the Fall - Eastern European Drama in Times of Revolution (Paperback)
Daniel Gerould
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The first multi-author international anthology of Eastern European plays to deal with the fall of Communism. Includes: "Portrait" by Slawomir Mrozek (Poland); "Chickenhead" by Gyorgy Spiro (Hungary); "Military Secret" by Dusan Jovanovic (Slovenia); "Horses at the Window" by Matei Visniec (Romania); and "Sorrow, Sorrow, Fear, the Rope, and the Pit "by Karel Steigerwald (Czechoslovakia).

Faust Foutu (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Robert Edward Duncan Faust Foutu (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Robert Edward Duncan
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Drama. FAUST FOUTU (Faust Screwed) is a satire featuring a mid-20th-century Faust as a bourgeois artist "suffering" for his art. It was first performed by poets and painters in San Francisco in 1955 and published in a small edition in 1960. The book includes drawings by the poet made to accompany the printed text, reproduced here in a trade edition. "In the early fifties the art of painting was at the cutting edge (Clyfford Still, Pollock, Rothko)--it's not surprising that this 'screwed' Faust is a painter or that a public reading and performance of the piece should have taken place at San Francisco's most intensely avant garde art gallery, the Six Gallery. It's no surprise either that the actors in the presentation, seated at a long table on a little dais, should be friends, actors, experimental filmmakers, poets, painters, and playwrights. Poet Jack Spicer leaned towards the audience at moments with intensity and almost boyish innocence of expression and near harshness of diction. Larry Jordan, the filmmaker, had been encouraged by Duncan to just sing loudly and naturally letting his untrained voice carry Faust's songs. Painter, and life-friend of Duncan's, Jess Collins, spoke his lines with immense clarity and irony. The play was being tested on the ear, there was no acting-out as Duncan did in his solo performances, this was to be heard--and, listen, it's still sounding"--Michael McClure.

Hansard (Paperback): Simon Woods Hansard (Paperback)
Simon Woods
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Hansard; noun
The official report of all parliamentary debates.

It's a summer's morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turns to blood-sport.

A witty and devastating new play.

Hansard premiered at the National Theatre, London, in August 2019.

Rhinoceros, The Chairs, The Lesson (Paperback, New Ed): Eugene Ionesco Rhinoceros, The Chairs, The Lesson (Paperback, New Ed)
Eugene Ionesco; Translated by Derek Prouse
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These three great plays by one of the founding fathers of the theatre of the absurd, are alive and kicking with tragedy and humour, bleakness and farce. In Rhinoceros we are shown the innate brutality of people as everyone, except for Berenger, turn into clumsy, unthinking rhinoceroses. The Chairs depicts the futile struggle of two old people to convey the meaning of life to the rest of humanity, while The Lesson is a chilling, but anarchically funny drama of verbal domination. In these three 'antiplays' dream, nonsense and fantasy combine to create an unsettling, bizarre view of society.

Waiting for Godot - A Tragicomedy in Two Acts (Paperback): Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot - A Tragicomedy in Two Acts (Paperback)
Samuel Beckett
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From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences, Waiting for Godot has become of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama. As Clive Barnes wrote, "Time catches up with genius ... Waiting for Godot is one of the masterpieces of the century." The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone--or something--named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind's inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett's language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.

The Theban Plays - King Oedipus/ Oedipus at Colonus/ Antigone (Paperback, New Impression): Sophocles The Theban Plays - King Oedipus/ Oedipus at Colonus/ Antigone (Paperback, New Impression)
Sophocles; Translated by E.F. Watling
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‘O Light! May I never look on you again,
Revealed as I am, sinful in my begetting,
Sinful in marriage, sinful in shedding of blood!’

The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles (496–406 BC) to create a powerful trilogy of mankind’s struggle against fate. King Oedipus tells of a man who brings pestilence to Thebes for crimes he does not realise he has committed, and then inflicts a brutal punishment upon himself. With profound insights into the human condition, it is a devastating portrayal of a ruler brought down by his own oath. Oedipus at Colonus provides a fitting conclusion to the life of the aged and blinded king, while Antigone depicts the fall of the next generation, through the conflict between a young woman ruled by her conscience and a king too confident in his own authority.

E. F. Watling’s masterful translation is accompanied by an introduction, which examines the central themes of the plays, the role of the Chorus, and the traditions and staging of Greek tragedy.

Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae - Four Plays (Paperback): Stephen Esposito Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae - Four Plays (Paperback)
Stephen Esposito; Edited by Stephen Esposito; Translated by Michael R. Halleran, Anthony J. Podlecki
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A collection of Euripides' most important plays in one volume. Translations are taken in full text from other single volumes in the Focus Classical Library, by authors Michael Halleran, Anthony Podlecki, and Stephen Esposito, with notes and a new introduction. As with all Focus Classical Library titles, this anthology has been designed with the student of Ancient Drama in mind, including modern translations close to the original, informed by the latest scholarship, and with an extensive introduction, interpretive essay, and footnotes -- all to the purpose of allowing the student to understand Greek drama, Greek mythology, and the context of Greek culture. This book is useful for courses in ancient drama, classical civilization, Greek tragedy, Classical mythology, etc.

Mouthpiece (Paperback): Amy Nostbakken Mouthpiece (Paperback)
Amy Nostbakken
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Two performers express the inner conflict that exists within a modern woman's head: the push and the pull, the past and the present, the progress and the regression. Interweaving a cappella harmony, dissonance, text and physicality, Mouthpiece is a harrowing, humorous, and heart-wrenching journey into the female psyche

Blood Brothers GCSE Student Edition (Paperback): Willy Russell Blood Brothers GCSE Student Edition (Paperback)
Willy Russell; Introduction by Ros Merkin 1
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Written specifically for GCSE students by academics in the field, the Methuen Drama GCSE Student Editions provide in-depth explanatory material alongside the play texts frequently studied at Key Stage 4. Whether for use in the classroom or independent study, these editions offer a fully comprehensive and lightly glossed play text with accompanying notes specifically directed towards readers of this age, which unravel essential topics and challenge all students to delve further into literary analysis. A well established modern classic, Willy Russell's Blood Brothers tells the story of Mickey and Eddie, twins separated at birth who grow up to lead very opposite lives, but which constantly and inevitably intersect. In addition to some on-page explanatory notes and the play text, this edition contains sub-headed analyses of themes, characters, context and dramatic devices, as well as background information on the playwright. The Methuen Drama GCSE Student Editions never lose sight of their readership, and offer students the confidence to engage with the material, explore their own interpretations, and improve their understanding of the works.

Sommer 14: A Dance of Death (Paperback): Rolf Hochhuth Sommer 14: A Dance of Death (Paperback)
Rolf Hochhuth; Translated by Gwynne Edwards
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'Wars do not break out, they are not brokered or declared as is always written. They are brought about by those who desire them.' In June 1914, Europe was enjoying unprecedented peace and prosperity. Little over a month later, the world was at war - and only a handful of people knew it was happening. Inspired by the medieval mystery plays Sommer 14 - A Dance of Death is an epic telling from a German and European perspective of the world's descent into war. Employing the character of Death as a guide, the play uses the classic Danse Macabre structure of a series of searing vignettes to illuminate the people and the events that led up to the outbreak of the First World War.

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