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About to be fired from her cleaning job for stealing a volume of Euripides, Jude turns her employer's outrage to shock by translating the ancient Greek on the spot. The employer, a Classics teacher, knows great talent when she sees it and the encounter kick-starts Jude's lifelong ambition to study at Oxford University. Entirely self-taught and possessing an astonishing gift for languages, Jude will stop at nothing to achieve her dream - but she remains oblivious to the hidden barriers that her background has placed in her path... Howard Brenton's latest play, loosely inspired by Thomas Hardy's novel Jude the Obscure, is a modern day tale of unexpected genius and of our struggle to accommodate extraordinary talent.
There are some enemies you'd wait a lifetime to see face-to-face. Charismatic, corrupt and dangerous, Jacob Zuma was until recently President of South Africa. But before Zuma came to power, Ronnie Kasrils masterminded the intelligence services. Now at last they're alone together. When you've been betrayed, it's never too late to settle old scores.
`My name is D'Artagnan, musketeer to King Louis the Thirteenth, defender of the Queen's diamonds, and the man you tried to poison in that bar.' When the young and naive D'Artagnan sets out on his quest to become a King's musketeer, he immediately encounters the dangerous femme fatale, Milady de Winter. After discovering that the musketeers have been disbanded, he makes it his mission to get them reinstated. But will his feud with Milady thwart him? And who the heck is she? This riotous adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel by John Nicholson (Hound of the Baskervilles, Peepolykus) was originally performed by physical-comedy theatre company Le Navet Bete on a UK tour in 2019, with four actors playing over thirty characters. It will suit any theatre company or drama group looking for a funny, high-energy adaptation of a universally loved story, which is suitable for audiences of all ages. Swashbuckling and rollicking adventure guaranteed - convincing French accents, not so much.
It's 1972. An era of possibility and polyester and pubic hair. While Ziggy Stardust is on Top of the Pops, Penny is writing an essay on Lady Chatterley's Lover, Christine is watching Deep Throat and Brian is confused. Devised by the company, 1972: The Future of Sex incorporates The Wardrobe Ensemble's trademark theatricality, irreverent humour and ensemble ingenuity to tell the story of three couples having sex for the first time - and a country on the brink of a sexual awakening. Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall, the play was first seen there in 2014, before a UK tour in 2015, including performances at Bristol Old Vic and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It was revived at the Bristol Old Vic in 2019. The Wardrobe Ensemble is a group of theatre artists based in Bristol, working together to make new plays that dissect the twenty-first-century experience. Their other plays include Education, Education, Education; South Western and RIOT.
Eno's new comedy asks some thought-provoking (if a bit vague) questions: What are we here for? Is time a friend or an enemy? Do we all eventually end up in the same place, but take different routes to get there? This play challenges the notion of what really matters and recognizes the importance of life's simple pleasures. (All of which might sound dreary, but there's a chance this will be a really good experience.)
"look. no one cares. no one cares what we do as long as we're here, doing what we're told" Welcome to fiji land. Things are very simple here. Follow orders. Fight the good fight. You can even take photos. Grainer's new. He asked to come over here. Wolstead likes to watch people while they sleep. Meanwhile, Tanc's here to do what he's told and do it proper. fiji land is a surreal and incisive play about the very real things that happen when cell doors shut and the world looks away. "as long as we're safe, we don't want to know what's going on to keep it that way, do we?"
A wily servant and a pair of wronged young lovers team up to bamboozle a pompous general in this riotous new farce. Dodgy disguises, comic capers and a talking monkey create pandemonium as the tricksters try to save the girl, free the servant and live to tell the tale!
Written at the very end of the seventeenth century, The Phanaticks (previously known as The Assembly) satirises in dramatic form contemporary political and religious affairs, presenting some well-known figures in the thinnest of disguises. Overtly a comedy about two young women opposed by such forces as the Governer of Edinburgh Castle (Lord Huffy), it is an excoriating attack on the hypocrisy and political chicanery of Scottish religious sects, alongside its romance and sexual innuendo. The author, Archibald Pitcairne, was a celebrated physician and wit; this work demonstrates his talent for controversy (he was ejected from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, an institution which he helped to found, after a dispute about his theoretical approaches to medicine). Indeed, so provocative was it deemed that despite being printed in 1722 and 1752, there is no record of any contemporary performance. This first modern edition is based on an early manuscript, with corrections possibly in Pitcairne's own hand; it is presented with full contextual and historical notes. John MacQueen is Emeritus Professor of English, University of Edinburgh.
Staged against the backdrop of Brexit, the refugee crisis and fears about terrorism, Octopus is set in a dystopian world of bureaucratic box ticking and absurd interviews. At a time of increasing anxiety over policing our cultural and geographical borders, it explores the mixed-race experience, how it feels to be seen as a foreigner in your own land, and the power of punk.
'There are times in the theatre when you suddenly find yourself in the grip of silence. There is no fidgeting or coughing, no shifting about in seats: the audience's attention is so tense it is almost palpable. This is because it is both thrilling and dangerous: a fight to the death, or the dawning of salvation. David Hare's new play, Skylight, is punctuated by such moments. They are the signs that a dramatist of the first rank is writing at full stretch, in complete command of his material, undogmatic and unafraid, unforgiving and compassionate.' Sunday Times Skylight was revived in a new production at the Wyndham's Theatre, London, in June 2014, which received the Evening Standard Revival of the Year Award.
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.
You're only the greatest person ever invented and he's some boy who's probs never had a conversation with a side of the sun before - but like Let's Be Modest About It. Tosh and Lou. 22 scenes. In a space they have created, using a language they have created, the two girls theorise. Other friends have come, got boyfriends and gone. So what. Tosh and Lou have each other. They're not interested in becoming cliches. They'll never be like the other girls. And Tosh is going to keep it that way. You are becoming a parody, hun. You are becoming like the human equivalent of a fucking Little Mix song. Scenes with Girls by Miriam Battye premieres at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in January 2020.
In our media-saturated society, multicultural writers have discovered the stage as their medium of choice. These scenes and monologs by new writers of the multicultural experience are certain to inspire actors and directors. Playwrights include: Akuyoe, Alvarez, Bedonna, Barroga, Brody, N. Cruz, M. Cruz, Corthron, Field, Gonzalez S., Gotanda, A. Gray, Hazzard, Hairston, Huie, Kearns, C.W. Lewis, Lott, Lyles, Mellencamp, Morse. Nord, Osborne, Shiomi, Svich, C. Smith and Karen Tei Yamashita. The scene selections offer unusually challenging characterizations for virtually any actor or acting student. All selections are for one or two actors. An excellent collection for expressing cultural diversity while offering an expanding range of new material. Three sections: Scenes and Monologs of the Hispanic-American Experience, Scenes and Monologs of the African-American Experience, Scenes and Monologs of the Asian-American Experience.
This line-for-line translation of Aristophanes' best-known comedy features an Introduction on Old Comedy, and the place of Clouds and Aristophanic comedy within it. Footnotes and more detailed endnotes further distinguish this edition of a play famous for its caricature of Socrates and of the "new learning."
This is a book worthy of high praise. . . . All versions are exceedingly witty and versatile, in verse that ripples from one's lips, pulling all the punches of Plautus, the knockabout king of farce, and proving that the more polished Terence can be just as funny. Accuracy to the original has been thoroughly respected, but look at the humour in rendering Diphilius' play called Synapothnescontes as Three's a Shroud. . . . Students in schools and colleges will benefit from short introductions to each play, to Roman stage conventions, to different types of Greek and Roman comedy, and there is a note on staging, with a diagram illustrating a typical Roman stage and further diagrams of the basic set for each play. The translators have paid more attention to stage directions than is usually given in translations, because they aim to show how these plays worked. This is a book to be used and enjoyed. --Raymond J. Clark, The Classical Outlook
A Doll's House/Ghosts/Pillars of the Community/An Enemy of the People 'Our home has never been anything other than a play-house. I've been your doll-wife here, just as at home I was Daddy's doll-child' These four plays established Ibsen as the leading figure in the theatre of his day, sending shockwaves throughout Europe and beyond. A Doll's House scandalized audiences with its free-thinking heroine Nora. Ibsen's even more radical follow-up, Ghosts, exposes family secrets and sexual double-dealing, while Pillars of the Community and An Enemy of the People both explore the hypocrisy and the dark tensions at the heart of society. This new translation, the first to be based on the latest critical edition of Ibsen's works, offers the best version available in English. A new translation by DEBORAH DAWKIN and ERIK SKUGGEVIK With an Introduction by TORE REM General Editor TORE REM
Missouri, 2014. Michael Brown, a black teenager, is shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. In this gripping and revelatory drama based on interviews from the aftermath of the shooting, Dael Orlandersmith journeys into the heart and soul of modern-day America - confronting the powerful forces of history, race and politics, and embodying the many faces of a community rallying for justice, and a country still yearning for change.
Bear Encounters is a collection of more than 90 stories about the run-ins everyday people have with bears. From the one about the black bear at the cabin that was chased away by the fifteen-pound family dog, to the bear that harmlessly wandered through a Boy Scout camp, these brief and often funny encounters capture the true nature of bears. The stories were collected from fans of the North American Bear Center and are grouped into sections that debunk common bear myths.
"Behold the newest nobody of the funniest century yet. He's almost Christ-like, from a distance, in terms of height and weight. Listen closely or drift off uncontrollably, as he speaks to you directly about the notion of home, about the notion of the world. All of it delivered with the authority that is the special province of the unsure and the un-homed, which is a word he made up accidentally. The running time, if he doesn't die or think of anything else, is roughly one hour. Title and Deed is a provocative new work by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Horton Foote Prize winner Will Eno, whom The New York Times called "a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.""
Tony Kushner's epic two part drama is revived at the National Theatre in 2017.The cast includes Andrew Garfield playing Prior Walter, Denise Gough playing Harper Pitt, Nathan Lane playing Roy Cohn, James McArdle playing Louis Ironson and Rusell Tovey playing Joe Pitt.
This is a sequel collection of winning monologues in the style and format of "100 Great Monologs" by the sane author. Rebecca Young knows how teenagers think and act - and what they like to talk about. These monologues and duologues may be used for auditions, class assignments or contest competitions. With such a wide variety of topics, there is a monologue to fit any student's personality. All of the monologues are non-theatrical in style - they speak as teenagers live. Easy to stage.
Three plays by playwright and novelist Caryl Phillips, written in the 1980s and collected here for the first time. Strange Fruit is a powerful study of a black family caught between two cultures; Where There is Darkness examines the plight of a West Indian man, Albert Williams, on the eve of his return to the Caribbean after an absence of twenty-five years; The Shelter alternates between the late eighteenth-century and 1950s London, exploring the relationship between a black man and a white woman.
Sarah gets spat at in the street. Frankie doesn't go to her lectures. In the aftermath of the accident that brought them together, neither expects to find solace in the other's company. Between hate mail and novelty teddy bears, the two women become something like friends. They want to punish themselves. They might save each other. It was shortlisted for the Tony Craze Award in 2017, and premiered at Soho Theatre, London, in February 2019.
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