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At a much lower price than comparable anthologies, the Fifth Edition provides 18 extraordinary plays, with a strong representation of historical periods and minority and women playwrights. The Introduction focuses on the study of drama as both a literary genre and a performing art; also provided are expanded introductions to the plays, an updated select bibliography, and a new filmography.
Part game show, part love story, part lecture exploring modern friendships. Purge addresses where online friendship stops and real friendship begins. In 2010, Brian discovered that his deceased ex-boyfriend and best friend, Grant, had deleted him from Friendster (a pre-Facebook networking site), which neither had checked since they stopped dating in 2006. Although they had since re-'friended' in life (both virtually and non-virtually), it was the discovery of this past de-friending (and impossibility to 'reconnect' since Grant's death), which inspired Brian to create Purge in 2011. In 2011, Brian Lobel played a brutal game of friendship maintenance: over 5 days in cafes in both London and Kuopio, Finland, Brian gave strangers one minute to decide which of his 1300 Facebook friends to keep or delete. The deleting was real, the pace was maniacal, the results were final. 50 hours of performance, 800 emails from angry, amused and intrigued friends and over 2500 comments from people watching via live stream later, Purge is an interactive performance lecture exploring the process of, and fallout from purging and examines how we emotionally and socially interact with digital media.
Featuring four new plays written and devised in collaboration with groups of secondary school children, this collection examines immigration to and emigration from the UK. A theatre-in-education project coordinated by Tamasha theatre company and The Migration Museum, children worked on exercises designed to develop their understanding of, and feelings about, migration. Their reactions were then incorporated into a piece of theatre by a professional playwright that the students then performed. This collection brings together these plays along with the unique exercises that inspired them. The plays include: Nothing to Declare by Sharmila Chauhan follows three precious keepsakes and the stories attached to them as their owners are stopped at a hostile border. Potato Moon by Satinder Chohan focuses on the potatoes buried in a share allotment. They become people's memories in a magical realist Southall and so when they start to go missing, schoolgirl Mira set out to find out why. Wilkommen by Asif Khan follows 11 year Ammar on the most dangerous journey of his life, from war-torn country, across sea and land, to take up the offer of a new life in Europe. Jigsaw by Sumerah Srivstav tells the story of how three angels, horrified by mankind's cruelty, prepare to wipe them out... until they find an unlikely friend who changes their mind. This is an invaluable collection that gives both teachers the resources to address the sometimes tricky issues surrounding migration and students the opportunity to create and in doing so counteract and humanize the narratives hear in the media and society as a whole.
The ten plays in this collection offer unprecedented grassroots perspectives on the jubilation, terror, hope, and heartbreak of mass uprising as seen during and in the wake of the Tahrir Square demonstrations. Collectively tracing events as they unfolded in Egypt from the last days of Hosni Mubarak's regime through Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's ascendance to the presidency, the plays present a picture of Egypt in the midst of epochal change, with all the attendant fear, hope, and uncertainty. Ranging from naturalism to documentary to more avant-garde representations, the plays collected in Tahrir Tales represent contemporary Egyptian drama at its most interesting, and, not coincidentally, most politically, committed.
The traditional story of Jesus' birth is well known and beloved. A long journey from home. A pregnant mother. The crisis of birth. Remarkable visitors. But there is more. For the first time, here is a drama that accurately presents what the Bible actually says rather than what tradition and mistranslations of Scripture have portrayed. This fresh Christmas drama from world-renowned Middle Eastern and biblical expert Kenneth Bailey is full of wonder and hope. Pastors, Christian educators, musicians and others will welcome the opportunity to present to their congregations this drama of hospitality, grace and joy. Five original contemporary folk songs for guitar and a (SATB) choral anthem are also available to give the production delightful musical accents. InterVarsity Press also provides a PDF download musical score as well as a music CD or MP3 download in which all these songs are performed twice, once with vocals and once with accompaniment only. Without music, the drama can be performed in 25-30 minutes. With music, the performance time is 45-50 minutes. Here is a drama that is biblically accurate, heartwarming and perfectly suited for church performance.
"People of the internet, people of the world, you wanna see your Environment Minister SOLVE some shit, this is the soundtrack..." What happens when the unstoppable force of climate change meets the immovable object of Australian politics? Environment Minister Gwen Malkin's plan to stop climate change is rudely interrupted when a group of eco-terrorists storm Australia's Parliament House during a Fleetwood Mac concert. Blending fact and fiction, David Finnigan's bold new satire is a manic spin on a world on the brink of turmoil. A daring new play that asks - what would it take to actually stop climate change dead in its tracks? Science? Recycling? Experts? Or maybe: techno, guns and revolution?
"This excellent edition is most welcome. A select bibliography, a brief vocabulary, several footnotes to explain points of difficulty, fourteen long endnotes... and even the music of the songs, make the edition an extremely valuable and interesting volume, offering the reader the text of the play itself and important new insights into its structure, its significance and indeed its success." Professor Leo Hickey, 'Modern Languages' Bodas de sangre is arguably the best-known work by the most celebrated of all twentieth-century Spanish writers. A passionate story of family feud and tragic elopement is played out in the setting of a poor country village, building up to a dramatic ending full of the intensely poetic symbolism characteristic of Lorca. -- .
How does one woman make sense of events that are beyond her control but which touch her deeply? This is the focus of THE MOMENT WE MET. Liz is an ordinary woman - an amazing ordinary woman - who struggles to make sense of the senseless. Only when she uncovers the truth of what happened in the past, and of who had been involved, will she find any degree of inner peace.Hers is an unremitting, inescapable struggle to sift truth from lies and to balance personal fulfilment with the need for justice. Admirable, moving, tenacious - Liz is a woman for our times...
Restoring the Jewish half-genius in women's drama, this collection powerfully conveys the exile of Jewish womanhood within the community, the traumas of the Holocaust on victim and survivor, Black-Jewish confrontation, Arab-Israeli conflict, and other topics.
In Vichy France, 1942, a group of men sit outside an office, waiting to be interviewed. The reason they have been pulled off the street and taken there is obvious enough. They are, for the most part, Jews. But how serious an offence this is, and how they are to suffer for it, is not clear, and they hope for the best. But as rumours pass between them of trains full of people locked from the outside and furnaces in Poland, and although they reassure themselves that nothing so monstrous could be true, their panic rises. Arthur Miller's claustrophobic play of how the inconceivable becomes allowed to pass, Incident at Vichy is one of the most indispensable, moving pieces of art about the Holocaust.
The best known of all Irish plays.
I've made four thousand six hundred medium-sized quiches and personally baked two tons of light-crust pastry. For what?' As a clergy wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on best behaviour. Now, following the death of her husband Bardolph, she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases. But the return of her eccentric missionary sister Ruth, together with some disturbing revelations, force Grace to confront the truth of her marriage. Starred Penelope Keith as Grace. Richard Everett is fast becoming an established playwright with work published and performed both in the UK and abroad. He has also written successfully for radio, television and film including Two Men Went to War which was in the official selection for the Hollywood Film Festival and the BAFTA nominated Joseph.
Northern Ireland, 1989. A farmhouse window smashes, and rebellious Fianna Devlin crashes back into the life of her pious sister Alannah. Together for the first time in years, when they're forced to confront their tyrannical father's hideous legacy, all hell breaks loose. Fuelled by Taytos, gin, 80s tunes and a chainsaw, Meghan Tyler's surreal Crocodile Fever is a grotesque black comedy celebrating sisterhood whilst reminding us that the pressure cooker of The Troubles is closer than we imagine.
Educators find the lesson plans and activities immensely helpful when planning core curriculum or enhancing the scope of multi-discipline studies. Students learn to appreciate the talents and needs of others. They develop skills in useful settings within and outside the classroom, and they are given the opportunity to discover and communicate who they really are. Parents enjoys and benefit from the exercises while working and playing with their children at home.
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Lessons taught by history have never been learned by the people of power. A historical comedy-farce confronting the perfidy and hypocrisy which lurks in the bureaucracy of all forms of religion. Third in a trilogy of books following on from 'The Big Pipedream Society' (9781784620936) and 'The Dreamhunter's Diaries' (9781784626259) Following on from Johnny Reynolds first two satirical books 'Professor Twister's Weird Adventures and The Canossa Disgrace' is a mockery of the historical events in the 11th century which closely correspond with the failures and fiascos, notoriously repeated in our times by our vacillating, indecisive and procrastinating leaders who often sit upon a proverbial 'wobbly fence', not knowing on which side of the 'fence' they would feel themselves grounded. This comedy-farce written in the form of a stage play, or a screenplay, lays out points of analogy between two different epochs in which the religious correctness and absurd practised by the ruling classes in times of the grandeur of the medieval world are largely corresponding with the political correctness and preposterousness of the ruling classes in our times. Johnny notes: 'A good reason for making my choice of this particular period of time was that repeatedly blind-eyed greed of political supremacy often going hand-to-hand with the lack of diplomacy, had always led, and still does, to the destruction of the civil society, and thus lessons taught by history have never been learned by the people of power. The charachter of the dialogues in this stage drama points directly onto those who tend to contradict themselves.'
We are a small community. The happiness of our children is everything. Our hopes and dreams rest in these tiny souls. In a small town in northern Denmark, the children celebrate Harvest Festival. In the forest by the water the men of the lodge stand naked in the cold. This is their country. This is their song. In the shadows, a lonely child gives a strange man her heart. The hunt begins. Based on Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm's Danish film thriller Jagten, David Farr's The Hunt opened at the Almeida, London, in June 2019.
Howard Barker is Barker is an internationally renowned dramatist. The latest volume in Oberon's Howard Barker series comprises the plays Ahno, Distance, Critique of Pure Feeling, Irrespective,Immense kiss, Exquisite.
Marlene thinks the eighties are going to be stupendous. Her sister Joyce has her doubts. Her daughter Angie is just frightened. Since its premiere in 1982, Top Girls has become a seminal play of the modern theatre. Set during a period of British politics dominated by the presence of the newly elected Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Churchill's play prompts us to question our notions of women's success and solidarity. Its sharp look at the society and politics of the 1980s is combined with a timeless examination of women's choices and restrictions regarding career and family. This new Student Edition features an introduction by Sophie Bush, Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, UK prepared with the contemporary student in mind. METHUEN DRAMA STUDENT EDITIONS are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays from the modern and classic repertoires. A well as the complete text of the play itself, this volume contains: * A chronology of the play and the playwright's life and work * an introductory discussion of the social, political, cultural and economic context in which the play was originally conceived and created * a succinct overview of the creation processes followed and subsequent performance history of the piece * an analysis of, and commentary on, some of the major themes and specific issues addressed by the text * a bibliography of suggested primary and secondary materials for further study.
The second book of theatre work by Ontroerend Goed, Pieces of Work bundles five creations from the period 2014-2018 together. Five radically different performances, connected through an urge to question traditional forms, to challenge and surprise the audience and to create conceptual theatre that makes one think and feel at the same time - Pieces of Work translates these five live experiences into a varied reading experience. Text and graphic design go hand in hand to allow the reader to relive each of these five shows in their own specific way and to deepen these experiences. From the pre-#metoo exploration of contemporary feminism in Sirens, the palindrome-performance Are we not drawn onward to new erA, which sheds light on the human responsibility for the life on earth back to front, the dystopic fantasy of a world without people in World Without Us, to the exciting interactive casino of GBPYEURO$, which exposes the internal machinations of the financial world, and the poetic ode to routine Loopstation - Pieces of Work takes the reader on a journey along the most recent work of an international company that keeps reinventing itself.
Tommy Murphy's critically acclaimed drama of friendship, sex and escapism follows the story of sixteen-year-old Shane as he leaves his home in rural Australia for downtown Sydney. UK premiere at the King's Head, London, in June 2016.
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