Posh

Author: Laura Wade

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849432945

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 5251

I’ve got a new law for you mate, it’s called survival of the fittest, it’s called fuck you we’re the Riot Club. In an oak-panelled room in Oxford, ten young bloods with cut-glass vowels and deep pockets are meeting, intent on restoring their right to rule. Members of an elite student dining society, the boys are bunkering down for a wild night of debauchery, decadence and bloody good wine. But this isn’t the last huzzah: they’re planning a takeover. Welcome to the Riot Club. Laura Wade's depiction of wealth and privilege is savagely funny - Time Out London Disgracefully entertaining... there is much fun to be had at the expense of these posh characters as they bicker, get wasted and lament the awfulness of the working classes. **** – The Telegraph Wade deftly skewers the sense of entitlement that swirls like a sickly perfume around a certain kind of upper-class thug. Her characters seem to have everything, yet whinge relentlessly... Posh combines twisted humour with ripe excess and a cruelly precise topicality. For many it will leave a bitter taste in the mouth. But, as the characters say with lip-smacking approval, it’s savage. **** –London Evening Standard Wade has grasped a fundamental truth about British life... Her chief target is not just privileged toffs but the cosy network that really runs Britain... But, while Wade's play reminds us that many of the upper-class continue to enjoy the sound of broken glass, its success lies in harpooning the way power operates through a succession of nods and winks in our supposedly open, egalitarian society. **** –The Guardian
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Breathing Corpses

Author: Laura Wade

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849433259

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 6724

Amy's found another body in a hotel bedroomThere's a funny smell coming from one of Jim's storage units.And Kate's losing it after spending all day with the police. There's no going back after what they've seen. Breathing Corpses was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in February 2005. 'The tension, the emotions and the sense of absurdity and fear are brilliantly handled... A terrifying tour de force.' - Sunday Times '[a] powerful new play... The clash between the tone of sadness and the tricksiness of the play’s structure gives the evening its undeniable edge.' – The Stage 'a highly intriguing new play' – The Independent
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Talking to Terrorists

Author: Robin Soans

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849435820

Category: Drama

Page: 113

View: 1473

‘I looked around the room and I thought, I'm the only person in this room that hasn't killed anyone’ Talking to Terrorists is a play commissioned by the Royal Court and Out of Joint. The writer, director Max Stafford-Clark, and actors interviewed people from around the world who have been involved in terrorism. They wanted to know what makes ordinary people do extreme things. As well as those who crossed the line, they met peacemakers, warriors, journalists, hostages and psychologists. Their stories take us from Uganda, Israel, Turkey, Iraq and Ireland - to the heart of the British establishment. Talking to Terrorists was produced Out of Joint Theatre Company at the Royal Court Theatre and on a UK tour in 2005.
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Home, I'm Darling

Author: Laura Wade

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786824108

Category: Drama

Page: 120

View: 6518

How happily married are the happily married? Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, being a domestic goddess is not as easy as it looks.
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Two Man Show

Author: , RashDash

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 178682132X

Category: Drama

Page: 80

View: 561

Men have all the power. John and Dan keep hearing people say that men have all the power, but it doesn’t feel like that to them. Abbi and Helen are making a show about Man and men. Because we all have to pull together now. We want to talk about masculinity and patriarchy but the words that exist aren’t good enough. So there’s music and dance too. RashDash return with their playful new show about gender and language. Two women play two women playing two men.
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This Will End Badly

Author: Rob Hayes

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783193409

Category: Drama

Page: 72

View: 736

You can’t even shit. Animals shit. Dogs. Insects. Microbes. You’re being outskilled by the most primitive lifeforms on Earth. Repressed rage. Entrenched isolation. Compacted bowels. Rob Hayes’ trio of interwoven monologues offers a funny, disturbing, and brutally honest assault on the illusion of modern masculinity.
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Colder than Here

Author: Laura Wade

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849432937

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 942

‘I walked in and she's sat in the coffin. In the middle of the living-room floor and she's - she's watching telly and laughing’ Nobody can ignore the fact that Myra is dying but in the meantime life goes on. There are boilers to be fixed, cats to be fed and the perfect funeral to be planned. As a mother researches burial spots and bio-degradable coffins, her family are finally forced to communicate with her, and each other, as they face up to an unpredictable future. Laura Wade's beautifully poised family drama was first performed at Soho Theatre, London. ‘Laura Wade’s play is a 90-minute masterpiece, a jewel, dark but translucent. It is a play of love, death and grief: the grief that is hardest to bear, because it begins before the loved one dies.’ – John Peter, Sunday Times * * * * * ‘Wade’s original and beautifully observed play balances raw emotion with a deliciously delicate black humour.’ – Aleks Sierz, The Stage
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Contemporary British Drama

Author: David Lane

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748686797

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 9970

This book offers an extended analysis of writers and theatre companies in Britain since 1995, and explores them alongside recent cultural, social and political developments. Referencing well-known practitioners from modern theatre, this book is an excelle
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If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You

Author: John O'Donovan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350023213

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 934

A town a ten thousand people. What parade do we get? I'm a parade. I'm a one-man parade. Halloween. A small town in the west of Ireland. There's a party to get to and Mikey and Casey have everything they need . . . Booze. Cash. Drugs. Each other. The only problem is they're stuck. Stuck on a roof. Stuck together. And as they wait for the Guards to stop circling the house, they find out there are some truths you just can't climb down from. A raucous and unlikely romantic drama, twenty feet up. If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You premiered at the Old Red Lion theatre, London, in August 2016
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Alice

Author: Laura Wade

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849433577

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 2829

The White Rabbit is late for the Duchess. The Cheshire Cat won’t stop grinning. And the Hatter is, well, mad. In the middle of it all is Alice, a young girl with a vivid imagination and a family life that’s less than perfect. In this new adaptation by renowned playwright and Sheffield native, Laura Wade, you can follow Alice as she escapes her bedroom to find adventure in a topsy-turvy world. Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Wade’s adaptation breathes fresh life into a much-loved story about rabbit holes, pocket watches and talking caterpillars. ‘Fabulous fun, as Laura Wade grabs hold of Lewis Carroll's classic and runs with it. Furiously inventive and wonderfully designed. Lyndsey Turner's production is as mad as a bag of trifle’ - The Critical List -Sunday Times Culture Magazine ‘In Laura Wade's engaging new version of Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland a classic is given a wonderfully ingenious twist.’ - Lynne Walker, The Independent ‘Laura Wade grabs hold of Lewis Carrol's classic and runs in this furiously inventive adaptation’ - David Jays, Sunday Times
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The Oberon Book of Modern Monologues for Men: Volume Two

Author: Catherine Weate

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849436053

Category: Drama

Page: 200

View: 4340

Monologues are an essential part of every actor’s toolkit. Actors are required to perform monologues regularly throughout their career: preparing for drama school entry, showcasing skills for agents or auditioning for a role. Following on from the bestselling first volume (2008), this book showcases selected monologues from some of the finest modern plays by some of today’s leading contemporary playwrights. These monologues contain a diverse range of quirky and memorable characters that cross cultural and historical boundaries. The pieces are helpfully organised into age-specific groups: ‘Teens’, ‘Twenties’, ‘Thirties’ and ‘Forties plus’.
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One Day When We Were Young

Author: Nick Payne

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571283969

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 80

View: 6595

I am scared, that once this war is over, and I am sent home, that you won't be here. That you will have left. Leonard and Violet, young, restless and in love, spend their first night together knowing it may also be their last. It's 1942 and, in a hotel room in Bath, they dream of their future while preparing for Leonard's departure to the war. But the bombs begin to fall and their world will never be the same again. In the year 2002, the couple look back at what might have been. Examining the impact of the Second World War on two ordinary lives and a love that spans more than sixty years, Nick Payne's One Day When We Were Young premiered at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield, in October 2011 in a Paines Plough production.
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Elmina's Kitchen

Author: Kwame Kwei-Armah

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 94

View: 2361

Deli is trying to revive the fortunes of his mother's restaurant in Murder Mile, Hackney. But where does his son disappear to on the night of the re-opening? And why does his friend Digger offer him protection? Elmina's Kitchen is a thrilling, engaging portrait of a one-parent family struggling to stay within the law while the Yardies are carving up the neighbourhood.
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James Graham Plays: 1

A History of Falling Things, Tory Boyz, The Man, The Whisky Taster, Sons of York

Author: James Graham

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408183927

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 1154

This collection brings together four of Graham's most successful and entertaining plays, each representing a relationship with a theatre with which he has worked and introduced by the author. One of the plays, Sons of York, has never before been published, but earned James Graham a nomination for the Empty Space Mark Marvin Award. A History of Falling Things is a gentle love story about a young man and woman forced to confront their fears of the outside world and discover what really matters to their lives. Tory Boyz is a fast-paced, political comedy about prejudice and ambition in Westminster, looking at homosexuality in the British Conservative party, both today and in the past. As Ben, self-employed, skint and emotionally vulnerable, begins to stitch together the patchwork quilt that was the Tax Year 2009/2010, he relives a year that was both hilarious and tragic, all mixed up in one shoe box of receipts. The Man is an affectionate and funny portrait of an individual's year-long experience, pieced together from receipts, shopping and commercial transactions. The Whisky Taster is a contemporary, subtle and witty exploration of feeling and perception in the modern world of advertising, and about seeing things too clearly in a city that never stands still. Sons of York Described as 'undoubtedly one of the best new plays of the year' (British Theatre Guide), Sons of York depicts three generations of the same family moving in together in Hull as the Winter of Discontent of 1978 builds up.
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Girl, Watching

Author: Jyll Bradley,Amy Roadstone

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 9781840023589

Category: Drama

Page: 79

View: 4451

Sibylla Kellaway's volatile marriage to unfaithful David is ending. She has flown the marital nest and taken refuge in a summer-house at Silversands, a remote coastal promontory. Sibylla's flight has bitterly divided friends and family and opened old wounds. Anna, a young birder, is also at Silversands. Binoculars and notebook in hand, she secretly records all she sees - the nesting terns and rare waders...and the glamorous, defiant Sibylla. Darkly comic and provocative, Girl, Watching charts a young woman's transformation - from silent observer to vocal witness - told through the language and rituals of bird-watching.
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Blackheath

Author: Adam Baron

Publisher: Myriad Editions

ISBN: 1908434910

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 1293

Holding a mirror up to contemporary gender politi and exposing the flaws and failures of so-called equal parenting, Blackheath is a moving and sharply comic tale of life-after-children, revealing the awful truth at the heart of modern family life: love is not enough. Amelia has everything: two perfect children, a successful husband who loves her, and a big house in London’s affluent Blackheath. So why does she wake up one morning with a distaste for her daughter and an unexplained attraction to James, a dad she sees in the playground at drop off? James has everything: a happy marriage to poet and fellow academic Alice and two children they both adore, sharing the childcare and fitting it around their work commitments. James loves his children intensely, but caring for them during the week makes him feel like a failure, especially when the suited-up bankers and lawyers of Blackheath pass him on the school run, heading for the station and their real lives in the city. When his wife’s star begins to rise, James is tempted back into his old career on the comedy circuit, looking for a way to cure his sense that something vital is missing. As the two couples’ lives increasingly overlap, all four characters are thrown into turmoil, and the repercussions threaten to blow both families apart.
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Tom Stoppard: Plays 5

Aracadia, The Real Thing, Night & Day, Indian Ink, Hapgood

Author: Tom Stoppard

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0571197515

Category: Drama

Page: 593

View: 6815

Plays Five: Arcadia The Real Thing Night & Day Indian Ink Hapgood This fifth collection of Tom Stoppard's plays brings together five classic plays by one of the most celebrated dramatists writing in the English language. Arcadia received the Evening Standard, the Oliver, and the Critics Awards and The Real Thing won a Tony Award.
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My Best Friend

Author: Tamsin Oglesby

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783192410

Category: Drama

Page: 64

View: 9088

Bee and Em have been best friends for thirty years: they’re on holiday in rural France, away from the demands of work and family. But just as they’re setting the clocks forward, in steps Chris, a blast from their schooldays’ past. As the evening wears on, the three women joke and fi ght with one another just like the old days. But time plays tricks with memory and some wounds are just too deep to heal. This provocative and hilarious play takes a scalpel to childhood friendships and asks whether we ever get over them.
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The Oberon Book of Modern Monologues for Women: Volume Two

Author: Catherine Weate

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849436215

Category: Drama

Page: 200

View: 8474

Monologues are an essential part of every actor’s toolkit. Actors are required to perform monologues regularly throughout their career: preparing for drama school entry, showcasing skills for agents or auditioning for a role. Following on from the bestselling first volume (2008), this book showcases selected monologues from some of the finest modern plays by some of today’s leading contemporary playwrights. These monologues contain a diverse range of quirky and memorable characters that cross cultural and historical boundaries. The pieces are helpfully organised into age-specific groups: ‘Teens’, ‘Twenties’, ‘Thirties’ and ‘Forties plus’.
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Genre: A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen

Author: Andrew Tidmarsh

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408184931

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 7450

What makes tragedy tragic? What makes comedy comic? What does Much Ado About Nothing have in common with When Harry Met Sally? Seneca with Desperate Housewives? Goldoni with Frasier? In Genre: A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen Andrew Tidmarsh explores these questions and more. Investigating how the relationship between form and content brings endless discoveries and illuminations about how narrative works, this entertaining and accessible book looks at how storytelling in film and theatre has evolved and how an appreciation of form can bring the writer, director or actor a solid foundation and a sense of security, which ultimately assists the creative process. Including genre-specific exercises in every chapter helping the reader to write and devise, Genre: A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen is for all those with an interest in story and can be used by writers, actors and directors alike ? whether students or experienced professionals ? to make the blank page appear less terrifying.
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