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
Author: David Lane
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
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
Author: John O'Donovan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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.
Author: Nick Payne
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Category: Performing Arts
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.
Author: Kwame Kwei-Armah
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
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.
A History of Falling Things, Tory Boyz, The Man, The Whisky Taster, Sons of York
Author: James Graham
Publisher: A&C Black
Category: Literary Criticism
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.
Author: Jyll Bradley,Amy Roadstone
Publisher: Oberon Books
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.
Author: Adam Baron
Publisher: Myriad Editions
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.
Aracadia, The Real Thing, Night & Day, Indian Ink, Hapgood
Author: Tom Stoppard
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.
Author: Andrew Tidmarsh
Publisher: A&C Black
Category: Performing Arts