Priestley Plays Four

Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849437327

Category: Drama

Page: 296

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Two little known Priestley plays, which, while they are quite different, have important features in common. The 31st of June is a comedy set partly in an advertising agency and partly in a medieval castle; Jenny Villiers is a serious play set backstage in an old provincial theatre. But both exploit elements of Time. In the 31st of June scenes switch between modern times and the middle ages, while characters move between both. There are kings, company bosses, princesses, fashion models, dwarves and two rival magicians. causing confusion and romance. Jenny Villiers examines life in the Theatre. The doubts of the present are confronted by players from the past, and a jaded playwright recovers his faith in the Theatre. Both plays were performed on the stage, but later rewritten and published as novels.
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Johnson over Jordan

Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849437726

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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JB Priestley described Johnson Over Jordan as an adventure in theatre. Robert Johnson, a timid, meek man lived the most ordinary of lives - until he dies. Suddenly he is capitulated into the strangeness of his afterlife and begins a frightening, lurid and emotional journey. Past memories, secret desires and present regrets and longings mingle with the real, surreal and sublime, threatening to overwhelm him. Johnson Over Jordan is an ambitious, dreamlike piece of theatre and ultimately, a deeply moving account of a very ordinary man's life.
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Laburnum Grove

Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849438293

Category: Drama

Page: 88

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Nice little houses. Nice people. Quiet, respectable. No brokers' men. No scandals. No screams in the night. Morris Oxfords, little greenhouses, wireless sets.' Ferndale, Laburnum Grove. A quiet, residential address in one of the newer north London suburbs. George Radfern, decent, respectable citizen and householder spends his Sunday evenings in his greenhouse, listening to Handel on the wireless. But when his grasping in-laws and daughter's obnoxious beau try to coax more money from him, George makes an unlikely confession. An exploration of greed and dishonesty in suburban England, Priestley observes the facade of middle class respectability, and its crooked undercurrent with verve and humanity in this immorally comic story of money, family, and criminality.
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Cornelius

Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849435723

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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"So all the time, while you were pretending to work, you've been having the most astonishing adventures in that corner?" As bankruptcy looms, the ever-optimistic Jim Cornelius, partner at import firm Briggs and Murrison, is fighting to keep his creditors happy and his spirits up. Tensions rise with the arrival of Judy, the beautiful, young typist who shows Cornelius the life he could have led... Written for Ralph Richardson in 1935, Priestley observes the politics and tensions of daily office life with searing wit and humanity in this hilarious and heart-breaking story of friendship, unrequited love and business.
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Eden End

Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 184943851X

Category: Drama

Page: 88

View: 5997

Stella Kirby spent nine years running away; leaving home to find her freedom as an actress. Now she has decided that the only role left to play is the prodigal daughter returned, hoping to rediscover herself amongst the familiar surroundings of her childhood home, Eden End. Priestley has a special tenderness for Eden End and for it he created some of his most fragile, gentle characters. The stoical Dr Kirby, his younger son Wilfred, desperate to prove himself a man of the world, and Lilian, the daughter who stayed at home, are a sharply observed and instantly recognisable family, with all its dreams and disappointments.
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The Art of the Dramatist

A Lecture Together with Appendices and Discursive Notes

Author: John Boynton Priestley

Publisher: London : Heinemann

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 91

View: 2162

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Dangerous Corner

Author: JB Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849435979

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 8659

At their stylish country retreat, Freda and Robert Caplan host a dinner party for their colleagues and friends, all executives at a transatlantic publishing company. Young, beautiful and successful they have the world at their feet. Then a cigarette box and an ill-considered remark spark off a relentless series of revelations and other, more dangerous secrets are painfully exposed. As the truth spills out about the suicide of Robert's clever, reckless brother, and the group's perfect lives begin to crumble, the cost of professional and social success becomes frighteningly plain.
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Priestley: Plays One

Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849438676

Category: Drama

Page: 312

View: 7609

Includes the plays Laburnum Grove, When We Are Married and Mr Kettle and Mrs Moon With an introduction by Tom Priestley and a foreword by Roy Hattersley. These three domestic comedies display J B Priestley's talent for the ordinary situation turned sharply on its head. In Laburnum Grove George Radfern's friends and relations want a share of his wealth - until they find out where it's come from. When We Are Married features three high-minded couples who gather to celebrate their silver wedding anniversaries, only to discover they were never properly married at all. And in Mr Kettle and Mrs Moon an unassuming bank manager turns rebel when a voice tells him to pack in his position and stay at home.In these mischievous depictions of respectability gone awry, the proud and the prejudiced battle against emerging truths and potential scandal. J B Priestley proves himself a skilled craftsman and presents his characters with rich humour, warmth and humanity.
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Schimmelpfennig: Plays One

Author: Roland Schimmelpfennig,David Tushingham

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783195940

Category: Drama

Page: 312

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Roland Schimmelpfennig is the most performed contemporary German playwright. This collection demonstrates the breadth and formal innovation of his writing. The Animal Kingdom depicts the unremitting battle for human survival in a merciless environment: the theatre. Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God has been likened to a post-colonial Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Here two doctors who have returned from Africa reveal the true cost of their failure to combat a terrible and frightening disease. Idomeneus is a narrative play written for a large chorus which re-tells the classical Idomeneus myth in contemporary terms; a fractured, mythic tidal wave, brought to life with astounding theatricality by an ensemble of storytellers. A small narrative piece, The Four Points of the Compass is an urban fable of crossed destinies and uncanny coincidences and a compelling contemporary tale of lust for life and the fragility of existence.
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Feydeau: Three Farces

Author: Georges Feydeau

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849439931

Category: Drama

Page: 216

View: 8245

Includes the plays Fitting for Ladies, A Close Shave and Sauce for the Goose. In Fitting for Ladies, a man on the look-out for a new romantic rendezvous is mistaken for a dressmaker... In A Close Shave, a woman's would-be lover has to assume the identity of her artist husband, who is about to be called up for military service. In Sauce for the Goose, a man discovers that the woman he is pursuing is the wife of an old friend...
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A Book of Folk-Lore

Author: Sabine Baring-Gould

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1613102429

Category:

Page: N.A

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In the early days of exploration of prehistoric relics little care was bestowed on discriminating the several layers of deposit through which the spade cut, and what was found was thrown up into a common heap, and little account was taken as to the depths at which the several deposits lay. I had the chance in 1892 of visiting La Laugerie Basse on the Vezere in company with Dr Massenat and M. Philibert Lalande, who conducted the exploration after MM. Christy and Lartet had abandoned the field. They had to carry on the work with very limited means, but they arrived, nevertheless, at conclusions which had escaped the earlier explorers.Ê
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One Thing and Another: Selected Writings 1954–2016

Author: Jonathan Miller

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783197463

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

View: 8559

‘Do you sometimes think that you might wish that you were a national treasure, like Alan Bennett?’ ‘I’m rather glad I’m not. I’m quite pleased to be what I think I am, which is a sort of national liability.’ Over the course of seven decades, Jonathan Miller has been at the forefront of developments in theatre, opera, comedy, philosophy and scientific debate. This new collection brings together the very best of his acerbic writing. In keeping with Miller’s grasshopper mind, One Thing and Another leaps from discussions of human behaviour, atheism, satire, cinema and television, to analyses of the work of M. R. James, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens and Truman Capote, by way of reflections on directing Shakespeare, Chekhov, Olivier and opera. A celebrated conversationalist, the book also features a selection of key interviews focusing on his working method. Jonathan Miller is internationally celebrated as one of the last great public intellectuals. Read One Thing and Another to find out why.
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Summer Day's Dream

Author: J. B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783195509

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 5472

"I spent more than half my life, when I ought to have been enjoying myself, arguing and planning and running around like a maniac, all to sell a lot of things to people I didn't know, so that I could buy a lot of things that I didn't have time to use. Sheer lunacy. And it took nothing less than an atom bomb to blow me out of it.” Following a devastating nuclear war which has seen Britain bombed back into the pre-industrial past, Stephen Dawlish and his family live a quiet rural life. Until their quiet, agrarian existence is disrupted by the appearance of three representatives of the New World Order – an American, a Russian and an Indian – who have devastating plans that will end their new peaceful way of life forever...
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Mercy Fine

A New Play

Author: Shelley Silas

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 73

View: 4045

Mercy fine is the prestigious 2005 new writing commission from Clean Break.
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The Routledge Drama Anthology

Modernism to Contemporary Performance

Author: Maggie B. Gale,John F. Deeney,Carl Lavery,Dan Rebellato

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415724166

Category: Drama

Page: 902

View: 3981

TheRoutledge Drama Anthology is an original compilation of works from key movements in the history of the modern theatre, from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. This expanded new edition now features twenty new plays and essays. The anthology spans: Naturalism and Symbolism The Historical Avant-Garde Political Theatres Late Modernism Contemporary Theatre and Performance Each of the book's five sections comprises a selection of plays and performance texts that define the period, reproduced in full and accompanied by key theoretical writings from performers, playwrights and critics that inform and contextualize their reading. Substantial introductions from experts in the field also provide these sections with an overview of the works and their significance. This textbook provides an unprecedented collection of comprehensive resource materials that will facilitate in-depth critical analysis. It enables a dialogue between playwrights and performance practitioners on one hand, and on the other, critics and theorists such as Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Walter Benjamin, André Breton, Martin Esslin, Michael Kirby, Hans Thies Lehmann, Jacques Rancière and Theodor Adorno.
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Plays Three

Music at Night ; The Long Mirror ; Ever Since Paradise

Author: John Boynton Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books Limited

ISBN: 9781849432481

Category: Drama

Page: 261

View: 6256

This volume from the renowned playwright features the plays Music at Night, The Long Mirror and Ever Since Paradise.
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Stages of Evil

Occultism in Western Theater and Drama

Author: Robert Lima

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813123622

Category: History

Page: 329

View: 1252

“The evil that men do” has been chronicled for thousands of years on the European stage, and perhaps nowhere else is human fear of our own evil more detailed than in its personifications in theater. In Stages of Evil, Robert Lima explores the sociohistorical implications of Christian and pagan representations of evil and the theatrical creativity that occultism has engendered. By examining examples of alchemy, astronomy, demonology, exorcism, fairies, vampires, witchcraft, hauntings, and voodoo in prominent plays, Stages of Evil explores American and European perceptions of occultism from medieval times to the modern age.
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The Routledge Drama Anthology and Sourcebook

From Modernism to Contemporary Performance

Author: Maggie B. Gale,John F. Deeney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136345221

Category: Drama

Page: 880

View: 1459

A groundbreaking compilation of the key movements in the history of modern theatre. Each of the book’s parts comprises full reproductions of the plays that defined the period and key critical writings that inform and contextualise their reading. "Here is an anthology of plays and criticism that all teachers of drama should take seriously. The fresh angles and approaches the volume offers on topics such as naturalism, the historical avant-garde, and breakthrough works by innovative performance artists (e.g., Laurie Anderson, SuAndi) all argue in favor of this collection as required reading in courses on modern stagecraft." CHOICE, Feb 2011
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Laughing Gas, Viagra, and Lipitor

The Human Stories Behind the Drugs We Use

Author: Jie Jack Li

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195300998

Category: Medical

Page: 310

View: 5544

This is a book on the history of drug discovery that highlights the intellectual splendor of discoverers as well as the human frailty associated with them.
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