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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Summer Day's Dream

Author: J. B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783195509

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 2594

"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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Johnson Over Jordan

The Play; And All about it (an Essay)

Author: John Boynton Priestley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English drama

Page: 144

View: 1121

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Eden End

Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 184943851X

Category: Drama

Page: 88

View: 4865

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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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

View: 2356

"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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The Art of the Dramatist

An Anthology of Writings on the Theatre

Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783192356

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 7190

In these passionate and witty essays on the theatre, J B Priestley distills his experience as a playwright, producer, director and - just once - actor. Relishing the past, analysing the present, and predicting the future, he tells his own 'story of the theatre'. Published as a companion to Oberon's two volumes of Priestley's best plays, this new collection is part defence of theatre, part incisive criticism, and, in the renowned Old Vic lecture The Art of the Dramatist, part instructive guide for would-be playwrights.
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Mercy Fine

A New Play

Author: Shelley Silas

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 73

View: 8788

Mercy fine is the prestigious 2005 new writing commission from Clean Break.
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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: 7834

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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Priestley: Plays One

Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849438676

Category: Drama

Page: 312

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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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Frankenstein, based on the novel by Mary Shelley

Author: Nick Dear

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571277225

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

View: 7343

Slowly I learnt the ways of humans: how to ruin, how to hate, how to debase, how to humiliate. And at the feet of my master I learnt the highest of human skills, the skill no other creature owns: I finally learnt how to lie. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, adapted for the stage by Nick Dear, premiered at the National Theatre, London, in February 2011.
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Dangerous Corner

Author: JB Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849435979

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 1011

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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Characters of Shakespeare's Plays

& Lectures on the English Poets

Author: William Hazlitt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English poetry

Page: 422

View: 8124

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A Book of Folk-Lore

Author: Sabine Baring-Gould

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1613102429

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 6491

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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Pack of Lies

Author: Hugh Whitemore

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573619847

Category:

Page: 113

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The Roundabout

Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786820188

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 4219

‘Communism’s all right for a gentleman like yourself, but you’ll get over it.’ The Kettlewells are a dysfunctional family. Richard is an old Etonian whose business ventures are failing. Over one crowded weekend, his daughter Pamela, whom he hardly knows, returns from Russia, a passionate communist; his ex-wife and mistress both turn up; and his butler has a big win at the races. The Roundabout is a funny, touching, highly perceptive look at England in the 1930s, when it looked, just possibly, as if the social order might be changing.
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Drink

A Cultural History of Alcohol

Author: Iain Gately

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440631269

Category: Cooking

Page: 560

View: 7368

A spirited look at the history of alcohol, from the dawn of civilization to the modern day Alcohol is a fundamental part of Western culture. We have been drinking as long as we have been human, and for better or worse, alcohol has shaped our civilization. Drink investigates the history of this Jekyll and Hyde of fluids, tracing mankind's love/hate relationship with alcohol from ancient Egypt to the present day. Drink further documents the contribution of alcohol to the birth and growth of the United States, taking in the War of Independence, the Pennsylvania Whiskey revolt, the slave trade, and the failed experiment of national Prohibition. Finally, it provides a history of the world's most famous drinks-and the world's most famous drinkers. Packed with trivia and colorful characters, Drink amounts to an intoxicating history of the world.
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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: 9682

This volume from the renowned playwright features the plays Music at Night, The Long Mirror and Ever Since Paradise.
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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: 4769

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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Quaint Honour

Author: Roger Gellert

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786823799

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 3163

A boys’ boarding school in the 1950s. Homosexuality in the UK is illegal, but behind closed doors and behind the back of the Headmaster, sexual activity between the pupils is rife. When one of the Prefects accepts a challenge to seduce another pupil, he sets in motion a dangerous game of manipulation and corruption, causing devastating consequences that neither could ever have imagined...
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