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An epid family drama exploring inheritance and the myth of place. In Basildon was first presented at the Royal Court Theatre in February 2012. Softcover, $21.99.
Hurts Given and Received / Slowly
Hurts: An epic adventure of the creative life, threaded with dark comedy and a host of characters whose all too human weaknesses, dreams and desires we readily recognize. Slowly: As barbarians approach the palace of a decaying culture, four princesses debate their fate. Decorum demands suicide, but, for some, the possibility of life is all too compelling.
Rona Munro's gripping play illuminates the life and work of a brilliant engineer who struggled to meet the military demands of his ruthless political masters, whilst devoting as much time as possible to his real passion, exploring outer space. Softcover, 124 pp. $24.95.
1979. The winter of discontent is over and Margaret Thatcher's regime is about to transform the country. Old friends come together in a Kilburn bedsit for a drunken celebration of their mutual affection. Softcover, 112 pp. $24.95.
Enda Walsh Plays: One
Bursting onto the theatre scene in 1996 with Disco Pigs, Enda Walsh has delivered a sustained fusillade of strikingly original plays ever since. This volume collects his first eight plays, including: The Ginger Ale Boy, Disco Pigs, misterman, bedbound, How These Desperate Men Talk, The Small Things, Lynndie's Gotta Gun, and Chatroom. Softcover, 242 pp. $37.95.
Arnold Wesker Plays: 1
Chicken Soup with Barley - Roots - I'm Talking About Jerusalem
Softcover, 233 pp. $34.00.
The Meaning of Waiting
Eight women tell their stories usuing their own words, stories of the unseen fallout of the war on terror in Britain. Softcover, 61 pp. $21.50.
Juliet and Her Romeo
Tom Morris & Sean O'Connor
In this adapation of Shakespeare's tragedy, Juliet and Her Romeo tells the story of a flourishing love affair in one generation, crushed by the financial and political concerns of another. Softcover, 79 pp. $21.50.
Or You Could Kiss Me
Neil Bartlett & Handspring Puppet Company
In the winter of 2036, two old men search for a way to say goodbye after a lifetime spent together. In the perfect summer of 1971, their handsome younger selves search for the courage to fall in love. And poised halfway between these two stories, their real-life counterparts bear witness to both the beginning and the ending of an incredible journey. Softcover, 89 pp. $21.50.
Mike Bartlett Plays:1
Plays in collection: Not Talking, My Child, Artefacts, Contractions, Cock. Softcover, 341 pp. $29.00.
The Railway Children
Mike Kenny & E. Nesbit
Mike Kenny's stage adaptation of E. Nesbit's much-loved children's classic. A perfect play for schools, youth theatres, and drama groups as well as community and professional companies. It captures the imagination and lifts the spirit. 5M 5F. Softcover, 80 pp. $22.95.
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Howard Brenton & Robert Tressell
Rober Tresell's pre-First World War account of the working lives of a group of housepainters and decorators is a literary classic. Howard Brenton's vivd stage adaptation lays bare the many social injustices perpetrated on these men whilst capturing their individual characters with touching truth to life. 10M 2F. Softcover, 96 pp. $22.95.
If I Were You
A classic body-swapping comedy, but this time it's an upper middle class husband and wife who switch bodies with one another, and get to see their failing marriage and estranged kids from a different perspective. 3M 2F. Softcover, 92 pp. $11.99.
A young woman struggles to balance family life, fidelity, and a testing job in this painfully truthful, darkly comic take on contemporary life. 4M 3F. Softcover, 70 pp. $11.99.
After their parents' deaths twins Jack and Beatrice are left in the care of their godmother Sophie. In their remote rural home their collective grieg triggers a tragic attempt to remember, repair and recreate the past. 1M 3F. Softcover, 76 pp. $11.99.
My Wonderful Day
The story of a philandering TV personality, his vengeful wife, his ditzy mistress and others as witnessed by the nine year old daughter of their home cleaner, as she prepares an essay for school titled "My Wonderful Day". 2M 4F. Softcover, 69 pp. $11.99.
Premiering in 1995, Sarah Kane's first play took Britain by storm. The poetic depths of violence and horror told with unparalleled clarity and imagination were unlike anything on stage before. Her bold, terrifying, beautiful plays remain at the vanguard of contemporary playwriting, and Blasted is no exception. 2M 1F. Softcover, 120 pp. $18.00.
In this play the story unfolds for you. With you. Of you. It is the story of another play; a violent, shocking and abusive play written by a playwright called Tim Crouch. It charts the effect that play had on the two actors who acted in it, the playwright who wrote it and an audience member who watched it. 2M 2F. Softcover, 60 pp. $22.95.
The Last Witch
Dornoch, northern Scotland, 1727. In the claustrophobic heat of summer, a woman's apparent ability to manipulate the power of land and sea stirs suspicion. Janet Horne can cure beasts, call the wind and charm fish out of the sea. Or can she? Her refusal to deny the charge of witchcraft puts her in dangerous opposition to the new sheriff. Her defiance threatens not only her own life but that of her daughter. 5m, 3f. Softcover, 87 pp. $22.95.
Kwame Kwei-Armah: Plays 1
Kwame Kwei Armah's astonishing, and dramatic writings about the black experience in Britain, and the human experience in general, are fearless and extraordinary. Collected here are the plays Elmina's Kitchen, Fix Up, Statement of Regret, and Let There Be Love. Softcover, 335 pp. $29.00.
Young, disillusioned, privileged, and deeply troubled, the sixth formers of a fee-paying grammar school in Stockport struggle to find their way through a world they neither understand nor fully trust. Punk Rock is an aggressive, startling look at the dislocation of youth. Softcover, 102 pp. $18.00.
The flooding of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the following abandonment of the non-white, non-wealthy inhabitants by the government, has become rightuflly infamous. In Katrina, Jonathan Holmes uses survivor testimonies and traditional New Orleans performance styles to tell the sotry of the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. Softcover, 47 pp. $18.00.
Ned is living a perfectly normal middle-class existence -- but why hasn't he slept a wink in six months? Why is he so terrified of his attractive wife Joy? And why is it every time he leaves on business, something else goes missing from his home? Parlour Song is a blackly hilarious exploration of deceit, paranoia and murderous desire, as the spirit fo the Blues lands in leafy suburbia. 2m, 1w. Softcover, 63 pp. $22.95.
It Felt Empty ... When the Heart Went at First But it is Alright Now
This is a luminous journey exploring the life of Dijana Polancec: professional romantic, eternal optimist and accidental prostitute. 2w. Softcover, 53 pp. $22.95.
Love the Sinner
Michael, a married man running a small business, accompanies a squabbling delegation of bishops to Africa as a lay volunteer. There, an unsettling encounter with a hotel porter leads to a series of agonising moral dilemmas that compromise his work, his marriage -- and his faith. 10m, 2w. Softcover, 116 pp. $22.95.
The Methuen Drama Book of Royal Court Plays 2000-2010
Edited by Ruth Little
This anthology presents five landmark plays from the new millennium produced by the Royal Court Theatre, London. Spanning a decade of cataclysmic events, these ground-breaking plays provide a powerful and urgent exploration of some of the most important issues of our time and represent a high-water mark in contemporary British playwriting. Included are 9 by David Eldridge, Fallout by Roy Williams, Motortown by Simon Stephens, and My Child by Mike Bartlett. Softcover, 452 pp. $34.00.
The Methuen Drama Book of Twenty-First Century British Plays
This anthology brings together five of the best new British plays from the first decade of the twenty-first century. Included are Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall, Elmina's Kitchen by Kwame Kwei-Armah, Realism by Anthony Neilson, Gone Too Far by Bola Agbaje, and Pornography by Simon Stephens. A perfect reminder of the relevance, vitality and innovation of British theatre, this book represents some of the most exciting plays to emerge in recent years. Softcover, 442 pp. $29.00.
Amber has fierce bad indigestion and the sambucas aren't getting rid of it. Lorraine attacks a customer and her boss wants her to see a psychiatrist. Kay's got an itch 'down there' that Gem can't scratch. And if all that wasn't bad enough, Little Gem makes his presence felt and -- well -- life is never the same again. 3w. Softcover, 49 pp. $22.95.
When Franz's mother escaped to the West with one of her identical twin boys, she left the other behind. Now, twenty-five years later, Karl crosses the border in search of his other half. As history takes an unexpected turn, the brothers must struggle to reconnect. 2m. Softcover, 49 pp. $18.00.
Mary Queen of Scots got her head chopped off
Here is the familiar tale of the enmity between Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots, retold with ferocious iconoclasm and boundless wit by Scotland's most popular playwright. 4m, 4w. Softcover, 78 pp. $22.95.
The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant
An epic family drama, shot through with dark humour, The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant tells the tragic story of a family disintegrating, having lost its moral values. 11m, 7w. Softcover, 85 pp. $20.00.
Waiting for Godot
Subtitled 'a tragicomedy in two acts', and famously described by the Irish critic Vivien Mercier as a play in which 'nothing happens, twice,' En attendant Godot was first performed at the Theatre de Babylone in Paris in 1953. It was translated into English by Samuel Beckett, and opened as Waiting for Godot at the Arts Theatre in London in 1955. Softcover, 91 pp. $20.00.
Vantastic and Lobster
Two plays by Russell Barr. Vantastic: 3m, 2w; Lobster: 2m, 1w. Softcover, 123 pp. $22.95.
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