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Jenny McLeod

Rage and Reason : Women Playwrights on Playwriting

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1997

Books

...Jenny McLeod, as she says herself, simply loves writing, and, fuelled by her passion, she has produced a significant amount of work in different media over the last ten years. She began writing plays in the middle of her A-levels when she...

Black Diamond: The Years the Locusts Have Eaten

Written by

J. Nicole Brooks

~playauthor~Written by~ J. Nicole Brooks

Methuen Drama, 2012

Play Anthologies

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (21), Female (3), Male (18), Unassigned (0)

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Summary
...In Black Diamond (2007), J. Nicole Brooks interrogates contemporary connections and discontinuities between the Africans in Liberia and African Americans in the United States. Set in 1999, the play opens in the middle of the second Liberian...

Leonora’s Dance

Written by

Zindika

~playauthor~Written by~ Zindika

Aurora Metro Books, 1993

Aurora Metro Books

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 12, Roles: Total (5), Female (5), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...Four women share the house of a ballet dancer, whose contact with the supernatural lays the ghosts of the past to rest...

Fatima Dike

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary South African Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

Books

...The Sacrifice of Kreli; The First South African; Glass House; Street Walking and Company; So What’s New; The Return Introduction...
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...Age recommendation: 15+ (strong language and racist terms) Recorded through National Theatre Live on 30th May, 2019. Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, Small Island follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns...

Brother To Brother

Written by

Michael McMillan

~playauthor~Written by~ Michael McMillan

Aurora Metro Books, 2000

Aurora Metro Books

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 10, Roles: Total (3), Female (0), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...A poetic exploration of the complexities of being black, male and British...

Bulrusher

Written by

Eisa Davis

~playauthor~Written by~ Eisa Davis

Methuen Drama, 2012

Play Anthologies

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (6), Female (3), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Eisa Davis’s Pulitzer Prize- nominated play Bulrusher (2006), set in 1955, is a coming-of-age narrative in which the title character, abandoned as a baby and taken in by strangers, navigates a world where she finds herself increasingly...
...This essay sets out to explore Talawa’s 2012 all-black co-production of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, a production that not only marked the departure of then Artistic Director...

Bonganyi - A Dance Drama  

~playauthor~Written by~ Sophia Kwachuh Mempuh

Methuen Drama, 2019

Bloomsbury Publishing

Playtext

Acts: 4, Roles: Total (6), Female (1), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Bonganyi by Sophia Kwachuh Mempuh (Cameroon) depicts the effects of colonialism as told through the story of a slave girl: a singer and dancer, who wants to win a competition to free her family...

Absolute Beginners

Written by

Roy Williams

~playauthor~Written by~ Roy Williams

Methuen Drama, 2008

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 4, Roles: Total (24), Female (3), Male (21), Unassigned (0)

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...Absolute Beginners is a stage adaptation of Colin MacInnes’s seminal novel of adolescence, set in London in 1958. It is a play alive with the excitement of the beginning of the teenager, of a time when youth culture was emerging...