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Letter on Translation

Edward Bond

Edward Bond is widely regarded as the UK’s greatest and most influential playwright. His plays include The Pope’s Wedding (Royal Court Theatre, 1962), Saved (Royal Court, 1965), Early Morning (Royal Court, 1968), Lear (Royal Court, 1971), The Sea (Royal Court, 1973), The Fool (Royal Court, 1975), The Woman (National Theatre, 1978), Restoration (Royal Court, 1981) and The War Plays (RSC at the Barbican Pit, 1985). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hidden Plot : Notes on Theatre and the State

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Brigitte LandesHamburg12 October 97Dear BrigitteI am going to write a letter to you about translating – especially translating plays, but what I say is true about translations of any literature though not of purely technical writing (or...

Mojo Mickybo

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Owen McCafferty

~playauthor~Written by~ Owen McCafferty

Nick Hern Books, 2002

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Roles: Total (2), Female (0), Male (0), Unassigned (2)

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...Owen McCafferty’s play Mojo Mickybo is about a friendship between two boys growing up in Belfast – in the summer of 1970 – a friendship that at first is immune to the sectarian violence taking place around them, but which nonetheless...

The Revengers' Comedies

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Alan Ayckbourn

~playauthor~Written by~ Alan Ayckbourn

Faber and Faber, 2011

Faber Drama

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Acts: 4, Scenes: 43, Roles: Total (23), Female (11), Male (12), Unassigned (0)

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...Two people meet on London's Albert Bridge at midnight, both preparing to jump off. Henry Bell has just been ousted from his job by a thrusting corporate executive; Karen Knightly has lost her farmer-lover to his scheming rustic wife...

Villain  

Written by

Martin Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Martin Murphy

Methuen Drama, 2017

Modern Plays

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Scenes: 22, Roles: Total (1), Female (1), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...Tired of her highly paid sales job, Rachel makes a move into social work only to find herself involved in a controversial case bringing her into the media's unforgiving gaze. Villain tells the story of a woman who wants to make...

Pointing at Sharp Ends – an Introduction

Peter Billingham

Dr Peter Billingham is Reader in Drama and Performance at the University of Portsmouth. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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At the Sharp End : Uncovering the Work of Five Contemporary Dramatists

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2007

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...Sharp ends hurt. Handle with care! Sharp ends aren’t polite. The sharp end is the shouting end. Not the ‘Sorry I’ll go away and come back’ end. Being at the sharp end is being where the action is. Getting involved. Making a point. Something...
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...Jimmy Porter barely ekes out a living running a candy stall by day and playing jazz trumpet by night. Although he usually takes his frustrations out on his emotionless wife, Jimmy's scathing tongue and self-loathing seems destined...

Three Monologues from Vault Zero

Written by

Philip Ridley

~playauthor~Written by~ Philip Ridley

Methuen Drama, 2012

Contemporary Dramatists

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...In Bloodshot, an eighteen-year old girl goes for a walk in Victoria Park after a brass band concert, and meets a younger boy with a bloodshot eye. The eye unlocks something within the girl, usually rational and unemotional, as she becomes...
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...Astonishingly, David Harewood was the first black actor to play the great Moorish Venetian general Othello at London’s National Theatre, triumphantly taking on the role—but not until 1997. Now he returns to the play to discover how...

Look Back in Anger

Written by

John Osborne

~playauthor~Written by~ John Osborne

Faber and Faber, 1996

Faber Drama

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 4, Roles: Total (5), Female (2), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...‘Look Back in Anger presents post-war youth as it really is. To have done this at all would be a significant achievement; to have done it in a first play is a minor miracle. All the qualities are there, qualities one had despaired of ever...

Made in China

Written by

Mark O'Rowe

~playauthor~Written by~ Mark O'Rowe

Nick Hern Books, 2001

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

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...Mark O'Rowe's Made in China is a blackly comic drama set in an imaginary Dublin underworld full of martial arts, rogue cops and savage low-lifes. It was first performed on the Peacock stage of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on 10 April 2001...