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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

Written by

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...

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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...Joseph Fiennes has a unique perspective on Romeo and Juliet. He played Shakespeare – both writing and performing as Romeo – in the film Shakespeare in Love. Now he wants to examine why it remains the most-performed of all Shakespeare plays....

John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger

Aleks Sierz

Aleks Sierz is Visiting Research Fellow at Rose Bruford College, and author of In-Yer-Face Theatre: British Drama Today (Faber, 2001) and The Theatre of Martin Crimp (Methuen Drama, 2006). He also works as a journalist, broadcaster, lecturer and theatre critic. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2008

Short Guides and Biography

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...Look Back in Anger is one of the few works of drama that are indisputably central to British culture in general, and its name is one of the most well-known in postwar cultural history. Its premiere in 1956 sparked off the first "new wave...

Black Mountain  

Written by

Brad Birch

~playauthor~Written by~ Brad Birch

Methuen Drama, 2017

Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 17, Roles: Total (3), Female (2), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...Rebecca and Paul are running away. Away from memories and mistakes. They're trying to save their relationship. They need time and space. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out. They set...

Pound of Flesh

Written by

Steven Berkoff

~playauthor~Written by~ Steven Berkoff

Methuen Drama, 2012

Play Anthologies

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

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...'A one-act play is like a confession'. So writes Steven Berkoff in the preface to the collection of his One-Act Plays. In his introduction to the collection, Geoffrey Colman, Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama writes...

Gas

Written by

Steven Berkoff

~playauthor~Written by~ Steven Berkoff

Methuen Drama, 2012

Play Anthologies

Playtext

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

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...'A one-act play is like a confession'. So writes Steven Berkoff in the preface to the collection of his One-Act Plays. In his introduction to the collection, Geoffrey Colman, Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama writes...