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Predicaments of Irishmen: On the Inside/On the Outside, A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant, A Whistle in the Dark

Nicholas Grene

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published widely on Shakespeare and on Irish literature. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (2002), Yeats’s Poetic Codes (2008) and Home on the Stage (2014). With Chris Morash he is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Tom Murphy : Playwright Adventurer

Methuen Drama, 2017

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...‘If you don’t mind my saying so’, someone told Murphy at the West End opening of A Whistle in the Dark, ‘you know nothing about women.’ It was a remark he still remembered more than twenty years on when writing Bailegangaire with its...

The Trilogy of Chinese America: Magic Realism and the Californian Cool

Esther Kim Lee

Esther Kim Lee is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Theatre in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of David Henry Hwang

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...When Hwang started his career as a playwright in his early twenties, he was profoundly influenced by the teachings of María Irene Fornés and Sam Shepard, who both emphasize accessing the subconscious. Hwang still writes freehand...

Historical and Cultural Background

Liz Tomlin

Liz Tomlin is senior lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Theatre Companies 1995–2014 : Mind the Gap, Kneehigh Theatre, Suspect Culture, Stan’s Cafe, Blast Theory, Punchdrunk

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Part One: Politics, Society and Culture Introduction By 1995, the seemingly unstoppable march of globalization was well underway, and it becomes impossible, in this final volume, to neatly extricate British...

Quirky Strong Women

Robin Nelson

Robin Nelson is Visiting Professor at the University of London (CSSD) and Emeritus Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University where he was Professor of Theatre and Television Drama until 2010. His other publications include State of Play: contemporary “High-end” TV drama and the co-edited Mapping Intermediality in Performance. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Stephen Poliakoff : On Stage and Screen

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2011

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...Conversations with feminist colleagues have drawn attention to what appears to be a Poliakovian penchant for very attractive young women, quite frequently featured in scenes involving nudity. While this observation is demonstrable...

Coat

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Yomi Sode

~playauthor~Written by~ Yomi Sode

Oberon Books, 2018

Oberon Modern Plays

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Scenes: 14, Roles: Total (4), Female (1), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Yomi Ṣode's hit show Coat tackles immigration, identity and displacement. 'I don't know my grandparents' names, how embarrassing is that? But I can name all of Kanye's albums.' Nigeria...

Sanctuary

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Tanika Gupta

~playauthor~Written by~ Tanika Gupta

Oberon Books, 2002

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 10, Roles: Total (6), Female (3), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...A London churchyard becomes a sanctuary for the gardener Kabir. When a photograph of an African church appears in this little Eden, a complex drama of morality and conscience unfolds. Sanctuary was part...

Where There is Darkness

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Caryl Phillips

~playauthor~Written by~ Caryl Phillips

Oberon Books, 2019

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Acts: 2, Roles: Total (9), Female (6), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Three plays by playwright and novelist Caryl Phillips, written in the 1980s and collected here for the first time. Where There is Darkness examines the plight of a West Indian man, Albert Williams, on the eve...

The Shelter

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Caryl Phillips

~playauthor~Written by~ Caryl Phillips

Oberon Books, 2019

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

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...Three plays by playwright and novelist Caryl Phillips, written in the 1980s and collected here for the first time. The Shelter alternates between the late eighteenth-century and 1950s London, exploring...

The Container  

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Clare Bayley

~playauthor~Written by~ Clare Bayley

Nick Hern Books, 2007

NHB Modern Plays

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Scenes: 3, Roles: Total (6), Female (3), Male (2), Unassigned (1)

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...A harrowing, intense drama about people-trafficking, set inside a container lorry.A freight container, somewhere in Europe. Inside are five people with one common aim: to reach England and start a new life. Can they trust the agent to get...

The Empress

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Tanika Gupta

~playauthor~Written by~ Tanika Gupta

Oberon Books, 2013

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 30, Roles: Total (20), Female (9), Male (11), Unassigned (0)

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...It is the Jubilee! Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, 1887. At Tilbury Docks, Rani and Abdul step ashore after the long voyage from India. One has to battle a society who deems her a second class citizen, the other forges an astonishing...