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Dea

Written by

Edward Bond

~playauthor~Written by~ Edward Bond

Methuen Drama, 2016

Modern Plays

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Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (17), Female (3), Male (14), Unassigned (0)

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...The war is raging, Dea, a heroine, has committed a terrible act and has been exiled. When she meets someone from her past, she is forcefully confronted by the broken society that drove her to commit her crimes. Edward Bond takes from...

Sarah Kane

Rage and Reason : Women Playwrights on Playwriting

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1997

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...After completing an MA in Playwriting at Birmingham University, which she says, on reflection, nearly destroyed her as a writer, Sarah Kane exploded onto the London theatre scene in the spring of 1995 with her controversial first play...

Made in England

Written by

Parv Bancil

~playauthor~Written by~ Parv Bancil

Aurora Metro Books, 2000

Aurora Metro Books

Playtext

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

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...A young musician is faced with the dilemma of denying his cultural identity for success or remaining in obscurity. Time Out Critic's Choice...

World Plays

Patrick Lonergan

Patrick Lonergan is a lecturer in English at National University of Ireland, Galway. He writes about theatre for The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. His first book, Theatre and Globalization, was awarded the 2008 Theatre Book Prize. He has authored two Student Editions of plays by Martin McDonagh for Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...Martin Mcdonagh: a world dramatist? The title of this section might seem unsatisfactory in that, since all McDonagh’s plays are set in ‘the world’, the designation might seem an awkward attempt to lump together two plays that share...

Drag Act

Written by

Claire Dowie

~playauthor~Written by~ Claire Dowie

Methuen Drama, 1996

Modern Plays

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

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...Drag Act is a proud and punchy monologue spoken by Rose, a fifty-two year old lesbian who can’t stand being told how she should dress. She was told by her mother that she should be more girly and feminine, and now she finds she’s being told...

The films

Patrick Lonergan

Patrick Lonergan is a lecturer in English at National University of Ireland, Galway. He writes about theatre for The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. His first book, Theatre and Globalization, was awarded the 2008 Theatre Book Prize. He has authored two Student Editions of plays by Martin McDonagh for Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...Martin McDonagh as filmmaker In his first press interviews McDonagh seemed to speak more often about cinema than theatre. He rarely acknowledged being influenced by other playwrights – occasionally mentioning Pinter and Mamet...

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...

A Short List of Recommended Further Reading and Indicative Websites

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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...This list is not and cannot be either all-inclusive or exhaustive. However, what it does offer the reader is a very good selective introduction to themes and issues concerning the writers in this book and the wider field of modern...

'French Is My Film Or TV'

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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The Theatre of Martin Crimp

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...The Chairs, One More Wasted Year, Roberto Zucco, The Maids, The Triumph of Love, The False ServantAs well as writing original dramas, Martin Crimp has also enjoyed a parallel career as a translator of French plays. At times this sideline...

Conclusion: Sharpening Points

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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...Writing and researching this book has been a terrifically interesting and stimulating journey over a period of eighteen months from inception and commission to completion. Like any journey there were some expected destinations and stop-off...