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Articism (Art + Criticism) and the Live Birds of Passionate Response

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...I Criticism is a form of agon. It deals with the interpretative dissent of the performance observers, as well as with the social dissent built into the performance by its makers. In my case, it is also a durational...

The Bow of Ulysses

Written by

Steven Berkoff

~playauthor~Written by~ Steven Berkoff

Faber and Faber, 1994

Faber Drama

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Roles: Total (2), Female (1), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...The man and woman from Lunch return in this sequel. They are still together after twenty years of marriage, conversing and watching the sea. But are they happy? Berkoff’s one-act play examines the nature of love...
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...It's a curious homecoming for Vince, the son nobody seems to remember. Violence is never far from the surface as his unexpected return uncovers a deep, dark secret that triggers catastrophe in Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize winning Buried...

Notes for First Time Astronauts

Written by

Tom Wells

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Wells

Nick Hern Books, 2010

Playtext

Acts: 1

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...A comic monologue from Tom Wells warning of the perils of self-abuse in zero gravity conditions. Our unnamed male narrator is about to take off into space as the cameraman on board a rocket to the moon. However...
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...Inspired by the released American hostages, Hotel Oubliette is a darkly comedic play that explores what happens when two emotionally disconnected men are chained to a post with an endless amount of time stretching before them. An L...

The Winterling and Leavings: Becoming a Stranger

David Ian Rabey

David Ian Rabey is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. His writing includes Howard Barker: Politics and Desire (1989, 2009), Howard Barker: Ecstasy and Death (2009), English Drama Since 1940 (2003), David Rudkin: Sacred Disobedience (1997); as co-editor, Theatre of Catastrophe (with Karoline Gritzner, 2006) and Howard Barker's Art of Theatre (with Sarah Goldingay, 2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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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 Jez Butterworth

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...The Winterling was staged at the Royal Court in March 2006, reuniting the team of Ian Rickson (director), Ultz (designer) and Stephen Warbeck (composer) from Mojo and The Night Heron. Like The Night Heron and other...

La Sainte Courtisane

Written by

Oscar Wilde

~playauthor~Written by~ Oscar Wilde

Methuen Drama, 1988

World Classics

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Roles: Total (4), Female (0), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...Myrrhina, a courtisane, seeks out a hermit who she has heard is beautiful; she hopes to tempt him from his righteous path into a life of earthly love. However, on beholding the cross for the first time, she finds herself instead converting...

Fatherland  

Written by

Simon Stephens

~playauthor~Written by~ Simon Stephens

Methuen Drama, 2017

Modern Plays

Playtext

Roles: Total (10), Female (0), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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...Created by Frantic Assembly's Scott Graham, Karl Hyde from Underworld and playwright Simon Stephens, Fatherland confronts contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions. Daring in its compounding of words, music...
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...What makes a king? What makes a father? Shakespeare’s monumental history play travels to the heart of family, duty and country. This innovative film, recorded before a live audience, documents the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female stage...

Jonah and Otto

Written by

Robert Holman

~playauthor~Written by~ Robert Holman

Nick Hern Books, 2014

Playtext

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

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...Robert Holman’s Jonah and Otto is a play for two actors exploring a fleeting moment of connection between very different men struggling to find the courage to continue. It was first performed in The Studio at the Royal Exchange Theatre...