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Introduction to the 1950s

David Pattie

David Pattie is Professor of Drama at the University of Chester, UK. Series editors: Richard Boon, Emeritus Professor of Drama, the University of Hull, UK, and Philip Roberts, Emeritus Professor in the School of English, University of Leeds, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Modern British Playwriting: The 1950s

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...‘They are scum,’ was Mr Maugham’s famous verdict on the class of state aided university students to which Kingsley Amis’ Lucky Jim belongs; and since Mr Maugham seldom says anything controversial or uncertain of wide acceptance, his opinion...

Act Without Words I

Written by

Samuel Beckett

~playauthor~Written by~ Samuel Beckett

Faber and Faber, 2009

Faber Drama

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...A mime for one player, Act Without Words I was written in French in 1956, as Acte sans paroles I, with music by John Beckett, the author’s cousin...

Breath

Written by

Samuel Beckett

~playauthor~Written by~ Samuel Beckett

Faber and Faber, 2009

Faber Drama

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...Breath was written in English some time before it was sent to New York, in 1969, in response to Kenneth Tynan’s request for a contribution to his review Oh! Calcutta...
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...Three one-act plays from David Mamet, one of the master stage writers of our time: The Shawl - A clairvoyant is in the process of swindling an unsuspecting woman on the basis of clever guess work and speculation. But it appears...
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...The first revised and updated version of this 1970’s cult classic. A rousing musical with a cast of twenty, Working is for anyone who has ever punched a clock, a cow or a supervisor - or wanted to. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast...
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...This acclaimed WWII psychological courtroom drama was the sensation of 1954. The play portrays a mutiny of naval officers aboard the U.S.S. Caine. Their suspicions concerning their captain’s sanity lead to their rebellion and a subsequent...
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...World War II is over and a family, mourning a son missing in action, plants a memorial tree and tries to go on with their lives. A storm blows down the tree and a devastating family secret is uprooted, setting the characters on a terrifying...
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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...
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...Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Moss Hart’s Light up the Sky is a fast-paced, hilarious and ultimately loving look inside show business, set just before and immediately after a Broadway bound play meets its first audience. An L.A. Theatre...
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...From the imagination of radio pioneer Norman Corwin comes one of the strangest trials in the history of jurisprudence. A molecule refuses to be assigned to any particular substance and insists on choosing for itself. Starring Edward Asner...