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Here Be Lions

Written by

Stéphane Olry

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Neil Bartlett

Translated by

Neil Bartlett

~playauthor~Written by~ Stéphane Olry , Neil Bartlett ~playauthor~Translated by~ Neil Bartlett

Oberon Books, 2015

Oberon Modern Plays

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...For two years Stéphane Olry sporadically shared the daily life of the patients and caregivers at the hospital for multi-handicapped children in La Roche-Guyon. Children aided by complicated apparatuses, children without access to language...

Our Teacher’s a Troll

Written by

Dennis Kelly

~playauthor~Written by~ Dennis Kelly

Oberon Books, 2014

Oberon Plays for Young People

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...Once there were two terrible twins called Holly and Sean, who gave their Head Teacher a nervous breakdown. The twins were extremely pleased with themselves. That is, until the new Head Teacher arrived. For you see, the new Head Teacher...

Epilogue: ‘The ruins of time (I’ve forgotten this before)’

Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd : Ecology, the Environment and the Greening of the Modern Stage

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...I’m on the inside of anything I can imagine.I wanted to distribute the present, not secure the future.What could I say that was lasting? So. Now. What/how...

Worlds of Their Own: The Morning After Optimism, The Sanctuary Lamp

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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...It is a measure of just how ambitious a dramatist the young Murphy was that, after the production of Whistle and the drafting of Crucial Week, he embarked on The Morning After Optimism as his third full-length play in October 1962. He had...

Gregory Corso’s Dada-Surrealist-Absurd Beat Plays

Beat Drama : Playwrights and Performances of the ‘Howl’ Generation

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Gregory Corso may be the least-heralded major Beat poet – he was younger, with fewer publications and a long hiatus after his advent – but he is no less a Beat literary founding father. He was in on the first cut-ups with William S...

Gas Station Angel

Written by

Ed Thomas

~playauthor~Written by~ Ed Thomas

Methuen Drama, 1998

Modern Plays

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Scenes: 2, Roles: Total (15), Female (4), Male (11), Unassigned (0)

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...Bron meets Ace six days after his house falls into the sea. Their families may share a past of fairies, angels, axe-murderers and chickens, but what do Bron and Ace need with the past when they've got imagination and a tinted-glass, blue...

On the Boards

Bermel Albert

Albert Bermel was Professor of Theatre at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Chair of the Speech and Theatre Department at Lehman College. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...The remaining three of the five theatrical innovations by Artaud stimulated directors and actors of the 1960s into finding new opportunities to remake contemporary stage life. I would summarize these innovations as using the stage’s three...

The Breakaway

Bermel Albert

Albert Bermel was Professor of Theatre at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Chair of the Speech and Theatre Department at Lehman College. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...The writings of Artaud give a sympathetic reader the feeling that anything is possible in the theatre. Artaud had passionately committed his life to possibilities - that is, to what other people would consider impossibilities. His poet...

Redefinitions

Bermel Albert

Albert Bermel was Professor of Theatre at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Chair of the Speech and Theatre Department at Lehman College. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...Artaud’s essay ‘The Theatre and the Plague’ amazingly proposes that one of the great scourges of mankind, the plague, in many ways resembles the theatre which, as an art, consists of some of mankind’s great acts of affirmation. He opens...

Skunk  

Written by

Zawe Ashton

~playauthor~Written by~ Zawe Ashton

Nick Hern Books, 2019

Multiplay Drama

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Scenes: 6, Roles: Total (14), Female (3), Male (6), Unassigned (5)

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...Zawe Ashton's play Skunk is a surreal, dreamlike and comical drama exploring the pressures and transformations that happen to teenagers as they grow up. It was inspired by Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis. The play...