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Ballyturk

Written by

Enda Walsh

~playauthor~Written by~ Enda Walsh

Nick Hern Books, 2014

Playtext

Roles: Total (3), Female (0), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk is a play of lyrical intensity and physical comedy, in which the lives of two men unravel over the course of ninety minutes. It was first performed at the Black Box Theatre, Galway, as part of the Galway International...

Slave Ubu

Written by

Alfred Jarry

and

Kenneth McLeish

Translated by

Kenneth McLeish

~playauthor~Written by~ Alfred Jarry , Kenneth McLeish ~playauthor~Translated by~ Kenneth McLeish

Nick Hern Books, 1997

Drama Classics

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 37, Roles: Total (12), Female (2), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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...Alfred Jarry’s Slave Ubu (Ubu Enchaîné, ‘Ubu in chains’) is the third in his influential cycle of plays about Pa Ubu, the grotesquely comical character first encountered in King Ubu (Ubu Roi) and then in Cuckold Ubu (Ubu Cocu). Written...

Tinderbox

Written by

Lucy Kirkwood

~playauthor~Written by~ Lucy Kirkwood

Nick Hern Books, 2008

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 4, Roles: Total (10), Female (1), Male (9), Unassigned (0)

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...Lucy Kirkwood’s first full-length play, Tinderbox is a dystopian comedy set in a Bradford butcher's shop in a future version of England that is afflicted by riots and separated from Scotland by a 38-mile-wide Hadrian's Channel. The play...

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

Books

...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

Playtext

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...

Skunk  

Written by

Zawe Ashton

~playauthor~Written by~ Zawe Ashton

Nick Hern Books, 2019

Multiplay Drama

Playtext

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...

Edward Albee

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

Books

...All Over ; Seascape ; Three Tall Women ; The Play About the Baby ; The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? Introduction A solid case can be made that Edward Albee...

Blowjob

Written by

Snoo Wilson

~playauthor~Written by~ Snoo Wilson

Methuen Drama, 1999

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (5), Female (1), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...A brutal portrait of Northern English life in the early 1970s, Blowjob is an insightful and raw piece about the nature of alienation and violence. The play plunges into the despair of industrial workers, skinheads and a mentally ill girl...

Blue Heart

Written by

Caryl Churchill

~playauthor~Written by~ Caryl Churchill

Nick Hern Books, 1997

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 11, Roles: Total (18), Female (10), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...Caryl Churchill's Blue Heart consists of two related short plays, Heart's Desire and Blue Kettle, both examining strained family – and especially filial – relationships. It was first performed at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, on 14 August...