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...In Deborah Zoe Laufer's End Days, a suburban family is undergoing a spiritual crisis following the September 11th attacks. Sylvia Stein has turned to Christianity to save her disaffected husband Arthur and her rebellious teenage daughter...
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...Taking Flight is a deeply compelling, humorous and truly moving work that brings to the stage a mystical and poignant tale of friendship tested by a tragedy and of the resilience of the human heart. An L.A. Theatre Works performance...
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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 Worst It Can Be Is A Disaster: The Life Story of Braham Murray and the Royal Exchange Theatre

Braham Murray

Braham Murray (b. 1943) is an English theatre director. He is a Founding Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre Company, Manchester. In 1964, his Oxford production of Hang Down Your Head and Die transferred to the West End and Broadway. From the Century Theatre, where he was Artistic Director, he became a Founding Director of the ‘69 Theatre Company; credits include She Stoops to Conquer and Charley’s Aunt (with Tom Courtenay), Mary Rose (with Mia Farrow), Endgame, and the musicals Erb and Catch My Soul, all of which transferred to London. Braham’s recent productions for the Royal Exchange Theatre include The Glass Menagerie, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnsest, Anthony and Cleopatra, What Every Woman Knows, and The Triumph of Love. His autobiography The Worst it Can Be is a Disaster was published in 2009. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Methuen Drama, 2007

Short Guides and Biography

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...The Worst It Can Be is a Disaster is the autobiography of Braham Murray, founding director of the Royal Exchange Manchester which in 2006 celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. With a foreword by Sir Tom Courtenay. Born into a Jewish family,...

Christmas Eve  

Translated by

Christopher Hampton

~playauthor~Written by~ Daniel Kehlmann , Christopher Hampton ~playauthor~Translated by~ Christopher Hampton

Faber and Faber, 2017

Faber Drama

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

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...It's Christmas Eve, 2017. A philosophy professor is on her way to celebrate with her family when she is hauled out of a taxi and bundled into an interrogation room. Opposite her, the senior officer is cynical, smart and relentless...

Angel  

Written by

Henry Naylor

~playauthor~Written by~ Henry Naylor

Nick Hern Books, 2017

NHB Modern Plays

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

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...Henry Naylor's Angel is a dramatic monologue for a female performer, inspired by the true story of Rehana, the 'Angel of Kobane', a Kurdish fighter who became a symbol of resistance against Islamic State. The play is part of Henry Naylor...

Art and Terror: A Church in Cyberspace and a Utopian Social Project

Anna Teresa Scheer

Anna Teresa Scheer is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Lincoln, UK. She studied theatre in London and worked as a performer and director in the UK and in Germany where she lived until 2007. She is co-editor (with Tara Forrest) of the book Christoph Schlingensief: Art without Borders (2010) and has published several further articles and book chapters on his work. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Christoph Schlingensief : Staging Chaos, Performing Politics and Theatrical Phantasmagoria

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018

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...While Schlingensief’s Hamlet-Naziline engaged with the historical spectre of the Third Reich in Europe and its contemporary face in the form of far-right populist politics and neo-Nazis, the projects under consideration in this final...

The Collector  

Written by

Henry Naylor

~playauthor~Written by~ Henry Naylor

Nick Hern Books, 2017

NHB Modern Plays

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Roles: Total (3), Female (2), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...Henry Naylor's The Collector is a play about life in occupied Iraq after the 2003 invasion by the US-led coalition, as a team of prison guards become brutalised by war. The play is part of Henry Naylor's Arabian Nightmares trilogy, which...

Landmines  

Written by

Phil Davies

~playauthor~Written by~ Phil Davies

Nick Hern Books, 2019

Multiplay Drama

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Scenes: 22, Roles: Total (35), Female (18), Male (16), Unassigned (1)

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...Phil Davies' play Landmines is about political upheaval and the media's relationship with civil violence and terrorism in modern Britain. It was first performed by the Brit School’s Bridge Theatre Company at Ovalhouse...

Us/Them

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Carly Wijs

~playauthor~Written by~ Carly Wijs

Nick Hern Books, 2017

NHB Modern Plays

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

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...Carly Wijs's Us/Them is a play about the 2004 Beslan School Siege, exploring the ways in which children cope with highly traumatic situations. The play was first produced by BRONKS and Richard Jordan Productions...