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Six Characters Looking for an Author

Translated by

David Harrower

~playauthor~Written by~ Luigi Pirandello , David Harrower ~playauthor~Translated by~ David Harrower

Methuen Drama, 2001

Modern Plays

Playtext

Roles: Total (15), Female (8), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author is an extraordinary and influential play, a sharp-edged labyrinth of humour, pity and profundity. This text, entitled Six Characters Looking for an Author, is a new version by David...

Mary Stuart

Translated by

David Harrower

~playauthor~Written by~ Friedrich Schiller , David Harrower ~playauthor~Translated by~ David Harrower

Faber and Faber, 2006

Faber Drama

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 50, Roles: Total (17), Female (3), Male (14), Unassigned (0)

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... Isolated by their duplicitous male courtiers, the women collide headlong, each wrestling with the rank, ambition and destiny their births have bestowed, against a thrilling background of intrigue, plot and counter-plot. David Harrower's version of Mary Stuart premiered at the Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, in October 2006....

Ciara

Written by

David Harrower

~playauthor~Written by~ David Harrower

Faber and Faber, 2013

Faber Drama

Playtext

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

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... and the place that made them all, she stands on a threshold. By confronting the past, her future blows wide open. Ciara by David Harrower premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2013....

Dark Earth

Written by

David Harrower

~playauthor~Written by~ David Harrower

Faber and Faber, 2003

Faber Drama

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (5), Female (3), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...When Valerie and Euan's car breaks down in remote countryside near the Antonine Wall they have a problem. With their mobiles left at home and an evening out arranged in Glasgow, they must find help fast. This comes...

Presence

Written by

David Harrower

~playauthor~Written by~ David Harrower

Faber and Faber, 2001

Faber Drama

Playtext

Scenes: 17, Roles: Total (5), Female (2), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...'We've got nothing to learn from anyone. We are who we are. We do what we do. No-one else can touch us' – except, that is, the horrific past of a city where human fat once ran in the gutters, the city ablaze. Homesick...

Kill the Old Torture Their Young

Written by

David Harrower

~playauthor~Written by~ David Harrower

Methuen Drama, 1998

Modern Plays

Playtext

Scenes: 17, Roles: Total (9), Female (3), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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...Kill the Old Torture their Young is an urban tragicomedy of alienation, as what could have been a hymn to a beautiful Scottish city becomes a muffled cry of rage against alienation and disconnection. A documentary maker...

Knives in Hens

Written by

David Harrower

~playauthor~Written by~ David Harrower

Methuen Drama, 1997

Modern Plays

Playtext

Scenes: 24, Roles: Total (3), Female (1), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...Knives in Hens is a brutal fable of awakening consciousness, a study of sex and knowledge that is stark and fierce. The play is set in a timeless and spartan rural community, where conversation is blunt and functional...

Blackbird

Written by

David Harrower

~playauthor~Written by~ David Harrower

Faber and Faber, 2006

Faber Drama

Playtext

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

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...Fifteen years ago Una and Ray had a relationship. They haven't set eyes on each other since. Now, years later, she's found him again. Blackbird premiered at King...

A Slow Air

Written by

David Harrower

~playauthor~Written by~ David Harrower

Faber and Faber, 2011

Faber Drama

Playtext

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

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...Morna works as a cleaner in Edinburgh. She spends her time drinking, attempting affairs and trying to work out the mind of the twenty-year-old son with whom she shares her flat. Her elder brother, Athol, lives near Glasgow airport with his...

Sweet Nothings

From an original work by

Arthur Schnitzler

~playauthor~Written by~ David Harrower , Arthur Schnitzler ~playauthor~From an original work by~ Arthur Schnitzler

Faber and Faber, 2010

Faber Drama

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (7), Female (3), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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... The doorbell rings. The husband enters the room. Based on Schnitzler’s play Liebelei, David Harrower’s Sweet Nothings captures the power of sexual longing, the cruelty of tradition and the vulnerability of those in love. ‘I write of love and death. What other subjects are there?’Arthur Schnitzler...