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I Have a Go, Lady, I Have a Go

David Hare

David Hare is the author of over seventeen plays. He lives in London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Obedience, Struggle & Revolt : Lectures on Theatre

Faber and Faber, 2005

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... playwrights to mark out a vital patch of territory.When they were alive, you would probably have felt that many things separated the sensibilities of writers as disparate as David Mercer, Dennis Potter and John Osborne. One, after all,...

The Cellar and the Almond Tree

Written by

David Mercer

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer

Methuen Drama, 1990

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Roles: Total (12), Female (3), Male (9), Unassigned (0)

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...The Cellar and the Almond Tree is the second part of a trilogy, sometimes called the Kelvin trilogy, with On the Eve of Publication and Emma’s Time. The play is similarly composed of juxtaposed cuts between past and present, fantasy...

Emma's Time

Written by

David Mercer

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer

Methuen Drama, 1990

Contemporary Dramatists

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Scenes: 41, Roles: Total (13), Female (5), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...Emma’s Time is the third part of a trilogy, sometimes called the Kelvin trilogy, with On the Eve of Publication and The Cellar and the Almond Tree. In Emma’s Time the fluid cuts between past and present, fantasy and flashbacks show Emma...

After Haggerty

Written by

David Mercer

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer

Methuen Drama, 1990

Contemporary Dramatists

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 17, Roles: Total (8), Female (1), Male (5), Unassigned (2)

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...Gathering together the political and social concerns of an era, After Haggerty addresses with breadth and complexity the politics of theatre and personal liberation at a time when social certainties were being rapidly destabilised...

On the Eve of Publication

Written by

David Mercer

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer

Methuen Drama, 1990

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Roles: Total (10), Female (6), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...On the Eve of Publication is the first part of a trilogy, sometimes called the Kelvin trilogy, with The Cellar and the Almond Tree and Emma’s Time. The play is told through the consciousness of Robert Kelvin, a successful, but ageing...

The Governor's Lady

Written by

David Mercer

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer

Methuen Drama, 1990

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 8, Roles: Total (6), Female (2), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...A strange and elusive short play about governors, gorillas and colonialism. In a bungalow in Africa, Harriet is talking about her husband Gilbert as if he was still alive. She refuses to accept that he died of pneumonia...

A Suitable Case For Treatment

Written by

David Mercer

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer

Methuen Drama, 1990

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Roles: Total (11), Female (4), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Leonie has just divorced Morgan on the grounds that, among other offences, he shaved a poodle so that it had a hammer and sickle on its back. Mercer’s darkly comic story of the personal breakdown of Morgan suggests that this ex-Communist...

Where The Difference Begins

Written by

David Mercer

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer

Methuen Drama, 1990

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 16, Roles: Total (11), Female (6), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...David Mercer’s movingly naturalistic play takes as its starting point the varieties of dispossession and disparity: between the deprivation of the 1930s and the affluence of the 1950s; and between material prosperity and its accompanying...

Duck Song

Written by

David Mercer

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Stuart Laing

Edited by

Stuart Laing

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer , Stuart Laing ~playauthor~Edited by~ Stuart Laing

Methuen Drama, 1994

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

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

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...Duck Song is a comic and half-surreal deconstruction, about collective and profound loss of meaning. In a comfortable middle-class house in London, sixty-year-old Herbert is throwing walnuts at the cuckoo clock. His...

An Afternoon at the Festival

Written by

David Mercer

and

Stuart Laing

Edited by

Stuart Laing

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer , Stuart Laing ~playauthor~Edited by~ Stuart Laing

Methuen Drama, 1994

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 30, Roles: Total (5), Female (2), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...An Afternoon at the Festival is an elegantly-structured and reflective meditation on failure. Leo Brent is an egotistical, successful and middle-aged film-maker. While he is waiting for the four o’clock showing of his new...