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Vintage Barker: New Writing in Old Bottles

Howard Barker’s Theatre : Wrestling with Catastrophe

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... Performing Arts Journal, Vol. 81 (2005), p. 55. where, as Graham Saunders observes, ‘the concerns of young people seem to be the only thing worth exploring dramatically’. Graham Saunders, ‘Kicking Tots and Revolutionary Trots:...

Introduction to Howard Barker’s Theatre: Wrestling with Catastrophe

James Reynolds

Dr James Reynolds is a Lecturer in Drama at Kingston University in London. He has also taught at Queen Mary, University of London, and Rose Bruford College. His Ph.D. research at Queen Mary investigated performance practices in Robert Lepage’s devised theatre. Published work explores Howard Barker’s direction of his own plays, Lepage’s work with objects, the cinematic adaptation of graphic novels, applied theatre and the relationship between addiction and performance. Forthcoming publications investigate the National Theatre’s adaptations of children’s literature for the stage, acting the Barker text, and Lepage’s work as a director. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Andy W. Smith

Dr Andy W. Smith is the Associate Head of the School of Media at the University of South Wales, UK. His doctoral thesis is a study of Howard Barker and his theatre company The Wrestling School. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on the theatre of Howard Barker, post-war British drama, horror cinema and the Gothic in popular culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Howard Barker’s Theatre : Wrestling with Catastrophe

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

Books

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... That Good Between Us (1977) was the first production at the RSC’s home for new plays, The Warehouse Theatre. Colin Chambers, interview with James Reynolds, Kingston, 13 March 2013. All subsequent references to Chambers refer...

A History of Falling Things

Written by

James Graham

~playauthor~Written by~ James Graham

Methuen Drama, 2009

Modern Plays

Playtext

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

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...A History of Falling Thingsis a delicate and affecting play, which opens with a boy being hit on the head by a shoe falling out of the sky. Jacqui and Robin are keraunothnetophobiacs – prisoners of their fear of falling...

The Culture - A Farce in Two Acts  

Written by

James Graham

~playauthor~Written by~ James Graham

Methuen Drama, 2018

Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (12), Female (4), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...January 2018, and a busy day at the offices of Hull 2017. Today is the ceremonial handover to ambassadors from the next UK City of Culture. Meanwhile, the monitoring and evaluation team have to present The Audit – a measurement...

The Man

Written by

James Graham

~playauthor~Written by~ James Graham

Methuen Drama, 2010

Modern Plays

Playtext

Scenes: 22, Roles: Total (2), Female (0), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...Graham presents an affectionate and funny portrait of a year in the life of one nervous self-employed man, pieced together from receipts, shopping and commercial transactions. With a web of narratives, the play's structure is innovative...

Eden's Empire

Written by

James Graham

~playauthor~Written by~ James Graham

Methuen Drama, 2006

Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (19), Female (1), Male (18), Unassigned (0)

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... or his own failing body, history would mark him as the worst British Prime Minister of the twentieth century. Graham’s uncompromising political thriller explores with electrifying theatricality the events of the Suez Crisis,...

Ink  

Written by

James Graham

~playauthor~Written by~ James Graham

Methuen Drama, 2017

Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 1, Roles: Total (32), Female (7), Male (19), Unassigned (6)

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...I want to tell you a story. And it's true. That's what makes it a good fucking story, right, 'cause all the best stories are true. Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. James Graham's...

Labour of Love  

Written by

James Graham

~playauthor~Written by~ James Graham

Methuen Drama, 2017

Modern Plays

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 18, Roles: Total (6), Female (3), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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... this is a clash of philosophy, culture and class against the backdrop of the Labour Party over 25 years, as it moves from Kinnock through Blair into Corbyn... and beyond? This razor-sharp political comedy from James Graham was produced by Michael Grandage Company and Headlong andreceived its world Premiere at the Noël Coward Theatre in September 2017....

The Whisky Taster

Written by

James Graham

~playauthor~Written by~ James Graham

Methuen Drama, 2010

Modern Plays

Playtext

Roles: Total (6), Female (1), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Ad executive Barney suffers from synaesthesia, a neurological condition that translates one type of sense perception into another, so that colours may have a taste, or sounds a smell. Barney and his partner Nicola utilize...

This House

Written by

James Graham

~playauthor~Written by~ James Graham

Methuen Drama, 2013

Modern Plays

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 11, Roles: Total (55), Female (2), Male (14), Unassigned (39)

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... of Parliament. With well-paced, witty and waspish dialogue, This House playfully explores the childish digs and chauvinistic attitudes that riddle political life. Award-winning playwright James Graham combines comedy with comment...