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Guiding Star

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 2002

Contemporary Dramatists

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 13, Roles: Total (9), Female (4), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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... son Liam is also looking for a relationship, though his dad might not be pleased about where he’s looking. Harvey’s vigorous dialogue creates a family that is sharp and loving and angry, and impeccably observed. Guiding Star was first performed at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, in 1998....

Out in the Open

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 2002

Contemporary Dramatists

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

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...Out in the Open is a funny and honest exploration of love and the limits of friendship set over a long, hazily hot summer weekend in London. It is six months after the death of Frankie, Tony’s partner, and Tony has brought...

Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 1999

Contemporary Dramatists

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

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...Jonathan Harvey’s heart-wrenching and hilarious play is about five people who are irrational, lonely, loving, a little bit crazy, and very real. In the middle flat at 15 Rupert Street lives Shaun, a hairdresser whose...

Fritters of English: Variation and Linguistic Judgement

Jonathan Hope

Dr Jonathan Hope is Reader in Literary Linguistics at Strathclyde University. and is author of Shakespeare’s Grammar (Arden, 2003). He is a leading expert in his field and Linguistic Advisor to the Arden Shakespeare. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare and Language : Reason, Eloquence and Artifice in the Renaissance

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2010

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... Shakespeare’s echoes of Golding elsewhere have this intensely involved quality: they are genuine transformations of moods and situations rather than simple allusions. Jonathan Bate argues that Edgar also draws on Golding in this scene when his...

Boom Bang-A-Bang

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 1999

Contemporary Dramatists

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

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...It’s 1995, it’s the Eurovision Song Contest and Lulu’s ‘Boom Bang-a-Bang’ is the soundtrack to this exuberant conjuration of a Eurovision party that starts as camp and ends as farce, though there is a real power to Harvey’s discussion...

Beautiful Thing

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 1999

Contemporary Dramatists

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 10, Roles: Total (5), Female (2), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Upliftingly optimistic, Harvey’s play about two teenage boys falling in love refuses melodramatic clichés to offer a story bright with sensitivity, pathos and wit. Sixteen-year-old Jaime lives with his mum Sandra and her...

Babies

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 1999

Contemporary Dramatists

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 16, Roles: Total (16), Female (10), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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... on drugs. Then there is a pupil’s birthday party to negotiate: Joe must fend off the advances of her rapacious, wisecracking mum, only to find himself entangled with her uncle. Based on Harvey’s own experiences as a teacher, but with a comic spring in its step, Babies premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1994....

Hushabye Mountain

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 2002

Contemporary Dramatists

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 24, Roles: Total (16), Female (8), Male (7), Unassigned (1)

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...Danny is a young man, waiting to be let into heaven. There seems to be some difficulty about it, but Judy Garland reassures him as she passes by in a boat full of stars. Away from the dreamlike and unexpected version of the afterlife...

Canary

Written by

Jonathan Harvey

~playauthor~Written by~ Jonathan Harvey

Methuen Drama, 2010

Modern Plays

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 32, Roles: Total (31), Female (8), Male (15), Unassigned (8)

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...In 1960s Liverpool Tom and Billy hide their love in the closet, then go their separate ways. As pits close and the dole queues grow, Mickey and Russell escape to find Heaven in 1980s London. But today the paparazzi turn judge and jury over...