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Immediate Rough Theatre for Citizens’ Involvement

Written by

John Arden

and

Margaretta D'Arcy

~playauthor~Written by~ John Arden , Margaretta D'Arcy

Methuen Drama, 1991

Contemporary Dramatists

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...'We were looking up texts for this book, and we came across a file full of fragmentary scripts (and notes for scripts) which had been a series of quickly-improvised topical plays and playlets got together in the west of Ireland and put...

The Business of Good Government

Written by

John Arden

and

Margaretta D'Arcy

~playauthor~Written by~ John Arden , Margaretta D'Arcy

Methuen Drama, 1991

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

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

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...The Business of Good Government was written for and first performed in 1960 in the village of Brent Knoll, Somerset. Telling the traditional story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, it focuses less on the divine and miraculous, and more...

The Little Gray Home in the West

Written by

John Arden

and

Margaretta D'Arcy

~playauthor~Written by~ John Arden , Margaretta D'Arcy

Methuen Drama, 1991

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (13), Female (2), Male (11), Unassigned (0)

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... Chris Megson, in his book Modern British Playwriting: the 1970s described the case succinctly: '7:84's production of The Ballygombeen Bequest by John Arden and Margaretta D'Arcy . . . attacked British actions in Northern Ireland...

The Royal Pardon

Written by

John Arden

and

Margaretta D'Arcy

~playauthor~Written by~ John Arden , Margaretta D'Arcy

Methuen Drama, 1991

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (18), Female (5), Male (13), Unassigned (0)

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...After years of war, peace is to be reached between England and France, sealed by the marriage of the English prince and the French princesse. A company of actors are to be sent from England to Paris, to perform...

Ars Longa Vita Brevis

Written by

John Arden

and

Margaretta D'Arcy

~playauthor~Written by~ John Arden , Margaretta D'Arcy

Methuen Drama, 1991

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (9), Female (1), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...In their introduction to the play, authors Margaretta D'Arcy and John Arden say of Ars Longa Vita Brevis: 'This little piece is not exactly a play, nor is it anything else in particular. If we must call it something, it might well...

Vandaleur's Folly

Written by

John Arden

and

Margaretta D'Arcy

~playauthor~Written by~ John Arden , Margaretta D'Arcy

Methuen Drama, 1991

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 20, Roles: Total (36), Female (6), Male (30), Unassigned (0)

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... the story of this commune, and its, perhaps inevitable, demise after two years. In Arden and D'Arcy's version, the external influences of colonial capitalism and its attendant military force – as well as the wagering caprices of Vandaleur himself – are more than a match for the good intentions of communal farmers in the county Clare....