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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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Summary
...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...

The Arcata Promise

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

Acts: 2, Scenes: 37, Roles: Total (3), Female (1), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...The Arcata Promise is a study of the grotesque self-pity of an unstable actor, a merciless account of individual self-delusion and failure. Once a successful actor, Gunge now lives in a grimy basement, arguing...

The Bankrupt

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

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...David Mercer’s play is a bleakly comic study of the introspective amnesia of Ellis Cripper, who has emerged from his recent dishonourable bankruptcy into a personal crisis, with no idea of how to construct his life. He...

Huggy Bear

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

Roles: Total (8), Female (5), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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Summary
...Huggy Bear is a celebration of the primal energies of hunger for satisfaction and experience, in the form of Hooper, an infantile and philosophical dentist with a boundless enjoyment of mastication. Hooper lives with his...

Flint

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

Acts: 2, Scenes: 10, Roles: Total (14), Female (3), Male (11), Unassigned (0)

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...The eponymous Flint is a seventy-year-old swinging vicar and romantic Communist, the centre of Mercer’s play about the obsolescence of institutions. The atheistic Flint rides a motor bike, goes bowling, sets fires, and makes love...

Duck Song

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

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

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Summary
...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...

Find Me

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: 61, Roles: Total (4), Female (2), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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Summary
...Through a story of a poet and a novelist, Mercer studies the position of the political writer in post-war Europe. Marek, the celebrated Polish novelist, turns up outside Olivia’s house. Olivia the poet, whose older husband...