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The Balancing Act

Written by

Edward Bond

~playauthor~Written by~ Edward Bond

Methuen Drama, 2011

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 6, Roles: Total (7), Female (4), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Could there be one thing that holds the world together: amidst all the chaos, of war, poverty, illness and ecological breakdown, could one spot anchor it all? Viv thinks so, and cowers beneath the floorboards...

Born

Written by

Edward Bond

~playauthor~Written by~ Edward Bond

Methuen Drama, 2006

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 5, Roles: Total (10), Female (2), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...Born is a tragic epic for the twenty-first century. In it Edward Bond examines violence and terror in a dehumanised world in the terse and broken language of extreme deprivation. Peter and Donna and a baby have moved...

Human Cannon

Written by

Edward Bond

~playauthor~Written by~ Edward Bond

Methuen Drama, 1996

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 12, Roles: Total (67), Female (23), Male (44), Unassigned (0)

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...Human Cannon is a narrative of class struggle, set in a small village consumed by the fight against Fascism in Spain, a play which swells from resentment against the privileged landowners to blazing revolution...

Dea

Written by

Edward Bond

~playauthor~Written by~ Edward Bond

Methuen Drama, 2016

Modern Plays

Playtext

Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (17), Female (3), Male (14), Unassigned (0)

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...The war is raging, Dea, a heroine, has committed a terrible act and has been exiled. When she meets someone from her past, she is forcefully confronted by the broken society that drove her to commit her crimes. Edward Bond takes from...

Lear

Written by

Edward Bond

and

Patricia Hern

Edited by

Patricia Hern

~playauthor~Written by~ Edward Bond , Patricia Hern ~playauthor~Edited by~ Patricia Hern

Methuen Drama, 1983

Student Editions

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 18, Roles: Total (53), Female (5), Male (48), Unassigned (0)

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...Edward Bond recasts the story of King Lear into a fundamentally political epic, which reveals the violence endemic in all unjust societies. He exposes corrupted innocence as the core of social morality, and this false morality as a source...

The Pope's Wedding

Written by

Edward Bond

~playauthor~Written by~ Edward Bond

Methuen Drama, 1977

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 16, Roles: Total (13), Female (2), Male (11), Unassigned (0)

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...The Pope’s Wedding was Bond’s first play, a striking picture of listless and stultifying rural life. Though the play did not achieve the notoriety of Bond’s subsequent plays, it simmers with a hopelessness and resentment that turn...

Summer

Written by

Edward Bond

~playauthor~Written by~ Edward Bond

Methuen Drama, 1992

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

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

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...Bond slowly unfolds the story of a mother and a daughter on holiday in a cliff house in Eastern Europe. Xenia and Ann arrive after a difficult flight, Ann without the keys to the suitcase. They have booked the guest rooms, but Marthe who...

Tuesday

Written by

Edward Bond

~playauthor~Written by~ Edward Bond

Methuen Drama, 1997

Modern Plays

Playtext

Scenes: 3, Roles: Total (12), Female (2), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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...In an electric confrontation between daughter, boyfriend and father, Tuesday forces its audience to consider the inhumanity of war and the oppression of children by their parents. A sixteen-year-old girl, Irene, sits alone...

The Angry Roads  

Written by

Edward Bond

~playauthor~Written by~ Edward Bond

Methuen Drama, 2018

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

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

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... The Angry Roads considers how young people today grow up in a world that their parents never knew. In a flat a teenage boy is sorting through play things from his childhood; he is sorting through his past in search of the truth about...

Bingo

Written by

Edward Bond

~playauthor~Written by~ Edward Bond

Methuen Drama, 1987

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 6, Roles: Total (12), Female (5), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Bingo, subtitled Scenes of Money and Death, uses the last days of a brooding and unheroic William Shakespeare to accuse art and capitalism of vile inhumanity. Historical evidence suggests that not long before his death...