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After Haggerty

Written by

David Mercer

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer

Methuen Drama, 1990

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 17, Roles: Total (8), Female (1), Male (5), Unassigned (2)

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...Gathering together the political and social concerns of an era, After Haggerty addresses with breadth and complexity the politics of theatre and personal liberation at a time when social certainties were being rapidly destabilised...

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...

A Suitable Case For Treatment

Written by

David Mercer

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer

Methuen Drama, 1990

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Roles: Total (11), Female (4), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Leonie has just divorced Morgan on the grounds that, among other offences, he shaved a poodle so that it had a hammer and sickle on its back. Mercer’s darkly comic story of the personal breakdown of Morgan suggests that this ex-Communist...

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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...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...

Emma's Time

Written by

David Mercer

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer

Methuen Drama, 1990

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 41, Roles: Total (13), Female (5), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...Emma’s Time is the third part of a trilogy, sometimes called the Kelvin trilogy, with On the Eve of Publication and The Cellar and the Almond Tree. In Emma’s Time the fluid cuts between past and present, fantasy and flashbacks show Emma...

The Cellar and the Almond Tree

Written by

David Mercer

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer

Methuen Drama, 1990

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Roles: Total (12), Female (3), Male (9), Unassigned (0)

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...The Cellar and the Almond Tree is the second part of a trilogy, sometimes called the Kelvin trilogy, with On the Eve of Publication and Emma’s Time. The play is similarly composed of juxtaposed cuts between past and present, fantasy...

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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...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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...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...

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...