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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾

Written by

Sue Townsend

~playauthor~Written by~ Sue Townsend

Methuen Drama, 1996

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Acts: 2, Roles: Total (17), Female (6), Male (11), Unassigned (0)

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...Sue Townsend's adaptation of her internationally best-selling book makes for a lively play about a splendidly comic and instantly recognisable adolescent. In his secret diary, Adrian Mole excruciatingly details every...

Did You Hear the One About the Irishman...?

Written by

Christina Reid

~playauthor~Written by~ Christina Reid

Methuen Drama, 1997

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

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...Did You Hear the One About the Irishman . . . ? is a painful love story divided by sectarianism, and punctuated by the tasteless racist jokes of an anti-Irish comedian. Allison’s family don’t want her to marry Brian...

Absolute Beginners

Written by

Roy Williams

~playauthor~Written by~ Roy Williams

Methuen Drama, 2008

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Acts: 4, Roles: Total (24), Female (3), Male (21), Unassigned (0)

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...Absolute Beginners is a stage adaptation of Colin MacInnes’s seminal novel of adolescence, set in London in 1958. It is a play alive with the excitement of the beginning of the teenager, of a time when youth culture was emerging...

The Balancing Act

Written by

Edward Bond

~playauthor~Written by~ Edward Bond

Methuen Drama, 2011

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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...

After Haggerty

Written by

David Mercer

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer

Methuen Drama, 1990

Contemporary Dramatists

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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...

Ancient Lights

Written by

Shelagh Stephenson

~playauthor~Written by~ Shelagh Stephenson

Methuen Drama, 2003

Contemporary Dramatists

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 4, Roles: Total (6), Female (4), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...Ancient Lights brings three old friends and their partners and children together for Christmas, whose private lives and public lies furnish a contemporary commentary on identity and integrity. Tom Cavallero, Hollywood...

The Arcata Promise

Written by

David Mercer

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Stuart Laing

Edited by

Stuart Laing

~playauthor~Written by~ David Mercer , Stuart Laing ~playauthor~Edited by~ Stuart Laing

Methuen Drama, 1994

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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...

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...

Mary Barnes

Written by

David Edgar

~playauthor~Written by~ David Edgar

Methuen Drama, 1997

Contemporary Dramatists

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 27, Roles: Total (13), Female (5), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...In 1965, Mary Barnes arrives at Kingsley Hall, the first resident of an alternative treatment centre for mental illness founded by the controversial psychotherapist, R. D. Laing. Having undergone shock therapy and insulin injections for her...

Bent

Written by

Martin Sherman

~playauthor~Written by~ Martin Sherman

Methuen Drama, 2003

Contemporary Dramatists

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 11, Roles: Total (15), Female (0), Male (15), Unassigned (0)

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...Martin Sherman’s most famous play, Bent is a shattering tragedy about the treatment of homosexual men under the Nazi regime; its raw, harrowing depiction of extreme persecution and punishment lifted briefly by human connection has become...