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Plays

The Little Black Book

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Type: Text

One morning, Jean-Jacques leaves his door ajar – and a total stranger slips into his life. Is she deranged, a squatter, or a woman from his past? As a lawyer, he should know how to get rid of her, but as a man, he has no idea. His orderly world is turned upside-down when what started as a comic encounter changes his life forever.

Look At Me

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Type: Text

Uses theatricality to explore behaviour in and out of school.

Lysistrata - the sex strike (adapt. Greer, Wilmott)

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Type: Text

The world's leading feminist raconteur, polemicist and wit plunders the archetypal story of female resistance . . . Lysistrata, the play's heroine persuades the women to barricade themselves inside a building, refusing to give their husbands sex until they negotiate an end to the Peloponnesian War and secure peace. She also persuades the women of Sparta, the enemy, to join her cause and refuse sex to their husbands until they agree to stop the war. The men eventually give in, peace is agreed and the women go home to their husbands.

Made in England

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Type: Text

A young musician is faced with the dilemma of denying his cultural identity for success or remaining in obscurity. Time Out Critic's Choice. 

Merlin and the Cave of Dreams

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Type: Text

Finalist in the Helen Hayes Awards, USA. The King is dead and the Green Kingdom is in turmoil. Only Merlin knows that the future lies in the hands of young Arthur. Taken away from the only home he's known, Arthur slumbers in Merlin's Cave of Dreams. Here, his past and future are revealed in a glorious vision that will lead him on the adventure of a lifetime. Can Arthur slay the giants and dragons that stand in his way? Will he pull the sword from the stone and claim his rightful kingdom?

Mia

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Type: Text

Of Roma background, Mia is a refugee who has lost her home, and most of her family. She has odd bits and pieces in her bag, which have stories attached to them. Mia has received a postcard of this town from her sister, Sofia, who has disappeared. She tells them about Sofia, shows them a photograph and reveals her fears.

Missing (Way)

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Written for two theatres located in German and Welsh mining towns, Missing is distantly inspired by the Grimm’s fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel but more immediately by the question, “What does it mean nowadays to grow up poor in an economically depressed town?”

Way tells the story from the viewpoints of all four characters – the Dad, the Stepmother, Hansel, a withdrawn and alienated teenager, and Grethel, his much younger sister who has a mental disability that leaves her vulnerable to bullies and evil-doers.

When Hansel – like a detective – traces his sister’s disappearance to the horrible truth, he is still hampered by cops who have him pegged as a juvenile delinquent and a father who is rarely sober enough to act. A tragic outcome seems all but certain until Hansel’s daring plan to lure the kidnapper with a suitcase full of money pays off.

As risky in form as it is in content, this piece leaves the assignment of specific lines to the discretion of each producing company and demands a creative use of movement to support and, in places, replace the text. Evocative and eloquent on the page, Missing has proven its effectiveness in production and in 2010 was honored with the highly prestigious German Children’s Theatre Prize.

Nadirah

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Type: Text

Alfian Sa’at’s Nadirah is highly topical as it addresses the theme of mixed marriages; in asking if mother and daughter can worship different gods, Sa’at welcomes the new developments in Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-faithed society.

Nascendo

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Set in a Maternity ward on the eve of the revolution, patients and staff reflect the divided nature of Romanian society. 

Aurora Metro Books is an independent publisher of fiction, non-fiction, YA fiction and drama which was established by Cheryl Robson over 25 years ago. Based in Richmond-upon-Thames, near London, the company initiated the Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2009, in honour of Virginia Woolf, who lived for ten years in the same area that the office is based. With a growing list of high quality adult fiction, featuring both new and established novelists, the company has published select international authors and work in translation from around 20 languages.

With over 120 drama plays in print, including works from Robin Soans, Manjula Padmanabhan and Germaine Greer, as well as a formidable list of non-fiction books on theatre, Aurora Metro Books has built a wide-ranging and highly contemporary list of new drama, with collections of women’s drama, international drama and drama by black and Asian writers, proving to be popular with colleges and universities. Aurora Metro Books’ list of plays for Young People is the finest in the UK.