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Plays

Nivelli’s War

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Written for Belfast based Cahoots, NI, Nivelli’s War is set in Germany in the aftermath of World War II where displaced people are desperately trying to return home to find their loved ones. Six-year-old Ernst is an evacuee who finds himself alone on his aunt’s farm two hundred kilometers from Frankfurt am Main with only a mysterious chicken thief to turn to for help. The story of the unlikely bond between Mr H (the thief) and Ernst, and their difficult journey home is literally conjured up before our eyes by a world famous, yet strangely weary, magician – the Mr. Nivelli of the play’s title. As he prepares on stage for the night’s performance, he blows up a balloon that transports us back through time to key moments in the past that still tug at his mind: the parting with his mother after a devastating bombing of the city; his aunt Sophie wandering off insane with grief; the cart Mr H makes from his uncle’s bicycle in order to carry the boy along the road; the Russian soldiers Mr H distracts with sleight-of-hand tricks; and an aristocrat and her butler hiding out in a boarded-up mansion who offer the travelers a rare evening of respite – a warm fire and a decent meal. The acclaimed magician has devoted his life to the art that his friend and saviour taught him, a friend who he learns was a Jew and whose survival in Nazi Germany seems to have been for the sole purpose of delivering little Ernst back into his mother’s arms. How to repay such a debt? Can Ernst or any of us, trapped in the inhumanity of war, ever become whole again?

Out of their Heads

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Explodes the myths surrounding drugs and the club scene by depicting the betrayal and friendship of three young people who take a trip beyond anything they ever expected.

Piknik

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

The powerless are given voice in this play by Joned Suryatmoko (Indonesia), reminding us that poverty can easily lead to abuse and exploitation.

Pirates!

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Pirates! is a bi-national co-commission which Way wrote for theatres in the London and the Washington, DC, suburbs. The protagonist Jim is an eight year old who is fascinated by 18th-century pirate lore. He is also on the brink of being reunited with the mother who left him and his father four years earlier for a life on the road with a new partner. As he struggles to come to terms with whether or not he wants to renew this relationship, Jim dreams that he is caught in an adventure on the high seas in which he must choose between allegiance to the charismatic female pirate Captain Freely or to her arch nemesis – the strict disciplinarian, Captain McGovern. Like most children touched by divorce, Jim’s deepest wish is to force a stop to the fight between his parents. In a moment of striking theatrical imagery, Way has Jim interrupt the duel between the two warring captains and demand that they throw down their swords forever. Instead they pause just long enough to tell him, “This is our fight lad – ours. And you are not the cause of it. ‘Tis time for you to go.” The fantastical journey into history allows Jim to process his fears about his very present dilemma. He gains the courage to speak directly to his father about the past and realizes that he can choose to what degree he wants to allow his mother back into his life. Pirates! was much praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic for its premiere productions and was nominated for Washington’s Helen Hayes Outstanding New Play Award in 2011 and given the Distinguished New Play Award by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education in 2012.

The Playground

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Based on a short story Out of Bounds, The Playground tells the story of Rosa, a young girl, who is sent by her mother to be the first black child in an all-white school where many parents remained hostile to Nelson Mandela's new integration laws. As Rosa's world collides with that of Hennie (the white boy whom Rosa's mother has looked after since he was a baby) both are forced to overcome their fears and show the courage to face each other.

Playing from the Heart

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Commissioned by Polka Theatre and nominated for TMA's Best Children's Play award, this is a poetic yet gritty piece exploring the trials of the young Evelyn Glennie to become a percussionist despite her profound deafness. It provides an opportunity for movement, music and text to be combined in performance. For eight years and over.

Plunge

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

In Plunge, ex-economist Jean Tay shines satirical light on the Asian Economic Crisis, and with considerable boldness and innovation reveals Singapore’s sophistication on the global market.

Precious

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

How do you stop being a graffiti artist and become a real one?

Project XXX

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Project XXX is a dark, romantic comedy. The story follows a feminist teenage blogger who decides it is time to prove that sex on the web is not just for men. During a rainy summer in a northern seaside town, Amy resolves to show that sexual choice is firmly in the hands of women by persuading new love interest Callum to film her first time. Meanwhile, Callum has his own issues to deal with, including a mother on the edge of a nervous breakdown and an obsession with faded porn star Jaze.

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.