Plays

2,000 Feet Away

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Eldon, Iowa. A tiny community in the heartland of America. A new state law bans sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks, public libraries, bus stops - anywhere children might gather.

Charged with enforcing the new law, the local Deputy Sheriff is compelled to evict his neighbours' son. Over the course of a single weekend, fear and intolerance swell in the small town. The two men are thrown together to discover the ultimate price that each has to pay for safety.

Anthony Weigh's 2,000 Feet Away had its UK premiere at the Bush Theatre, London, in June 2008.

About Stoppard

Faber and Faber

In About Stoppard, Jim Hunter charts the work of a leading living dramatist who has brought delight to the world's theatres for more than forty years. The book presents a series of new interviews, with Tom Stoppard himself and with the practitioners who put his work on stage, such as directors Peter Wood, Trevor Nunn and Richard Eyre, lighting and set designers, and actors Felicity Kendal, John Wood, Essie Davis, Stephen Dillane and Simon Russell Beale. There's also a wealth of digest material and an extensive introduction which places Stoppard's plays in context, making this volume an indispensable guide for anyone interested in the work of this sensational playwright.

The Absence of War

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

The Absence of War offers a meditation on the classic problems of leadership, and is the third part of a critically acclaimed trilogy of plays (Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges) about British institutions.

Its unsparing portrait of a Labour Party torn between past principles and future prosperity, and of a deeply sympathetic leader doomed to failure, made the play hugely controversial and prophetic when it was first presented at the National Theatre, London, in 1993.

Acapulco

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

At the bar in the Acapulco Plaza Hotel, a group of film actors on location try to find ways of filling their time.

Developed from Berkoff’s experiences on the set of Rambo II, Acapulco offers a reflection on the nature of art and being an artist.

Acapulco premiered at the Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles, in August 1990.

Actor

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

An actor speaks on the phone to his agents, his parents, and his fellow thespians, battling with rejection, expectation, disappointment and self-pity.

A short monologue which delves into the heart of the acting industry, Actor humorously and poignantly portrays the trying life of being a struggling artist.

Actor premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in January 1984.

Act Without Words I

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

A mime for one player, Act Without Words I was written in French in 1956, as Acte sans paroles I, with music by John Beckett, the author’s cousin.

Act Without Words II

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

A mime for two players, Act Without Words II was written in French, as Acte sans paroles II, at about the same time as Act Without Words I (1956). It was probably first performed probably at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, on 25 January 1960.

After Darwin

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Millie, a director, discusses with her actors, Ian and Tom, how to interpret two famous historical figures from the nineteenth century. It's 1831. The naturalist Charles Darwin is invited to travel with Robert Fitzroy into uncharted waters off the coast of South America aboard 'The Beagle'. Their five year journey is fraught with philosophical and personal tensions. Fitzroy, a staunch Christian, has faith in the unquestionable authority of the Bible; Darwin begins to explore a more radical vision, his theory of natural selection. A meditation on history and human relationships, After Darwin links past and present through these five characters, and raises timeless questions about faith, friendship and how we interpret the past.

After Darwin was first performed in July 1998, at Hampstead Theatre, London.

After Easter

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

After Easter is not a political play, rather a psychological play – inevitably funny. It is a contemporary portrait of a woman who reaches that point in her life when she will either grow or fade, when she will either continue to live in her lesser personality or make that inner marriage which will allow her to enter the mainstream of her larger existence, and, hopefully, swim.

The exile, Greta, having turned away from everything that once could have been called her identity – including her religion – allows the ghosts to call her home to the north of Ireland and to her family. In doing so she finds herself confronting the identity that she has wilfully excluded for so long.

After Electra

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

It's Virgie's eighty-fourth birthday and she is bucking convention. But, always more committed as an artist than a mother, Virgie has not reckoned on her family and friends' determination to thwart her plans.

A black comedy that reimagines the meaning of family, April De Angelis's After Electra premiered at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, in April 2015 before transferring to the Tricycle Theatre, London.

Faber and Faber is one of the great independent publishing houses. The company was established in 1929 by Geoffrey Faber, who recruited T. S. Eliot to the firm that year. They set the precedent for more than eighty years of literary excellence. Faber’s celebrated reputation for contemporary drama was seeded in 1956, a year that saw the premiere of John Osborne’s theatrical bombshell Look Back in Anger and the publication of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Tom Stoppard joined the ranks in the sixties, and in the decades that followed many other brilliant dramatists have found their home here, including Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Bennett, Brian Friel, David Hare, Frank McGuinness and Timberlake Wertenbaker. The legacy continues with an exciting list of younger playwrights. Faber believes that great plays make great literature. With a unique heritage, including plays by three Nobel Laureates, Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett and T. S. Eliot, and a thriving front list, the company remains a true pioneer of drama in the modern age.