Platinum (Modern Plays) by Hannah Patterson

By Hannah Patterson

I simply imagine you mustn't placed humans on pedestals that is all. It makes them appear ideal while they are not.

Martha McDonald used to be a world-famous singer – Grammy corridor of repute resident, poster lady for revolution, and author of 1 of the main iconic songs of the Nineteen Seventies. till she disappeared.

For decades she hasn't written or sung a unmarried notice. Hidden from public view deep within the Californian Mountains, Martha guards a mystery that, if published, will switch every thing. And just one different individual holds a key to this enigma: her estranged daughter, Anna.

Anna is desperately attempting to break out the lengthy shadow of her mother's popularity and legacy. Will exposing the key unencumber her – and her mom – or may perhaps it break them both?

Hannah Patterson's exciting play explores the effect that luck and megastar have on relationships and why honesty isn't continuously the simplest coverage. Platinum received its international most effective on the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs on nine December 2016.

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Tree Mend Us People by Bruce Purdy

By Bruce Purdy

It’s one other unusual day within the English geographical region for 3 jack the lad tree surgeons, Tommy Hendon, Neville Springer and Malcolm Davis, their corporation identify, Tree Mend Us People.

Occasionally a few people’s lives can unwittingly resemble a comedy of mistakes, yet for the lads, it’s extra of a full-blown occupation with out break day for reliable behaviour.

As if to were blessed with the Midas contact, yet in opposite, Tommy’s by no means in need of a good suggestion and for this reason, lifestyles could be a little bit of a problem for the boys. Steadfast at the back of the corporate motto; he who dares provide the main bullshit wins! without problems their most sensible laid plans consistently appear to fall to bits; or even whilst whatever can’t potentially pass wrong... Ooops.

Seemingly oblivious to their ongoing plight, one unlucky scenario blurs into one other, yet for the population of Duckling Meadows, bewilderment is not any stranger and so lifestyles with a bit of luck strikes on.

Editors Note:
Purdy’s publication effectively walks the road among dramatic and comedian with adequate subtlety that the reader can by no means really make certain even if what’s round the nook goes to be outrageous and impolite or heartbreakingly delicate, or either while: even the main morbidly irreverent bits are usually performed for pathos, and vice versa.

Matthew Godden

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Merlin and the Woods of Time (Oberon Plays for Younger by Glyn Maxwell

By Glyn Maxwell

It’s an ideal day in Camelot. The desk is around and the Grail is Holy. Knights joust and girls express favour. Blood is spilt, love declared, and medieval pundits speak us in the course of the motion. What might be able to get it wrong? yet then a humble water-carrier falls head-over-heels for an conceited attractiveness and in his ardour stumbles at the mystery of Controlling Time. Now the survival of the area is in his palms, and it'll take greater than the knowledge of Merlin to save lots of outdated England from disaster. Chivalry, showbiz and strange-coloured cocktails meet with Very bizarre leads to Merlin and the Woods of Time...

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Arnold Wesker's Monologues (Oberon Modern Playwrights) by Arnold Wesker

By Arnold Wesker

Arnold Wesker's performs, written over a interval of greater than fifty years, supply actors, female and male, a outstanding resource of monologues overlaying subject matters resembling friendship, loss of life, outdated age, political disillusion, failed love, and self discovery fuelled via feelings ranging via anger, pleasure, wish, worry, outrage, love, bewilderment, guilt, and comedian irony.

This is Wesker's personal collection of them. as well as definitive types of recognized monologues akin to Paul’s speech from The Kitchen and Beatie Bryant’s victorious speech from the tip of Roots, this quantity constitutes an creation to an unknown Wesker. to these already acquainted with The Wesker Trilogy and different performs, this quantity includes extra proof of this author's energy and passion.The quantity additionally contains synopses of the performs from which the monologues come.

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Rebecca Lenkiewicz: Plays 1: The Night Season; Shoreditch by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

By Rebecca Lenkiewicz

The evening Season
'The evening Season is uncommon; no politics, no concerns, no background - only a daring try to grapple with the messy nature of residing. it is also delightfully, rudely funny.' Financial Times

'Look out for the identify Rebecca Lenkiewicz. it truly is as soon as in a blue moon author will get her second-ever play staged on the nationwide. it truly is much more impressive should you get lost on the finish, strolling on air.... Lenkiewicz is sort of terribly talented.' Independent on Sunday

Shoreditch Madonna
'A robust soaking up paintings, packed with ardour, pathos and sly humour, set within the hip artwork scene of London's East End... there's a infrequent mix of discomfort, wit and originality in Lenkiewicz's writing.' Daily Telegraph

Her bare Skin
'It is surprising to imagine that this is often the 1st full-length paintings through a lady to be noticeable at the Olivier degree. yet Lenkiewicz makes up for misplaced time by way of exploring the starvation for political and private emancipation that fuelled the suffragette move in 1913... Her play colonises this daunting house with bravura confidence.. Her energy lies in her skill to recapture the triumphs and tribulations of a historical past movement... Lenkiewicz's play vegetation a defiant feminist flag at the Olivier stage.' Guardian

'This is a giant play with a major middle and that i suggest it with an identical heat. Lenkiewicz is making background right here and, in so doing, demonstrating that she's obtained an outstanding future.' Daily Telegraph

The Painter
'An intimate portrait of Turner... Understated and quietly superb.' Independent on Sunday

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The Coast of Utopia Trilogy by Tom Stoppard

By Tom Stoppard

The Coast of Utopia is an epic but additionally intimate drama of romantics and revolutionaries in an age of emperors. the 3 sequential, self-contained performs, Voyage, Shipwreck and Salvage, span the lives and loves of a bunch of Russian pals at domestic and out of the country within the tumultuous years among 1833 and 1866. This new absolutely revised version of the trilogy comprises an creation by way of the author.

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The Methuen Book of Shakespeare Anecdotes by Ralph Berry

By Ralph Berry

Few playwrights were extra slandered, abused or honoured in functionality than William Shakespeare.


First released in 1992, this choice of three hundred tales makes a speciality of Shakespeare’s performs on degree. Organised chronologically, it bargains the reader the chance to witness the alterations in theatrical techniques to Shakespeare from their personal time to the current day.


This booklet may be of curiosity to these learning theatre, but additionally to these thinking about the Shakespeare tradition.

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Boa by Clara Brennan

By Clara Brennan

‘I informed the fellow occasionally your arm round my neck felt
like…a feather boa…and occasionally it felt like a huge ol’
snake. Squeezing the existence outta me.’

One transatlantic marriage. 3 continents. wars.

Boa is an acerbic, hot and sincere account of a husband and spouse whose courting spans thirty years of affection, laughter, habit, and warfare.

A examining of Boa premiered on the Hightide pageant 2014.

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Blood Brothers GCSE Student Guide (GCSE Student Guides) by Ros Merkin

By Ros Merkin

Written particularly for GCSE scholars through lecturers within the box, the Methuen Drama GCSE publications comfortably assemble essential assets and suggestions for profitable figuring out and writing multi functional position, getting ready scholars to process their tests with confidence.

Key positive aspects comprise a serious observation of the play with wide, essentially labelled analyses on topics, characters and context. They take learning drama even additional with sections on dramatic approach, severe reception, comparable works, interesting behind-the-scenes interviews with playwrights, administrators or actors, and a valuable word list of dramatic terms.

A well-established sleek vintage, Willy Russell's Blood Brothers tells the tale of Mickey and Eddie, twins separated at start who develop as much as lead very contrary lives, yet which always and necessarily intersect.

Closely following the necessities of GCSE English Literature review targets, those stories contain professional suggestion on how one can write approximately glossy drama. With featured actions for workforce learn and self reliant paintings, they're flexible and useful to scholars and academics alike.

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