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Oliver Cotton
Dessert
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A British financier and his wife host a lavish dinner party for their affluent American friends. It's over a year since the two couples were together and they have plenty to talk about. The food is delicious, the conversation animated and dessert is on its way - when, from one second to another, the evening takes a sinister and alarming turn.

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Luke Barnes
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
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Meet Leah and Chris; raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as 'special' as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don't become reality? Follow Leah and Chris over these twenty years as they realise the future they were promised as children hasn't turned out as they hoped, against the backdrop of an asteroid heading for earth. Told through performance and live music on multiple stages, with support from a different Humber Street Sesh band every night, this is Welly like you've never seen it

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Dead Centre
Hamnet
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Dead Centre's new solo work for an eleven -year-old boy is devoted to Shakespeare's only son, Hamnet, who died in 1596, only eleven himself. A single letter separates Hamnet from the philosophical heights of Hamlet. Unlike the Prince, he cannot ask 'to be or not to be'. Condemned not to be, he now seeks to understand the world from which he has been wrested. Hamnet is too young to understand Shakespeare. We are too old to understand Hamnet. Two generations, asking each other what they want to pass on and receive.

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Anya Reiss
Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over
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From the award-winning Regent's Park Open Air Theatre comes a new version of the story of Dickens' beloved orphan. The original story of Victorian London's most famous child. Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over. It will have you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.

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Dame Beryl Grey
For the Love of Dance
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Published to celebrate Dame Beryl's 90th birthday, this is the only autobiography from this famous classical ballerina, and is a must-read for dance and ballet lovers. Dame Beryl's life is defined by her love of dance. Her life and career spanned the period that saw the flowering of British ballet. Knowing and working with virtually everyone in the dance world, she reveals fascinating insights into the people, characters and institutions that made up world dance in the 20th century. Grey began her dancing career with the Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1941 at the unprecedented early age of 14. Her natural virtuosity saw her quickly promoted to prima ballerina, dancing her first Giselle at 17, and Princess Aurora at 19. Dame Beryl became the first English dancer to appear as a ballerina at the Bolshoi and the Kirov, as well as with the Peking Ballet. Throughout WWII, Dame Beryl continued to perform throughout the country, despite the dangers. This autobiography provides a fascinating and personal insight into an extraordinary woman, her life and career.

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Inua Ellams
Barber Shop Chronicles
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Barber Shop Chronicles is a generously funny, heart-warming and insightful new play set in five African cities, Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra, and in London. Inspired in part by the story of a Leeds barber, the play invites the audience into a unique environment where the banter may be barbed, but the truth always telling. The barbers of these tales are sages, role models and father figures who keep the men together and the stories alive.

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Robert Icke
Hamlet
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A radical new version of Shakespeares classic, reworked and directed by Robert Icke,

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Matt Parvin
Jam
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Ten years ago, Bella Soroushs life was ruined by one of her pupils  Kane McCarthy. She has gradually rebuilt things  new school, new town, new friends  and finally feels at home in the depths of the countryside. Now Kane is back in her classroom, armed with relics of the past and claiming to want forgiveness. As the truths they've clung to begin to collapse, teacher and pupil are forced to confront their prejudices and the shared history that has bound them together.

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Alice Birch
Anatomy of a Suicide
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Three generations of women. For each, the chaos of what has come before brings with it a painful legacy.

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Will Eno
Wakey, Wakey
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This funny, moving, and thought-provoking new play, written and directed by Lucille Lortel and Obie Award-winner Will Eno, challenges the notion of what really matters and recognizes the importance of lifes simple pleasures. (All of which might sound dreary, but theres a chance this will be a really good experience.)

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Tom Morton-Smith, Matt Hartley, Kirsty Housley
Making Mischief: Two Radical New Plays
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THE EARTHWORKS: "The universe doesn't care if we know how it works." On the eve of the activation of the Large Hadron Collider, two strangers - a journalist and a scientist - share their experiences of loss and hope in a funny but deeply touching one-act play. MYTH:"I can only see wrong choices. Things that will make everything worse." In one wine-fuelled evening, two couples debate their materialistic lifestyle. As their dinner party descends into chaos, their friendship and their lives are irreparably changed. A play about those things we don't want to see or say.

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Katie Bonna
All The Things I Lied About
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Part documentary, part poetry, part comedy - mostly lies. Katie Bonna has not spoken to her father for seven years. Well, actually it's more like three years because he did storm that Sunday roast that one time, but seven years sounds more dramatic and she wants you to know that this situation is DRAMATIC. 2016 is the year of two weddings: her brother's and her own. Her dad will be at one of those and it isn't hers. As far as she's aware, he doesn't know she's getting married. As far as she's aware, he doesn't even know she's marrying a woman. All The Things I Lied About is a comic exploration of what estranged Katie from her father in the first place and what she's going to do about it in the face of apparently being a grown-up. Part documentary and part personal experience, the award-winning writer performer will question what makes us all lie, what keeps us lying and why none of us really like honesty as much as we say we do.

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Rita Kalnejais
This Beautiful Future
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Elodie is 17. She's French. She washes her legs before going to church. She believes in God. Otto is 15. He's a German soldier. Bulletproof skin. Eyes that could pierce tanks. He was part of a firing squad today. It's 1944. Outside, the world around them is exploding. Inside, the room shakes. Elodie and Otto's naked bodies touch.

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Emma Donoghue
Room
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Kidnapped as a teenage girl, Ma has been locked inside a purpose built room in her captors garden for seven years. Her five year old son, Jack, has no concept of the world outside and happily exists inside Room with the help of Mas games and his vivid imagination where objects like Rug, Lamp and TV are his only friends. But for Ma the time has come to escape and face their biggest challenge to date: the world outside Room.

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Douglas Maxwell
Charlie Sonata
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Chick arrives back in Scotland for a reunion with his old mates Gary and Jackson only to find Garys daughter has been the victim of a life-changing car accident. The antiseptic smell of the wards, the relentless beep of the life support and the sterile hospital bed contrast sharply in Chicks eye with the young wild-haired girl lying there unconscious; inspiring this downtrodden man to embark on a quest to save her life.

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Phil Porter
Vice Versa
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A wily servant and a pair of wronged young lovers team up to bamboozle a pompous general in this riotous new farce. Dodgy disguises, comic capers and a talking monkey create pandemonium as the tricksters try to save the girl, free the servant and live to tell the tale!

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Jennifer Tuckett
The Student Guide to Playwriting
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The Student Guide to Playwriting provides access to step-by-step lesson plans for writing a theatre play, written by ten top industry professionals who have led the way in terms of playwriting training in the UK. Suitable for writers, students, teachers, the industry and anyone with an interest in dramatic writing and playwriting, the book offers key advice on getting started, ideas, structure, scenes, characterization, dialogue, theatricality, rewriting, and the business of staging your work.

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Charlotte Josephine
Blush
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Three women and two men swim in shame. Everyone's exposed. Everyone wants revenge. No one's talking about it. Five candid stories about revenge porn and all its many victims. Blush is a slap in the face and a call to arms.

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Hassan Abdulrazzak
And Here I Am
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A bitter sweet, dark political comedy based on one man's true story and his odyssey in search for identity, And Here I Am is an epic voyage of identity and self-discovery based on Ahmed Tobasi's personal coming of age story. Combining fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy, spanning both the first Palestinian intifada and the second, we follow the protagonist through his transformation from resistance fighter to artist, his journey as a refugee from the West Bank to Norway and then back again.

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Matthew Dunster
Tale of Two Cities, A
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A bold new adaptation of Dickens' classic from one of Britain's foremost directors, tying into contemporary issues of global war, refugees, extremism. How much more do those in power think Europes poor can take? When will the people take to the streets of the cities and roar enough is enough?

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Taylor Mac
Hir
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Isaac is dishonourably discharged from the army and returns home. He finds that things have changed. The house is a dump as his mother no longer does any housework. His father has had a stroke and his mother has put him in a diaper, a dress and a purple fright wig and painted his face like a clown. His sister has had a sex change

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PLAY Theatre Co.
Pocket Plays
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Award-winning theatre company PLAY champion a new approach to new writing, with an emphasis firmly on collaboration. They bring together some of the industries brightest and best actors, writers and directors, and starting with a completely blank slate, they have just two weeks to collaborate, devise and create brand new PLAYs. This is a selected collection of some of the best PLAYs.

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Nicolas Kent
All the President's Men?
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The U.S. Senate's 2017 confirmation process for President Trump's Cabinet. It forensically reveals the ethics, beliefs and philosophy behind four key Cabinet figures: Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon, now Secretary of State responsible for America's foreign policy; Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, a leading campaigner for the President and now his chief law officer; Dr Tom Price, a strident critic of Obamacare now Health Secretary and Scott Pruitt, a climate change sceptic confirmed as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency. The appointment of these men will have huge implications. They will lead the administration's policy on Russia, the Middle East, Iran and North Korea, on human rights worldwide, on the Paris Climate control agreement, as well as on the civil rights and the health of millions of Americans.

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Duncan Macmillan, Paul Auster
City of Glass
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When reclusive crime writer Daniel Quinn receives a mysterious call seeking a private detective in the middle of the night, he quickly and unwittingly becomes the protagonist in a thriller of his own. As the familiar territory of the noir detective genre gives way to something altogether more disturbing, Quinn becomes consumed by his mission, and begins to lose his grip on reality.

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The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Greek Plays
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A diverse selection of plays from the nineties, noughties and 2010's from a range of established and up-and-coming playwrights based in Greece. The collection includes a foreword and introductions to each play by prominent academics in Greek Contemporary Theatre. 1. M.A.I.R.O.U.L.A by Lena Kitsopoulou, translated by Aliki Chapple (2012) 2. Angelstate by Nina Rapi, translated by the author (2015) 3. Wolfgang by Yannis Mavritsakis, translated by Christina Polyhroniou (2008) 4. Hungry by Charalampos Giannou , translated by the author (2016) 5. Juliet by Akis Dimou, translated by Elizabeth Sakellaridou (1995)

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Barney Norris
While We're Here
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Eddie and Carol were lovers once, but their lives went in different directions. Now they meet again on a park bench in a town full of memories, and find something still burns between them. On the countrys southern margin where the towns give way to the English Channel, both search for the centre of their lives. Will they find a way to let go of the past for the sake of their futures?

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Rajiv Joseph
Guards At The Taj
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In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly-completed Taj Mahal - an event that shakes their respective worlds. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concept of friendship, beauty and duty, and changes them forever.

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Reginald Edmund
Blacula: Young, Black and Undead
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A young man discovers that his girlfriend is dating an ancient African vampire

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Titas Halder
Escape The Scaffold
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Escape the Scaffold is a dark and dangerous psychological thriller set against the background of a rapidly changing world. Three best friends hunker down in their student house, forced to make decisions that will mark them for the rest of their lives. Get a job. Get married. Put down the tequila and take the money. Save yourself. Love triangle turns to murderous betrayal. Youthful idealism is tested, paranoia takes hold, and real life melts into a nightmare world. The basement is filling with water and there is a monster in the house.

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Barney Norris
Echo's End
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Wiltshire. 1915. As the shadow of war falls over the Wiltshire landscape, a young couple finds itself caught up in the turmoil of troubled times. For generations, John and Annas families have made a living by working the land. Growing up in back-to-back cottages, everyone expects them to marry. Now, however, with nearly half a million young soldiers pouring into the country, the world seems so much bigger than they had ever imagined and the future feels far from certain.

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Gary Owen
Killology
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In Killology, players are rewarded for torturing victims, scoring points for "creativity". But Killology isn't sick. In fact it's marketed by its millionaire creator as a deeply moral experience. Because yes, you can live out your darkest fantasies, but you don't escape their consequences. Out on the streets, not everybody agrees with him. "There is an instinctive revulsion against taking a human life. And that revulsion can be conquered."

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Sulayman Al-Bassam
Petrol Station
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A desert. A border. A remote petrol station within earshot of civil war. This vividly imagined twilit zone provides the background for a familial standoff in which the crimes, secrets, and broken loves of one generation make violent claims on the lives of the next as two half-brothers vie for favours and allegiance from their aging father. Examining themes of identity, ambition, and betrayal, this compelling drama from acclaimed Kuwaiti writer/director Sulayman Al Bassam uses the iconic setting of the deserted petrol station as a poetic space to explore the oppressions and aspirations of the Gulf Arab Region.

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Ryan Craig
Filthy Business
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1968, East London. Over the years and against all the odds, Yetta Solomon has built a thriving business from nothing through sheer grit and passion. Ignoring all the obstacles - insufficient capital, economic downturns, aggressive competition - she has found a way to survive everything adversity could throw at her. Now she faces her toughest challenge: her family. In a rapidly changing Britain, Yetta must protect the shop and keep it in the Solomon family. But her sons, grandchildren and in-laws have other ideas& Always ruthless, how far will she go to keep the business in the family and the family in the business?

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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière, Phil Porter, Sean Foley
Miser, The
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Fanatical about protecting his wealth, the paranoid Harpagon (Griff Rhys Jones) suspects all of trying to filch his fortune, and will go to any length to protect it. A matchmaker motivated only by money, he sets his sights on wealthy spouses for his children, so his riches are safe from their grubby hands. As true feelings and identities are revealed will Harpagon allow his children to follow their heart, or will his love of gold prove all-consuming? Passion and purse strings go head to head in this rip roaring comedy, by France's greatest dramatist.

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Marion Meyer translated by Penny Black
Pina Bausch: The Biography
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The first-ever biography in English of Pina Bausch: perhaps the most influential performer and choreographer of the 20th century. Meyer has written an accessible, readable account, with a clear journalistic approach that penetrates the mystique and mythology surrounding Pinas life. Bausch was notoriously shy of discussing her work, yet Mayers research is underpinned by several quotes from Pina herself, as well as members of her ensemble. As well as illuminating her personal life and her work ethic; it also takes stock of Bauschs legacy and the future for the Company she created.

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Glyn Maxwell
On Poetry
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A bestseller in hardback, this critically acclaimed collection of short essays and reflections on poetry is now available in paperback. llustrating Maxwells poetic philosophy with examples from canonical poets, this is a beautiful, accessible guide to the most ancient and sublime of the realms of literature.

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Nina Segal
Big Guns
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Big Guns is a play for two actors and a bunch of guns. Or maybe just two actors and an empty stage. The guns are in our heads, maybe, not actually visible. But their presence. Their presence is there. All the things we are // All the things we could have become // We need more time // Everything would have been better // We would have been better // We would have made amends // We would have earned forgiveness // We would have // Started over and // We would have been better // So so much better // If we only had more time // That's the oldest lie in the book. A man enters the stage and // the man has a gun and // the man says, don't worry // Don't worry, I'm not here to harm you // I don't have a message for you or // a threat or // a ransom note written in // cut-out letters from the // Guardian Weekend magazine // I'm not here for any particular reason except // to let you know that I'm here // And that you shouldn't forget about me.

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Jonathan Miller
One Thing And Another12/03/2017 Selected Writings 1954-2016
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Over the course of seven decades, Jonathan Miller has been at the forefront of developments in theatre, opera, comedy, philosophy and scientific debate. This new collection brings together the very best of his acerbic writing. In keeping with Millers grasshopper mind, One Thing and Another leaps from discussions of human behaviour, atheism, satire, cinema and television, to analysis of the work of M. R. James, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens and Truman Capote, by way of reflections on directing Shakespeare, Chekhov, Olivier and opera. A celebrated conversationalist, the book also features a selection of key interviews focusing on his working method. Jonathan Miller is internationally celebrated as one of the last great public intellectuals. Read One Thing and Another to find out why.

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Matthew Whittet
Seventeen
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It's the night of the last day of school. And it's over. Finally over! Tom, Mike, Edwina, Sure and Ronny are 17 and they're seriously celebrating. Teetering of the cusp of adulthood, this is the night they say goodbye to adolescence and begin the journey of the rest of their lives. For each of them it's a phoenix moment - exhilarating and sad, scorching and beautiful. Truths are revealed, passions unveiled, relationships are created and fall apart. Everything is changing. Tonight they drink, they dance, they shout and they love. Matthew Whittet's beautiful new play Seventeen is a finely observant, optimistic work about the strains of youth, about transformation and, ultimately, letting go.

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Breach
Tank
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n 1965, a researcher lived with a dolphin for ten weeks to try and teach him to speak English  part of a NASA-funded research project into human-animal communication. Condemned by the wider scientific community as an elaborate circus trick, the experiment remains a controversial episode in the space race between the two Cold War superpowers. Inspired by Margarets time with Peter in the Dolphin House, TANK will explore the politics of language, the power of culture  and what happens when you inject a cetacean with LSD.

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Chris Campbell (ed)
Oberon Anthology of Contemporary French Plays
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A diverse selection of contemporary plays from a range of established and up-and-coming playwrights based in France, edited and translated by Chris Campbell, literary manager of the Royal Court, and a foreword by Dr Clare Finburgh of the University of Kent.

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Maria Ferguson
Fat Girls Dont Dance
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Blending theatre, storytelling and killer moves, spoken word artist Maria Ferguson explores her relationship with the F-word (food) with the help of her first love (dance). Questioning how we all look at size, Fat Girls Dont Dance takes us in to the world of performance, where three meals a day is up for compromise and skinny sells well.

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Kieran Hurley
Heads Up
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A teenage girl boils up in rage in a toilet cubicle. A finance worker preaches doom in a busy train station. An absurd coke-addled celebrity races through town on a mission. A paranoid stoner stares blankly at the endless disasters on the TV news. In just one moment, all their worlds will end.

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RashDash
Two Man Show
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Two women play two women playing two men. RashDash return with a playful new show about gender and language. A story of power with a strong theme of love running through the narrative. John and Dan keep hearing people say that men have all the power, but it doesn't feel like that to them. Abbi and Helen are making a show about Man and men. They want to talk about masculinity and patriarchy but the words that exist aren't good enough, so there's music and dance too. It's loud and raucous.

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Jennifer Tuckett (ed)
Dramatic Writing Masterclasses: Key Advice from the Industry Masters
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Brings together the advice of the professionals who have led the way in dramatic writing training in the UK, including John Yorke, creator of the BBC Writers Academy, Kate Rowland, founder of BBC Writersroom, Ola Animashawun, creator of the Royal Court Theatres world famous young writers programme, Fin Kennedy, winner of the first fringe first ever awarded for a schools production and creator of Schoolwrights and Philip Shelley, creator of Channel Fours screenwriting programme. Suitable for writers, students, teachers, the industry and anyone with an interest in dramatic writing, the book offers key advice on writing for theatre, film, television, radio and digital media.

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Titas Halder
Run The Beast Down
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Charlie has stopped sleeping. His neighbours cat has been dismembered. And worse, hes being haunted by an urban fox. In a haze of neon-soaked insomnia, lines blur between reality and fantasy. A wild hallucinogenic mystery, Run The Beast Down is an exhilarating monologue play, combining elements of storytelling, dark comedy and magical realism.

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Nir Paldi
Bucket List
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Bucket List tells the story of the fight for justice against the effects of the corrupt capitalist regime in Mexico affecting some of the world's poorest and most defenceless people. When her mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption, Milagros finds herself with only a bloodstained list of those responsible. Determined to make them pay, Milagros embarks on a passionate quest for justice, no matter the cost.

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Sh!t Theatre
Letters To Windsor House
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Sh!t Theatre are Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit. They have lived together for five-and-a-half years now. From their kitchen in Windsor House they've been watching a London and a friendship that's changing. This housing crisis gets personal. Starting with letters they found in the flat they moved in to, this yet again potentially illegal work-in-progress by Sh!t Theatre takes advantage of a loophole in the Postal Services Act that says you can open other people's mail under certain circumstances. This is that certain circumstance. . .. Stories, song, dodgy landlords, detective work and moving on: The Singing Detectives for Generation Rent.

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Selma Dimitrijevic
Dr Frankenstein
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Victoria Frankenstein is a brilliant, visionary young woman. Its an age of enlightenment, a time when old orders begin to crumble and everything seems possible. Provided of course, that you are an English-man. Women are not allowed to study medicine in England, so Victoria travels to Bavaria to fulfil her destiny and become Dr. Frankenstein. Victorias experiments lead her to very brink of human knowledge, the secret of life itself.

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Danai Gurira
Convert, The
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A young Shona girl escapes an arranged marriage by converting to Christianity, becoming a servant and student to an African Evangelical. As anti-European sentiments spread throughout the native population, she is forced to choose between her familys traditions and her newfound faith.

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Roland Schimmelpfennig
Winter Solstice
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Christmas Eve. Bettina and her husband Albert aren't happy. Bettina's mother is staying for the holidays. Which is awkward. Not least because Bettina's mother met a man on the train. And now she's invited him around for drinks... Family, betrayal and the inescapable presence of the past reverberate through the UK premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig's razor-sharp comedy.

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Robert Icke
Mary Stuart
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Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It's all in the execution.Schiller's political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history's most crucial days. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson (Duet for One) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) trade the play's central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.

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Rodney Ackland
After October
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After October is Ackland's most autobiographical play. It shows a feckless family in the grip of poverty, with a young playwright, Clive, scenting the possibilities of escape to affluence and extravagance. But Clive's play is a failure and his beloved Frances opts for his rival Brian. a loan helps Clive until his novel will be completed and everything will be all right 'after October'. the mood lightens - only the creditors are heavy.

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Royal Ballet
Royal Ballet Yearbook 2016/17
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The Royal Ballet Yearbook series is back, with extra editorial features and exclusive behind-the-scenes content  in addition to the usual selection of beautiful ballet images. Featuring lavish photographs of last Seasons performances, a special preview of the new Season and lively and informative articles, The Royal Ballet 2016/17 is a richly illustrated companion to The Royal Ballet, its history, repertory, dancers and staff.

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Andy Arnold
Running on the Cracks
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Run. Keep running. You're doing the right thing. Lay low. Head down. Don't look back. Just keep running. And whatever you do, don't tread on the cracks. Leo's world has been turned upside down. Her parents are gone and her bird-loving uncle is getting too close for comfort. She is only sure of one thing, she must get out. In a desperate bid to find the grandparents she never knew, Leo jumps on a train to Glasgow, penniless and stealing food to survive. Will she track down her grandparents, or will her uncle get to her first?

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David Bret
Find Me a New Way to Die: Edith Piaf's Untold Story
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Edith Piaf was one of 20th-century France's brightest stars, an international sensation, and since her death in 1963 has become a legendary figure. Her life story is so compelling that it has become difficult to separate the fact from the fiction, thanks to a wealth of stories, plays, films and biographies designed to lionize: her birth on the pavement of Rue de Belleville 72 on a pile of coats; being raised in a brothel; her role in the French resistance; the near misses with death; the money, the men, the moods, the drugs, the fame. Shrouded by these stories, the 'real' Edith Piaf is often indistinguishable from the legend. Following on from his two bestselling biographies of Edith Piaf, David Bret, in her centenary year, has written an account of the singer's life which centres around previously unpublished interviews he conducted with her friends, lovers, colleagues and songwriters. For the first time, Bret is in a position to reveal the material that was too controversial to publish whilst the interviewees were still alive. This new book will mean a significant revision to the Piaf myth.

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Isley Lynn
Skin A Cat
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Every teenager thinks they're the only one not having sex. But for Alana, it may well be true. She really wants to, but luck is clearly not on her side. Soon she can't help wondering: Is it this tricky for everyone else? Because no one ever said it was going to be this complicated. Skin A Cat follows Alana on an awkward sexual odyssey with a kaleidoscope of off-kilter characters: from getting her first period at nine years old and freaking out her frantic mother, to watching bad porn at a house party with her best friend's boyfriend, to a painful examination by an overly cheery gynaecologist - all in the pursuit of losing her virginity and finally becoming a woman, whatever that means. . . A bracingly candid account of sex and shame, gut-wrenching and side-splitting by turns, this is a truly alternative coming of age story about going all the way.

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Dee Cannon (Ed)
Oberon Book of Modern Monologues for Women: Teens to Thirties
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Monologues are an essential part of every actor's toolkit. Actors need them for drama school entry, training, showcases and when auditioning for roles in the industry. Following on from the bestselling first volume (2008) and second volume (2013) this book showcases selected monologues from some of the finest modern plays by some of today's leading contemporary playwrights. The monologues contain a diverse range of quirky and memorable characters that cross cultural and historical boundaries. The pieces are organised in age-specific groups: 'Teens', 'Twenties' and 'Thirties'. This volume comes in a brand new format, acting as an actor's workbook as well as monologue resource.

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Dee Cannon (Ed)
Oberon Book of Modern Monologues for Men: Teens to Thirties: 3
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Monologues are an essential part of every actor's toolkit. Actors need them for drama school entry, training, showcases and when auditioning for roles in the industry. Following on from the bestselling first volume (2008) and second volume (2013) this book showcases selected monologues from some of the finest modern plays by some of today's leading contemporary playwrights. The monologues contain a diverse range of quirky and memorable characters that cross cultural and historical boundaries. The pieces are organised in age-specific groups: 'Teens', 'Twenties' and 'Thirties'. This volume comes in a brand new format, acting as an actor's workbook as well as monologue resource.

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Kieran Lynn
Breaking The Ice
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The Arctic is in danger and the only thing that can save it is bureaucracy. Frank Montgomery is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Advisor to the Arctic Council. Hes in Barrow, Alaska, at the biannual meeting of the Council in Barrow, Alaska to give the speech that will tilt the scales. The only problem is he has spilt yogurt on his suit, left his speech at the breakfast buffet and been kidnapped by militant activists. Can he make it to the back to the podium before its too late?

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Howard Barker
Barker: Plays Nine
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The latest collection of plays by Howard Barker, one of the most significant and controversial dramatists of our time. Internationally renowned, his plays challenge, unsettle and expose. The latest volume in Oberon's Howard Barker series comprises the plays: Harrowing And Uplifting Interviews; The Cloth Cathederal; In The Depths Of Dead Love; More No Still

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Ruth McGowan (ed)
Fresh Cuts: A selection of plays from Dublin Fringe Festival 2015 & 2016
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The pick of the 2015 Dublin Tiger Fringe, comprised of four critically acclaimed, innovative plays, showcasing the best new writing happening in Ireland. Contains Our Island by Barry McStay, It Folds by brokentalkers and junk ensemble, LOVE+ by Claire O'Reilly, Dylan Coburn Gray, Breffni Holohan and Maeve O' Mahoney and The Windstealers by Jane Madden. Our Island by Barry McStay 'Our Island' deals with contemporary and relevant issues of emigration, homosexuality, relationships and choices with humour, a fresh perspective and a new youthful voice. It Folds by brokentalkers and junk ensemble It Folds takes a surreal look at an assortment of characters who attempt to find a connection through their shared humanity. LOVE+ by Claire O'Reilly, Dylan Coburn Gray, Breffni Holohan and Maeve O' Mahoney What happens to romance when there's a machine who cooks for you, cleans for you, never forgets your birthday or how you like your tea, tells you you're beautiful, holds you when you're crying, and still makes you cum? This show imagines the inevitability of human/robot relationships The Windstealers by Jane Madden A cast of gurriers, property developers and mammies collide in this modern Irish satire on corruption

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Action Hero
Wrecking Ball
Oberon Books:

Wrecking Ball is a new piece by Action Hero, and is presented tonight as a very early work-in-progress. The piece is a text to be read by an audience and two performers, and they're telling a story about a male celebrity photographer and a female celebrity. It's a conversation about consent, authorship and putting words in other people's mouths, about what it really means to say yes'.

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Anthony Clark
Paradise Of The Assassins
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An adventure love-story set in Syria in the middle ages. Under the guise of doing Hajj, young lovers Zamurrud and Hussain elope. En route to Mecca, Zamurrud is kidnapped by The Assassins - an extreme sect whose members are prepared to leap to death at a sign from their masters, their reward paradise. Zamurrud is coerced into returning to visit Hussain in what he believes is a dream. She convinces him that she is in paradise, and that if he wants to see her again he must join the Assassins and perform acts of terror against his own beliefs

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Matthew Dunster
Imogen
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London. 2016. A strange and unsettled time where men and the violence of gangs rules the streets. In a dangerous world we hear a new voice - Imogen's. Suffocated by her father's aggression - her man kicked out of town, her life under threat, poisoned by the drugs of her step-mother - she strikes out on her own to try and reach the man she loves. A thrillingly raw and modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Cymbeline, re-told and created by young Londoners. This production will employ modern costumes and staging.

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Colin Teevan
Emperor, The
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The Emperor tells the story of the downfall of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia and with it the end of a three thousand- year-old monarchy that traced its origins back to King Solomon. Based on the extraordinary book by legendary Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, it is told from the unique perspective of the Emperor's former servants, courtiers and ministers. It is a powerful exploration of the nature of power and loyalty

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J B Priestley
Roundabout, The
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The Kettlewells are a dysfunctional family. Richard is a charming old Etonian whose business ventures are failing. Over a crowded weekend, his daughter Pamela, whom he hardly knows, returns from Russia, a passionate communist; his ex-wife and mistress both unexpectedly arrive; and his butler has a big win at the races. The Roundabout is a funny, touching, highly perceptive look at an England in the 1930s, when it seemed, just possibly, as if the social order might be changing.

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Emma Rice, Michael Morpurgo
946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
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Imagine being told to leave your home. . . Imagine American soldiers occupying your house and land. . . Imagine being 12 and angry, with only a cat to tell your secrets to. . . Well it all happened (most of it anyway) in Slapton Sands, Devon, in 1944. Based on Michael Morpurgo's The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, 946 explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings. With signature Kneehigh sorcery, 946 uses music, puppetry and foolishness to tell this tale of war, prejudice and love. Tender, political and surprisingly romantic, this story speaks to us all and will finally reveal the secrets the US and British governments tried to keep quiet.

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A J Taudevin
Blow Off
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'I'm not going to tell you her hair colour. Her skin colour. Her name. All you need to know, right now, is that she is a person.' An explosive new piece of guerilla-gig-theatre from Julia Taudevin ('one of the most exciting forces in Scottish theatre' Scotsman) and Kim Moore with Susan Bear and Julie Eisenstein from Glasgow's hottest indie-pop duo Tuff Love. This fierce and playful feminist work explores the psychology of extremism with haunting melodies and progressive punk riffs.

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Forest Fringe
The First Ten Years
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Andy Field, Deborah Pearson and Ira Brand began Forest Fringe as a totally independent, not-for-profit space in the midst of the Edinburgh Festival. Since then they have built a community of artists and playwrights, and are consistently rated as being a festival highlight. This collection collates the best of their work from the past decade and celebrates a remarkable body of work.

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Anna Ziegler
Plays One
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Inspired by a true story, Anna Zieglers BOY explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold.

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Benedict Andrews
Collected Plays
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Benedict Andrews is an internationally renowned theatre and opera director, a film-maker and a poet. This volume presents the first collection of original plays by a theatre-maker at the top of his game. Includes the plays Like A Sun, Every Breath, The Stars, Geronimo and Gloria.

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Bathsheba Doran
Marriage Plays, The
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The first collection of plays from Bathsheba Doran. Contains the plays Kin, Parents Evening and The Mystery of Love and Sex. Kin: Anna, an Ivy League poetry scholar, and Sean, an Irish personal trainer, hardly seem destined for one another. But as their web of disparate family and friends crosses great distances - both psychologically and geographically - an unlikely new family is forged. Bathsheba Doran's play sheds a sharp light on the changing face of kinship in the expansive landscape of the modern world. Parents Evening: It's dusk. Mother and father are in their bedroom, dressing in preparation for Parents' Evening at their only daughter's primary school. During this rare opportunity to check in, the couple embarks on a volatile, passionate and surprising confrontation that challenges every one of their life choices. The play is a painfully witty, perceptive exploration of the landlines of parenting in modern marriage. The Mystery of Love and Sex: Charlotte and Jonny definitely do love each other. But not that way. Or maybe that way. They're in college and have been close friends since they were nine. They might be in love. They might be moving in together. They might be getting married. Or they might not. Also, Charlotte wonders if she might be gay. Or maybe bisexual. As does Jonny. So why are they turning their relationship romantic?

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Matthew Dunster
Those Who Trespass
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The developers have had their way - an old way of living has been cleared away for Water City, a futuristic, secure, development, where you can live and work and shop. Even the affordable housing is reassuringly expensive. But in the shadow of the glass and steel, some people feel like everything is being taken away. Those Who Trespass explores the differences between two groups of people; the mistrust, the fear and the tragic collision when these two groups come together.

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Patrick Cash
Chemsex Monologues
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The Chemsex Monologues explore the sexual, high world of the chillouts through six different characters. A nameless narrator meets a sexy boy on a Vauxhall night out, who introduces him to Gs pleasures; the poster boy for Room Service gets taken to Old Mother Meths place by a porn star; Fag Hag Cath is finding the chillouts have become more about the sex; Daniel is a sexual health worker who does community outreach in the saunas; and the nameless narrator meets up with his sexy boy again in different circumstances. Explicit, funny and touching, The Chemsex Monologues display a realm that is sometimes dark, but populated by very real, loveable human beings.

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Alice Birch
Revolt. She said. Revolt again
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You are expected to behave. . .Use the right words. Act appropriately. Don't break the rules. Just behave. This play is not well behaved. Alice Birch examines the language, behaviour and forces that shape women in the 21st century and asks what's stopping us from doing something truly radical to change them.

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LUNG
The 56 / E15
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The 56 recalls the deaths of 56 football fans during a fire at Bradford Citys football ground in 1985. E15 looks at the modern rent and housing crisis, and the campaign started by single mothers in Newham E15 when threatened with eviction. Both pieces are adapted solely from real testimonies and interviews.

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Fraser Grace, Somalia Seaton
Making Mischief: Two Radical New Plays
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Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier by Somalia Seaton - a racially-motivated attack on a student forces her teacher to confront the uncomfortable truth lurking beneath the community. Fraser Graces Always Orange, set in the aftermath of the London terrorist attacks, looking at how to be human in a world always on the edge. The Making Mischief Festival features work from some of todays most exciting playwrights who are challenging and questioning our society.

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Brian Lobel
Purge
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Part game show, part love story, part lecture exploring modern friendships. Purge addresses where online friendship stops and real friendship begins. In 2010, Brian discovered that his deceased ex-boyfriend and best friend, Grant, had deleted him from Friendster (a pre-Facebook networking site), which neither had checked since they stopped dating in 2006. Although they had since re-'friended' in life (both virtually and non-virtually), it was the discovery of this past de-friending (and impossibility to 'reconnect' since Grant's death), which inspired Brian to create Purge in 2011. In 2011, Brian Lobel played a brutal game of friendship maintenance: over 5 days in cafés in both London and Kuopio, Finland, Brian gave strangers one minute to decide which of his 1300 Facebook friends to keep or delete. The deleting was real, the pace was maniacal, the results were final. 50 hours of performance, 800 emails from angry, amused and intrigued friends and over 2500 comments from people watching via live stream later, Purge is an interactive performance lecture exploring the process of, and fallout from purging and examines how we emotionally and socially interact with digital media.

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Claudio Macor
Savage
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Copenhagen 1940. Zack and Nikolai are happy in love and enjoy a blissful lifestyle on the gay scene until they are arrested during the Nazi invasion of Denmark. Zack, an American attaché with diplomatic immunity goes free. But Nikolai is handed over to the notorious Dr Carl Vaernet who claims to have discovered a "cure" for homosexuality. Encouraged by the Nazis to conduct cruel experiments on homosexuals, Vaernet left them mutilated for life. The choice was to suffer this torture or die in a concentration camp. A Holocaust story which resonates through history.

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Raimund Hoghe , Katalin Trencsenyi, Ulli Weiss, translated by Penny Black
Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch
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Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch is a new translation of Raimund Hoghe's original rehearsal diary that documented the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal's work on Bandoneon (1980), illustrated with photos of the production by Ulli Weiss, and personal images and notes from the dancers. This unique book records the method Pina Bausch developed and used, as seen by one of her close collaborators, Raimund Hoghe, who worked as dramaturg for the company for a decade (1979-1989). It follows the work from the first day in rehearsals to its premiere, chronicling the process with artistic sensibility - Bausch's famous questions, the dancers' responses and Hoghe's own reflections as the piece develops. This important document sees its first English language publication, and is succinctly translated from the German by Penny Black. The diary is accompanied by an Introduction and A Portrait by Katalin Trencsényi, following Hoghe's journey from being a journalist to becoming an internationally acknowledged dancer-choreographer. Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the work of Pina Bausch and Raimund Hoghe.

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Alice Nutter
Barnbow Canaries
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As the Great War gathers pace, Agnes and her sister Edith revel in their new-found independence and prosperity as Barnbow lasses. Not only does their danger money buy them a new life of confidence, men, work and politics but the thrill of a new future, full of fun, friendship and freedom. In the wake of the catastrophic 1916 explosion, the women discover the true cost of the cry for More Shells!

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Peter Wright with Paul Arrowsmith
Wrights and Wrongs: My Life in Dance
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Peter Wright has been a dancer, choreographer, teacher, producer and director in the theatre as well as in television for over 70 years. His many productions of classic ballets are danced by companies not only in Britain but North and South America, Australia and Japan as well as in Europe. His production of Giselle has been danced by National Ballet of Canada for over 40 years. Birmingham Royal Ballet, the company he created, has performed his Swan Lake for 35 years, The Sleeping Beauty for over 30, a production Peter staged in Budapest in April 2016. His different stagings of The Nutcracker at Covent Garden and in Birmingham have charmed audiences for over 30 years. Peter started his career in wartime, with the Kurt Jooss company. He has worked with such greats as Pina Bausch, Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Marcia Haydée, Richard Cragun, Monica Mason, Karen Kain, Miyako Yoshida and Carlos Acosta - as well as today's generation of stars including Alina Cojocaru, Marianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova and Lauren Cuthbertson. While now regarded as part of the British ballet establishment, for many years Peter developed his career outside London, particularly in Germany with John Cranko's Stuttgart Ballet. That distance gives him a unique and unrivalled view on ballet companies. His close association with choreographers Frederick Ashton, Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan and David Bintley gives Peter an authoritative perspective on British ballet. In Wrights & Wrongs, Peter offers his often surprising views of today's dance world, lessons learned - and yet to learn - from a lifetime's experience of ballet, commercial theatre and television.

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Torben Betts
National Joke, The
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Will the Prime Minister give Rupert the political prize he's been hoping for? How much more can Olivia take of her mother Mary and her withering put-downs? Will Charlie get off her phone for long enough to listen to anyone, let alone her boyfriend? Home truths emerge and a reputation could tumble as Rupert St John-Green MP and three generations of women gather in the family garden to watch a total solar eclipse. A searingly funny contemporary look at one family and at Britain today.

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Richard Norton-Taylor
Chilcot
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Tasked with investigating Britain's role in the Iraq War, the evidence presented to the Chilcot Inquiry was devastating and stark. Drawing together testimonies from leading political players with the forgotten voices of Iraqi refugees, veterans and military families against war - this pertinent and bold piece of documentary theatre explores the accountability of those who have power over us.

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Phillip McMahon
Town Is Dead
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Ellen thought shed end her life where it began  in a rundown flat in Dublins north inner city. Now her building is sold, and shes being moved into a box room in her snooty sisters house in the suburbs. When an unexpected visitor lands in her front room, Ellen is forced to delve into the past in order to lay some ghosts to rest.

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Oliver Emanuel
306, The: Dawn
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The 306: Dawn is a new piece of music theatre from the National Theatre of Scotland. Based on real events, it charts the heartbreaking journey of three of the three hundred and six British soldiers who were executed for cowardice, desertion and mutiny during World War I (1914-18). Joseph Byers (17) from Glasgow. Too young to enlist, Joe, like so many at the time, has lied about his age to join the other men at the front. However, his dreams of being a solider are quickly destroyed by the brutal realities of trench warfare and he soon finds himself in trouble with the authorities. Private Harry Farr (25) from London. Traumatised by the things he has seen and lived through as a serving soldier, Harry is suffering from shell shock and is now unable to fight. He has subsequently been convicted of cowardice, and as he waits to hear his fate, he dreams of his wife and hopes for a last minute reprieve. Lance-Sergeant Joseph Willie Stones (24) from Durham. Having used his rifle to block the entrance to a trench during fierce fighting, Joseph stands accused of casting away his arms in combat - an offence punishable by death. He thought he was protecting his men, but the top brass want to make an example of him to maintain discipline in the ranks. With a contemporary score performed live by the Red Note Ensemble, the songs explore the vulnerability and devastation of the battlefields, alongside the inner struggles of the men. Poignant and powerful, The 306: Dawn will be performed in a transformed barn in the Perthshire countryside. Join us, as we explore the lives of these unknown soldiers - who appear on no war memorials - and give them back their voices, stories and names

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Hannah Nicklin
Collected Works for Performance
Oberon Books:

The first collected works of Hannah Nicklin: a writer, game designer and performance maker experimenting with social engaged practices and storytelling in contemporary performance. This collection brings together three pieces made in collaboration with a series of other artists, musicians and people in the street, from 2012 to 2015. There is an introduction and commentary on each performance text, plus additional materials provided by collaborators, expanding and reflecting on the work, and how each piece was made. A Conversation with my Father [. . .] as topical in these days of police 'kettling' and undercover provocateurs as it might be timeless in its questioning of the basis of a functioning civic society. - Wayne Burrows. Songs for Breaking Britain "[. . .] defies the media's lucrative monopoly on our narratives [. . .] funny, compassionate, heart-breaking and very, very loud." - Catherine Love. Equations for a Moving Body "So interesting, engaging and relatable. Beautifully human." - Audience feedback in Newcastle

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Eve Leigh
Stone Face
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No scars at all. Which, when you think about it, is maybe not such a good sign Catherine is fifteen years old, and was discovered in a state of almost total neglect. No one is even sure if she's ever left the room she was found in. She can't walk and can't speak. Her recovery seems impossible. But children can be shockingly resilient, especially with inspired medical care. Sponsored by a fundraising drive led by a tabloid newspaper, her only surviving relative has been able to get Catherine the best private medical care that money can buy. She responds well to the experimental treatment. But she seems to be getting more violent, and remains stubbornly resistant to language. Or is she? Soon, Catherine's doctors and great-aunt begin to discover what it is, exactly, that they've uncovered. . . Inspired by true events.

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John Osborne
Subject Of Scandal And Concern, A
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Based on the true story of the last man to stand trial for blasphemy in England, Cheltenham, 1842. George Jacob Holyoake is a poor young teacher, making his way from Birmingham to Bristol to visit a friend who has been imprisoned for publishing a journal that criticises the establishment. When he makes a stop in Cheltenham to address a lecture, his words and his overwhelming commitment to speaking the truth will change his life forever. Arrested and tried for blasphemy, and separated from his starving wife and child, Holyoake is faced with the choice of conforming or staying true to his beliefs in a time of injustice and intolerance.

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Chris Thorpe, Caroline Bird, Lulu Raczka, Suhayla El Bushra
Iphigenia Quartet, The
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Agamemnon must sacrifice his daughter, Clytemnestra must try to stop him, Iphigenia must accept her fate, the Chorus must watch. Ships lie dormant in harbours, and thousands of troops sit on the shore, growing restless and unruly. Helen is gone, and pursuit of her has been stalled by windless seas. To raise the winds to send his fleet to Troy, Agamemnon is commanded by the gods to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia. But his deceit of his wife, Clytemnestra and the killing of his child, will end up tearing him and everything around him to pieces. Euripides' story of a father moved to murder his daughter, Iphigenia at Aulis, is one that has been reinvented and retold anew throughout history. The Iphigenia Quartet sees four of the UK's most exciting and radical playwrights - Caroline Bird, Suhayla El Bushra, Lulu Raczka, and Chris Thorpe - create explosive responses to this classical tragedy. Each play is a reimagining this story of familial catastrophe from the differing perspectives of the key characters in the play: Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia and the Chorus.

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Johnny McKnight
Wendy Hoose
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Laura and Jake just want sex. Late Friday night drunken sex. Nothing more. No strings attached. But getting your leg over is sometimes more difficult than you think. Containing strong language and scenes of a sexual nature, Wendy Hoose is about two twenty year olds searching for love in all the wrong places!

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Gillian Slovo
Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State
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Over the last twelve months' headlines have been dominated by the growth of Islamic State, and terror attacks claimed by IS have spread across the world. What is the entity that calls itself Islamic State? Why are some young Muslim men and women from across Western Europe leaving their homes to answer the call of Jihad? And what should we do about it? This piece of verbatim documentary theatre, written by novelist Gillian Slovo using material from the interviews she conducted and directed by Nicolas Kent, is the result of many months researching Islamic State, meeting people affected by the organisation and involved in the fight against it.

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Angela Thirwell
Rosalind: A Biography of Shakespeares Immortal Heroine
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This book is for everyone who has ever loved Shakespeare. In April 2016, his quatercentenary will make Shakespeare more alive than at any time since his death in 1616. Like Rosalind, his most innovative heroine, he can never die. She too is timeless. There is no clock in the Forest of Arden where Rosalind finds herself and applies her mercurial wit to teach her lover, Orlando, how to become her perfect partner, issues which consume men and women today. This highly original 'biography' of Rosalind contains exclusive new interviews with Juliet Rylance, Sally Scott, Janet Suzman, Juliet Stevenson, Michelle Terry, award-winning director Blanche McIntyre, as well as insights from Michael Attenborough, Kenneth Branagh, Greg Doran, Rebecca Hall, Adrian Lester, Pippa Nixon, Vanessa Redgrave and Fiona Shaw. Angela Thirlwell explores the fictitious life and the many after-lives of Rosalind, Shakespeare's progressive new heroine, and her perennial influence on drama, fiction and art. The book ranges widely across Tudor history, theatre history, sexual politics, autobiography, art history and filmography. On a single day Cush Jumbo wins the Sunday Times Ian Charleson Award for her performance as Rosalind at Manchester's Royal Exchange - 'it's a dream role,' she says, 'the greatest female part in Shakespeare.' As You Like It is performed for free in Central Park New York, plays in Georgian at Shakespeare's Globe on Bankside, opens in Atlanta and Seattle, goes to eleven venues across Gloucestershire, is presented on the Isle of Dogs, in Ottawa and New Zealand. A major production is scheduled at the National Theatre for 2015/16. In Canada a new prize for women's fiction is named the Rosalind Prize and Arden editions of Shakespeare set the standard worldwide in scholarship. It could be any day in any year and confirms the enduring popularity of the play and its immortal heroine.

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Mike Poulton
Bacchae
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When a new god - the god of the life force, the god of sensuality, wine and the dance, the god that other religions fear - arrives in a buttoned-down world, he finds a leader who no longer believes in a power higher than himself, who will do whatever it takes to preserve the status quo. But this society is a ticking time bomb, revolution is in the air and the people are desperate for change. A band of sisters are ready to explode and destroy everyone and everything that gets in their way in Mike Poulton's all-new version of this DARK and LIBERATING play, co-conceived with choreographer Mark Bruce and director Braham Murray.

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Robert Bolt
Flowering Cherry
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Suburbia, 1957. Jim Cherry sells insurance, but wants to sell apples instead. He dreams of owning an orchard in Somerset and quitting the job he hates. But Cherry is a fantasist and his wife Isobel is at breaking point. As his dream begins to spiral out of control and the gulf between them widens, can she force him to face reality? Hailed at its premiere as the British Death of a Salesman, and from the writer of A Man for All Seasons and the screenplays of Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, Flowering Cherry is the heart-breaking story of a man seduced by his own imagination.

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Breach
Beanfield, The
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2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the Battle of the Beanfield  a brutal police crackdown on the annual Stonehenge Free Festival. Called away from policing the miners' strike to uphold a new injunction around the Stones, officers took the tactics of Orgreave to a field in Wiltshire  battering and injuring new age travellers, making mass-arrests and destroying their mobile homes. Performance makers Breach, and Guardian award-winning video artist Dorothy Allen-Pickard, present a multimedia show set between the 1985 and 2015 summer solstice celebrations, reflecting on state violence, civic freedom and cultural heritage.

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Aamina Ahmad
Dishonoured, The
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Surrounded by lies and deceit how do you work out who is telling the truth? When highly decorated war hero, Colonel Tariq joins the intelligence agency, his rise to the top seems assured. But in his first case he discovers a CIA agent has killed a young prostitute and a diplomatic crisis erupts. As the two nations negotiate, angry mobs take to the streets and he is caught up in a national scandal. Tariq is instructed to eliminate the only witness and instigate a cover up, trapping him in a terrible moral dilemma. As his professional ambition and private life collide, he must make a life changing decision that will have far reaching consequences for the future of his family and his country.

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Howard Barker
Arguments for a Theatre
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This new edition of Barkers seminal text Arguments for a Theatre outlines the theory and practice of his Theatre of Catastrophe. Author of over thirty plays, Howard Barker has long been an implacable foe of the liberal British establishment, and champion of radical theatre world-wide. His best-known plays are The Castle, Scenes from an Execution and The Possibilities. All his plays are emotionally highly charged, intellectually stimulating and have no truck with the theatrical conventions of what he terms the Establishment Theatre. These fragments, essays, thoughts and poems on the nature of theatre likewise reject the constraints of objective academic theatre criticism. Rather they explore the collision (and collusion) of intellect and artistry in the creative act. This book is more than a collection of essays: it is a cultural manifesto.

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Richard Bean
Nap, The
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A world premiere from Richard Bean, the award-winning writer of One Man, Two Guvnors, The Nap is a laugh out loud comedy thriller about love, honour and not getting snookered. '. . .put your hands together for Sheffield's very own, born down the Eccy Road, in S11, he's in heaven, he's in the second round, he's in his own town, not wearing a dressing gown, he's the son of his folks, it's Dylan Spokes!' Dylan isn't your typical snooker player. He's a vegetarian, for starters. This is the biggest week of his life and everybody wants a piece of him - his ex-con Dad, local gangster Waxy Chuff and the snooker corruption squad.

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Abi Morgan
Abi Morgan Plays One
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Tiny Dynamite: An impossible love story is given a second chance and three scorched characters are about to learn that lightning does strike twice. Splendour: Inside a beautiful state residence on the edge of a city, four women wait. They talk: films, Prada, chilli vodka, anything. Outside civil war looms ever nearer. Tender: In a city of fast talk and chance encounters, how much faith can we put in other people? Abi Morgan's acerbic play takes a scalpel to modern love and friendship. Lovesong: The story of one couple, told from two different points in their lives - as young lovers in their twenties and as worldly companions looking back on their relationship. 27: Dr Richard Garfield has given Ursula a difficult choice. She is the Mother Superior in waiting of a convent that has been given the opportunity to take part in his revolutionary scientific study. Ursula must weigh up the value of preserving her faith, versus embracing science.

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Kaite O'Reilly
Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors
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Atypical Plays For Atypical Actors is the first of its kind: a collection of dramas which redefines the notion of normalcy and extends the range of what it is to be human. From monologues, to performance texts, to realist plays, these involving and subversive pieces explore disability as a portal to new experience. Includes the plays: peeling, The Almond and the Seahorse, In Water I'm Weightless, the 9 Fridas and Cosy. Although disabled characters appear often in plays within the Western theatrical tradition, seldom have the writers been disabled or Deaf themselves, or written from those atypical embodied experiences. This is what contributes to making Kaite O'Reilly's Selected Plays essential reading - critically acclaimed plays and performance texts written in a range of styles over twelve years, but all informed by a political and cultural disability perspective. They 'answer back' to the moral and medical models of disability and attempt to subvert or critique assumptions and negative representations of disabled people. The selected plays and performance texts exhibit a broad approach to issues around disability. Some, like In Water I'm Weightless/The 'd' Monologues (part of the Cultural Olympiad and official festival celebrating the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics) are embedded in disability politics, aesthetics, and 'crip' humour. A montage of monologues that can be performed solo or as a chorus, they challenge the normative gaze and celebrate all the possibilities of human variety. The Almond and the Seahorse is different, a 'mainstream' character-led realist drama about survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury, with subversive politics in its belly. A response to 'tragic but brave' depictions of head injury and memory loss, and informed by personal experience, the play interrogates the reality of living with TBI, questioning who the 'victims' are. peeling, a landmark play written for one Deaf and two disabled female actors, was originally produced by Graeae Theatre Company in 2002, 2003, and for BBC Radio 3. A 'feminist masterpiece . . .quietly ground breaking' (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman), it has become a set text for Theatre and Drama and Disability Studies university degree courses in the UK and US. Frequently remounted, its lively meta-theatrical form supports its central themes of war, eugenics, and a woman's control over her fertility, which are as relevant today as ever. The performance text the 9 Fridas is a complex mosaic offering multiple representations of arguably the world's most famous female artist, Frida Kahlo, reclaiming her as a disability icon. Performed in Mandarin translation, it was the closing production of the 2014 Taipei Art Festival and will transfer to Hong Kong in October 2016. It is currently being translated into German, Hindi, and Spanish. Cosy is a darkly comedic look at the joys and humiliations of getting older and how we shuffle off this mortal coil. Three generations of a dysfunctional family explore their choices in a world obsessed with eternal youth, and asks whose life (or death) is it, anyway? An Unlimited Commission, Cosy will premiere and tour nationally in 2016, appearing at the Unlimited Festivals at Southbank Centre and Tramway.

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David Quantick
How to Be a Writer: Conversations with writers about writing
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David Quantick interviews some of the best writers in a variety of fields to provide a detailed overview for living your life as a writer on a daily practical level. In conversation with Caitlin Moran, Jon Ronson, Suzanne Moore, Mark Billingham, Emma Donoghue, Dennis Kelly and many others, David asks: When do you get ideas? When do you write? How do you deal with your money? Who do you have lunch with? How do you keep going? How to Be a Writer looks at every aspect of a writer's life, from writing methods to writing habits and every aspect of day to day life as a writer. Advice and anecdotes from agents, publishers, comedy writers, stand-up comedians, best-selling authors and popular columnists - to help you BE the writer you want to be.

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Aurin Squire
Dont Smoke In Bed
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Jamaican-American Richard and White-American Sheryl are starting a family together. When they agree to a series of 'bedroom interviews', they believe that their interracial relationship is the focus of the article. As both play up to what they believe are the expectations of the interviewer, they embark on a journey that challenges their relationship to the core as the barriers between psychological and social, sexual and political, public and private, melt and dissolve. Dont Smoke In Bed is a stunning exploration of social and racial perception in contemporary America

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