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Joe Harbot
New and Better You, A
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You self sabotage. Youre always on your phone. You procrastinate. Your bathroom has mould on the shower. You dont exercise regularly. You dont eat your recommended five a day. But its not too late  its never too late! Things can be different! You can make a change  youre the master of your own destiny after all. Its all down to you. Societys not going to change for you, so you need to change for society. A New and Better You asks you to take action, to improve absolutely everything and to become something magnificent. Because thats what you want. This is what you want.

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Phillip McMahon
Come on Home
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Michael hasnt been home in almost twenty years. Having been kicked out of the seminary and exiled from his family home, he found himself in London, by accident rather than design. But now, the death of his mother sees him back in the small town where he grew up. The place that chewed him up and spat him out. Reunited with his two brothers, their partners and the local clergy, there are questions that want answering and old scores that need laying to rest. Where do you find home, when your family and faith have abandoned you? An Irish funeral brings out the best and worst in people, and a long night of truths lies ahead.

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Rotimi Babatunde
Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives, The
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Baba Segi has three wives, seven children, and a mansion filled with riches. But now he has his eyes on Bolanle, a young university graduate wise to lifes misfortunes. When Bolanle responds to Baba Segis advances, she unwittingly uncovers a secret which threatens to rock his patriarchal household to the core.

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Dermot Bolger
Ulysses
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I am a fool perhaps. Boylan gets the plums and I get the plum stones. My youth. Never again. Gibraltar. Evenings like this looking out over the sea, she told me, but clear, no clouds. Said she always thought she'd marry a lord or a gentleman with a private yacht. Why me?' While his wife Molly waits in bed for the infamous Blazes Boylan, Leopold Bloom is in Dublin conversing in pubs, graveyards, brothels and finally home. Bawdy and hilarious, Ulysses celebrates Joyce's genius for depicting life in all its profundity.

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Rhiannon Faith
Smack That
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Endlessly inventive choreographer Rhiannon Faith shines a light on the complex subject of domestic abuse in an empowering and participatory performance highlighting human resilience. Beverly is having a party and you are one of her guests. There are games, drinks, shared conversation, energetic dance and heart-breaking moments as she bravely gives a raw and honest account of surviving an abusive relationship. Each member of the all-female cast, a close-knit group of non-performers and dance artists, fearlessly takes on the persona of Beverly to convey turbulent, real experiences. The unusual setting creates a safe space for them to reveal the challenges they have faced and celebrate their endurance with the audience. Faith's work with a support group at charity Safer Places underpins this show, which seeks to raise social consciousness around domestic abuse by supporting women to openly talk about it.

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Robert Schenkkan
Building The Wall
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2019, America. Rick is incarcerated awaiting sentencing for the crime of the century. He grants just one interview  to Gloria, an African American historian. In a world of fake news surrounding one of the worlds most powerful and controversial political figures, Gloria is Ricks only chance to tell his version of the truth. Building the Wall examines what happens when an ordinary person becomes a cog in a regime and how the inconceivable becomes the inevitable.

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Torben Betts
Monogamy
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Monogamy means sharing your life with one person, but what if you shared your kitchen with 5.6 million? Caroline Mortimer, the nation's favourite TV cook, has it all - a sparkling career, a big house in Highgate, a (golf) loving husband, smart kids and the best kitchen money can buy. But beneath the immaculate furnishings, studio lighting and away from the glare of the ever-present cameras - Caroline must face the looming collision of living a private life in the public eye. What happens when the cameras turn off and the truth comes out? A searing, sharp, state of the nation comedy from one of the UK's most exciting playwrights, Torben Betts.

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Jo Hawes
Children in Theatre: From the audition to working in professional theatre
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Performing children have a very special existence which sometimes sets them apart from their peers. Parents are often excluded from this world but are expected to support them all the way. There is very little authoritative advice on how to cope and what to expect.This book will help children and their parents navigate their way through all of this: to advise, guide, inform and demystify the wonderful world of live theatre.Packed full of practical advice and information on all aspects of the life of a child actor, it is written by the leading childrens casting director and administrator in the UK, who has worked on many large shows including Oliver!, Shrek, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Matilda.

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Mary Laws
Blueberry Toast
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While their children - Jack and Jill - are busy writing a play, Walt and Barb are having breakfast. Then a major row erupts over a slice of toast and blueberries

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Ella Road
Phlebotomist, The
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Bea meets Aaron. He's intelligent, handsome, makes her laugh and, most importantly, has a high rating on his genetic profile. What's not to like? Char is on the brink of landing her dream job and has big plans to start a family - but her blood rating threatens it all. In a world where future happiness depends on a single, inescapable blood test - which dictates everything from credit rating to dating prospects - how far will people go to beat the system and let nature take its course? The Phlebotomist questions the value we place on one another, whether knowledge really is power, and if it's truly possible for love to conquer all.

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Kevin Armento
Devil With The Blue Dress
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Exhuming the little blue dress that launched the biggest media circus of a generation, this barbed spin on a political drama conjures the five women who collided in what became known as The Lewinsky Scandal. Hillary Clinton and Monica Lewinsky find themselves centre stage in a theatrical feat that takes us through the corridors of power and behind the closed doors where the abuse of that power took place. Devil with the Blue Dress grapples with one of the most challenging questions in American political history: How do we respond to women seeking power, and the men who abuse it?

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In-Sook Chappell
Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok
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A family held together with one lifeline - food. Helen has grown up in the UK, but always felt a piece of her story was missing. Amidst the skyscrapers and bustling streets of Hong Kong, she meets her grandmother, Lily Kwok, and steps into a past of shocking family secrets that will change her life forever. This evocative new play by award-winning writer In-Sook Chappell tells the extraordinary story of the women behind the famous Manchester restaurant.

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Thomas Eccleshare
Instructions for Correct Assembly
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Harry and Max weren't satisfied with their first attempt at parenthood, so they're giving it a second go. Only this time they've got a 30-day money back guarantee and an easy-to-follow construction manual. They're certain, as long as they follow it step-by-step, he's going to be perfect.

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Peter Whitebrook (Ed)
Dearest Squirrel&
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A completely fresh insight into the mind of one of the UKs greatest playwrights, the letters between John Osborne and his first wife, actress Pamela Lane, are also a love letter to a now defunct system of repertory theatre, and life in post-war Britain. As these letters reveal, soon after their divorce, Osborne and Lane began a mutually supportive, loyal, frequently stormy and sometimes sexually intimate alliance lasting thirty years until Osbornes death. By the mid-1980s, they had become closer and more trusting than they had been since their earliest years together. You are for me what you always were, Pamela told him, I am in love with you still. It is, he declared, my fortune to have loved someone for a lifetime. Acerbic, witty, candid and heartbreaking, they reveal a unique relationship, troubled, tender and enduring.

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Sh!t Theatre
DollyWould
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Oh look, Sh!t Theatre again, what is it this time? Oh, is it unemployment? Is there a crisis? Is the government doing something wrong again? No it's a show about Dolly Parton. We f*#king love her.

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Tim Crouch
Beginners
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Beginners tells the story of three families trapped in a waterlogged holiday cottage over summer. The children are bored. The adults are down the pub. So far so normal. An extraordinary Easter Holiday show for everyone who has ever wanted to be understood.

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Maureen Duffy
Hilda and Virginia
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Maureen Duffy's double-bill tells the story of two remarkable women. The Choice is the story of a very unsaintly saint. Hilda of Whitby, who brought Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons, was a businesswoman, teacher and adviser to kings. In A Nightingale in Bloomsbury Square, Virginia Woolf looks back on her life, uncovering the hidden stories behind her iconic novels. From the torture of depression to the scandal of her lesbian affairs, Virginia goes down fighting. As the saying goes: well-behaved women don't make history. . .

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John Ward
Electra
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An empire crumbling. Betrayal. Murder. Vengeance. Electra is a darkly psychological study of a woman s obsession with her murdered father and her quest for retribution. When her brother unexpectedly returns from exile, the stage is set for Electra's endgame. But vengeance has its price. For how can there be closure if, to avenge your father s death, you must first kill your mother? DumbWise reinvent the murderous Greek myth of power and prophecy as a lyrical modern epic with a live punk-rock score.

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Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava
Mouthpiece
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Two performers express the inner conflict that exists within a modern womans head: the push and the pull, the past and the present, the progress and the regression. Interweaving a cappella harmony, dissonance, text and physicality, Mouthpiece is a harrowing, humorous, and heart-wrenching journey into the female psyche.

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Andy Brooks (aka Testament)
Black Men Walking
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A compelling, surprising new show that turns a spotlight onto Britain's missing histories. Dedicated to the Black Men's Walking Group. Thomas, Matthew and Richard walk. They walk the first Saturday of every month. Walking and talking. But this walk. . . Maybe they should have cancelled, but they needed the walk today. Out in the Peaks, they find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years before they can move forwards.

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Falk Richter
Trust
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A series of monologues critiquing capitalism from renowned German playwright Falk Richter. Relationships build up and break down in ever shorter time-scales; they become a resource in an increasingly intense competition. Binding, separating. Buying, selling. A picture is presented of human beings who, over the years, have radically intensified modern individuality and celebrated independence as an ideal.

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Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
Elephant
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Vira hasn't seen her sister Deesh for years. Deesh's kids, Amy and Bill, want to know why but nobody's telling them anything. When Deesh invites her sister to Amy's flashy party, Vira reckons it's time to come home and move on. Time to stop watching the telly, get out of her council flat, stick on a glitzy sari and embrace her nearest and dearest. But is it possible to forgive and forget?  And when a family is built on lies, will it be destroyed by the truth?

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#VALUE!
Dennis Kelly
Girls & Boys
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An unexpected meeting at an airport leads to an intense, passionate, head-over-heels relationship. Before long they begin to settle down, buy a house, juggle careers, have kids - theirs is an ordinary family. But then their world starts to unravel and things take a disturbing turn. A tragic, violent look at parenthood and trauma.

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Mark Bruce
On Choreography and Making Dance Theatre
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There are many skills one needs to produce a piece of dance. Bruce describes the basic foundation or ingredients of his version of Dance Theatre as: Movement, Drama, Sound and Vision. A choreographer has to study all of them to the best of their ability and learn how to combine them. Award-winning choreographer Mark Bruces aim as an artist is to tap the subconscious, our hearts; transcend our everyday lives and hopefully stumble upon some truth along the way. On Choreography and Making Dance Theatre is an invaluable artists guide to making innovative new dance work.

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Josie Dale-Jones and Gemma Barnett
Goggles
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Gemma and Josie had pet fish - Sunny and Boo. Theyre dead now. They killed them. Accidentally. This show is for them - Sunny and Boo.

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Josie Dale-Jones, Joe Boylan and Greta Mitchell
Me & My Bee
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Me & My Bee is a new comedy for children and adults alike. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Save the world one bee at a time: our fuzzy little friends need our help and multi award-winning theatre company ThisEgg is inviting you to their political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show to help.

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Lulu Raczka
A Girl In School Uniform (Walks into a Bar)
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Its the future. But only slightly. There are blackouts. No one knows whats causing them, but that doesnt stop people going missing in them. Now Steph and Bell, a schoolgirl and barmaid, have to search for their missing friend, until the outside world starts infecting the theatre that stands around them.

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Sam Ward
Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist
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Desperately hilarious and achingly bleak, this is an intricate and tender question mark around our attempts to encounter each other in a technologized world. Sam wants to tell you about five encounters he had on a site called Craigslist. Sam is anxious about the way he gets to know people. About the way he self-sabotages his attempts to communicate and reach out to those around him. Sam wants this to be a chance for you to get to know him.

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Claire van Kampen
Farinelli And The King
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History is bejewelled with mysteries. Italy, 1731. Farinelli, the world's most famous castrato, is rich, adored and lauded with honours. His divine voice has the power to captivate all who hear it. Spain, 1737. King Philippe V lies awake. The Queen, desperate to relieve her husband of his insomnia and depression, begs the castrato to come and sing to the king. The effect is transformational. Philippe is healed, held captive by Farinelli's voice - but so is Farinelli. . . This intriguing true story is re-told in Claire van Kampen's sumptuous new play, replete with many of the arias first sung by Farinelli.

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Hal Coase
Callisto: A queer epic
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Callisto is a swirling constellation of remarkable queer stories. Hurtle across time and space with this scintillating and extraordinary new play. In London, 1680, opera star Arabella Hunt has secretly entered into the first recorded gay marriage in UK history. In Worcester, 1936, Alan Turing pays one final visit to Isobel Morcom, mother of his lost first love, Christopher. In the San Fernando Valley, 1979, Tammy Frazer arrives at Callisto Pornographic Studios, searching for the love of her life. And on the Moon, 2223, Lorn is building a paradise to sleep in, but his A.I. companion Cal is determined to keep him awake.

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Glyn Maxwell
Glyn Maxwell: Plays Three
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Three beautifully written plays for young people, by award-winning playwright and poet Glyn Maxwell. Contains the plays Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, and Merlin and the Woods of Time.

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Anne Washburn
Twilight Zone, The
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Between light and shadow, science and superstition, fear and knowledge is a dimension of imagination. An area we call the Twilight Zone.

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J M Barrie
Dear Brutus
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1917. In a remote English village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants  a mysterious old man  invites eight strangers to stay. They all have something in common. When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever. . .

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Koko Brown
White
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Join Koko Brown as she considers the concept of mixed-race privilege, tries to connect clashing cultures and explores what it means to be mixed in contemporary Britain. What are you when you are always the other?

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Kieran Lynn
Trap, The
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Tom and Clem are deep in debt. Alan, Tom's boss, owes big bucks. Meryl, Alan's manager, is mortgaged to the hilt. When The Debt Duck's owner liquidates the company and retires to his luxury chalet, Tom, Clem, Alan and Meryl each decide to crack the safe, steal some cash and put an end to their financial woes. But will they break the cycle of debt? Or is this just another terrible trap? A biting new topical comedy about the perils of a capitalist world from one of the UK's top contemporary playwrights.

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Baxter Theatre Centre
Fall, The
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The #RhodesMustFall and subsequent student-led movements in South Africa alerted the country and the world to the latent ongoing issues brought about by colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. The Fall details the experiences of seven students within this movement and how they deal with their traumas, while stillmoving towards activism for a free decolonised education.

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David Ives
Venus In Fur
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Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale, VeNUS IN FUR. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress - oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas' interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. as the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win.

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Barrel Organ, Jack Perkins
Anyones Guess How We Got Here
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Anyones Guess How We Got Here is a road-trip. A haunted house. A bedtime story. A photo-album. An 80s fantasy film. A demolition project. A riot. Barrel Organs new play about the long-lasting trauma of debt and eviction.

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Baxter Theatre Centre
Fall, The
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The #RhodesMustFall and subsequent student-led movements in South Africa alerted the country and the world to the latent ongoing issues brought about by colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. The Fall details the experiences of seven students within this movement and how they deal with their traumas, while stillmoving towards activism for a free decolonised education. The Fall is a play collaboratively written by the original cast as a reaction to and reflection on the South African student protests in 2015 and part of 2016.

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Ellen Brammar
I Hate Alone
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Righteous indignation boils over into brutal violence, driven along by a riotous soundtrack, as two best friends take aim at a world that has left them behind. Think Thelma and Louise turned up to 11, I Hate Alone is a gig with a story, about injustice, revenge and, above all, friendship.

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Guillermo Calderon, William Gregory
B
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Society is fuelled by anger; dissatisfaction shapes Twitter feeds, online petitions and protest marches. But is that enough to bring about change? Alejandra and Marcela are planting bombs in the middle of the night. They dont want violence. They just want to be heard. Prisons not much of a threat when most of your friends are inside. Then they meet Jose Miguel. He is from a different generation, a time when revolution was ripe and activism alive. And he offers them a chance to start a war.

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Tanika Gupta
Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, A
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Nikolai, an 86 year old retired Ukrainian engineer and tractor historian in Peterborough, has fallen in love with 36 year old Valentina. His daughters, Vera and Nadezhda, unite in horror to defend their father and what remains of his pension. But is Valentina a refugee searching for better opportunities, or a bogus visa seeker trying to cheat a vulnerable old man? Award-winning writer Tanika Gupta has created a wonderful re-telling of this dark family comedy, which continues to have sharp relevance to today's society.

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Kieran Knowles
31 Hours
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John, Doug, Ste, and Neil work on the railways. They won't sell you a ticket and they dont drive a train. What happens when you have to clean up the worst day of someone elses life? Every 31 hours someone takes their own life on the railways in the U.K rail network. It is ten times more likely to be a man.  Thirty One Hours explores four men's inability to talk about their emotions and the consequence of their silence.

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James Ley
Love Song to Lavender Menace
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In 1982, two friends Bob and Sigrid opened their new radical lesbian, gay and feminist bookshop, Lavender Menace on Edinburghs Forth Street. On the eve of the shops 5th birthday, sales assistants Paul and David take a look back at its origins, its importance, its celebration of queer culture, and how things have changed. Love Song to Lavender Menace is a beautifully funny and moving exploration of the love and passion it takes to make something happen and the loss that is felt when you have to let it go.

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Yolanda Mercy
Quarter Life Crisis
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What does it mean to be an adult and when do you become one? Alicia is a hot mess. She doesnt know what shes doing with her life. Swiping left, swiping right to find the perfect match. Even though shes a Londoner, born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers her existence in the ends. Everyone around her seems to know where theyre going in life, but shes just trying to find ways to cheat growing up and keep her 16-25 railcard.

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Chris Thorpe
Victory Condition
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A thousand people are taking a sip of coffee within the city limits of Johannesburg, each unaware of the other doing it, each one necessarily thinking they are the only one. An attempt to get to grips with the fact that everything happens at once. And to see if theres anything we can do about it. Find the connection between where you are and where I am. Open up the space between us and do something.

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Ron Hutchinson
Clinging To The Iceberg
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Wickedly funny, insightful, often absurd but always true, Clinging to the Iceberg explores the inner workings of the business of writing for hire. Its written by someone whose career has spanned over forty years on stage and on screen, including thirty lucrative and sometimes uproarious ones in Hollywood. Genuinely laugh-out-loud, it will astound and inspire and along the way reveal the REAL tricks of the dialogue writers trade. Hutchinson takes us through his successful career via hilarious anecdotes including a near-death experience on Venice Beach, being paid by Dreamworks to not actually work for them, and struggling to stay sane on location on one of the great movie flops of all time.

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Luke Barnes
No One Will Tell Me How To Start A Revolution.
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Susie, Edwina and Lucy have moved to a new school in a new town. Three very different sisters who will do anything to fit in and yet are desperate to be noticed. But how far will they go to break out of the roles in which they've been cast and will they ever be able to truly change their lives when they're swimming against the tide? A captivating, lively and poignant portrait of the pressures of being a teenager and the fight for acceptance.

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Alexis Gregory
Safe
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A recent study found that 25% of UK homeless and at-risk young people identify as LGBT. Safe is a powerful verbatim theatre piece exploring some of these untold stories via the Albert Kennedy Trust: a charity supporting such youth.  An exploration of what it means to feel truly safe in todays world, and a humour-filled celebration of survival.

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Scottee
Bravado
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Scottee grew up around strong, brave and violent men and boys. Bravado is his memoir of working class masculinity from 1991 to 1999 as seen by a sheep in wolfs clothing. Bravado explores the graphic nature of maleness and the extent it will go to succeed. This show is not for the weak hearted  it includes graphic accounts of violence, abuse, assault and sex.

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Chris Thompson
Of Kith and Kin
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Daniel and Oliver are about to have their first baby. With their best friend, Priya, acting as surrogate, theyve turned the study into a nursery and the bottles are sterilised. All thats missing is the bundle of joy theyve been pining for. But when Daniels chaotic mother gatecrashes the baby shower with a few home truths, the cracks in Daniel and Olivers relationship begin to show. Are they as ready for this as they think they are? And more importantly, is Priya?

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Arthur Kopit
Wings
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an ex-aviatrix losses speech after a comatose state and slowly regains power of language and life.

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Lucy Skilbeck
Joan / Bullish
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In BULLISH, ancient mythology meets modern gender negotiation. Inspired by Ovids Minotaur, a gender fierce ensemble of hopers and renegades try to pass, pack and blag their way out of the labyrinth. JOAN: An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, this is Joan of Arc. Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, historys greatest gender-warrior takes to the stage, dragging up as the men she defies in this smash-hit show.

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Glyn Maxwell
Drinks With Dead Poets
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Poet Glyn Maxwell wakes up in a mysterious village one autumn day. He has no idea how he got there but he has a strange feeling there's a class to teach. And isn't that Keats wandering down the lane? Why not ask him to give a reading, do a Q and A, hit the pub with the students afterwards? Soon the whole of the autumn term stretches ahead, with Byron, the Brontes, the War Poets and many more all on their way to give readings in the humble village hall.In this one-of-a-kind novel, Maxwell takes writing exercises that he's used in real classes, and explores them with fictional students and major poets.

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Lemn Sissay
Something Dark
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Sissay was brought up as a lone black face in Northern children's homes, the piece charts his rocky life story

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Iona Towler-Evans
DNA by Dennis Kelly: Routes to Revision
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This book is designed to engage students in active responders to the play DNA by Dennis Kelly. It will incorporate creative and reflective tasks and devices, to help them make sense of the play for themselves. The book will provide individual/ pair or group tasks which are motivating, active and engaging for young people. The text will be accompanied throughout by images/ illustrations related to the play in performance.

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Chris Goode, Jo Clifford
Eve
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Eve tells the story of a child raised as a boy, when she knew all along that was wrong. That child grew up to be one of the 10 Outstanding Women in Scotland in 2017. With trans rights again under threat, legendary playwright, performer, father and grandmother Jo Clifford tells a story both gentle and passionate, intimate and political, to remind us that the journey towards our real selves is one we all need to make.

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Tony (1) Cox
Mrs Orwell
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University College hospital, London, 1949. George Orwell is in the last chapter of his life with a severe case of Tuberculosis. He still believes he has at least three novels in him so to keep his morale up he promptly proposes to friend Sonia Brownell, a 30 year old assistant magazine editor. When Sonia learns that she is his only hope, she must decide whether to succumb to the advances of Lucien Freud or enter a platonic marriage with one of the countries most renowned writers. Based on actual events.

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Shon Dale-Jones
Me & Robin Hood
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I first met Robin Hood in the Autumn of 1975, as a seven-year-old boy, and we have been good mates ever since. Recently, he's been going crazy about the direction our world is heading. He can't believe there isn't a bigger reaction to all the madness. This show is his idea. He's convinced we need to change the story of money and share the opportunity some of us have been given if we really want to do something about inequality and the growing gap between rich and poor.

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Seiriol Davies
How To Win Against History
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The 5th Marquis of Anglesey was one of the Earth's wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. A ripped-up, hilarious musical about this gorgeous tragedy. he 5th Marquis of Anglesey burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely at the end of the 19th Century, blowing his family's colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-dyed poodles and putting on simply amazing plays to which nobody came. After he died at 29, his family burned every record of him, and carried on as though he never was. How to Win Against History is a hilarious, ripped-up musical about expectations, manliness, disappointment and being totally fabulous. A frothy, glossy costume drama about the stories we tell to convince ourselves it's all going well, and the moments we realise it's not.

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Graham Eatough
How To Act
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Internationally renowned theatre director Anthony Nicholl has travelled the globe on a life-long quest to discover the true essence of theatre. Today, he gives a masterclass, demonstrating first-hand the methods he cultivated in Africa and throughout the world. Promise, an aspiring actress, has been hand-picked to participate. What unfolds between them forces Nicholl to question all of his assumptions about his life and art. How to Act explores the contemporary realities of personal, cultural and economic exploitation through two individuals drawn together in the theatre. Both believe in truth, but each has their own version of it.

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Thomas Eccleshare
Heather
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A reclusive children's writer becomes wildly successful. Her books are treasured across the country. But when a troubling narrative starts to unfold, we find ourselves asking: What matters more, the storyteller or the story? Brilliantly imaginative and theatrically original, Heather is a short, sharp play about language, prejudice and the power of stories.

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Lara Foot
Inconvenience of Wings, The
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Set in a landscape of memory and dreams, The Inconvenience of Wings tackles the issues of friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels. This dynamic new drama was inspired by author Abraham J Twerski`s book Addictive Thinking that examines the notion of compulsion, addiction, denial and abuse of self as well as conversations on bipolar disorder that Foot had with celebrated psychiatrist Dr Sean Baumann. It was further stirred by her own father who has suffered from dementia for more than a decade.

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Douglas Maxwell
Whip Hand, The
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It's Dougie's birthday. He just turned 50 and his family are throwing him a party. But it's Dougie who has a surprise for them. A bombshell proposal. He wants his ex-wife Arlene to back his new endeavour. He wants to serve a good cause, a global cause. He wants to make right a terrible wrong, even if it puts their daughter's future at risk. They can all sense a scam, but Dougie won't back down. He is convinced this is his only chance to do something truly glorious, but his motivation may not be as pure as it seems. As the touchpaper under his family is lit, no one escapes the fallout.

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Annie Siddons
How (Not) To Live In Suburbia
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A hilarious honest and brutal show about loneliness, with film. 5 years ago in the middle of a shitstorm of life events, artist, single mother and proud Londoner Annie Siddons found herself living in suburbia by accident. This hilarious, brutal and poignant show - combining live performance with films made by Annie and live artist Richard deDomenici, is about her gauche and wrongfooted attempts to fit in, the loneliness that ensued, and her quest to cure it.

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Milly Thomas
Brutal Cessation
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A relationship rotting. Purgatory. Is having no reason to stay a reason to leave? At what point does the abuser become the abused? And why aren't we more afraid of women? Two actors, one couple, swapping roles. A savage new play exploring violence in relationships, our expectations of gender and what happens when we're no longer in love but refuse to let go.

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Simon Stone
Yerma
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The extraordinary Billie Piper plays Her, a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child. Simon Stone creates a radical new production of Lorcas achingly powerful masterpiece.

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Josh Overton
Sad Little Man
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Sad Little Man is a stand-up tragedy set performed by the mind of a young man in shock. Described as "a stunning, bittersweet story" and "theatrically beautiful" by Noises Off Magazine, a combination of performance poetry, physical theatre and projection tell the story of the many lives of Lee and someone he loves

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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
Oberon Books:

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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