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Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley, The
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Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley, The

Chris Goode
 
Shirley is a teenage boy with a girl’s name, growing up in suburbia and feeling like the weirdest kid in the school. Nothing makes much sense to him, and his heart belongs to a classmate who barely knows he exists. Wound Man is an unconventional superhero, sprung from the pages of a medieval medical textbook, with an alarming assortment of  weapons sticking out from every part of his body. Wound Man has just moved into a house on Shirley’s street – and he happens to have a vacancy for a teenage sidekick... A funny and touching story by Chris Goode about two unlikely friends and the adventures they share.

Review
Told with humour and bags of charm…  The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley  tells a familiar tale in a refreshing and imaginative way to leave us amused and moved. –  Whats On Stage



Cast : 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-180-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Against all Gods
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Against all Gods

Six Polemics on Religion and an Essay on Kindness

A. C. Grayling
 

Do religions have an inherent right to be respected? Is atheism itself a form of religion, and can there be such a thing as a ‘fundamentalist atheist’? Are we witnessing a global revival in religious zeal, or do the signs point instead to religion’s ultimate decline?

In a series of bold, unsparing polemics, world renowned philosopher A. C. Grayling tackles these questions head on, exposing the dangerous unreason he sees at the heart of religious faith and highlighting the urgent need we have to reject it in all its forms, without compromise. In its place, he argues for a set of values based on reason, reflection and sympathy, taking his cue from the great ethical tradition of western philosophy.

Against All Gods is part of Oberon's Masters Series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the theatre written by leading lights in each subject.
 


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-727-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
An Untidy Career
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An Untidy Career

Conversations with George Hall

Lolly Susi
 

Lolly Susi’s interviews with performer and teacher George Hall are a unique insight into the mind of a great all-round theatre practitioner.

George Hall trained at Old Vic Theatre School and worked as an actor at the Old Vic, in regional theatre, on radio, television and film. He has worked in cabaret, as writer, composer, performer and director. He has composed scores for the Old Vic, RSC, and plays for film and television. George was director of the Acting Course at Central School of Speech and Drama for many years. He is currently on the staff of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Including photographs from George Hall’s time teaching and on stage, An Untidy Career is full of revealing thoughts regarding the theatre and acting industries.

An Untidy Career is part of the  Oberon's Masters Series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the theatre written by leading lights in each subject.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-989-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Art of Translation, The
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Art of Translation, The

Ranjit Bolt
 

I try to follow the rule laid down by perhaps the greatest translator of all, John Dryden, who maintained that a translator should – and I paraphrase – make the version as entertaining as possible, while at the same time remaining as faithful as possible to the spirit of the original.

Ranjit Bolt is one Britain’s most prolific and talented translators for the stage. His translations (most of them in rhyming verse) have been produced by the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Sir Peter Hall, and by leading repertory theatres in the US. He was awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to literature.

The Art of Translation is part of Oberon's Masters Series, a new series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the theatre written by leading lights in each subject. 



Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84002-865-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Behind the Curtain
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Behind the Curtain

Peter Bowles
 
If you have ever set foot in a theatre you will enjoy this book. Leading actor, Peter Bowles, invites us backstage in the West End and on tour to witness the job of acting as it really is.

Behind The Curtain is based on his own career as a leading stage and TV actor for over 55 years. With wit and style he recounts his personal views on rehearsals, touring, drama school, working with directors and other actors, and audiences. He has trod some of the most famous boards in the business, from Shakespeare on Broadway in 1956, to Sheridan’s The Rivals at London's Haymarket in 2011. Among his many varied roles, Peter has been critically acclaimed for his masterful performances; including his deeply moving portrayal of Crocker Harris in Peter Hall’s recent production of Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version, his West End success in Moliere’s  The School for Wives, and his terrifying portrayal of an East End gangster in Gangster No. 1. Peter also became nationally famous for his part as businessman Richard DeVere in the TV series To the Manor Born.

With tales of some biggest personalities in the historyof showbiz such as Michael Gambon, Noel Coward, Rex Harrison, Laurence Olivier & John Gielgud, this is a book that captures the acting profession in all its eccentric glory.




Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-215-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Exposed by the Mask
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Exposed by the Mask

Peter Hall
 

In these four lectures Peter Hall reveals a lifetime of discoveries about classical theatre, Shakespeare, opera and modern drama. The central argument is that form and structured language paradoxically give freedom to power of thought and feeling, much as the masks of early Greek drama enabled actors to express extreme emotion. The mask may take many forms – the precise language of Beckett and Pinter, the classical form of Mozart’s operas, or Shakespeare’s verse.

Now reprinted to form part of the Oberon's Masters Series; a brand new series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the arts written by leading lights in each subject.

Review
The wisest and most stimulating short book about theatre since Peter Brook’s The Empty Space - Charles Spencer, Sunday Telegraph



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-993-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Funny People
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Funny People

Roy Smiles
 

Roy Smiles the author of Pythonesque, Kurt & Sid, Ying Tong, A Walk with the Goons, Standup (the story of his inept years as a stand up comic in the 1980s), Good Evening (the story of the Beyond The Fringe team) and Les Sez (the story of Les Dawson’s life) examines the comedians, comedy shows and comedy movies that have influenced and uplifted his life.

Funny People is a new title in Oberon’s Masters Series, a series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the performing arts written by leading lights in each subject.



Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-034-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
MacDonald: Plays 2
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MacDonald: Plays 2

De Sade Show / Salto Mortale / Persons Unknown

Robert David MacDonald
 

A second series of plays, originally written for and performed by the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre. Witty and alarming, these three plays cover a considerable range of settings and offer unusual and rewarding opportunities for actors.

A disturbing and funny trio, from a remarkable individual voice in the theatre.

De Sade Show 
Presents a gruesome picture of the notorious philosopher and his intimate friends

Salto Mortale
Takes the audience by tortuous route to the circus

Persons Unknown
Examines one of the nineteenth century's most celebrated and puzzling unsolved crimes.


Cast : The De Sade Show - M8, F5 / Salto Mortale - M2, F1 / M6, F1 - Persons Unknown
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-225-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
May The Farce Be With You
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May The Farce Be With You

Roger Foss
 
It seems a long way from Moliere to Ray Cooney. There are immense distances between the worlds of Aristophanes, Plautus, Georges Feydeau, Ben Travers, Joe Orton and Basil Fawlty. But as one of the oldest genres in the history of the theatre, farce bridges the gaps by generating gales of helpless belly laughter across the generations. Inspired by John Mortimer’s observation that farce is “tragedy played at a thousand revolutions a minute”, theatre critic Roger Foss embarks on a lightning tour of the rib-tickling world of confused characters, absurd situations, ruined reputations, sexual innuendo and bravura comic acting and finds out if farce really is a force to be reckoned with in the 21st century.

The latest addition to the Oberon Masters series, May The Farce Be With You celebrates the great creators and performers of farce, notably master farceur Ray Cooney, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2012, in essays that will inform and entertain both the aficionado and anyone with a sense of humour.



Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-151-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Mr Modernsky: How Stravinsky Survived Schoenberg
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Mr Modernsky: How Stravinsky Survived Schoenberg

Meredith Oakes
 
Mr Modernsky tells a story about two heavyweights of twentieth-century classical music: Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg.

It traces the gradual change there has been in the way these two great rivals are perceived, looks in their music for the reasons and reflects on the nature of modernity in art and the sometimes pernicious effects of ideology.

Meredith Oakes explores the tension between futuristic and historical elements in the work of these parallel artists and asks: is modernity merely about technical innovation? Must progress always mean exclusion of the past?

Mr Modernsky  is a new title in Oberon’s Master Series, a series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the performing arts written by leading lights in each subject. 


Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-048-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
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