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100 Great Plays for Women
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100 Great Plays for Women

Lucy Kerbel
 
In this important, landmark survey, director and writer Lucy Kerbel dispels the myth that ‘there aren’t any good plays for women’.

Governed by the criteria that the plays included feature entirely or predominantly female casts, and that the female characters take an equal or decisive role in driving the on-stage action, the result is a personal but wide-ranging reappraisal of the theatrical canon, a snapshot of the very best writing that has female protagonists at its heart.

100 Great Plays for Women is an essential resource for all directors and producers looking for plays to stage, writers seeking inspiration and actors trying to track down a new audition piece.
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-185-1 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
3 Winters
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3 Winters

Tena Štivicic
 
As the Kos family argue, adapt, fall in and out of love world after world is erected and torn down around them. The one constant is the ivy-clad house in Zagreb, built by aristocrats, partitioned, owned by all, owned by a few; witness to four increasingly educated and independent generations of women. But when the family assembles for Lucia’s wedding, Alisa learns that her nouveau-riche brother-in-law has bought the once nationalized house. For the bride this is progress, for her sister it’s a shady act of greed. For their principled parents, finally, it’s one battle too many.


From the remnants of monarchy to Communism, democracy, war and the EU: Croatia 1945–2011, against a country in turmoil, Tena Štivicic’s 3 Winters creates a portrait of an eclectic family, held together by the courage to survive.


Nick Hern Book, Uk | 978-1-84842-449-4 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Abandonment
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Abandonment

Kate Atkinson
 

A play about love, death, indentity and evolution, from a best-selling and highly acclaimed novelist.

Elizabeth, forty-something, childless, recently separated, just wants to be alone. She's moved into a converted Victorian mansion, alive with history, character, woodworm and rot. But worse than that she's besieged by invaders of the human kind. Her best friend, her sister, their mother, the builder and a photographer are all determined to make their mark. And a former inhabitant of the house, disturbed from her resting place by Elizabeth's arrival, revisits her own long-forgotten past.

Review
"Witty, intelligent and absorbing... terrific comic dialogue".   The Scotsman

Cast : 5M, 2F (doubling possible)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-601-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Advice from the Players
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Advice from the Players

Laura Barnett
 

Essential tips and advice from stars of stage and screen.

Actors know the best source of advice on the profession is other actors. Nothing compares with the wisdom and practical know-how acquired through years of working in the business.

Advice from the Players features a host of tips and guidance on every aspect of the actor’s craft, direct from some of the best-known stars of stage and screen, including Julie Walters, Lenny Henry, Harriet Walter, Simon Callow, Mark Gatiss, David Harewood, Jo Brand, Simon Russell Beale, Lesley Manville, Zawe Ashton and Mathew Horne, amongst many others.

Drawing directly on their own personal experience, they offer essential advice on topics including:

  • Applying to drama school
  • Getting an agent
  • Auditions
  • The dos and don’ts of rehearsal
  • Acting for camera
  • Acting comedy
  • Coping with stage fright
  • Surviving the tough times
  • Staying inspired, and much more…

Candid, passionate, sometimes contradictory, often very funny – Advice from the Players is a book to turn to whenever you’re in need of guidance or inspiration, whether you’re a working actor, at drama school, or involved in amateur theatre. It is also an invaluable introduction for those considering a career in the performing arts, and a fascinating read for anyone who wants to know what it’s really like to be a working actor.

Nick Hern Book, Uk | 978-1-84842-358-9 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
After Mrs Rochester
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After Mrs Rochester

Polly Teale
 
The hit show from Shared Experience Theatre Company based on the tortured and passionate life of Jean Rhys and her most famous book, Wide Sargasso Sea, the prequel to Jane Eyre.

In Wide Sargasso Sea – 'one of the works of genius of the 20th century', The Times – Jean Rhys first gave voice to Bertha Mason, Mr Rochester’s first wife in Jane Eyre. Placing Bertha on stage throughout as Jean’s alter ego, this dramatization of Rhys’ life gives full vent to her obsession with the “mad woman in the attic”.

Review
'A revelation, a rare feat of theatrical imagining.' -  Evening Standard
Cast : 6M, 2F (doubling possible)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-745-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Airsick
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Airsick

Emma Frost
 
A turbulent black comedy about love, loneliness and how we shape our future. Lucy thinks she's finally cracked the love thing. Joe, her handsome American boyfriend is moving over to London. So how come he seems to be heading for the emergency exit? Lucy's best friend Scarlet is on an endless carousel of losers, users and married men. Her Dad just thinks we're all better off flying solo.

Review
Wincingly funny -   Independent





Cast : 3M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-774-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
All Change Please
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All Change Please

A Practical Guide to Achieving Gender Equality in Theatre

Lucy Kerbel
 

''We are the industry. If things will shift it is down to us, all of us, to make that happen. We all need to reflect on how we work, how we think, and how we make choices. That's what will drive the greatest change.'

Theatre needs to change. Everywhere – in its boardrooms, on its stages, throughout its repertoires – it could be so much more successful at reflecting the gender balance of the world it seeks to represent.

This is a book about why change matters, its benefits – artistic, commercial, ethical and social – and how, with everyone's help, we can actually achieve it. From small shifts, such as how you run your meetings, or what's on the shelves of your school library, to rethinking concepts as huge as the art we inherit, how we attribute excellence, and the constraints we unwittingly pass on to the next generation, there are things we can all do to bring about change.

In this book, you'll find provocations to help you consider your current practices and their effects, challenge unconscious biases and identify opportunities for change, plus strategies and tools to help you decide where best to focus your efforts, to convince others why change matters, and to achieve meaningful, lasting success.

Eye-opening, empowering and inspiring, All Change Please is a book for anyone who loves theatre. Whether you make it, teach it, watch it or study it, everyone has their own unique part to play in helping refresh, reshape and re-imagine the industry as truly diverse, equal and inclusive.

'Lucy Kerbel's work has become increasingly pivotal in helping the entire industry raise its game... this illuminating book answers the cynic, informs the impartial, converts the supporter into an activist and equips them all; not in a rallying cry of anger-fuelled idealism, but in a calm, pragmatic and clear-eyed way.' Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, from his Foreword

Since 2011, Lucy Kerbel and her organisation Tonic Theatre have been working with companies and individuals across the theatre industry to support them in achieving greater gender equality in their work and workforces. Her first book, 100 Great Plays for Women, is also published by Nick Hern Books.

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-658-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
All Mouth
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All Mouth

Jonathan Lewis and Miranda Foster
 
Digby is agonising over his Desert Island Discs selection, while Greg can’t take the pressure of being down to the last two for a new regular on EastEnders. Mel is refusing to speak to her Ex, while Paddy is pretending to be a banker. But more important things could be at stake as the group prepare to go on strike in order to protect their livelihoods... But will anyone take a bunch of actors seriously?

Set in the heart of Soho, All Mouth is a wry eavesdrop on the unseen voice-over world, the people behind the voices, and the machinations of the studios and of the ad agencies to which they are all in thrall.


Cast : 1M, 4F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-593-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Antigone
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Antigone

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Sophocles
 

The first great 'resistance' drama – and one of the most definitive Greek tragedies.

Creon, the King of Thebes, has forbidden the burial of Antigone's brother because he was put to death as a traitor to the crown. Despite being engaged to Creon's son Haemon, Antigone disobeys the King and buries her brother. Enraged, Creon condemns Antigone to death and buries her alive in a cave. The prophet Teiresias warns Creon against such rash actions, and eventually Creon relents – but when he goes to release Antigone it is too late: she has already hanged herself.

Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald. Also available in Greek Tragedy.

Cast : 5M, 3F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-200-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Any Given Day
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Any Given Day

Linda McLean
 
Bill and Sadie, in late middle age, live a fortress existence in their flat in the city. A stone comes through the window. Bill goes to get some bread and fails to take his keys, leaving Sadie perilously alone. Meanwhile their niece, Jackie, is deciding not to visit them after all…

Often hilarious, ultimately chilling, Any Given Day is a deliberately heightened riff on urban isolation. A searing, poetic and hard-hitting exploration of our fear of the unknown and responsibility towards ourselves and others, from one of Scotland’s leading playwrights. 



Cast : 2F, 3M
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-093-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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