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A Tender Thing
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A Tender Thing

Ben Power
 
Another Romeo and another Juliet in a strikingly different love story...

Ben Power weaves the text of Romeo and Juliet into a provocative new tale of love and sacrifice. Re-imagining Shakespeare's story, A Tender Thing is an elegiac yet ultimately hopeful account of the human capacity for love.

Shakespeare's timeless poetry provides the backdrop for this delicate and moving account of old age, memory and the demands we make of those we love. When a married couple discover that their lifetime together is drawing to a close, they realise they cannot contemplate being apart.

Review
Power's ingenious reorganisation pays off handsomely... what did Shakespeare know? - Guardian
Cast : 1M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-082-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
August: Osage County
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August: Osage County

Tracy Letts
 
A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harbouring shady little secrets. When the extended Weston family is reunited after dad disappears, the Oklahoma household explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets.

After a sell-out run at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, August: Osage County has been hailed on Broadway as the ‘best American drama of the past decade’ (USA Today). Its themes of family secrets and retribution—and its truly epic scope—had critics rushing to declare its author the new Eugene O’Neill.

Review
'Sensationally entertaining… Tracy Letts' fiercely funny, turbo-charged tragicomedy is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.'   New York Times

Cast : 6M, 7F
Nick Hern Books  | 978-1-84842-025-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bang Bang Bang
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Bang Bang Bang

Stella Feehily
 
Stella Feehily brings her trademark wit and emotional insight to this revealing play that goes behind the public face of charities, journalists and NGOs, and is drawn directly from workshops and interviews with aid workers, doctors, human rights defenders, government advisers, journalists and photographers.

A seasoned human rights defender and her idealistic young colleague embark on a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. For Mathilde, it’s an induction into a life less ordinary. For Sadhbh it’s back to madness and chaos away from her lover and London – exactly as she likes it.

But while Mathilde lets off steam with a photographer and a spliff, Sadhbh has her own encounter: tea with a smart but brutal young warlord she’s investigating. Or is it the other way round?



Cast : 4M, 4F (1 child ; doubling possible)
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-211-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Big White Fog
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Big White Fog

Theodore Ward
 
Chicago South Side in the 1930s. Struggling to keep his dreams alive and his family together, Victor Mason is an educated black man reduced to working on building sites. His loyalty to Marcus Garvey’s Back to Africa movement clashes with his family’s pursuit of the American dream despite the twin evils of the Depression and racism.

Never seen outside America, Ward’s landmark family drama, written when the words black and playwright rarely occurred together, Big White Fog remains as poignant for Britain today as it did when it burst upon America in 1938 as a product of the Federal Theatre Project, which also saw Orson Welles’ black Macbeth.

This first production outside America is premiered at the Almeida, London, staged by Artistic Director Michael Attenborough. The volume includes background documentation, an essay by the author about the origins of the play and quotations from James Baldwin.

Cast : 12M, 7F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-595-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Container, The
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Container, The

Clare Bayley
 
A harrowing, intense drama about people-trafficking, set inside a container lorry.

A freight container, somewhere in Europe. Inside are five people with one common aim: to reach England and start a new life. Can they trust the agent to get them there? Can they rely on each other? And how far will each of them go to get what they want?

This intensely claustrophobic and urgently topical play was premiered at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival where it won a Fringe First Award for outstanding new writing. The play also won the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award 2007.




Cast : 3M, 3F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-073-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Decade
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Decade

Various
 
Two towers. Ten years. Twenty plays.

Ten years after 9/11, twenty international writers respond to the defining event of our times.  Published here are their individual plays, which woven together formed the basis of  Decade , an immersive theatrical production from Headlong  theatre company.

The writers:  Samuel Adamson, Mike Bartlett, Alecky Blythe, Adam Brace, Ben Ellis, Ella Hickson, Samuel D. Hunter, John Logan, Matthew Lopez, Mona Mansour, DC Moore, Abi Morgan, Rory Mullarkey, Janine Nabers, Lynn Nottage, Harrison David Rivers, Simon Schama, Christopher Shinn, Beth Steel, Alexandra Wood.

Review
dazzling... a bold experiment in engaging with history, realised with flair -  Evening Standard



Cast : Various
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-230-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Dirty Butterfly
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Dirty Butterfly

debbie tucker green
 

'You ever woken up of a morning wondering if this one was gonna be your last – you ever got that feelin in your stomach as you lay there wonderin that? Like butterflies gone ballistic. Like butterflies gone bad.'

Listening through their thin walls, Amelia and Jason are drawn into the dark and compelling world of their mutual neighbour Jo.

Dirty Butterfly is a mesmerising and startling play about voyeurism, power and guilt.

Review
'There is a sly, controlled power in this writing and it is given full rein in Rufus Norris' exquisitely acted production. And now I cannot get it out of my head.'-  The Guardian


Cast : 1M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-741-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Egusi Soup
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Egusi Soup

Janice Okoh
 

A fast and funny family drama about intergenerational and cross-cultural relationships - containing plenty of spicy bits…

It’s the anniversary of John Anyia’s death, and the Anyias are packing their suitcases, preparing to head home to Nigeria for a memorial service in his honour. But before they go, they’re going to have to get rid of some excess baggage.



Cast : 3F, 2M
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-271-1 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
First Run: New Plays by New Writers
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First Run: New Plays by New Writers

Kate Harwood (ed.)
 
The five plays in this volume were chosen as the best work by new playwrights to have been staged in Britain in the late 1980s. All five writers have gone on to establish reputations in major theatres.

Inventing a New Colour by Paul Godfrey 
A war-time Exeter family takes in an evacuee from London

Prickly Heat by Simon Donald 
A surreal sensuous comedy by a young Scottish writer/performer

Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock 
Shows the conflict between a West-Indian woman and her English-born daughters

Low Level Panic by Clare McIntyre
Looks at the effect of pornography on three young women

A Handful of Stars by Billy Roche 
Rituals of male supremacy are played out in a Southern Irish billiard room.

Cast : Inventing a New Colour - 3M, 1F / Prickly Heat - 3M, 1F / Leave Taking - 1M, 4F / Low Level Panic - 3F (+ 2M, voices only) / A Handful of Stars - 6M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-010-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Fixer
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Fixer

Lydia Adetunji
 
An unsettling, intelligent and savagely funny play about oil geopolitics and the price of human life.

An attack on a pipeline in Northern Nigeria. Journalists and PR consultants rush to the scene. Everyone wants control of the story - and they're prepared to pay. For the reporters, this could be the exclusive that makes their careers. For Chuks, their fixer, the stakes are even higher.




Cast : 6M, 1F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-064-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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