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#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
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#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei

Howard Brenton
 

A timely play based on the true story of an imprisoned Nobel Laureate.

On 3 April 2011, as he was boarding a flight to Taipei, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was arrested at Beijing Airport. Advised merely that his travel ‘could damage state security’, he was escorted to a van by officials, after which he disappeared for eighty-one days. On his release, the government claimed that his imprisonment related to tax evasion.

Howard Brenton's play is based on Ai Weiwei's account in Barnaby Martin's book Hanging Man, in which he told the story of that imprisonment - by turns surreal, hilarious, and terrifying. A portrait of the artist in extreme conditions, it is also an affirmation of the centrality of art and freedom of speech in civilised society.



Cast : 9M (doubling)
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-331-2 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
'Tis Pity She’s a Whore
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'Tis Pity She’s a Whore

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

John Ford
 

The tragic story of incestuous love between Giovanni and his sister Annabella.

When Annabella is found to be pregnant by her brother, she agrees to marry her suitor Soranzo. But when the lovers' incestuous secret is discovered, vengeance and bloody murder follow.

Edited and introduced by Lisa Hopkins.



Cast : 4F, 12M
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-169-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
100
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100

Heimann, Monaghan & Petterle
 

Imagine that you must choose one single memory from your life as your only way of passing through to eternity. Imagine that you have just one hour to choose ...

A stunning play for five actors which combines traditional storytelling with physical theatre. Ideal for schools, youth groups and amateur theatre companies.





Cast : 2M, 2F + 1 extra M/F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-737-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
2nd May 1997
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2nd May 1997

Jack Thorne
 

2nd May 1997. An historic victory. The Tories, eighteen years in power, are defeated as New Labour sweeps into government. From the euphoria and despair, three deeply personal stories emerge.

Tory MP Robert prepares to attend the count. With defeat looming large, he fears becoming a forgotten man, while his wife Marie counts the cost of her own sacrifice to politics. Lib Dem footsoldier Ian is no hero, but party-crasher Sarah is determined to make him one. Best mates Jake and Will wake up with a new world order to memorise before their A-level Politics class. Jake dreams of Number 10. Will dreams of Jake

A smouldering play about escaping the past, seizing the present and owning the future.

Cast : 4M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-080-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | 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
5/11
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5/11

Edward Kemp
 
It's 1605 and the war on terror is going badly. A group of young religious fanatics has recruited a mercenary, Guy Fawkes, to strike at the heart of the English Government. But in a police state no-one can be trusted and their plot is going to be turned against the very people it was meant to save. This incendiary thriller weaves together the lives of kings and terrorists, priests and spies in a play of epic proportions, which has the sweep and scope of the very best historical drama.

Review
a big, bold, joltingly topical new play... explosive epic with echoes for today -  Daily Telegraph


Cast : 20M, 6F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-900-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
55 Days
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55 Days

Howard Brenton
 
December 1648. The army has occupied London. Parliament votes not to put the imprisoned King on trial, so the army moves against Westminster and the only military coup in English history takes place. But the army leadership remains divided: Cromwell would prefer a compromise with the King, but the King will not compromise. A new nation must therefore be forged… and over 55 days, an entirely new world is created
 



Cast : 13M, 2F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-287-2 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
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
A Woman Killed with Kindness (DC)
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A Woman Killed with Kindness (DC)

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

Thomas Heywood (edited by Trevor Griffiths)
 

Heywood's startling domestic thriller written in 1603, A Woman Killed with Kindness strips bare two women's lives - with forensic realism - in one of the first tragedies ever to be written about ordinary people.





Cast : 19M, 3F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-186-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | 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
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