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Angels
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Angels

Ronan O’Donnell
 

A suspicious death at the workplace and loner security guard Nick Prentice is hauled in Kafka style for interrogation. Detective Crichton believes he’s got Prentice bang to rights. Nick’s handwritten seedy wee ‘stories’ seem to nail him to the crime. Is Prentice complicit in the death of two-bit shoplifter Gary Glover? Will Hollywood’s uber-babe Scarlett Johansson rescue our unlikely antihero? David Lynch meets Rebus in this uproarious, underworld whodunnit, reworking the hardboiled crime thriller for our times.

In this intoxicating and vivid one-man show Ronan O’Donnell evokes both the stifling claustrophobia of the interview room and Prentice’s skewed sense of logic with an inimitable and visceral writing style. Brilliantly surreal and blackly funny, Angels marks O’Donnell out as one of Scotland’s most exciting theatrical voices.


By Ronan O'Donnell, available through Currency Press:

 

Cast : 1M
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-277-3 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Chekhov: Shorts
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Chekhov: Shorts

Anton Chekhov (Translated by Stephen Mulrine)
 
This collection features Chekhov’s best-known short plays in brand new translations: three farces, two comic duologues and a monologue, all of them referred to by Chekhov as ‘vaudevilles’ and all written in the late 1880s before any of his great full-length plays. ‘I don’t much care for theatre,’ he wrote at the time, ‘but I do enjoy vaudevilles.’

These accurate and actable translations by Chekhov expert Stephen Mulrine reveal a dramatist revelling in the broad comedy of human behaviour, a comedy which was refined in his later masterpieces.

Highly entertaining, these comic shorts offer a fascinating insight into Chekhov’s development as a dramatist, and will provide actors at any level—student, amateur or professional—with an ideal showcase.
Cast : 2M, 1F; 2M, 1F; 2M;8M, 3F; 2M; 1M
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-291-9 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Churchill: Shorts
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Churchill: Shorts

Caryl Churchill
 

Ten short plays for stage, radio and TV, selected by Caryl Churchill, opening up a little-known aspect of her writing, and demonstrating her considerable versatility and breadth of concern.

Featuring:

Abortive (Radio 3, 1971)

The After-Dinner Joke (BBC TV, 1978)

The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution

Hot Fudge (Royal Court Theatre, 1989)

The Judge's Wife (BBC TV, 1972)

Lovesick (Radio 3, 1967)

Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen (Radio 3, 1971)

Schreber's Nervous Illness (Radio 3, 1972)

Seagulls

Three More Sleepless Nights (Soho Poly Theatre, 1980)

Includes an introduction by the author.


Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-085-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Crack in the Emerald: New Irish Plays
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Crack in the Emerald: New Irish Plays

D. Grant (ed.)
 
A classic collection of new Irish playwriting from the end of the 1980s.

The volume contains:

The Lament for Arthur Cleary by Dermot Bolger
'A love-poem to the City of Dublin, to its people, its streets, its housing estates, but above all to the indomitable Dublin spirit that is as unique as it is indefinable'  -  Sunday Tribune

Low in the Dark by Marina Carr
A mother and daughter bicker over who has just given birth; a couple discuss building walls and baking buns in the oven; and a man gets pregnant. This witty absurdist play by one of Ireland's leading woman playwrights dismantles the myths of motherhood and exposes the sexism of language and religious imagery.

Misogynist by Michael Harding
Written by 'one of the most significant new Irish writers of his generation' -  Sunday Times, and strongly influenced by religious and folk ritual, this near-monologue, full of erotic imagery, offers the opportunity for a tour-de-force for a male actor.

The Hamster Wheel by Marie Jones.
When one partner in a marriage becomes unable to look after themselves and is completely dependent on the other, what happens to the relationship between them? This play covers an issue which is seldom talked about and creates 'a  powerful, wholly theatrical experience' -  Irish Times


Cast : The Lament for Arthur Cleary - 3M, 2F ; Low in the Dark - 2M, 3F ; Misogynist - 1M, 1F + optional female chorus ; The Hamster Wheel - 2M, 3F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-237-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Domino Effect, The
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Domino Effect, The

and other plays for teenagers

Fin Kennedy
 

This second volume of plays from award-winning playwright Fin Kennedy features three ensemble plays for large casts of young people aged thirteen to nineteen, each developed via a long-term, collaborative process with the target age group.

In The Dream Catcher  a school group on a Media Studies field trip to the isolated country house of a black-and-white movie pioneer enter a sinister dreamworld when they go exploring after dark. Once they step through the movie screen, each of the young friends meets their dream double, the sinister Neverborn…

In Fast, a twenty-four-hour school fundraiser in a semi-rural town takes on a new urgency when farmer’s daughter Cara refuses to eat again until the supermarkets she holds responsible for her father’s suicide agree to her demands.

In The Domino Effect – a five-star hit at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe – a silent girl finds her voice, and her mother, when a mysterious East End antiques dealer teaches her how small actions lead to big effects, and how to master the law of unintended consequences.

With their flexible, mixed casts, the plays are particularly suited to performance by young people’s groups, who will enjoy the demands and challenges of playing roles specifically created for teenage actors.

Cast : 10F, 6M; 8F, 4M; 12F, 15M + chorus, extras; doubling possible in all plays
Nick Hern Book, Uk | 978-1-84842-468-5 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Eight
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Eight

Ella Hickson
 
Eight modern monologues which can be staged in any order: ideal for audition pieces and student drama groups

At the door of the theatre, you take a voting slip and chose your company; selecting four from eight captivating monologues that offer a group-portrait of diverse characters. From high-class hookers to 7/7 survivors these monologues paint a revelatory picture of Britain as it is today.

Awards
  • 2008 Edinburgh Festival - Fringe First and Best of the Festival



By Ella Hickson, also available through Currency Press:
Cast : 5M, 4F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-059-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Family - Three Plays
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Family - Three Plays

Acts / One Good Beating / The Visitor

Galgani / McLean / Smith
 

A trilogy of short plays on the theme of family from three generations of Scottish writers

Acts, by Riccardo Galgani

An old couple have not seen their son in years. One day he walks back into their lives.

One Good Beating, by Linda McLean

A blackly comic account of a grown-up brother and sister who exact revenge on their violent father.

The Visitor, by Iain Crichton Smith

A schoolmaster on the verge of retirement is looking back on his career, when a knock on the door reveals a mysterious young man.

 


Cast : 2M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-438-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Good Audition Guides, The
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Good Audition Guides, The

Contemporary Monologues for Women

Trilby James
 
Drawing on her experience as an actress and teacher at RADA, Trilby James has selected fifty monologues for women taken from NHB’s list of the best new writing in contemporary drama including works by Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, Alexi Kaye Campbell, Helen Edmundson, Ella Hickson, and Tracy Letts.

Each speech is prefaced with an easy-to-use guide to Who is speaking, Where, When and To Whom, What has just happened in the play and What are the character’s objectives. Each volume also carries a user-friendly introduction on the whole process of auditioning.
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-85459-564-5 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Good Audition Guides, The
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Good Audition Guides, The

Contemporary Monologues for Men

Trilby James
 
Drawing on her experience as an actress and teacher at RADA, Trilby James has selected fifty monologues for men taken from NHB’s list of the best new writing in contemporary drama including works by Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, Alexi Kaye Campbell, Helen Edmundson, Ella Hickson, and Tracy Letts.

Each speech is prefaced with an easy-to-use guide to Who is speaking, Where, When and To Whom, What has just happened in the play and What are the character’s objectives. Each volume also carries a user-friendly introduction on the whole process of auditioning.
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-85459-563-8 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Good Audition Guides, The: Shakespeare Monologues for Young Men
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Good Audition Guides, The: Shakespeare Monologues for Young Men

Luke Dixon
 

Actors at every level – from school exam to professional casting – are called upon to perform one or more audition pieces, often one from Shakespeare’s plays. A great deal will depend on their coming up with something fresh that is exactly suited both to the role they are auditioning for and to their particular performing skills . This is where The Good Audition Guides come in.

Drawing on his experience as an acting and audition coach, Luke Dixon has selected fifty monologues for young men and another fifty for young women drawn from across the Shakespeare canon. Each is prefaced with an easy-to use guide to Who is speaking, Where, When and To Whom, What has just happened in the play and What are the character’s objectives. In fact, everything the actor needs to know before embarking on the audition!




Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-265-0 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
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