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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
Arabian Nights
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Arabian Nights

Dominic Cooke
 
This simple and delightfully inventive re-telling of the stories from the Arabian Nights was adapted by Dominic Cooke during his time as the Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre.

Review
Superb... weaves a potent spell of enchantment as it moves from cruelty to happiness and from the blissfully ribald to the deeply affecting -   Daily Telegraph



Cast : 5M, 4F (doubling required)
Performance Rights : Nick Hern
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-058-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bad Girls
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Bad Girls

Jacqueline Wilson, adapted Vicky Ireland
 

An energetic, fast-moving adaptation for the stage of this modern children's classic, by the best-selling author and 2005 Children's Laureate.

Mandy's been picked on at school for as long as she can remember. That's why she is delighted when cheeky, daring, full-of-fun Tanya picks her as a friend. Mum isn't happy – she thinks Tanya's a 'bad girl' and a bad influence. Mandy's sure Tanya can only get her out of trouble, not into it. But can she?

This edition comes with production notes indicating how the play can be staged even with minimal resources - plus a lot of ingenuity!

Review
Punchy, stimulating and theatrically ingenious... Bad Girls is a veritable model of theatre for young people -  Manchester Evening News

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-910-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Beauty and the Beast
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Beauty and the Beast

Lucy Kirkwood and Katie Mitchell
 
To repay her father’s debt a young girl agrees to live in the castle of a hideous beast only to discover that true love can be found in the most unlikely of places, buried deeper than your heart.

A wild and lively production, filled with magic and wonder, music and dance. The National Theatre’s Christmas treat for the family is guaranteed to be as enchanting and beautiful as its title suggests. Following on from the smash hit The Cat in the Hat, also directed by Katie Mitchell, this may be a very different type of story but it’s one that is sure to be every bit as successful and every bit as thrilling.



Cast : 3M, 3F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-157-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Beauty and the Beast (Young Vic version)
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Beauty and the Beast (Young Vic version)

Laurence Boswell
 
This enchanting play can be performed straight or with music by Mick Sands, drawn from traditional French folk melodies. The score is available separately from Nick Hern Books.

Please note: this edition is the original version first performed at the Young Vic in 1996. The play was substantially revised by Laurence Boswell in a version first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2003, available here.

Review
'Hard to imagine a more hauntingly beautiful children's show.' -  Daily Telegraph





Cast : 4M, 4F, doubling
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-307-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Burying Your Brother in the Pavement
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Burying Your Brother in the Pavement

Jack Thorne
 

Tom’s brother Luke is dead. This has upset a lot of people but it hasn’t upset Tom. Or, rather, it has upset him, but in ways he can’t explain and other people can't understand. You see, Tom and Luke were never friends. In fact, Tom didn't really like Luke at all.

So it’s an odd decision - to try and bury Luke in the pavement of the Tunstall Estate where he was killed. But to Tom, it sort of makes sense, in a stupid-weird kind of way. As he sleeps out on the pavement, he comes across planning officials, tramps, undertakers, police officers, sisters, mothers, estate agents, ghosts, pavement elephants, sky dragons and a strange lad called Tight who wants to sell him a Travelcard.

Written specifically for young people, Burying Your Brother in the Pavement was part of the 2008 National Theatre Connections Festival and was premiered by youth theatres across the UK.

Cast : 10F, 20M, extras
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-416-6 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Christmas is Miles Away
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Christmas is Miles Away

Chloe Moss
 

Luke and Christie are typical sixteen-year-old lads from Manchester. They like camping out, drinking lager and talking about girls. But when they leave school and their lives go in different directions, will they still have things in common?

Review
Moss assuredly captures the exhilarating terror of standing on the cusp of adulthood and leaving childhood certainties behind. She finds credible language to gain access to the inner world of characters who barely know how to speak their minds ... outstandingly touching -  The Guardian


Cast : 1F, 2M (teenagers)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-908-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Cinderella
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Cinderella

Stuart Paterson
 
A classic fairy tale with a twist.

The two ugly sisters and the vicious stepmother get their come-uppance, but Cinders, in a thoroughly refreshing alternative, rejects the spoilt and arrogant Prince in favour of the genuine and reliable Buttons.

Review
'One of the most powerful children's Christmas plays written anywhere in the last 25 years.' -  Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman



Cast : 4M, 4F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-484-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Crush: The Musical
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Crush: The Musical

Maureen Chadwick / Kath Gotts
 

An outrageously fun musical set in an all-girls school in the 60s, from the team behind Bad Girls: The Musical.

It’s 1963 and the Dame Dorothea Dosserdale School for Girls has a proud tradition of fostering free spirits from all walks of life. So it’s a crushing blow when the new headmistress turns out to be a tyrant with strict Victorian values – and top of her hit list are the two sixth-formers accused of ‘Unnatural Behaviour’ in the Art Room…

Brimming with catchy tunes and witty lyrics, Crush is a hilarious pastiche of Girls’ School stories – a blend of Malory Towers and St Trinian’s – with added hockey sticks and ‘lashings of jolly good fun’ Coventry Telegraph.

Cast : 7YF, 9F, 4M
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-558-3 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Darknet
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Darknet

Rose Lewenstein
 

‘You’re not even a fully formed person yet. Your face is still changing and your bones are still growing but already there’s a detailed map of your personality out there and companies you’ve never heard of are getting rich off it.’

Welcome to Octopus Inc., the internet giant that allows users to exchange personal data for currency. But not everyone is prepared to sacrifice their privacy for an easier life.

A teenager subverts the system in an attempt to save her mother. A visionary tech exec takes shortcuts to get ahead. And a cybercriminal makes a choice between two kinds of freedom.

Darknet navigates through the world of data commodification and the uncharted deep web, shining a light on the things we choose to share online and the places we can hide. It was commissioned and produced by Potential Difference and premiered at Southwark Playhouse, London, in 2016.

Cast : 5F, 6M (plus ensemble roles)
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-581-1 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
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