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1984
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1984

George Orwell (adapted by Matthew Dunster)
 
Winston Smith rewrites history for the Ministry of Truth, but when he's handed a note that says simply 'I love you' by a woman he hardly knows, he decides to risk everything in a search for the real truth. In a world where cheap entertainment keeps the proles ignorant but content, where a war without end is always fought and the government is always watching, can Winston possibly hold onto what he feels inside? Or will he renounce everything, accept the Party's reality and learn to love Big Brother? 

This is a sensual and sinister adaptation of George Orwell's classic.
Cast : 7M, 2F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-226-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll (adapted by Adrian Mitchell)
 

On a glorious summer's afternoon, young Alice happens upon a smartly dressed rabbit looking at his watch and muttering 'I'm too late!' This being an unexpected occurrence, she follows him down a nearby rabbit hole and falls in Wonderland.

Lewis Carroll's timeless children's stories Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There are magically brought to life in this new adaptation by Adrian Mitchell, specially commissioned for a Christmas production by the RSC. The amazing Lobster Quadrille, the Queen of Hearts' infamous croquet match and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party are just a few of the remarkable events and characters in this enchanting play.


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-256-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bacchai
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Bacchai

Euripides (translated/adapted by Colin Teevan)
 

Dionysos, the God of wine and theatre, has returned to his native land to take revenge on the puritanical Pentheus, who refuses to observe his rites. Remorselessly, savagely and with black humour, Dionysos drives Pentheus and an entire city to a shocking fate.

Translated and adapted by Colin Teevan. This version was commissioned by the Royal National Theatre for a production directed by Sir Peter Hall and scored by Sir Harrison Birtwhistle.

Review
It draws on the contemporary vernacular to ripping, rollicking, rumbustious effect...and [Teevan] has given us a piece of theatre that is wonderfully robust, resolute and resonant' - Paul Muldoon 


Cast : 3M
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-261-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bakkhai
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Bakkhai

Adapted by Anne Carson

Euripides
 
Pentheus has banned the wild, ritualistic worship of the god Dionysos. A stranger arrives to persuade him to change his mind. Euripides’ electrifying tragedy is a struggle to the death between freedom and restraint, the rational and the irrational, man and god.

Using three actors and a chorus, echoing the original performance model, James Macdonald returns to the Almeida to stage Euripides’ hedonistic tragedy in a visceral new version by Anne Carson. Ben Whishaw makes his Almeida debut as Dionysos.

"Anne Carson's new translation captures the original's concern with ideas of balance and doubleness, but it also has a gritty immediacy... The result is two hours of raw and exacting theatre... it convincingly makes the case for why it's still worth engaging with a play written almost 2,500 years ago." Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
Cast : 1F, 7M + chorus, doubling possible
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-915-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Bard of Bromley and Other Plays, The
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Bard of Bromley and Other Plays, The

Perry Pontac
 

Following on from the great success of Pontac’s Shakespeare parody collection Codpieces, comes a collection of three more plays, each inspired by the work of other playwrights. These plays are comedies about high culture: Chekhov in the first; Wagner in the second; and several revered authors - as well as the world of writers' workshops - in the third.

The collection includes the plays:

The Three Seagulls, a brief but comprehensive parody of Chekhov with representative characters plucked from each of his plays: a doctor from one, an eternal student from another, a household drudge from yet another etc, with several of his plot-lines too.

The Lunchtime of the Gods , originally a play for Radio 3 is a 30-minute version of Wagner's Ring Cycle, described as ‘hilarious’ by the Guardian. Unlike Wagner's take, this is quite an intimate piece, with only two main players sitting and talking and - especially - eating in a restaurant on the Rhine.

The Bards of Bromley also originated on BBC Radio and has been adapted for the theatre. It concerns the first meeting of a writers' workshop at Bromley College, and promising writers in attendance include William Wordsworth, George Eliot, August Strindberg, A A Milne & Goethe.
 
Cast : 3M, 2F; 2M, 1F; 3M, 3F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-427-0 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Betts: Plays Two
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Betts: Plays Two

Incarcerator / Five Visions of the Faithful / Silence and Violence / The Biggleswades / The Last Days of Desire

Torben Betts
 
A volume of language-rich, theatrically-ambitious tragedies. 

Incarcerator
Hugely popular verse drama - a Time Out Critics' Choice. 
  
Five Visions of the Faithful
A series of uncompromising narratives exploring freedom, faith, death and desire. 

Silence and Violence
The wife of a war hero seduces a much-reviled sculptor. 

The Biggleswades
The casual torture at the centre of a marriage is exposed . 

The Last Days of Desire
Betts’ first radio play; commissioned by the BBC. Introduction by David Pownall, with an essay by Peter Craze.


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-200-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bloody Chamber, The
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Bloody Chamber, The

Angela Carter / Bryony Lavery
 
Bryony Lavery brings to thrilling life Angela Carter’s tale of seduction, perversion, blood and love (itself a radical re-thinking of the story of Bluebeard) in a shockingly beautiful portrait of the corruption of adolescence in this visceral and visually stunning production that incorporates film, music and live action.
   
She’s seventeen years old and a virgin. She’s poor. The marquis is fifty and rich beyond imagining. He marries her and takes her to his castle, half on land, half on sea. It’s like a fairy tale! The honeymoon has hardly begun before he must leave her with his keys and this instruction: "All is yours, everywhere is open to you—except the lock that this single key fits. You must promise, if you love me, to leave it well alone." 

Review
Carter's lush prose, well served by Bryony Lavery's adaptation, is moist with symbolism -   Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Cast : 6M, 2F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-887-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Cherry Orchard, The
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Cherry Orchard, The

Anton Chekhov (adapted by Pam Gems)
 
In his masterpiece The Cherry Orchard, Chekhov maintains an exquisite balance between elegiac celebration of the romance of the past, as embodied in the cherry orchard in full bloom, and the awesome prescience of what is so soon to overwhelm Russia - revolution.

The themes are majestic, and yet at the centre of the play is Ranévskaya, a tragic woman who lacks adroitness for survival in a changing world but who has one asset: a capacity for love. It is her solution - and Chekhov's.



Cast : 8M, 5F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-738-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Christmas Carol, A
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Christmas Carol, A

Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens

Neil Bartlett
 
'Oh, but he was a squeezing, wrenching, scraping, grasping kind of a Scrooge; a clutching, covetous old sinner...'

Using only Charles Dickens' extraordinary words and a chameleon ensemble of eight actors, Neil Bartlett's A Christmas Carol' brings a boldly theatrical imagination to bear on a classic story. This new stage version played to full houses and critical acclaim at both the Lyric Hammersmith, London and at the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow.

Review
Gets right to the frozen heart of Dickens' classic Christmas tale... one of those rare festive offerings for which no adult will need the excuse of a child in tow... - The Guardian

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-399-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Don Quixote
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Don Quixote

Adapted by Pablo Ley and Colin Teevan

Miguel de Cervantes
 
Follow the dramatic tale of the ingenious gentleman of La Mancha, Don Quixote and his comic adventures over land, sea and air in the search for an idealised world.

Accompanied by his loyal sidekick, Sancho Panza, and inspired by stories of daring deeds, Don Quixote sets out to recreate an imaginary world and to convince his family, friends, and all he meets of its reality. But this is no ordinary journey as he gallops through 17th century Spain encountering a host of fantastical characters including star-crossed lovers, an army of giants, a cross-dressing priest, a royal duchess and even the devil himself.

Review
Brings the story to life in a Monty Python-esque romp through the sublimely ridiculous BBC Leeds Online

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-802-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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