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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
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
Electra
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Electra

Sophocles (adapted by Nick Payne)
 
Witness the horror and intrigue of Sophocles tragic masterpiece Electra in this haunting new version by award-winning playwright Nick Payne.

When a young Electra’s father is murdered by her mother, her world changes irrevocably. Ten years on, bound by grief and unwilling to forgive, Electra surrenders to an all consuming desire for revenge that propels her toward a bloody and terrifying conclusion.

This new adaptation of a classic play blends live music, text and movement to create a bruising experience that you’ll be sure to remember.

Review
Nick Payne’s urgent new version of Sophocles'  Electra  is another in a long line of boundary breaking offerings…. Payne [is] one of our brightest new playwrights… Electra-fying -  The Evening Standard  



Cast : 2M, 4F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-061-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Flea in Her Ear, A
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Flea in Her Ear, A

John Mortimer
 
Feydeau’s classic farce A Flea in Her Ear takes place at the Cuddly Kitten Hotel at Montretout, at the turn of the 20th Century. A jealous French housewife plots to expose her husband’s extra-marital affairs, but in setting a trap for her other half Madame Chandebise may be about to discover a lover of her own…

Paranoia, infidelity and lechery take centre stage in this raucous bedroom farce. An hysterical cocktail of chaos that could only have been devised by the master of comic stagecraft, Feydeau.


Cast : 9M, 5F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-086-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Flowering Cherry
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Flowering Cherry

Robert Bolt
 

The first London production in over fifty years of Robert Bolt’s first West End play, Flowering Cherry.

Suburbia, 1957. Jim Cherry sells insurance, but wants to sell apples instead. He dreams of owning an orchard in Somerset and quitting the job he hates. But Cherry is a fantasist and his wife Isobel is at breaking point. As his dream begins to spiral out of control and the gulf between them widens, can she force him to face reality?

Hailed at its premiere as the British Death of a Salesman, and from the writer of A Man for All Seasons and the screenplays of Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, Flowering Cherry is the heart-breaking story of a man seduced by his own imagination. This rediscovery marks the first London production since its premiere in 1957, starring Sir Ralph Richardson and Celia Johnson.

Cast : 3F, 4M
Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-307-3 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Free State, The
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Free State, The

A South African Response to Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard'

Janet Suzman
 
This powerful version of Chekhov’s famous drama reflects the South African phenomenon of the 1990s. With the hindsight of the new millennium we can look back and see that the miracle did happen. The new order did take over from the old. The fruitless cherry orchard was chopped down. The old men who couldn't move with the times have been left behind and forgotten. Chekhov's great pre-revolutionary drama, dreaming of youthful energy replacing the worn-out inertia of a dying world, lends itself  vividly to this new setting in post-revolutionary South Africa.

Review
Suzman has given Chekhov's last great play a hard new dimension - public, moral and political.  The Time



Cast : 7M, 5F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-133-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Ghosts
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Ghosts

Henrik Ibsen (translated by Stephen Mulrine)
 
Oswald returns home from Paris to honour his dead father. As his mother begins to feel the presence of ghosts from the past around her, Oswald discovers that there is more to his mystery illness than he first thought.

Only by uncovering the truth can they both be set free ...
Cast : 3M, 2F
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-78319-052-2 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
How to Think the Unthinkable (after Sophocles' Antigone)
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How to Think the Unthinkable (after Sophocles' Antigone)

Ryan Craig
 
Antigone makes everything OK. Gives me hope. I’m utterly devoted to her. I couldn’t imagine what would happen if she weren’t here.

What could a play written 2,500 years ago possibly mean today? Ryan Craig’s new adaptation of Sophocles’ famous tragedy captures the passion, danger and moral deadlock of the story of Greece’s most famous teenager. Set in the aftermath of a bloody civil war, Antigone fights for what she believes is right.
What would you do?

Review
'Ryan Craig's new adaptation of Sophocles' famous tragedy captures the passion, danger and moral deadlock of the story of Greece's most famous teenager.'    Whats On Stage


Cast : 5M, 3F (doubling required)
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-84943-432-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Iphigenia
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Iphigenia

Goethe (translated by Meredith Oakes)
 
The Greek fleet bound for Troy is becalmed. For the sake of a wind, Agamemnon, leader of the Greek forces, is persuaded that he must sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia. But as the priest raises his knife to slit the child’s throat, the goddess Diana spirits her away. Clytemnestra, Agamemnon’s wife, believing her beloved daughter to be dead, slays her husband in revenge on hisreturn from the Trojan wars. Their son, Orestes, avenges his father’s death by killing his mother. Now, years later, as Iphigenia, a prisoner of the temple of Diana, looks across the sea to Greece, longing to return home, her brother Orestes arrives...



Cast : 4M, 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-164-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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