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Abbensetts: 4 Plays
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Abbensetts: 4 Plays

Sweet Talk / Alterations / In the Mood / El Dorado

Michael Abbensetts
From the writer who gave Caribbeans a real voice in Britain.

Sweet Talk 
A witty, energetic and finally moving account of a marriage in crisis.
comedy set in a tailor's shop, inspired by a real visit to a small room off Carnaby Street where two black tailors had set up shop with just two sewing machines and an ironing board. 

In the Mood 
Focuses on two Caribbean Second World War veterans, whose nostalgic Remembrance Sunday lunch is disrupted by a visit from a frivolous and irritating friend in search of a loan and as many free drinks as he can get his hands on. 

El Dorado 
Turns attention to a mixed-race, middle class family interred in their formerly grand but now dilapidated house. A grandson returns home to lay some ghosts to bed, and gains an alarming insight into the truths of home life.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-179-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Ackland: Plays 1
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Ackland: Plays 1

The Dark River / After October

Rodney Ackland
Rodney Ackland is belatedly acknowledged as a master of the British stage, now captivating new audiences.  

The Dark River
Set in the late thirties, the flamboyant characters are cocooned in a Thames backwater ignoring the turbulent events of a politically unstable Europe. 

After October
A young playwright dreams of escaping into an extravagant world.
Cast : The Dark River - M6, F3 / After October - M5, F6
Oberon Books | 978-1-87025-954-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Ackland: Plays 2
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Ackland: Plays 2

Smithereens / Strange Orchestra / Before the Party / The Old Ladies

Rodney Ackland
No other major British playwright of the last 50 years has undergone such a radical reappraisal as Rodney Ackland. In Plays Two, we are reminded once again of Ackland’s unique and dangerous gift. 

A woman embarks on a rebellious love affair in defiance of her family.
Strange Orchestra 
Deals with love and betrayal among rootless twenty-somethings. 

Before the Party
A murder lurks beneath the surface of a socially respectable household. 

The Old Ladies 
Depicts three women's need to cling to cherished items for mental and physical survival. 

With an Introduction by Michael Hastings.

Cast : Smithereens - M5, F7 / Strange Orchestra - M5, F6 / Before the Party - M2, F5 / The Old Ladies - F3
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-088-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Adebayo: Collected Plays
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Adebayo: Collected Plays

Moj of the Antarctic / Desert Boy / Matt Henson: North Star / Muhammad Ali and Me

Mojisola Adebayo
This collection of plays from Mojisola Adebayo, actor, writer, director, producer, workshop facilitator and teacher, signals the emergence of a distinctive new voice on the British theatre landscape. 

Plays included in this collection are:

Moj of the Antarctic  
Inspired by the true story of an African American woman who cross-dresses as a white man to escape slavery; taken on a fantastical odyssey to Antarctica.

Desert Boy
A time-travelling a capella muscial, offers a sharp twist on the subject of knife crime, black youth and absent fathers.

Matt Henson, North Star 
A biographical tale of Arctic betrayal, mixed with Greenlandic folk tales; all about love, climate and change.

Muhammad Ali and Me  
A lyrical coming of age story, following the parallel struggles of a gay girl growing up in foster care and a black Muslim boxing hero’s fight against racism and the Vietnam war.

These plays queer the boundaries of sex and race, fact and fiction, history and geography, poetry and politics to illuminate contemporary themes through a dynamic African Diasporic theatrical aesthetic that leaps off the page.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-075-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Anna Ziegler: Plays One
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Anna Ziegler: Plays One

Anna Ziegler

The first collection of plays from a major American playwright, Plays One includes: Photograph 51, A Delicate Ship, Boy and The Last Match

Photograph 51: Does Rosalind Franklin know how precious her photograph is? In the race to unlock the secret of life it could be the one to hold the key. With rival scientists looking everywhere for the answer, who will be first to see it and more importantly, understand it? Anna Ziegler’s extraordinary play looks at the woman who cracked DNA and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.

A Delicate Ship: A haunting love triangle triggers an unexpected chain of events in this poetic play. A humorous and heartbreaking look at love and memory. This play received its world premiere in March 2014 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Boy: Inspired by a true story, Boy explores the complicated terrain of trying to find love in a new body, and the inextricable bonds between doctor and patient – creator and creation. Commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Sloan Foundation.

The Last Match: The semifinals of the U.S. Open are underway. Sergei Sergeyev, an up-and-coming Russian phenom, and Tim Porter, a great American superstar in the twilight of his career, battle under the lights on center court. As the intense, back-and-forth action unfolds, Anna Ziegler take us inside the minds of these two extraordinary players to contemplate athleticism, masculinity and marriage. And by match point, much more has been won and lost than a game of tennis.

Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-315-8 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Arguments for a Theatre
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Arguments for a Theatre

Howard Barker

This new edition of Barker’s seminal text Arguments for a Theatre outlines the theory and practice of his ‘Theatre of Catastrophe’. Author of over thirty plays, Howard Barker has long been an implacable foe of the liberal British establishment, and champion of radical theatre world-wide. His best-known plays are The Castle, Scenes from an Execution and The Possibilities. All his plays are emotionally highly charged, intellectually stimulating and have no truck with the theatrical conventions of what he terms the ‘Establishment Theatre’. These fragments, essays, thoughts and poems on the nature of theatre likewise reject the constraints of ‘objective’ academic theatre criticism. Rather they explore the collision (and collusion) of intellect and artistry in the creative act. This book is more than a collection of essays: it is a cultural manifesto.

Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-805-4 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Art of Invective, The
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Art of Invective, The

Selected Non-Fiction 1953-1994

Dennis Potter

Dennis Potter (1935-94) was Britain’s leading television dramatist for almost thirty years and remains an inspiration to today’s programme makers as a result of such ground-breaking work as Pennies from Heaven, Blue Remembered Hills and The Singing Detective. But he also engaged with his audience through reviews, journalism, interviews, broadcasts and speeches. The Art of Invective, the first collection of its kind, brings together some of his finest non-fiction work.

Published to mark 80 years since Potter’s birth, this book includes his merciless television columns, penetrating literary criticism and angry writings on class and politics, as well as his sketches for sixties satire shows including That Was the Week That Was. From Frost-Nixon to Coronation Street, David Hare to Doctor Who, Orwell to Emu, this collection shows Potter’s distinctive voice at its entertaining, thought-provoking and uncompromising best.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-203-8 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
BALL, and Other Funny Stories About Cancer
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BALL, and Other Funny Stories About Cancer

Brian Lobel
BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer is a trilogy of works that challenge the well-known stories of cancer survivors and cancer martyrs that have come before. Sometimes inappropriate, often salacious and always funny, BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer is, above all else, honest and open. 

Cast : 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-168-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | 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
Barker: Plays Four
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Barker: Plays Four

Howard Barker
Featuring: I Saw Myself, The Dying of Today, Found in the Ground and The Road, the House, the Road.

I Saw Myself 
A woman's longing to understand her compulsion to transgress the laws of her society comes into collision with the conventions of an art form. In the weaving of tapestry Barker's thirteenth-century heroine privileges private life over public responsibility. if she is cruelly punished she is also granted self-awareness. 

The Dying of Today
A stranger who luxuriates in the telling of bad news observes the effects of his devastating narrative on a humble barber. The barber's recovery from pain, and the beauty of his sensibility, bring the two strangers into an emotional proximity.

Found in the Ground
A mobile, musical work set during the last days of an aged Nuremberg judge whose baying hounds and burning library form an uncanny background to his wayward daughter's struggle to make meaning from the atrocities of the twentieth century. 

The Road, the House, the Road
Erasmus' obscure colleague Aventinus was foudn dead on a wintry road. How he arrived at his solitary death forms the subject of this speculation on scholarship, mishief and the murderer's vocation.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-851-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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