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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 Seven
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Barker: Plays Seven

Howard Barker

This volume of Oberon's Howard Barker series comprises the plays Und, 12th Battle of Isonzo, 12 Encounters With a Prodigy, Christ’s Dog and Learning Kneeling.

Howard Barker is Barker is an internationally renowned dramatist. There has been a recent resurgence of presentations of his plays in Britain, with particularly acclaimed productions at the Arcola theatre and the Hackney Empire in recent years. He has a sizable following on the European mainland.

Cast : 1F; 1M, 1F; 10M, 7F; 11M, 5F; 5M, 3F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-401-0 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Bean: Plays Four
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Bean: Plays Four

The Heretic/ The Big Fellah/ England People Very Nice

Richard Bean

The new collection from Richard Bean, one of Britain’s leading playwrights, features:

THE HERETIC (Winner of the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Best New Play Award)

'...delicious… Above all, though, it is Bean’s writing that scintillates. Pulsing with shrewd humour, it’s risqué and linguistically rich... entertaining theatre. 4 stars'  Evening Standard


' Bean’s play is very funny, full of sharp contrasts between grim hilarity and gut-wrenching reversals.'   The Stage


'A very funny but outrageous comedy…makes you laugh then wonder whether you should have.'   Financial Times

Cast : 3F, 3M; 5F, 6M; 7F, 15
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-493-5 | Australia/NZ only | PB
Benedict Andrews: Collected Plays
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Benedict Andrews: Collected Plays

Benedict Andrews

Benedict Andrews is an internationally renowned theatre and opera director, a film-maker and a poet. This volume presents the first collection of original plays by a theatre-maker at the top of his game. Includes the plays Like A Sun, Every Breath, The Stars, Geronimo and Gloria.

With an introduction by Marius von Mayenburg.


‘A bracingly original vision: [Andrews] turns the play inside out, bashes it around, and drops in anachronisms, yet his approach yields revelatory results...  moving and absorbing.’  Evening Standard  on Three Sisters.

'Everyone wants to work with him … He shakes up a company with his energy. His rehearsal rooms are muscular – brutal, even – but he loves being surprised … he has an incredible visual sense and he can wrestle any text to the ground.'  Cate Blanchett on Benedict Andrews, Sydney Morning Herald

'Benedict Andrews is one of the original imaginations of Australian theatre. For ten years now he has been applying his complex startling vision to some of our dramatic literature, as well as illumination new writing, both nationally and internationally. His work is marked by the intense and fragile beauty of its imagery and the sense of deep metaphor lying beneath the narrative surface. In an artform that needs to be both popular and pragmatic, Benedict manages to remain that rare thing: a poet.’ Neil Armfield

Cast : 7M, 4F / 2M, 3F / 1M, 1F / 3M / 4M, 3F
Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-945-7 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Black Lives, Black Words
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Black Lives, Black Words

Reginald Edmund (Editor)

Selected and edited by the award-winning American playwright Reginald Edmund, who produced Black Lives, Black Words across the US, which premiered in Chicago, July 2015.

The international project has explored the black diaspora’s experiences in some of the largest multicultural cities in the world, Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Toronto and London. Over sixty Black writers from the UK, USA, and Canada have each written a short play to address Black issues today.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-151-5 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology
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Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology

Boguslaw Schaeffer (translated by Magda Romanska)

This anthology of plays by Boguslaw Schaeffer, a Polish playwright, composer, musicologist and graphic designer, includes his most frequently performed works: The Monologue for One Actor (1976 ), Quartet for Four Actors (1979), and Scenario for Three Actors (1987).

The plays are examples of Instrumental Theatre. They are carefully structured and employ cyclical repetitions, and codes.  Schaeffer’s most famous instrumental play, The Quartet for Four Actor, has been so successful that it has been staged by practically every Polish theatre. Monologue for One Actor, opened in 1976 & has since been staged over 1,500 times around the world. During its 40 - year run, it has won many awards, including the 1995 Grand Prix at New York’s Theatre Festival. Winner of many prestigious international awards Scenario for Three Actors, has also been a permanent fixture in many Polish theatres since its premiere.

A universal artist, unafraid to explore a range of fields, forms, and subject matter, Schaeffer creates theatre that is guided by the rules of musical composition, and it defies previous, established conventions and techniques, surprising its audiences with innovative and invigorating form and style. 

Cast : 1M; 4M; 3M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-464-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB