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Švejk
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Švejk

Colin Teevan
 
Based on The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek. 

Since Hašek’s comic masterpiece was first produced in 1920s Prague, there have been countless attempts to stage this sprawling story of the seeming idiot, Švejk, who survives the horrors of the First World War by undermining the institutions of state and army through his very idiocy.





Cast : 10M, 2F (doubling required)
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-119-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
A Mad World My Masters
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A Mad World My Masters

Thomas Middleton (ed. Phil Porter and Sean Foley)
 
London, Soho ... 1956. Where glamour rubs up against filth, and likes it, where the posh mix with musicians, whores and racketeers; where 'virginity is no city trade', and where a dashingly impecunious bachelor in need of quick cash and a good time has to live on his wits.

Tuning conman to fool his rich uncle, he variously becomes a Lord, a high-class call girl and - God forbid - a poor actor. But a beautiful Soho tart is also on the scam: a whore to some, a religious instructor to others, and a debutante in need of an eligible bachelor to yet more ...




Cast : 15M, 6F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-019-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
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.
  
Alterations
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
Abducting Diana
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Abducting Diana

Dario Fo (translated/adapted by Stephen Stenning)
 

Anarchic and inspired comedy in which a kidnapped heiress proves to be a more competent criminal than those who abducted her. An adaptation of Il ratto della Francesca, one of Fo’s great Italian farces written for and with Franca Rame.

Oberon Books | 978-1-87025-945-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Accomplices
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Accomplices

Simon Bent
 

'I should have kept my mouth shut, I should have said nothing.'

Eddie’s a handyman, Doreen keeps a clean house, John’s got a new hat and Paul’s back from college — but the Jacksons are living under siege. Sudden violence blows open their lives in the latest darkly comic play from Simon Bent, whose other acclaimed work includes Sugar Sugar, Bad Company and Goldhawk Road.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-171-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Acid Test, The
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Acid Test, The

Anya Reiss
 

This has been the worst day of my life. So can you please get drunk with me?

Dana, Ruth and Jess down shots to console the heart-broken, to comfort the anxious and just pass the time. Kicked out from the family home Jess’s dad, Jim, invades the party with just as much recklessness as the girls. As the night passes and vodka bottles are emptied, Friday night in becomes high drama. An unruly new comedy asking if age equals maturity.

Review 
I t has wit and heart, and much of the dialogue is disconcertingly authentic…. Adept at capturing the cadences of post-adolescent chatter, Reiss also knows how to probe the most raw emotions. - The Evening Standard



Cast : 1M, 3F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-045-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley, The
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Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley, The

Chris Goode
 
Shirley is a teenage boy with a girl’s name, growing up in suburbia and feeling like the weirdest kid in the school. Nothing makes much sense to him, and his heart belongs to a classmate who barely knows he exists. Wound Man is an unconventional superhero, sprung from the pages of a medieval medical textbook, with an alarming assortment of  weapons sticking out from every part of his body. Wound Man has just moved into a house on Shirley’s street – and he happens to have a vacancy for a teenage sidekick... A funny and touching story by Chris Goode about two unlikely friends and the adventures they share.

Review
Told with humour and bags of charm…  The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley  tells a familiar tale in a refreshing and imaginative way to leave us amused and moved. –  Whats On Stage



Cast : 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-180-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
An Absolute Turkey
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An Absolute Turkey

Georges Feydeau
 
Georges Feydeau, master of farce, displays all his tricks in this witty, seamless and acutely funny translation. An Absolute Turkey was a West End hit following its London premiere at the Globe Theatre in 1993.

Review
Sharp, natty, decorously indecent dialogue - Sunday Times
Oberon Books | 978-0-94823-074-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
ANIMALS
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ANIMALS

Emma Adams
 
I want shocks! I’ve heard they are fun and a lot of blood rushes to your head.'

77-year-old Norma is having a tricky day. She can’t finish the crossword and Joy keeps stealing her recliner. Not to mention Helen next door has twisted her ankle falling from a weather balloon, they’ve run out of Class A drugs and the Utility Inspector just popped round to see if it’s time for her involuntary euthanasia... Animals is a wicked satire set in a world where everyone over 60 is tossed on the scrapheap, children are hothoused, and being a ‘burden on society’ is the ultimate crime.

Cast : 3F, 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-880-1 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Art and Guff
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Art and Guff

Catherine Tregenna
 
Lost in the big city, Art and Guff may just be 'two dull boys from Kidwelly', but they're still desperate to make it. Time’s running out for Art. Are they destined to go right back to the mobile library and hardware store? There’s two wierdos downstairs, Auntie Jo has just died and their giros keep disappearing. Is somebody trying to tell them something? Is it any wonder they’re paranoid?
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-224-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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