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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
A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer
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A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer

Brian Lobel/Bryony Kimmings/Tom Parkinson
 

Bryony Kimmings wants to talk about cancer but she's not getting very far. Instead, she keeps hearing about battles, survivors, fun runs and new leases of life. What's everyone so scared of?

In this all-singing, all-dancing celebration of ordinary life and death, single mum Emma confronts the highs and lows of life with a cancer diagnosis; that of her son and of the real people she encounters in the daily hospital grind.

The Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer is a funny and moving show about newfound friendships, pain and death, mundane treatment cycles, hairlessness and scars...

Kimmings is famous for her unique takes on taboo topics—from her sexual health ( Sex Idiot), to her boyfriend’s depression ( Fake It ’Til You Make It), to her search for positive role mo dels for her teenage niece ( Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model).

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-060-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | 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
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
Barber Shop Chronicles
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Barber Shop Chronicles

Inua Ellams
 

Barber Shop Chronicles is a generously funny, heart-warming and insightful new play set in five African cities, Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra, and in London.

Inspired in part by the story of a Leeds barber, the play invites the audience into a unique environment where the banter may be barbed, but the truth always telling. The barbers of these tales are sages, role models and father figures who keep the men together and the stories alive.

Cast : 30M doubling possible
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-178-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Big Fellah, The
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Big Fellah, The

Richard Bean
 
Richard Bean’s latest is a controversial and hilarious play set amongst the expatriate Irish community of New York as they try to raise money for NORAID, the charitable organisation often accused of being an IRA front.

New York fire-fighters of Irish descent give money to NORAID, along comes 9/11 and several die at the hands of a terrorist group. Spot the irony.




Cast : 6M, 6F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84002-775-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Blackberry Trout Face
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Blackberry Trout Face

Laurence Wilson
 

Kerrie sets about her daily task of preparing Mum’s heroin… Jakey has had enough of life in the crew… Cameron is too scared to step outside the front door… One morning, the three teenagers discover a note in the Frosties. Mum has abandoned them: they have been left home alone…

Blackberry Trout Face is a bold, gritty and funny play, which explores the universal themes of family, loyalty and ambition. With sharply-drawn characters, crackling dialogue, and plenty of humour, we follow three young people as they struggle to cope in exceptional circumstances.  Blackberry Trout Face was comissioned and developed by award-winning theatre company 20 Stories High.

Winner of the 2010 Brian Way Award - the UK's best new play for young audiences.



Cast : 2M, 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-243-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bunnies
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Bunnies

Kieran Lynn
 

Growing frustrated at the destruction of his rural idyll, a farmer picks up a pamphlet that encourages him on a dangerous path…. He has a great idea to secure the future of the native animals on his land to kill all of the non - natives. With his daughter against him, and his son on the fence, his idea looks equally brilliant and insane. His goal may be achieved, but at what cost? 



Cast : 2M, 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-467-6 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Chapel Street
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Chapel Street

Luke Barnes
 

You know sometimes when you’re drinking, you feel a bit ill and you dread every swig, but you do it anyway because you want to get drunk?

He’s been let down, belittled and ignored but tonight none of that matters— it’s Friday and Joe is getting smashed. Kirsty has bought some vodka on the way home from school and is hastily shaving her legs with her friend's dad’s razor. As bottles are drained and the sun sets the two hit the town, neither aware that soon their lives will irreconcilably collide. Chapel Street is a rowdy, relentless two-hander about modern life and love on the dole. It is an acerbic yet compassionate portrait of good times gone bad for a betrayed generation.




Cast : 1M, 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-426-3 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Children’s Children
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Children’s Children

Matthew Dunster
 
Michael and Gordon have been best friends since acting college. Now, 20 years later, Michael is Mr Saturday Night TV but failing actor Gordon is struggling with enormous debts. Meanwhile Gordon’s daughter Effie couldn't care less about her Dad's problems – she is far more interested in the film that her cool boyfriend is making and setting up an ecologically sound clothing label. 

When Gordon asks Michael to lend him a large sum of money it sets in motion a series of events that reveal irreparable cracks in the characters’ relationships. Matthew Dunster’s often hilarious new play brings to life a set of strikingly contemporary individuals.

Review
A sharp new play… It’s in the same sort of area as Miller’s All My Sons, examining the ways we ease our consciences… Dunster’s depiction of a myopic society fiddling while flares burn is, as it should be, disturbing. –  Financial Times


By Matthew Dunster, available through Currency Press:

Cast : 3M, 3F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-83943-234-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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