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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
2401 Objects
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2401 Objects

Analogue Performance Company

In 2009 Patient H.M.’s brain is dissected live on the internet to a global audience of 400,000 people, cut into carefully preserved slices: manuscripts of tissue like the pages of a book.

In 1953 Henry Molaison emerges from experimental brain surgery without any recollection of the last two years of his life or the ability to form new memories.

In 1935 nine-year old Henry is knocked over by a bike, leaving him unconscious for five minutes. Following Analogue's critically acclaimed Mile End and Beachy Head and inspired by the world’s most important neuroscientific case-study, 2401 Objects tells the remarkable story of a man who could no longer remember, but who has proven impossible to forget.

Cast : 4M, 3F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-195-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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Abi Morgan
Dr Richard Garfield has given Ursula a difficult choice. She is the Mother Superior in waiting of a convent that has been given the opportunity to take part in his revolutionary scientific study. This American study would require that the nuns donate their brains after death to potentially unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Ursula must weigh up the value of preserving her faith, versus embracing science. 

The study is agreed and Richard and his team come to the convent every year to test the nuns who are willing to take part. This union will change their lives forever. For Ursula, with the impending pressure of taking over the ailing convent, the study brings more challenges than she could ever have imagined and rocks her faith and her hitherto cloistered existence to its core. Drawing on research contained within the book and study  Aging with Grace , 27 is an extraordinary examination of a lifestyle in decline, but it could hold the key to the issues of our times – our ageing population and the decline of our minds.

Cast : 3M, 5F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-177-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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Gary McNair

What are the odds of living an extraordinary life?

This is the story of one boy’s granddad who won a fortune betting on the 1966 World Cup and, when diagnosed with cancer, gambled it all on living to see the year 2000. An intergenerational tale of what we live for and what we leave behind.

'Gary McNair’s monologue A Gambler’s Guide to Dying  is a tribute to his grandfather that blends a nostalgic warmth and a few good chuckles with some smart stuff about the nature of storytelling...a beautiful and entertaining tribute.'  Time Out


Cast : 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978---1-783-19--9 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
A Marvellous Year for Plums
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A Marvellous Year for Plums

Hugh Whitemore

Britain in 1956: the Suez Crisis.

Prime Minister Anthony Eden, described by a colleague as ‘half mad baronet and half beautiful woman’, is faced with the terrible possibility of leading his country into war. His health is collapsing. His friends, colleagues and opponents, among them Hugh Gaitskell and Ian Fleming and his wife Ann, are facing crises of their own, crises of conscience and crises of the heart. Hugh Whitemore’s new play is a true epic: a suspenseful thriller, an achingly romantic love story and a fascinating examination of a flashpoint in our history which still resonates today. What is the cost of an ‘illegal’ war?

'A clever mix of high politics, private deception and a sprinkling of household names from Ian Fleming to John Prescott. A mixture too of humour and pathos and the feeling of sympathy with the characters at the same time as wanting to castigate them for having ‘made their own beds’.  The Public Reviews


Cast : 7M, 3F (doubling required)
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-84943-496-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | 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
A Soldier in Every Son: The Rise of the Aztecs
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A Soldier in Every Son: The Rise of the Aztecs

Luis Mario Moncada (translated by Gary Owen)

Late 14th century in the Valley of Mexico and a small, unknown tribe called the Aztecs propel themselves from nomadic mercenaries to rulers of a great empire. Passion, power and intrigue play out in this epic political thriller which charts the history of an ancient civilisation.

Spanning a century and based on true events chronicled in the Aztec codices, A Soldier In Every Son – The Rise of the Aztecs is closely inspired by Shakespeare's history plays.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-470-6 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
A Walk in the Woods
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A Walk in the Woods

Lee Blessing

Set in the midst of the Cold War, Lee Blessing’s powerful and startling play dramatises a stand-off between U.S. and Soviet arms negotiators as they battle for supremacy. Full of tension and humour  A Walk in the Woods shows how the relationship between the two experts evolves as they stroll in the woods above Geneva, away from the glare of the negotiating table. But will this escape lead to a true breakthrough or just more posturing?

In this revised version of the play a woman plays the role of the U.S. negotiator.

A riveting study in the way two opposed people try (or not) to clamber out of ideological stalemate... Blessing cleverly keeps us guessing with a taut script. -  Metro

Cast : 1M, 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-181-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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Selected Performance Pieces

Action Hero

‘See why this maverick company, with its engaging DIY aesthetic, is attracting so much attention.’ Guardian

Action Hero are one of the most exciting and original performance companies working in the UK today. Exploring the epic and the banal, they create performance that is intimate and invigorating. Their ongoing interests lie in the iconography of popular culture and its use; both as a weapon and as a shared cultural memory. The audience become co-conspirators in work which is playful yet intellectually rigorous. The distinctive and accessible aesthetic developed through their 10-year collaboration is now influencing a new generation of theatre-makers.

Their work has been performed in theatres, galleries, bars and public spaces across five continents. Action Hero is Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse. They live and make their work in Bristol, UK.

Introduction by Professor Carl Lavery, University of Glasgow.


'It’s another gorgeous book from Oberon, whose dedication to exploring the possibilities of print to do justice to their subjects is one of the joys of contemporary performance publishing... feels like an heroic extension of everything Paintin and Stenhouse have built so far.'  Exeunt

Oberon Books, UK | 978---1-783-19--5 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | 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
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