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1984
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1984

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
27
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27

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
40-Minute Tempest, The / King Ram
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40-Minute Tempest, The / King Ram

adapted by Lesley Ross

William Shakespeare
 

Adapted from Shakespeare's The Tempest and King Lear, two plays which combine song and verse to create a rollercoaster ride for children.

The 40-Minute Tempest 
Recreates the world of Shakespeare's great play as told by Prospero and Ariel as they journey towards Prospero's retirement and Ariel's freedom. Using puppetry, the modern idiom and Shakespeare's verse, Prospero's island is magically brought to life.

King Ram
Based on King Lear, this is the story of an old king with a foolish plan to split his lands between his two daughters, and of a 10-year-old boy's desperate search for a baby's father.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-313-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
A GAMBLER'S GUIDE TO DYING
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A GAMBLER'S GUIDE TO DYING

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

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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?

Review
'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 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.

Review
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
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
Absolute Hell
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Absolute Hell

Rodney Ackland
 
Condemned as a 'libel on the British people' when it was first produced in 1951, Absolute Hell is set in a decaying West End drinking club at the end of the Second World War.


Cast : 10M, 10F
Oberon Books | 978-1-87025-919-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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