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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
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 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
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
Adult Supervision
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Adult Supervision

Sarah Rutherford
 
US election night 2008. A smart inner-London ‘village’. For white ex-lawyer
Natasha, adoptive mother to two Ethiopian children, tonight is the ideal
opportunity to get to know the small handful of other ‘mothers of children
of colour’ at their smart private school.

But as the Obamatinis start to flow, the middle-class veneer begins to crack and Natasha’s carefully-planned social occasion quickly unravels. Lifting the lid on a stew of racial tensions and social embarrassments, this is a hilarious, provocative and brilliantly insightful look at the new ‘Beige Britain’.
Cast : 4F
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-78319-059-1 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Amygdala
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Amygdala

Geraldine Alexander
 

‘There is a place in the hippocampus the size of an almond called the amygdale in which is stored our emotional memory. Anything in our history that is a stimulus to our emotions resides there... The kernel of Catherine is there for the picking - I am searching for the correct tool like at Christmas when the nutcrackers have been misplaced. A hammer will shatter it.’

Catherine is in a post-traumatic state and Simon, an eminent psychiatrist, is employed to help her recover her memory in time to give evidence in the trial of Joshua James - a young man accused of raping her.

As the date for the trial approaches, Simon becomes absorbed with the workings of his patient's brain, as he grapples with his preconceptions of truth, memory and perspective.

Cast : 1F, 2M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-111-6 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Anita and Me
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Anita and Me

Adapted from the novel by Tanika Gupta

Meera Syal
 
This poignant coming-of-age tale follows Meena, a young girl growing up in the only Punjabi family in a 1970s Black Country mining village. Meena spends her days happily getting into scrapes with the other local children until one day the impossibly cool Anita enters her life. Suddenly Meena knows exactly who she wants to be but is Anita all that she seems?

Soon Meena’s world is turned upside down as she is caught between two very different cultures. Anita and Me paints a comic, poignant, compassionate and colourful portrait of village life in the era of flares, power cuts, glam rock, decimalisation and Ted Heath. It has been adapted for the stage by the multi-award-winning Tanika Gupta.

Cast : 13F, 5M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-931-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Antony and Cleopatra
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Antony and Cleopatra

Edited by Janet Suzman

William Shakespeare (edited by Janet Suzman)
 

Desire and duty collide in Shakespeare’s captivating tragedy of politics, passion and power. Two charismatic leaders, Mark Antony of Rome and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, are caught in an all-encompassing love that threatens the Empire. Rome will do all it can to pull them apart. Or it will destroy them both.

This classic Shakespeare tale is edited by Dame Janet Suzman, making this an authoritative edition. As she says in her book Not Hamlet: Meditations on the Frail Position of Women in Drama which studies the role of, and for, women in Shakespeare’s canon, Suzman knows this play better than anyone else in the world, having played Cleopatra twice and having now directed the play twice.



Cast : 1F, 18M (doubling)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-406-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Anything that Flies
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Anything that Flies

Judith Burnley
 

The Berlin Wall has fallen. Reparations are being made to Jewish families. Germany has reunited. And in Belsize Park, Otto Huberman is listening to recordings of himself playing Brahms, when he is interrupted by a visitor who will turn his life upside down.

Funny, provocative, and deeply moving, this new play by Judith Burnley explores the lives of refugees and what it means to be a ‘citizen of nowhere’.

Cast : 1F, 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-344-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
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