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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
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 Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

Based on the novel by Marina Lewycka

Tanika Gupta
 

Nikolai, an 86 year old retired Ukrainian engineer and tractor historian in Peterborough, has fallen in love with 36 year old Valentina. His daughters, Vera and Nadezhda, unite in horror to defend their father and what remains of his pension.

But is Valentina a refugee searching for better opportunities, or a bogus visa seeker trying to cheat a vulnerable old man?

Award-winning writer Tanika Gupta has created a wonderful re-telling of this dark family comedy, which continues to have sharp relevance to today’s society.

Cast : 3M, 4F
Oberon Books | 978-1-78682-336-6 |  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
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
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
Alex and the Winter Star
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Alex and the Winter Star

Ann Coburn
 
In this sequel to Ann Coburg's much-loved Alex and the Warrior, Alex and Cat are once again faced with keeping the unruly Warrior under control. This time he is trying to rid the world of the Skarg, little computer game monsters which somehow have found a way to break out of the game and are planning world domination! Only through securing the help of his friend Alex can Warrior stop the villains dastardly plans and save the world from invasion…

Incorporating the themes of friendship and what it means to belong, Alex and the Winter Star is jam packed with adventure, danger and magic, but is underlined by important concepts and issues. Alex’s new adventures are sure to capture the imagination of young readers and actors, sending them spinning into a mystical world of possibilities.

Cast : 3M, 2F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-849-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | 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
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