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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
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 Subject of Scandal and Concern
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A Subject of Scandal and Concern

John Osborne
 

“I have injured no man’s reputation, taken no man’s property, attacked no man’s person, violated no oath, taught no immorality. I was asked a question and answered it openly.”

Cheltenham, 1842. George Jacob Holyoake is a poor young teacher, making his way from Birmingham to Bristol to visit a friend who has been imprisoned for publishing a journal that criticises the establishment. When he makes a stop in Cheltenham to address a lecture, his words and his overwhelming commitment to speaking the truth will change his life forever. Arrested and tried for blasphemy, and separated from his starving wife and child, Holyoake is faced with the choice of conforming or staying true to his beliefs in a time of injustice and intolerance.

Based on the true story of the last man to stand trial for blasphemy in England, A Subject Of Scandal And Concern was originally written for television in 1960 starring Richard Burton and Rachel Roberts, and directed by Tony Richardson, and was first seen onstage in Nottingham in the early 1960s. This production marks the first theatrical staging of the play in over 40 years and its long overdue London premiere.

This volume also contains the short play Almost a Vision.

Cast : 1F, 5M
Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-761-3 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
After Troy
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After Troy

Glyn Maxwell
 
Troy is in ruins. Its men are dead. Its women are captives and the victorious Greeks are camped in the ashes prepared to sail home.

An epic tale of love, loss, song and sarcasm in the smoking ruins of Troy. Award-winning poet and playwright, Glyn Maxwell rips up two Greek tragedies and makes a witty, passionate play from the fragments. A contemporary retelling of Euripides' Women Of Troy and Hecuba , After Troy exposes the cruelties of war both then and now.

Review
'Glyn Maxwell’s drama does not so much conflate the two great tragedies of loss and revenge ( Women of Troy and Hecuba) but rather alights, magpie-like, on what is shiny in each to create a brand new play.' Lyn Gardner, The Guardian




Cast : 4M, 4F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-026-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
At the Gates of Gaza
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At the Gates of Gaza

Juliet Gilkes Romero
 
“This is my War. My War for Civilization. My War for Freedom. My Life. My Race. My Place. My Honour. My Home.”

Stranded in the battlefields of the Holy Land during the Great War, a battalion of West Indian volunteers fight for the Empire, the King and the Mother Land. Their long search for identity and honour falls apart as the fragile hopes of young lives, both black and white, explode and shatter as betrayal and race take their toll.

At the Gates of Gaza is a highly charged, emotional and gripping look at a world in the midst of change.

Cast : 6M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-173-4 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Bedlam
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Bedlam

Nell Neyshon
 
Set in the notorious 18th Century lunatic asylum that gives the play its name, Bedlam is the story of how a cruel and unusual institution starts to crumble, after the arrival of an unassuming country girl.

Nell Leyshon’s new play is an anarchic tale of madness and sanity, authority and incarceration and the arbitrary lines that separate them.

This violent, romantic reverie made history when it became the first ever production by a female writer to be staged at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
 
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-052-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | 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
BigmoutH / SmallWaR
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BigmoutH / SmallWaR

Valentijn Dhaenens
 

BigmoutH

He who picks his words well can turn the weakest argument into the strongest.

Valentijn Dhaenens pays tribute to 2,500 years of oration. Ingeniously weaving together fragments of seminal sermons, declarations of war, farewells, final arguments, victory speeches and eulogies from the Grand Inquisitor and Socrates to Mohammed Ali and Osama Bin Laden, BigmoutH shows that the tricks of rhetoric have hardly changed.

SmallWaR

When clean souls boil up in the backwash, they will consolidate after the final war, into a peace that shall endure… but not till then. By examining the things cast up in the backwash,we can gauge the progress of humanity. Ellen Newbold-La-Motte, nurse in a field hospital, behind the front lines in 1914.

A nurse maintains watchful vigil over patients as fragments of past wars lurk within the shadows. SmallWaR tells the story in the words of those who were there and led the way, and –crucially – those who followed.

Cast : 1M; 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319--16-9 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Birdsong
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Birdsong

Sebastian Faulks/adapted by Rachel Wagstaff
 
A beautiful terrible story about love, courage and the endurance of the human spirit

Based on Sebastian Faulk's international best-selling novel, Birdsong tells the story of one man's journey through an all consuming love affair and into the horror of the First World War.

While staying as the guest of a factory owner in pre-First World War France, Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate affair with Isabelle, the wife of his host. The affair changes them both for ever.

For the first time, this beautiful haunting story about love, courage and the endurance of  the human spirit is brought to the stage in a version by Rachel Wagstaff.

Cast : 11M, 3F (doubling possible)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-068-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Blonde Poison
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Blonde Poison

Gail Louw
 

Blonde Poison is based on the true story of a Jewish woman during World War ll who betrayed up to 3,000 fellow Jews. Gail Louw’s powerful play examines the motivation of evil.

Stella Goldschlag was living illegally in war-torn Berlin when she herself was betrayed and tortured. When offered the chance of saving herself and her parents from the death camps, she agreed to be a ‘Greifer’ for the Gestapo and inform on Jews in hiding. She was extraordinarily successful in this and her activities increased after her parents had finally been deported. The vast dimensions of Stella’s character range from tortured victim to cruel killer, from loving daughter to betrayer of friends, from gentle lover to depraved promiscuity. She was given the name ‘Blonde Poison’ by the Gestapo who revelled in her treachery. Decades after the war Stella agrees to be interviewed by a well-respected journalist – her last chance for redemption. Can she ever be released from her past? 


Cast : 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-415-7 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
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