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Švejk
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Švejk

Colin Teevan
 
Based on The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek. 

Since Hašek’s comic masterpiece was first produced in 1920s Prague, there have been countless attempts to stage this sprawling story of the seeming idiot, Švejk, who survives the horrors of the First World War by undermining the institutions of state and army through his very idiocy.





Cast : 10M, 2F (doubling required)
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-119-6 | 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
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
A Tale of Two Cities
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A Tale of Two Cities

Adapted for the stage by Matthew Dunster

Charles Dickens
 
A bold new adaptation of Dickens' classic from one of Britain's foremost directors, tying into contemporary issues of global war, refugees, extremism.

How much more do those in power think Europe’s poor can take? When will the people take to the streets of the cities and roar enough is enough?
Cast : 9F, 14M doubling possible
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-234-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | 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
Ackland: Plays 1
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Ackland: Plays 1

The Dark River / After October

Rodney Ackland
 
Rodney Ackland is belatedly acknowledged as a master of the British stage, now captivating new audiences.  

The Dark River
Set in the late thirties, the flamboyant characters are cocooned in a Thames backwater ignoring the turbulent events of a politically unstable Europe. 

After October
A young playwright dreams of escaping into an extravagant world.
Cast : The Dark River - M6, F3 / After October - M5, F6
Oberon Books | 978-1-87025-954-5 | 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
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 Guardian



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