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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
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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 Mad World My Masters
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A Mad World My Masters

Thomas Middleton (ed. Phil Porter and Sean Foley)
London, Soho ... 1956. Where glamour rubs up against filth, and likes it, where the posh mix with musicians, whores and racketeers; where 'virginity is no city trade', and where a dashingly impecunious bachelor in need of quick cash and a good time has to live on his wits.

Tuning conman to fool his rich uncle, he variously becomes a Lord, a high-class call girl and - God forbid - a poor actor. But a beautiful Soho tart is also on the scam: a whore to some, a religious instructor to others, and a debutante in need of an eligible bachelor to yet more ...

Cast : 15M, 6F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-019-5 | Sales: 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?

'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 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.

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.
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
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
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