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1984
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1984

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
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 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 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 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.

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
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
Albion
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Albion

Chris Thompson
 

‘bless this country, God bless karaoke and God save the Queen.’

It’s karaoke night at The Albion, a proper East End boozer and the unofficial home of the English Protection Army. Paul runs the pub, girlfriend Christine rules the roost, and little brother Jayson hosts the karaoke.

On the eve of a demonstration tensions are running high. The mosque want to build a community centre next door and the English Protection Army aren’t happy. Paul is going to fight this tooth and nail, but he knows the public won’t listen to a bunch of hooligans. Meanwhile, younger brother Jayson thinks this could be his time to shine. Family or not, this is England and it’s time to take it back.

Albion examines the turbulent rise of the new far right in modern day Britain. When they embrace diversity, just how far can the far right go?

Cast : 6F, 8M, doubling possible
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-146-8 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
All the President's Men?
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All the President's Men?

Scenes from the Senate Confirmation Hearings of President Trump's Cabinet

Nicolas Kent
 

The U.S. Senate’s 2017 confirmation process for President Trump’s Cabinet. It forensically reveals the ethics, beliefs and philosophy behind four key Cabinet figures: Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon, now Secretary of State responsible for America’s foreign policy; Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, a leading campaigner for the President and now his chief law officer; Dr Tom Price, a strident critic of Obamacare now Health Secretary and Scott Pruitt, a climate change sceptic confirmed as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The appointment of these men will have huge implications. They will lead the administration’s policy on Russia, the Middle East, Iran and North Korea, on human rights worldwide, on the Paris Climate control agreement, as well as on the civil rights and the health of millions of Americans.

Cast : 4F, 29M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-211-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
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