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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
Acting Shakespeare's Language
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Acting Shakespeare's Language

Andy Hinds
 

In this inspirational new manual, Andy Hinds shares what he has learnt over thirty years of teaching, the speaking and acting of Shakespeare’s texts. In simple steps he brings the reader to a full understanding of how Shakespeare’s language ‘works’, lucidly outlines a number of practical guidelines, and provides simple, test-proven exercises to put each guideline into practice.

Key points include:

  • Acting Solo Speeches
  • Pronunciation
  • Imagery and imagistic language
  • Acting Shakespeare’s Verse
  • Acting Shakespeare’s Prose
  • Breathing

The essential guide for all actors, students, teachers or directors tackling Shakespeare’s plays or speeches and wishing to release the full dramatic power of his words.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-008-9 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Antony and Cleopatra
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Antony and Cleopatra

Edited by Janet Suzman

William Shakespeare (edited by Janet Suzman)
 

Desire and duty collide in Shakespeare’s captivating tragedy of politics, passion and power. Two charismatic leaders, Mark Antony of Rome and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, are caught in an all-encompassing love that threatens the Empire. Rome will do all it can to pull them apart. Or it will destroy them both.

This classic Shakespeare tale is edited by Dame Janet Suzman, making this an authoritative edition. As she says in her book Not Hamlet: Meditations on the Frail Position of Women in Drama which studies the role of, and for, women in Shakespeare’s canon, Suzman knows this play better than anyone else in the world, having played Cleopatra twice and having now directed the play twice.



Cast : 1F, 18M (doubling)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-406-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Cymbeline
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Cymbeline

William Shakespeare freely adapted by Emma Rice
 
Twenty years after his two sons disappeared, King Cymbeline's only daughter Imogen plans to marry against his wishes. Enraged, Cymbeline banishes her childhood sweetheart Posthumus from court. He flees to Italy and makes a wager he'll soon regret. Cymbeline's new queen plots with her ghastly son Cloten. Emperor Caesar is on the war-path. And poor Joan (who's just got back from the Costa de Sol) hasn't got a clue what's going on!

Kneehigh turn their unique storytelling style to one of Shakespeare's least performed plays. In a script packed with heart-stopping poetry and characteristic charm, their irreverent adaptation plays fast and loose with the Bard. The result is a wild, giddy and elemental adventure that swings from tragedy to comedy and back again. Never has confusion been such fun!

Review
'A glorious romp, swift, funny, cheeky and inventive... This is Kneehigh at its best… '  Sunday Times

Cast : 5M, 3F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-721-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Dark Philosophers, The
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Dark Philosophers, The

Carl Grose
 
Taking as its inspiration Thomas’ ink-black comic tales, The Dark Philosophers is a funny, violent and passionate depiction of a community teetering on the brink of humanity. Using Told by an Idiot’s trademark anarchic physicality and inventive storytelling, this adaptation brings out the bleak, wild humour in tales laced with sex, murder and Thomas’ devastating Valleys wit.

Review
Every element of the production is beautifully realized… The text, crafted by Carl Grose, is both poetic and cheerily colloquial -  Total Theatre Review



Cast : 5M, 3F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-146-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Hamnet
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Hamnet

Dead Centre
 

Dead Centre’s new solo work for an eleven -year-old boy is devoted to Shakespeare’s only son, Hamnet, who died in 1596, only eleven himself.

A single letter separates Hamnet from the philosophical heights of Hamlet. Unlike the Prince, he cannot ask ‘to be or not to be’. Condemned not to be, he now seeks to understand the world from which he has been wrested.

Hamnet is too young to understand Shakespeare. We are too old to understand Hamnet. Two generations, asking each other what they want to pass on and receive.

Cast : 2M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-231-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Henry V (Propeller Shakespeare Series)
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Henry V (Propeller Shakespeare Series)

Edited by Edward Hall & Roger Warren

William Shakespeare
 

Henry V dramatizes the legend of the heroic warrior-king who won the battle of Agincourt; but it also tells the more human story of a young king’s psychological journey, learning to deal with the political realities of Church and State.As increasing numbers of British servicemen and women are seeing active service, Propeller brings its own unique take on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

Also features introduction from Ed Hall (Artistic Director of Propeller Theatre Company), notes on the design and music from members of the Propeller team, as well an introduction to the text by Shakesperean academic Roger Warren.



Cast : 29M + Chorus
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-418-8 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
I, Cinna (The Poet)
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I, Cinna (The Poet)

Tim Crouch
 

I, Cinna ( The Poet) has one short scene in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar where he is mistaken for someone else and killed by the mob. Now, in a new play by Tim Crouch, this unlucky man is given a chance to tell his story. Written for ages 11+, I, Cinna ( The Poet) is a fusion of theatre, multimedia and creative writing tasks.

Cinna asks his young audience to consider the relationship between words and actions, art and politics, self and society. During the performance he asks us to write alongside him: a small poem on a big theme.

Originally commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival which is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival. 



 

Cast : 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-403-4 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
I, Shakespeare
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I, Shakespeare

Tim Crouch
 
A collection of self contained one-man shows which brilliantly re-imagine four of Shakespeare’s well known plays through the eyes of the bit parts.

I, Malvolio
Re-imagines Twelfth Night from the point of view of Shakespeare’s pent-up ‘notoriously wronged’ steward. A story of lost dignity, prudery, practical, jokes and bullying that draws us deep into the madness of Shakespeare’s classic comedy.

I, Banquo
A blood-shot, story-telling journey into the heart of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, told through the eyes of his murdered best friend. Classic theatre and modern story-telling combined, accompanied by a heavy-metal-guitar-playing 13 year old Fleance, a severed head and 32 litres of blood.

I, Caliban
Events on Prospero’s island as viewed by Caliban, a puppy-headed monster alone on the island at the end of The Tempest, alone with his memories, his magic tricks and one last bottle of wine. I, Caliban is a sweet and sorry tale about injustice, inebriation and missing your mum.

I, Peaseblossom
The story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as re-lived through the fevered nightmares of Shakespeare’s most neglected fairy. Funny, heart-breaking and ever-so-slightly crazed, I, Peaseblossom is a gloriously anarchic dream of a ‘dream’, perfect for children and adults alike.

'If only the plays were taught like this in schools, nobody would ever say Shakespeare was boring.'    The Guardian




Cast : 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-126-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Juliet and Her Romeo
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Juliet and Her Romeo

Adapted by Sean O'Connor & Tom Morris

William Shakespeare
 
A story of a flourishing love affair in one generation, crushed by the financial and political concerns of another.

What family has not wrestled with the question of how we care for our parents as they become older and frailer? Who will love them? Who will support them? Who will pay for their care? And with that care, what controls should we apply? If we have taken power of attorney, what about the freedom to fall in love, to give gifts, to marry unwisely?

Shakespeare’s classic tale of star crossed lovers is a classic play. However this production is unique in that it uses Shakespeare’s text, but casts our lovers in their 80s, with their anxious children, not their parents, seeking to prevent an imprudent and costly match.

Cast : 7M, 4F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84943-081-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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