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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
A GAMBLER'S GUIDE TO DYING
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A GAMBLER'S GUIDE TO DYING

Gary McNair
 

What are the odds of living an extraordinary life?

This is the story of one boy’s granddad who won a fortune betting on the 1966 World Cup and, when diagnosed with cancer, gambled it all on living to see the year 2000. An intergenerational tale of what we live for and what we leave behind.

'Gary McNair’s monologue A Gambler’s Guide to Dying  is a tribute to his grandfather that blends a nostalgic warmth and a few good chuckles with some smart stuff about the nature of storytelling...a beautiful and entertaining tribute.'  Time Out

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Cast : 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978---1-783-19--9 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
BALL, and Other Funny Stories About Cancer
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BALL, and Other Funny Stories About Cancer

Brian Lobel
 
BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer is a trilogy of works that challenge the well-known stories of cancer survivors and cancer martyrs that have come before. Sometimes inappropriate, often salacious and always funny, BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer is, above all else, honest and open. 






Cast : 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-168-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bitch Boxer
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Bitch Boxer

Charlotte Josephine
 

Meet Chloe, 21 from Leytonstone. She likes the simple things in life: cherry sambuca, hairbrush-in-the-mirror karaoke with Rihanna and winding her Dad up. Oh, and she’s a boxer.

London, 2012. Women will step into the Olympic boxing ring for the very first time. And it’s in Stratford. Down the road. As Chloe trains for the fight of her life, she is left winded by two life-changing events. In a man’s world, can she prove she’s still worth the title?

Fighting fit from sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Season, you are invited ringside, for an adrenaline-fuelled, no-holes-barred one-woman show unafraid to document the blood, the sweat…and all the tears. 


Cast : 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-477-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Black T-Shirt Collection
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Black T-Shirt Collection

Inua Ellams
 
The wild things they did with those tees. Some held together by wooden pins. Some strung to wear just once. Some of long thin detachable sleeves...

A T-shirt is something most people have. It is a common denominator like a pair of blue jeans or a pair of Converse All Stars. From Fringe First winner Inua Ellams, comes a new story about two foster brothers building a global t-shirt brand. On their journey from a market in Nigeria to a sweatshop in China, Matthew and Muhammed discover the consequences of success. The play tackles capitalism and exploitation, as well as sectarianism and homophobia in modern day Nigeria.

Review
"Ellams' evocative writing conjures a Nigeria where myth and magic sit casually alongside everyday life." The Guardian


Cast : 1M (multiple characters)
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-84943-191-0 | 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
Blow Off
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Blow Off

AJ Taudevin
 
An explosive new piece of guerilla-gig-theatre from Julia Taudevin (‘one of the most exciting forces in Scottish theatre’ Scotsman). With music by Kim Moore and Susan Bear and Julie Eisenstein from Glasgow's hottest indie-pop duo Tuff Love, this fierce and playful feminist work explores the psychology of extremism with haunting melodies and progressive punk riffs.

It is about a woman.

I’m not going to tell you her hair colour.
Her skin colour.
Whether she's got an almond or a heart shaped face.
All you need to know, right now, is that she is a person.
Walking up a street. A street that you know. A street we all know.
Towards a giant, glistening tower.
A giant, glistening shaft.
A shaft that you know.
A shaft we all know.


Cast : 1F, 3 musicians
Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78682-013-6 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Bogus Woman, The
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Bogus Woman, The

Kay Adshead
 
'For the short piece that I wrote for the Red Room, I read hundreds of stories of refugees seeking asylum in this country; the Refugee Council provided me with some of the source material. All of these were sad, but some were sickening, so horrifying as to be almost unbearable. Inspired by these terrible stories, I created my story of The Bogus Woman.' Kay Adshead, 2000.
Cast : 1F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-209-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology
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Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology

Boguslaw Schaeffer (translated by Magda Romanska)
 

This anthology of plays by Boguslaw Schaeffer, a Polish playwright, composer, musicologist and graphic designer, includes his most frequently performed works: The Monologue for One Actor (1976 ), Quartet for Four Actors (1979), and Scenario for Three Actors (1987).

The plays are examples of Instrumental Theatre. They are carefully structured and employ cyclical repetitions, and codes.  Schaeffer’s most famous instrumental play, The Quartet for Four Actor, has been so successful that it has been staged by practically every Polish theatre. Monologue for One Actor, opened in 1976 & has since been staged over 1,500 times around the world. During its 40 - year run, it has won many awards, including the 1995 Grand Prix at New York’s Theatre Festival. Winner of many prestigious international awards Scenario for Three Actors, has also been a permanent fixture in many Polish theatres since its premiere.

A universal artist, unafraid to explore a range of fields, forms, and subject matter, Schaeffer creates theatre that is guided by the rules of musical composition, and it defies previous, established conventions and techniques, surprising its audiences with innovative and invigorating form and style. 



Cast : 1M; 4M; 3M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-464-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Bottleneck
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Bottleneck

Luke Barnes
 

Am I a virgin? I think I am. I mean it went in her but it was floppy and it wasn’t very nice so I think I am a virgin. I’m going to say I am. Will look better on me uni applications.

Liverpool, 1989. Greg is thirteen. He has just started secondary school. He earns pocket money sweeping up hair in a barbers. Girls are aliens. Liverpool FC are everything.

Edinburgh, 2012. Greg has an extraordinary story to tell you. Bottleneck is a vibrant coming - of - age story about becoming a man through adventures both big and small. It is about a notorious city, Liverpool; how the outside worlds views it, and how it views the outside world.



 


Cast : 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-437-9 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
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