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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
Another World
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Another World

Losing Our Children to Islamic State

Gillian Slovo
 

The new verbatim drama from the pioneering team behind Guantanamo: Honour Bound to Defend Freedom.

Over the last twelve months headlines have been dominated by the growth of Islamic State, and terror attacks claimed by IS have spread across the world.

What is the entity that calls itself Islamic State? Why are some young Muslim men and women from across Western Europe leaving their homes to answer the call of Jihad? And what should we do about it?

This piece of verbatim documentary theatre, written by novelist Gillian Slovo using material from the interviews she conducted and directed by Nicolas Kent, is the result of many months researching Islamic State, meeting people affected by the organization and involved in the fight against it.

Cast : 10M, 5F, 4U (doubling possible)
Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-755-2 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Deep Heat
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Deep Heat

Encounters with the Famous, the Infamous and the Unknown

Robin Soans
 

Groundbreaking verbatim dramatist Robin Soans presents a new collection of monologues based on conversations he has had or overheard, or which are edited versions of interviews that he has conducted in the course of research for his plays. Faced with the frustration of having to leave out material from his plays, because it was too long or didn’t fit into the general scheme of things, Deep Heat now allows those voices to speak in full.

Subjects range from people who have held high office to others who have tried to blow those people up; from those who live in large country houses to others whose home is two blankets and a pile of leaves in the corner of a disused garage. Includes extracts from interviews with Jonathan Aitken, Edwina Currie, Hala Jaber – the only western journalist at the fall of Fallujah, and Sharon Wilkinson, the leader of the BNP in Burnley at the time that the BNP won its first county council seat in England.

Threaded throughout with comedy these monologues expose the complexity and fragility of life: they show just how ‘un-ordinary’ we all are, and how the best way to further our self-knowledge is by sympathetically examining the lives of others.

These plays will appeal to the historian and sociologist in all of us, and to those who know that there is more to a situation than the version handed down by duplicitous governments. Attention to detail - the detail in which we recognise ourselves and are therefore willing to go on the journey – is what makes these monologues relevant to us all.

Review
'A splendid source of new solo pieces that work brilliantly in those drama school showcases... an enlightening read.'  Susan Elkin, The Stage




Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-090-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Monkey Bars
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Monkey Bars

Chris Goode
 

When you're a child you don't really think... cos you like to live like a child. Doesn't really seem you're just going to be an adult. Like time flies by and you just want... to, like, stay as a child, but you just enjoy things, the way it goes.

Award - winning writer Chris Goode asked thirty 8 - 10 year olds to talk about their lives, their thoughts, their world. In Monkey Bars their words are spoken by adults. Not adults playing children, but adults playing adults, in adult situations.

Monkey Bars is a revelatory verbatim show that is funny, touching and endlessly surprising. 



Cast : 3F, 3M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-469-0 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Riots, The
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Riots, The

Gillian Slovo
 
The London riots of summer 2011 rocked the UK to its core, scenes like this had not been seen on the streets of the UK for many a year. 

From tweets by taxi drivers, to moment-by-moment accounts by riot police, The Riots builds a real-time picture of the riots as they unfolded. And then, from interviews with politicians, police, teachers, lawyers, community leaders, as well as victims and on-lookers, The Riots analyses what happened and why it happened.

Astonishing stories and equally astonishing conclusions told by the many voices that have been stirred up by the riots.

Review
A bold panorama of civil disaffection… There is a density of detail that is compelling… both an enthralling discussion and a powerful reminder of the anger boiling up in society today. –  Arts Desk



Cast : 3M, 2F (doubling required)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-199-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Tactical Questioning
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Tactical Questioning

Richard Norton-Taylor
 
The death of an Iraqi hotel worker in the custody of British soldiers was described by the country's most senior general as "a stain on the character of the British Army... " Baha Mousa died in Basra in September 2003 and other detainees were physically and mentally abused in one of the most shameful episodes involving British soldiers in Iraq. 

In 2008, the defence secretary, Des Browne, admitted to "substantial breaches" of the European Convention of Human Rights and the Ministry of Defence agreed to pay nearly £3m in compensation to the family of Baha Mousa and nine other men. Browne agreed to set up a public inquiry after pressure from high court judges and the failure of the Ministry of Defence to conduct a proper inquiry into the incident.

This new verbatim play from broadcaster and playwright Robin Norton-Taylor dramatizes scenes from the public inquiry that was covered in detail across all forms of British and International media.

Review
Chilling yet compelling drama… The words, in every possible way, speak for themselves. –  Evening Standard



Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-031-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Tanika Gupta: Political Plays
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Tanika Gupta: Political Plays

Tanika Gupta
 
The first collection of plays by acclaimed British dramatist Tanika Gupta includes Sugar Mummies,  White BoySanctuary and Gladiator Games. Refusing to be pigeonholed as an ‘Asian playwright’, Gupta has a fresh perspective on race relations, generational divide and sexual politics.

White Boy
Attempts to make sense of school-age stabbings and the nature of inner city white identity, in an increasingly complex racial landscape.

Sugar Mummies
The gender politics of the sex trade are inverted as wealthy white women flock to the Carribean to take advantage of the native toy-boys. But who is exploiting who?

Gladiator Games
On the eve of his release from Feltham Young Offenders Institution, Zahib Mubarek was attacked and killed by his racist cellmate. A verbatim drama that documents the Mubarek family's pursuit of the truth and the incompetence of the official response.

Sanctuary 
A London churchyard becomes a haven for the gardener Kabir. When a photo of an African church appears in this little Eden, a complex drama of morality and conscience unfolds.



Cast : 4M, 1F double casting required (GG); 5M, 1F + chorus (WB); 3M, 3F (S); 5F, 4M (SM)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-247-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
The Fear of Breathing
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The Fear of Breathing

Ruth Sherlock, Paul Wood and Zoe Lafferty
 

The most dangerous thing you can do in this country is speak the word freedom.

As thousands have been tortured, jailed, maimed or killed by the Syrian regime, The Fear of Breathing is not only a new play based entirely on verbatim reports from inside Syria itself, but is also a hard-hitting evocation of a life or death fight for freedom, experienced from the inside. To uncover these personal stories from the uprising, award-winning journalists Paul Wood and Ruth Sherlock, together with theatre director Zoe Lafferty, travelled into Syria covertly, circumventing the ban on journalists and restrictions on movement for all non-Syrians. They spoke to protesters as well as citizens who love President Bashar al-Assad and are terrified of a future without him.

Featuring verbatim scenes, interviews, stories and film footage, The Fear of Breathing is a powerful and profoundly disturbing portrait of a revolution struggling to survive.

 


 

Cast : 1F, 8M (doubling)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-419-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB