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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
Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry
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Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry

Richard Norton-Taylor
 

Sunday, 30 January 1972: Thirteen civil rights marchers are shot dead, and another thirteen wounded when British soldiers open fire during a civil rights march in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. An inquiry by Lord Chief Justice Widgery – branded the Widgery Whitewash by many – suggested that the soldiers had been attacked first. There was a strong suspicion that some of the victims had fired weapons.

A sustained campaign by the families of the victims, and new material collected by the Irish government provoked a second inquiry in 1998. Since March 2000 the Saville Inquiry has heard evidence from over one thousand witnesses including civilians, military personnel, the media, experts, forensic scientists, politicians, civil servants, priests and members of the RUC. This play is a dramatic overview of some of the evidence.


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-568-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Called to Account
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Called to Account

The Indictment of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair for the Crime of Aggression Against Iraq: A Hearing

Richard Norton-Taylor
 

In 2007 two leading barristers - Philippe Sands QC (for the prosecution) and Julian Knowles (for the defence) - tested the evidence of the grounds for an indictment of the British Prime Minister for the crime of aggression against Iraq.

They examined a number of distinguished witnesses, including MPs, diplomats, international lawyers, civil servants, UN officials, policy advisors, intelligence experts and journalists. The arguments and testimony gathered, edited into a play by Richard Norton-Taylor, examine the criminal implications of the British Government’s decision to use force against Iraq, and allow the audience to decide whether an indictment in this case is proven.


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-745-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Colour of Justice, The: The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry
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Colour of Justice, The: The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

Richard Norton-Taylor
 
In 1993, black teenager Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death in a racist attack by a gang of white youths. The police investigation failed to provide sufficient evidence to convict. Based on the harrowing transcripts of the public inquiry, this is a dramatic reconstruction of the hearings which reflected the national outcry at the police's mishandling of the case.

Review
I still rate The Colour of Justice ... as one of the highlights of my reviewing life -  Michael Billington, Guardian
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-107-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Deep Cut
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Deep Cut

Philip Ralph
 
‘Don’t embellish. Don’t exaggerate. Tell the truth. Stick to it.’

18 year old Private Cheryl James from Llangollen was one of four young soldiers who died from gunshot wounds at Deepcut Barracks between 1995 and 2002.

Cheryl’s parents wanted answers from the people responsible for their daughter’s care. But how do you begin to grieve when no-one seems to have a proper explanation? What would give you the determination to continue asking awkward, demanding questions?

Taken from original source material and powerful first hand testimonies, Deep Cut is a bold and compelling account of one family’s journey through a time they thought they’d never experience, to places they hoped they’d never be.

Cast : 3M, 2F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-874-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | 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
Guantanamo
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Guantanamo

Oberon - 'Verbatim'

Victoria Brittain/Gillian Slovo
 
"I don't know what crime I am supposed to have committed for which not only I but my wife and children should continually suffer" British detainee Moazzam Begg.

Weaving together personal stories, legal opinion and political debate, Guantanamo: 'Honor Bound to Defend Freedom' looks at the questions surrounding the detentions in Guantanamo Bay, and asks how much damage is being done to Western democratic values during the war on terror.


Cast : 13M, 1F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-474-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Hounding of David Oluwale, The
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Hounding of David Oluwale, The

Adapted from the book by Kester Aspden

Oladipo Agboluaje
 
In May 1969, David Oluwale’s body was pulled from the River Aire in Leeds. Eighteen months later, the investigation into his death was to rip apart the Yorkshire police force as two officers were prosecuted for killing the Nigerian immigrant whilst in police custody. The police acts of prejudice and violence brought to light through the investigation shook the population of Leeds, and thirty nine years on, the details of Oluwale’s death still haunt the area.

Oladipo Agboluaje uses carefully selected accounts of David Oluwale’s life to reveal how an optimistic and much loved showman became the tragic victim of police persecution and brutality.


Cast : 6M, 2F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-920-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Justifying War: Scenes from the Hutton Inquiry
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Justifying War: Scenes from the Hutton Inquiry

Richard Norton-Taylor
 
It usually begins as a play put on at a theatre in North London, and then transfers to I think the BBC, maybe in this case to ITV, I do not know. But the participants and witnesses are played by actors; and there is nothing one can do to stop this. Indeed, it shows, perhaps, the appetite, legitimate appetite of the public, for information beyond the press, beyond the bare written words of what happened. - The Hutton Inquiry, 1/8/03, from Geoffrey Robertson QC's application for the proceedings to be televised.

Although primarily focusing on Dr Kelly's death, the Hutton Inquiry has revealed much of the inner workings of Downing Street, the MoD and the BBC. Witnesses have been challenged and questioned on the compilation of the dossier on weapons of mass destruction, the releasing of Dr Kelly's name into the public domain, and the Government's case for war in Iraq.  

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-417-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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