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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
Alex and the Winter Star
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Alex and the Winter Star

Ann Coburn
 
In this sequel to Ann Coburg's much-loved Alex and the Warrior, Alex and Cat are once again faced with keeping the unruly Warrior under control. This time he is trying to rid the world of the Skarg, little computer game monsters which somehow have found a way to break out of the game and are planning world domination! Only through securing the help of his friend Alex can Warrior stop the villains dastardly plans and save the world from invasion…

Incorporating the themes of friendship and what it means to belong, Alex and the Winter Star is jam packed with adventure, danger and magic, but is underlined by important concepts and issues. Alex’s new adventures are sure to capture the imagination of young readers and actors, sending them spinning into a mystical world of possibilities.

Cast : 3M, 2F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-849-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll (adapted by Adrian Mitchell)
 

On a glorious summer's afternoon, young Alice happens upon a smartly dressed rabbit looking at his watch and muttering 'I'm too late!' This being an unexpected occurrence, she follows him down a nearby rabbit hole and falls in Wonderland.

Lewis Carroll's timeless children's stories Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There are magically brought to life in this new adaptation by Adrian Mitchell, specially commissioned for a Christmas production by the RSC. The amazing Lobster Quadrille, the Queen of Hearts' infamous croquet match and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party are just a few of the remarkable events and characters in this enchanting play.


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-256-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Apples
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Apples

Richard Milward/adapted by John Retallack
 
Set on a Middlesbrough council estate, this astonishing piece of writing by 23 year old Richard Milward, is an electrifying collision of Irvine Welsh and Virginia Woolf.

Streams of poetic, impassioned and often hilarious words pour forth from five fifteen-year-olds as they negotiate a world where the adults are absent, drugs are everywhere, sex is desperate and life is both terrifying and thrilling.

A dazzling, tragicomic love story of adolescence based on the astonishing debut novel by Richard Milward. Shameless, ruthless and intensely poetic, Apples articulates what it is like to be young. 

Review
An astonishing debut... It is  Catcher in the Rye   meets the  Arctic Monkeys  -  Times Magazine  (on the novel)

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-098-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Badnuff
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Badnuff

Richard Davidson
 

'I'm sitting here trying to think about important stuff and you're zappin' me with lust rays — juicin' me up when I'm tryin' to focus on my English. You gotta stop that shit.'

It's Jay's first day at St Peter's and two things are clear — one, she doesn't fit in, and two, neither does anyone else. Everyone has a story to tell: Patsy the 'baby borrower', Brendan the motor-mouth perve, and the live-wire Lanny, who could erupt at any time. What's Jay's story and why won't she tell it? Commissioned by Soho Theatre Company, Badnuff is a brutally funny new play.


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-434-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Black Crows
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Black Crows

Linda Brogan
 
A young black boy dances the shuffle better than anyone but that isn’t going to fill his belly. Teenager Hazel gives him what he wants. Older woman Leonora gives him what he needs. His mum Queenie is saving up to go to Jamaica and won’t give him anything more than a catering tin of beans. The fight is on…

A powerful story of three women and their love for one man. Linda Brogan's new play creates a dark and vivid world of love, jealousy and hunger in 1970s Manchester.

Cast : 1M (puppet), 3F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-737-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Blackberry Trout Face
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Blackberry Trout Face

Laurence Wilson
 

Kerrie sets about her daily task of preparing Mum’s heroin… Jakey has had enough of life in the crew… Cameron is too scared to step outside the front door… One morning, the three teenagers discover a note in the Frosties. Mum has abandoned them: they have been left home alone…

Blackberry Trout Face is a bold, gritty and funny play, which explores the universal themes of family, loyalty and ambition. With sharply-drawn characters, crackling dialogue, and plenty of humour, we follow three young people as they struggle to cope in exceptional circumstances.  Blackberry Trout Face was comissioned and developed by award-winning theatre company 20 Stories High.

Winner of the 2010 Brian Way Award - the UK's best new play for young audiences.



Cast : 2M, 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-243-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bolt: Plays 2
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Bolt: Plays 2

The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew / Vivat! Vivat Regina! / State of Revolution

Robert Bolt
 

In this volume, Bolt develops along more Brechtian lines. 

Vivat! Vivat Regina! (1970)
A broad historical canvas and skilful theatrical invention that impressed critics as a powerful piece. 

State of Revolution (1977) 
Attempts to prove the point that Lenin was an admirable man 'possessed by a terribly wrong idea'.

The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew (1965)
A play for children


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-158-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Cape
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Cape

Inua Ellams
 
It’s a simple idea, really.

1. Wear a uniform
2. Protect who you love, what you care about
3. Let nothing get in your way

Someone mugged Bruce’s mum and he is not having it. The shock is still visible in her trembling fingers, rippling out across the calm waters of their lives. He grabs his hoodie, his uniform, his cape and goes out to find the culprit. Smithy wants everyone to stay inside, Uhuru wants everyone out. Tanya thinks it’s boyish fun and games until, very suddenly, it isn’t.
Cast : 2M, 3F
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-78319-066-9 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Carrie's War
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Carrie's War

Nina Bawden (adapted by Emma Reeves)
 
When the Second World War air raids threaten their safety in the city, Carrie and her brother Nick are evacuated to a small Welsh village. But the countryside has dangers and adventures of its own - and a group of characters who will change Carrie's life for ever.

There's mean Mr Evans, who won't let the children eat meat; but there’s also kind Auntie Lou. There's brilliant young Albert Sandwich, another evacuee, and Mr Johnny, who speaks a language all of his own. Then there's Hepzibah Green, the witch at Druid’s Grove who makes perfect mince pies, and the ancient skull with its terrifying curse...

Emma Reeves has created a stunning stage adaptation of Nina Bawden’s much loved classic account of life as an evacuee in the 1940s. This edition includes teachers' notes and activities for classes based on the play.

Review
I doubt...anything will beat this traditional page-to-stage adaptation for ceaselessly involving telling of a cracking story - Evening Standard


Cast : 6M, 4F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-720-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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