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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
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
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
Chewing Gum Dreams
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Chewing Gum Dreams

Michaela Coel
 

Tracey Gordon, the 67 bus, friendship, sex, UK garage, school, music, teachers, friendship, periods, emergency contraceptive, arse and tits, friendship, raves, tampons, white boys, God, money. Friendship. Aaron, Candice, sex and Connor Jones.

Winner of the 2012 Alfred Fagon award, Chewing Gum Dreams is a one-woman play that recalls those last days of innocence before adulthood.
 



Cast : 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-014-0 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Cyrano De Bergerac
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Cyrano De Bergerac

Edmond Rostand (adapted by Glyn Maxwell)
 
Swordsman, Philosopher, Poet, Raconteur, Cyrano de Bergerac is all these things, but none of them makes him happy. What he desires above all is the love of the beautiful Roxane. But his problem is as plain as the nose on his face. Surely he is too ugly ever to be loved?

Salvation of a kind arrives in the form of the handsome yet tongue-tied Christian de Neuvillette-might not Cyrano's eloquence and Christian's beauty together win Roxane? Yet duelling foes, powerful rivals, and a war against Spain will all put our hero to the test before he finds his way at last into his lady's arms.



Cast : 5M, 7F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-033-1 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Day The Waters Came, The
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Day The Waters Came, The

Lisa Evans
 
It is summer 2005. Maya Marsalis takes you by the hand, sometimes the throat, and leads you through the landscape the day Hurricane Katrina came, the levees broke, the world watched and the US Government did nothing.  Go with her as she shows you how her world and that of thousands of black American citizens changed for ever, the day the waters came.

The sister piece to Lisa Evan's seminal play for younger audiences, Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home, The Day The Waters Came explores the environmental and social impact of Hurricane Katrina on the communities of New Orleans.

Awards
  • 2011 Writers' Guild of Great Britain - Best Play for Children and Young People 
Cast : 2M, 2F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-101-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
DNA
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DNA

Dennis Kelly
 
A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where’s the incentive to put things right? DNA is a poignant and, sometimes, hilarious tale with a very dark heart.

Review
A taut, compelling thriller and a modern-day spin on Lord of the Flies, exploring group behaviour and moral equivocation -  Financial Times


Cast : 8M, 3F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84002-840-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Hansel & Gretel
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Hansel & Gretel

Schools Edition

Carl Grose
 
Times are tough for the family in the wood
They'd eat like kings if only they could
But hunger gnaws - famine stalks the land
Something quite wicked has the upper hand!
Poor mother and father must do 'what is best'...
And Hansel and Gretel will be put to the test!
Armed with their very last slice of bread
Will they eat to survive
Or leave a trail home instead?

The school edition of Carl Grose and Kneehigh Theatre Company's acclaimed version of Hansel & Gretel, includes notes for teachers and those studying the play for GCSE English, as written by Anthony Banks.

Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78682-019-8 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Holly and Ivan’s Christmas Adventure
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Holly and Ivan’s Christmas Adventure

Oliver Lansley
 
A magical tale of two brave little toys who fall off the back of Santa's Sleigh on Christmas Eve. Not wanting their new owners to wake up to no presents, they set off on an epic journey to find their stockings. Encountering all kinds of weird and wonderful characters along the way, this play for children is a silly, snowy, seasonal odyssey about two toys’ mission to save Christmas.

Presented here in both story book and play format, and packed full of charming illustrations this is a delightful tale for young children, just in time for Christmas.



Cast : 13M, 5F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-136-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | 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
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