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Ackland: Plays 1  

The Dark River / After October

Ackland: Plays 1 $19.95 ex GST
$21.95 inc GST
Rodney Ackland is belatedly acknowledged as a master of the British stage, now captivating new audiences.  

The Dark River
Set in the late thirties, the flamboyant characters are cocooned in a Thames backwater ignoring the turbulent events of a politically unstable Europe. 

After October
A young playwright dreams of escaping into an extravagant world.
Cast : The Dark River - M6, F3 / After October - M5, F6

Oberon Books | 978-1-87025-954-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


RODNEY ACKLAND’s first play Improper People was produced at the Arts Theatre Club, London in 1929. But it was not until 1932 that Ackland’s work finally reached the West End, when his fourth play Strange Orchestra transferred from the Embassy, Swiss Cottage to the St. Martin’s, St. Martin’s Lane, which caused James Agate in the Sunday Times to suggest that the ordinary stuff of the West End Theatre bore as much resemblance to Strange Orchestra ‘as unbleached calico to tattered silk’. The Dark River, produced at the Whitehall Theatre, and revived at the Orange Tree in 1985, was acclaimed by Hilary Spurling in The Spectator as ‘perhaps the one indisputably great play of the past half-century in English.’