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Ackland: Plays 2  

Smithereens / Strange Orchestra / Before the Party / The Old Ladies

Ackland: Plays 2 $19.95 ex GST
$21.95 inc GST
No other major British playwright of the last 50 years has undergone such a radical reappraisal as Rodney Ackland. In Plays Two, we are reminded once again of Ackland’s unique and dangerous gift. 

A woman embarks on a rebellious love affair in defiance of her family.
Strange Orchestra 
Deals with love and betrayal among rootless twenty-somethings. 

Before the Party
A murder lurks beneath the surface of a socially respectable household. 

The Old Ladies 
Depicts three women's need to cling to cherished items for mental and physical survival. 

With an Introduction by Michael Hastings.

Cast : Smithereens - M5, F7 / Strange Orchestra - M5, F6 / Before the Party - M2, F5 / The Old Ladies - F3

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-088-5 | 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.’