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Testing the Echo  

Testing the Echo $19.95 ex GST
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Helpful advice to foreigners visiting Britain: When first entering a tube train, be sure to shake hands with every passenger. And do not fail to test the famous echo in the Reading Room of the British Museum.

Emma is a dedicated ESOL teacher (English for Speakers of Other Languages) whose class includes people from Somalia, Serbia, The Congo, India and Egypt. She also has to coach them to pass the new Test of UK Citizenship. As the Foreign Office worries away at whether the questions in the Test are the right ones, and Emma’s friends and pupils challenge its underlying attitudes, Emma finds her commitment drowning in the conflicting currents of ethnicity, religion and political correctness.
Testing the Echo is a provocative and often satirical look at the overwhelming difficulty of defining what it is to be British. It asks crucial questions about whether fundamentalist Muslims can ever be truly assimilated into a society whose values and assumptions are so very different from their own.

Cast : 4M, 4F (doubling required)

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-553-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


DAVID EDGAR is one of Britain's leading playwrights. He calls himself ' a writer of public life', and once remarked that he wanted to be 'a secretary for the times through which I'm living'. His many plays include Nicholas Nickleby for the RSC (adaptation), Destiny, Maydays, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Pentecost, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, The Shape of the Table, Entertaining Strangers (with Judi Dench), Albert Speer and, most recently, Playing with Fire.  His bestselling book How Plays Work was published by NHB in 2009. He also writes for radio, television, and film and is a frequent commentator on political and theatre issues, as both essayist and public speaker. He founded the Theatre Writer's Union, as well as Britain's first graduate playwriting course at Birmingham.

By David Edgar, available through Currency Press - see all