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Barker: Plays Four  

Barker: Plays Four $26.32 ex GST
$28.95 inc GST
Featuring: I Saw Myself, The Dying of Today, Found in the Ground and The Road, the House, the Road.

I Saw Myself 
A woman's longing to understand her compulsion to transgress the laws of her society comes into collision with the conventions of an art form. In the weaving of tapestry Barker's thirteenth-century heroine privileges private life over public responsibility. if she is cruelly punished she is also granted self-awareness. 

The Dying of Today
A stranger who luxuriates in the telling of bad news observes the effects of his devastating narrative on a humble barber. The barber's recovery from pain, and the beauty of his sensibility, bring the two strangers into an emotional proximity.

Found in the Ground
A mobile, musical work set during the last days of an aged Nuremberg judge whose baying hounds and burning library form an uncanny background to his wayward daughter's struggle to make meaning from the atrocities of the twentieth century. 

The Road, the House, the Road
Erasmus' obscure colleague Aventinus was foudn dead on a wintry road. How he arrived at his solitary death forms the subject of this speculation on scholarship, mishief and the murderer's vocation.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-851-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Howard Barker is an internationally renowned dramatist, whose first plays were performed at Royal Court Theatre and by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since 1992 his work has been presented by his own company, The Wrestling School, Barker is also a poet and theorist of theatre, whose ‘Theatre of Catastrophe' defines a new form of tragedy for our times: ‘ Theatre of Catastrophe takes as its first principle the idea that art is not digestible. Rather, it is an irritant in consciousness, like the grain of sand in the oyster's gut…’

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