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Conor McPherson Three Plays
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Conor McPherson Three Plays

Conor McPherson
 
This volume of Conor McPherson's collected plays, covering a decade of writing, celebrates a fascination with the uncanny which has led him to be described as 'quite possibly the finest playwright of his generation' (New York Times).

In Shining City, a man seeks help from a counsellor, claiming to have seen the ghost of his dead wife. The play, premiered at the Royal Court, London, is 'up there with The Weir, moving, compassionate, ingenious and absolutely gripping' (Daily Telegraph).

The Seafarer, premiered at the National Theatre before going on to become a Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, tells the story of an extended Christmas Eve card game, but one played for the highest stakes possible. 'McPherson proves yet again he is both a born yarn-spinner and an acute analyst of the melancholy Irish manhood' (Guardian).

Set in 'the big house' in 1820s rural Ireland, The Veil is McPherson's first period play. Seventeen-year-old Hannah is to be married off in order to settle the debts of the crumbling estate. But when Reverend Berkeley arrives, determined to orchestrate a séance, chaos is unleashed. 'A cracking fireside tale of haunting and decay' (The Times).

The Birds, hauntingly adapted from the short story by Daphne du Maurier, is 'deliciously chilling, claustrophobic, questioning, frightening; and with a twist' (Irish Independent). It is published here for the first time, as is The Dance of Death, a new version of Strindberg's classic, which premiered at the Trafalgar Studios in London. 'A spectacularly bleak yet curiously bracing drama that often makes you laugh out loud' (Daily Telegraph).

Completing the volume is a Foreword by the author.

 

Cast : 1F, 3M (Shinging City); 5M (The Seafarer); 5F, 3M (The Veil); 2F, 2M (The Birds); 1F, 2M (The Dance of Death)
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-209-4 | PB
Dublin Carol
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Dublin Carol

Conor McPherson
 

A magical, compelling play from the author of The Weir .

Present-day Dublin. Christmas Eve. Undertaker John Plunkett is sharing memories of funerals over the years and dispensing advice to his young assistant. But the painful arrival of his estranged grown-up daughter prompts him to face up to his own disastrous past in order to create some kind of truce with the future.

Review
'A theatrical spellbinder.' -  Daily Telegraph

Also published in McPherson Collected Plays Volume II


Cast : 2M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-455-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
McPherson: Plays One
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McPherson: Plays One

This Lime Tree Bower / St Nicholas / Rum and Vodka / The Good Thief

Conor McPherson
 
This Lime Tree Bower, St Nicholas, Rum and Vodka and The Good Thief; four plays that introduced the world to Conor McPherson, showcasing the mastery of storytelling, the dark, Irish humour and the haunting imagery that defines his greatest work.

Conor McPherson’s plays The Weir and The Seafarer have become modern classics. The early plays found in this collection set the template for an astonishing career that has spanned the West End and Broadway, forming a perfect introduction to one of the great voices of Irish theatre.




Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-221-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
McPherson: Plays Two
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McPherson: Plays Two

The Weir / Dublin Carol / Port Authority / Come on Over

Conor McPherson
 

The second collection of plays from the multi-award winning author with an Afterword and in-depth author interview.

Featuring

The Weir

Dublin Carol

Port Authority

Come on Over concerns a Jesuit priest, sent to investigate a ‘miracle’ in his home town, who re-encounters a woman who loved him thirty years before.

Review
'The finest dramatist of his generation.' Telegraph

Conor McPherson: Four Plays, a collection of earlier plays, is also available.

Cast : Various
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-777-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Night Alive, The
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Night Alive, The

Conor McPherson
 
An inimitably warm and stylish play that deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations.

Tommy’s not a bad man, he’s getting by. Renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice’s house, just about keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc. Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how.

Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps.

The Night Alive
was named Best New Play at the New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards 2014.
Cast : 1F, 4M
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-336-7 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Port Authority
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Port Authority

Conor McPherson
 

A wry, moving, funny tale of how modern man faces up to the responsibility of love, woven in monologues.

A boy leaves home for the first time. A man starts a job for which he is not qualified. A pensioner has just been sent a mysterious package... Away from bar-room bravado, three men show us the reality of big dreams and missed chances, of loves lost and trouble found, of the messiness of life and the quirkiness of fate.

Review
Totally absorbing, often hilarious and, at times, heart-wrenchingly moving... An act of pure theatre -  Irish Times

Also published in McPherson Collected Plays Volume II



Cast : 3M
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-876-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Seafarer, The
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Seafarer, The

Conor McPherson
 

A breathtaking supernatural play from the author of The Weir.

It's Christmas Eve and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, ageing brother who's recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. In fact, Sharky may be playing for his very soul.

Cast : 5M
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-85459-949-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Shining City
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Shining City

Conor McPherson
 

Ian has left the priesthood to become a therapist. John is one of his first clients. John’s wife has been killed in a car accident, and he keeps seeing her ghost. As John recovers with Ian’s help, Ian himself is going under with troubles of his own.

Review
'This is Conor McPherson at his very best... Guilt, sex and therapy with a script from acting heaven.'   Daily Mail




Cast : 3M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-819-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Veil, The
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Veil, The

Conor McPherson
 
Set around a haunted house hemmed in by a restive, starving populace,  The Veil weaves Ireland’s troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental and the circularity of time. 

May 1822, rural Ireland. The defrocked Reverend Berkeley arrives at the crumbling former glory of Mount Prospect House to accompany seventeen year-old Hannah to England. She is to be married off to a marquis in order to resolve the debts of her mother’s estate. However, compelled by the strange voices that haunt his beautiful young charge and a fascination with the psychic current that pervades the house, Berkeley proposes a seance, the consequences of which are catastrophic.

Review
'Bold and intriguing... McPherson keeps you guessing to the last.'   Financial Times

Cast : 3M, 5F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-202-5 | Australia/NZ | PB
Weir, The
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Weir, The

Conor McPherson
 
In a bar in rural Ireland, the landlord and three regulars attempt to spook a young woman, Valerie, who has recently arrived from Dublin. But as the conversations move on it is Valerie who scares the men...
 
Review 
'A beautifully crafted and compassionate piece, dealing with love, loss and loneliness. It works because one believes so intensely in the characters that one shares the experiences they talk of, because it contains at its heart a shattering event and because it demonstrates the healing potential of storytelling... a fine piece of writing.'  Financial Times
 
Winner of the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critic's Circle Awards.
 
The Weir is also published in McPherson Collected Plays Volume II.



Cast : 4M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-643-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB