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Chekhov's First Play
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Chekhov's First Play

Dead Centre
 

‘I’m having absolutely nothing to do with the theatre or the human race. They can all go to hell.’ – Anton Chekhov

During the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Maria Chekhov, Anton’s sister, placed many of her late brother’s manuscripts and papers in a safety deposit box in Moscow.

In 1921 Soviet scholars opened the box, and discovered a play. The title page was missing. The play they found has too many characters, too many themes, too much action. All in all, it’s generally dismissed as unstageable. Like life.

A new play by Dead Centre, creators of the OBIE / Fringe First winning LIPPY.

Cast : 3F, 4M
Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-757-6 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Christopher Fry: Plays 3
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Christopher Fry: Plays 3

The Firstborn / The Boy with a Cart / A Phoenix Too Frequent / Thor, with Angels / A Sleep of Prisoners / Caedmon Construed / A Ringing of Bells

Christopher Fry
 
Christopher Fry was one of the most influential British playwrights of the 20th century and to coincide with the centenary of his birth in December 1907, Oberon is publishing three volumes of his original works.

The Firstborn
A vivid, urgent retelling of the Biblical story of Moses and the plagues of Egypt

A Phoenix Too Frequent
A lively romance set in a Roman tomb, which first gave theatregoers notice of Fry's bravura talents as a verse dramatist

A Sleep of Prisoners
A meditative and resonant play that  links the Biblically-inspired dreams of four British POWs during World War Two;

Thor, with Angels
A Dark Age fable,  with its characteristic themes of love and sacrifice

The Boy with a Cart  and  Caedmon Construed
Two portraits of Anglo-Saxon churchmen

A Ringing of Bells
A ‘conversational fantasy’  set on the eve of the millennium and written for his old school, Bedford Modern.

Also see Plays 1 and Plays 2.

Cast : The Firstborn - M10, F3 ; A Phoenix Too Frequent - M8, F5 ; A Sleep of Prisoners - M1, F2 ; Thor, with Angels - M9, F3 ; The Boy with a Cart - M4 ; Caedmon Construed - M4, F3 ; A Ringing of Bells - M5, F1
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-773-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
First Episode
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First Episode

Terence Rattigan
 

Terence Rattigan’s first play, published for the first time in this edition to mark the centenary of Rattigan’s birth.

Written with his fellow student, Philip Heimann, while they were both at Oxford, First Episode shows an infatuated undergraduate, Tony, falling for Margot, an actress ten years his senior. And vice versa. Completing a triangle of rival affections is Tony’s best friend, David.

Originally staged at a small experimental theatre in Kew in 1933, First Episode transferred to the West End and then to New York. Rattigan was twenty-two years old. Though not revived since then, it is a candidate – with its cast of eight – for rediscovery, much as was the now-feted After the Dance.

It comes, like the other volumes in NHB's uniform edition of Rattigan's plays, with an authoritative introduction by Rattigan scholar Dan Rebellato.



Cast : 6M, 2F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-163-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
First Garden, The
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First Garden, The

Christopher Raja & Natasha Raja
 

The First Garden tells the story of Olive Pink—a trailblazing Aboriginal land rights activist and environmentalist. Ridiculed by her peers and shunned by the Alice Springs community for espousing ideals that were considered to be outlandish she was viewed as a public nuisance, to be barely tolerated. However, due to her vigor and vision the Olive Pink Botanical Garden was established in Alice Springs.

The First Garden also touches on key narratives in modern Australian identity, seamlessly incorporating Aboriginal rights, environmentalism, the Gallipoli legend and feminism into its gentle rhythmic tone. This reflects a maturation of our society, where we are prepared not only to acknowledge but also to reconcile.

 

     Awards
  • 2014 Northern Territory Read Awards (shortlist)
  • 2014 Northern Territory Literary Awards - Chief Minister's Book of the Year Award (shortlist)
    Resources
Cast : 4M, 1F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-947-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
First Run: New Plays by New Writers
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First Run: New Plays by New Writers

Kate Harwood (ed.)
 
The five plays in this volume were chosen as the best work by new playwrights to have been staged in Britain in the late 1980s. All five writers have gone on to establish reputations in major theatres.

Inventing a New Colour by Paul Godfrey 
A war-time Exeter family takes in an evacuee from London

Prickly Heat by Simon Donald 
A surreal sensuous comedy by a young Scottish writer/performer

Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock 
Shows the conflict between a West-Indian woman and her English-born daughters

Low Level Panic by Clare McIntyre
Looks at the effect of pornography on three young women

A Handful of Stars by Billy Roche 
Rituals of male supremacy are played out in a Southern Irish billiard room.

Cast : Inventing a New Colour - 3M, 1F / Prickly Heat - 3M, 1F / Leave Taking - 1M, 4F / Low Level Panic - 3F (+ 2M, voices only) / A Handful of Stars - 6M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-010-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Fo: 2 Plays
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Fo: 2 Plays

The Pope and the Witch / The First Miracle of the Boy Jesus

Dario Fo
 
Two plays by the winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature and one of Europe’s greatest comic writers. 

For over thirty years Dario Fo has led the field in political satire. Capitalism, imperialism, the church and government corruption are the main targets in these anarchic farces.


Cast : The Pope and the Witch - M8, F5 / The First Miracle of the Boy Jesus - M1
Oberon Books | 978-1-87025-958-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Forest Fringe
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Forest Fringe

The First Ten Years

Various
 

Forest Fringe is a home at the Edinburgh Festival for strange and adventurous performances. Begun in 2007 in a large dusty room above Edinburgh’s legendary Forest Café, its generous, collaborative, artist-led approach has helped transform the festival and influenced the development of contemporary performance across the UK and beyond.

This book is a document of Forest Fringe’s first ten years. Through essays and traces of a decade of performances, it begins to explore not only some of the artists and work presented at the venue but also how Forest Fringe is made and the impact that it has had.

Featuring contributions from: Action Hero, Andy Field, Chris Thorpe, David Overend, Deborah Pearson, Gemma Brockis, Ira Brand, Lucy Ellinson. Lyn Gardner, Sam Halmarack, Selina Thompson and Tania El Khoury.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-751-4 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
It Felt Empty When the Heart Went at First but it is Alright Now
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It Felt Empty When the Heart Went at First but it is Alright Now

Lucy Kirkwood
 
The luminous story of a young writer forced into prostitution, written by a talented young writer in association with Clean Break, a theatre and education company working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.

Review
'Unflinching...theatre that provokes in the best way, without lurid melodrama or sentimentality, but with wit and tenderness...demands that we watch and listen.'  The Times   



Cast : 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-081-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Iyale (The First Wife)
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Iyale (The First Wife)

Oladipo Agboluaje
 
It's 1989 in Lagos. Political hysteria and social change are sweeping Nigeria. Chief Adeyemi's wife Toyin is turning 40 and, behind the mansion walls, the household is preparing for her party. But there are other distractions. Their troublesome sons, returning from college, are more interested in seduction and starting revolutions than their parents' disintegrating marriage. Meanwhile Helen, the ambitious house girl, is waiting for her chance...
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84002-925-3 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
My First Play
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My First Play

An Anthology of Theatrical Beginnings

Nick Hern (Editor)
 

My First Play is a remarkable collection of first-person accounts from many of the UK's leading playwrights about the plays and events that first influenced them: here we have Caryl Churchill performing Cinderella to her parents with a cast of dolls and stuffed animals; Howard Brenton pinching his first main character from a boy’s comic; Jack Thorne having to become a thief to get his first play on; Conor McPherson still waiting to write his ‘first play’.

There are also enthralling insights into the first steps in theatre of some of the UK's principal actors and theatre directors: Antony Sher discovering theatre in Cape Town during the apartheid years; Dominic Cooke paying the price for using a real knife in performance; Harriet Walter’s photographic recall of the annual outing to Peter Pan; Richard Eyre on an open-air performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that descends into chaos.

As publisher Nick Hern says in his introduction, each account is 'the story of a love affair ... the moment I fell irretrievably in love with theatre'.


Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-339-8 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Oladipo Agboluaje: Plays One
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Oladipo Agboluaje: Plays One

Early Morning/ Iya-lle (The First Wife)/ The Estate/ The Christ of Coldharbour Lane/ The Hounding of David Oluwale

Oladipo Agboluaje
 
This is the first collection of plays by award winning playwright, Oladipo Agboluaje, a significant force in Black British drama. Described as an ‘exciting, vital new voice’ ( Time Out) with a sharp satirical eye, Agboluaje is winning plaudits for his versatility to write plays that transcend two cultures—African and British.

This collection includes: Iyale (The First Wife) (2009), The Christ of Coldharbour Lane (2007),  The Hounding of David Oluwale (2009) and the previously unpublished plays Early Morning (2003) and The Estate (2006),

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-239-9 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Platform Papers 25
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Platform Papers 25

Moving Across Disciplines : Dance in the Twenty-first Century

Erin Brannigan
 

Taking the perspective of both dancer and critic, Erin Brannigan examines the increasing disciplinarity of contemporary Australian dance practice and discusses local developments in the context of global trends and their history.

Adaptability, openness, collaboration, inclusiveness—these are the terms that define a discipline that is a far cry from the closed, inward-looking, exclusive profile so often implied by the term 'contemporary dance'.



Currency House | 978-0-98079-820-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Priestley: Plays Four
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Priestley: Plays Four

The Thirty-First of June/ Jenny Villiers: a ghost story of the theatre

J B Priestley
 

Two little known Priestley plays, which, while they are quite different, have important features in common.

The Thirty-First of June is a comedy set partly in an advertising agency and partly in a medieval castle; Jenny Villiers is a serious play set backstage in an old provincial theatre. But both exploit elements of Time.

In The Thirty- First of June scenes switch between modern times and the middle ages, while characters move between both. There are kings,company bosses, princesses, fashion models, dwarfs and two rival magicians causing confusion and romance.

Jenny Villiers examines life in the theatre.The doubts of the present are confronted by players from the past, and a jaded playwright recovers his faith in the theatre. Both plays were performed on the stage, but later rewritten and published as novels.


Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-49432-177-  | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Time Traveller's Guide to British Theatre, The
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Time Traveller's Guide to British Theatre, The

The First Four Hundred Years

Aleks Sierz/Lia Ghilardi
 

British theatre is booming. But where do these beautiful buildings and exciting plays come from? And when did the story start? To find out we time travel back to the age of the first Queen Elizabeth in the sixteenth century, four hundred years ago when there was not a single theatre in the land. In the company of a series of well-characterised fictional guides, the eight chapters of the book explore how British theatre began, grew up and developed from the 1550s to the 1950s.

The Time-Traveller's Guide to British Theatre tells the story of the movers and shakers, the buildings, the playwrights, the plays and the audiences that make British theatre what it is today. It covers all the great names — from Shakespeare to Terence Rattigan, by way of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw — and the classic plays, many of which are still revived today, visits the venues and tells their dramatic stories. It is an accessible, journalistic account of this subject which, while based firmly on extensive research and historical accuracy, describes five centuries of British creativity in an interesting and relevant way. It is celebratory in tone, journalistic in style and accurate in content.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-208-3 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB