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After Troy
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After Troy

Glyn Maxwell
 
Troy is in ruins. Its men are dead. Its women are captives and the victorious Greeks are camped in the ashes prepared to sail home.

An epic tale of love, loss, song and sarcasm in the smoking ruins of Troy. Award-winning poet and playwright, Glyn Maxwell rips up two Greek tragedies and makes a witty, passionate play from the fragments. A contemporary retelling of Euripides' Women Of Troy and Hecuba , After Troy exposes the cruelties of war both then and now.

Review
Glyn Maxwell’s drama does not so much conflate the two great tragedies of loss and revenge [ Women of Troy  and  Hecuba ] but rather alights, magpie-like, on what is shiny in each to create a brand new play – Lyn Gardner Guardian



Cast : 4M, 4F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-026-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Cyrano De Bergerac
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Cyrano De Bergerac

Edmond Rostand (adapted by Glyn Maxwell)
 
Swordsman, Philosopher, Poet, Raconteur, Cyrano de Bergerac is all these things, but none of them makes him happy. What he desires above all is the love of the beautiful Roxane. But his problem is as plain as the nose on his face. Surely he is too ugly ever to be loved?

Salvation of a kind arrives in the form of the handsome yet tongue-tied Christian de Neuvillette-might not Cyrano's eloquence and Christian's beauty together win Roxane? Yet duelling foes, powerful rivals, and a war against Spain will all put our hero to the test before he finds his way at last into his lady's arms.



Cast : 5M, 7F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-033-1 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Drinks With Dead Poets
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Drinks With Dead Poets

Glyn Maxwell
 

Poet Glyn Maxwell wakes up in a mysterious village one autumn day. He has no idea how he got there but he has a strange feeling there’s a class to teach. And isn’t that Keats wandering down the lane? Why not ask him to give a reading, do a Q and A, hit the pub with the students afterwards?

Soon the whole of the autumn term stretches ahead, with Byron, the Brontës, the War Poets and many more all on their way to give readings in the humble village hall.

In this one-of-a-kind novel, Maxwell takes writing exercises that he’s used in real classes, and explores them with fictional students and major poets.

Oberon Books | 978-1-78682-140-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Liberty
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Liberty

Glyn Maxwell
 
April 1793, the French Revolution is four years old and the Committee of Public Safety under Robespierre finds threats to national liberty at home and abroad. When Gamelin, an ambitious and idealistic young magistrate, joins a group of old friends for a picnic outside Paris, the ties of love and affection can take the strain. But how strong will they prove when Gamelin is given power over life and death, and the new republic plunges from high idealism to mob rule and state terror?

Private jealousies and public fears, old alliances and new ideologies, panic legislation and political correctness all combine in this thrilling adaptation of Anatole France’s 1912 novel The God’s Will Have Blood. The poet Glyn Maxwell (whose Lifeblood was voted best play by the British Theatre Guide in 2005) brings a colloquial verse of great fluidity and immediacy to a story that is both fresh and relevant.

Cast : 15M, 3F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-869-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Lion's Face, The
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Lion's Face, The

Music by Elena Langer

Glyn Maxwell
 
Developed by the award-winning The Opera Group (in association with the Institute of Psychiatry and the Wellcome Foundation), The Lion’s Face is a new opera which explores the issues surrounding dementia and is a collaboration between poet Glyn Maxwell and composer Elena Langer whose first work together, The Girl of Sand, was described as “Hauntingly beautiful… an enticing sonic tapestry.”

Featuring four characters—a patient, his wife, his carer and the carer’s daughter—the piece documents and reflects on the patient’s loss of perception and language and the way this impacts on the other characters.

Review
There's a fundamental honesty about the piece and an absence of sentimentality or melodrama which commands respect. –  Telegraph



Cast : 2M, 2F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-994-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Masters Are You Mad?
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Masters Are You Mad?

Glyn Maxwell
 

‘I’ll be revenged on the whole pack of you!’ vowed Malvolio at the end of Twelfth Night, but twelve years have passed in Illyria and nothing has been heard of him. Illyria is a ghost-town now: all its young people have left for ‘Upriver’, for the legendary land of Moai, a realm of palaces and true love and dreams coming true, presided over by a mysterious figure who may or may not be Malvolio. Whoever he is, the Duke Orsino wants him ‘terminated’ and sends a motley crew of fools and assassins upriver to get the job done. But, as the Ferryman warns them: “Nothing makes no sense where we’re going, no geography, no history, no language.”

Minds, meanings, souls and sexes will be transformed in Moai before the lost are found, the evil foiled, and the broken hearts made whole.



Cast : 5F, 9M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-407-2 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Merlin and the Woods of Time
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Merlin and the Woods of Time

Glyn Maxwell
 
It’s a perfect day in Camelot. The Table is Round and the Grail is Holy. Knights joust and Ladies show favour. Blood is spilt, love declared, and medieval pundits talk us through the action. What could possibly go wrong? But then a humble water-carrier falls head-over-heels for an arrogant beauty and in his passion stumbles on the Secret of Controlling Time. Now the survival of the world is in his hands, and it will take more than the wisdom of Merlin to save Old England from catastrophe. Chivalry, showbiz and strange-coloured cocktails meet with Very Weird Results in Merlin and the Woods of Time...

Review
If 2011 delivers a more entertainingly bonkers play than Glyn Maxwell’s Merlin and the Woods of Time, then I’d like to see it… [a] warm-hearted, family-friendly hoot. –  The Telegraph  



Cast : 10M, 4F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-224-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Mimi and the Stalker
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Mimi and the Stalker

Glyn Maxwell
 
Snatched from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight, schoolgirl Michelle Latchford was transformed into Hollywood’s hottest property: Mimi Luck. Now the reclusive Mimi is barricaded in her rural hideaway as a paparazzo lurks outside, scrutinised by her watchful agent, and haunted by the memory of the boy all the other kids called God.
   
Brilliantly shifting between fantasy and reality and the past and the present, acclaimed playwright Glyn Maxwell tackles celebrity and sanity.


Cast : 2M, 1F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-884-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
On Poetry
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On Poetry

Glyn Maxwell
 
'The most compelling, original, charismatic and poetic guide to poetry that I can remember.  A handbook written from the heart by one of the true modern masters of the craft.'   Simon Armitage

A collection of short essays and reflections on poetry from the acclaimed British poet Glyn Maxwell. These essays illustrates Maxwell’s poetic philosophy, that the greatest verse arises from a harmony of mind and body, and that poetic forms originate in human necessities – breath, heartbeat, footstep, posture.

He speaks of his inspirations, his models, and takes us inside the strange world of the Creative Writing Class, where four young hopefuls grapple with love, sex, cheap wine and hard work. With examples from canonical poets, this is a beautiful, accessible guide to the most ancient and sublime of the realms of literature.


Read a review in the Australian Book Review.
 
On Poetry is a new title in Oberon’s Masters Series, a series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the performing arts written by leading lights in each subject.



Oberon Books UK | 978-1-84943-085-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Seven Angels
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Seven Angels

Glyn Maxwell
 

Seven angels have fallen through space and time for so long, they have forgotten why. Coming to rest on a desert landscape, they imagine the creation of a legendary garden that once flourished there and its destruction from greed and neglect. Inspired by Paradise Lost,  Seven Angels interprets the themes of John Milton’s masterpiece for a modern audience facing up to the urgent challenges of a changing climate and ever-depleting resources.

This is the long-awaited first opera from Luke Bedford featuring the libretto of award-winning poet Glyn Maxwell.



Cast : 4M, 3F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-079-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Wind in the Willows, The
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Wind in the Willows, The

Adapted by Glyn Maxwell

Kenneth Grahame
 
There’s nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.’

A spot of spring cleaning on a sunny English riverbank – so begins the adventures of four beloved friends. Follow Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger on their journey through riverside picnics, wild woods, jailbreaks, car chases and cross-dressing amphibians to save Toad Hall from disaster and get little Mole home.

Will the foursome triumph? And will everybody learn their lessons? A delightful tale of camaraderie and joy. Poop poop!

A new adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, a classic children’s novel notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie and celebrated for its evocation of the nature of the River Banks.
Cast : 8F, 13M doubling possible
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-960-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB