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Charles Dickens: Great Expectations/A Christmas Carol/Oliver Twist
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Charles Dickens: Great Expectations/A Christmas Carol/Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens (adapted by Neil Bartlett)
 

Using only Charles Dickens’ extraordinary words and a chameleon ensemble of actors, Neil Bartlett's powerful stage versions of Dickens have gathered wide critical acclaim. This collection includes:

Great Expectations: From its opening image of little Pip, alone on the windswept marshes, to the haunted darkness of mad Miss Haversham's cobweb-strewn lair, this adaptation takes its audience on a journey right to the heart of Dickens’ great exploration of childhood terrors and hopes – and of adult dreams and regrets. This version was recently directed by Bartlett himself to great acclaim at the Bristol Old Vic.

A Christmas Carol: Dickens's story of solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by a series of ghostly visitors, has proved one of his most well-loved works, and has profoundly influenced our attitude towards the season.

Oliver Twist: Bartlett’s powerful version of Oliver Twist brings the dark underbelly of nineteenth-century London back to bold theatrical life. The unforgettable characters inhabit a world filled with images of danger and fear, innocence and hope; a world seen through the eyes of an astonished child.

Between them, these adaptations have had over a hundred productions. They have been widely performed by schools, universities and community theatre groups throughout the English-speaking.


Cast : 21F, 43M; 4F, 12M; 6F, 14M, doubling possible
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-079-9 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Christmas Carol, A
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Christmas Carol, A

Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens

Neil Bartlett
 
'Oh, but he was a squeezing, wrenching, scraping, grasping kind of a Scrooge; a clutching, covetous old sinner...'

Using only Charles Dickens' extraordinary words and a chameleon ensemble of eight actors, Neil Bartlett's A Christmas Carol' brings a boldly theatrical imagination to bear on a classic story. This new stage version played to full houses and critical acclaim at both the Lyric Hammersmith, London and at the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow.

Review
Gets right to the frozen heart of Dickens' classic Christmas tale... one of those rare festive offerings for which no adult will need the excuse of a child in tow... - The Guardian

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-399-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Girl I Left Behind Me, The
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Girl I Left Behind Me, The

Jessica Walker & Neil Bartlett
 
A cool and contemporary look at one of the most intriguing aspects of musical theatre – just what is it that makes a woman in trousers so appealing? Accompanied by a piano, mezzo-soprano Jessica Walker dons a few well-chosen items of male attire, giving a supremely well-sung performance that conjures up an entire world, from the swaggering cross-dressers of the Victorian Music Hall to the ambiguous boy-heroes of Mozart and Strauss, to the back-room bull-dykes of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Girl I Left Behind Me is a provocative, flirtatious, personal one-woman guide which deliciously recalls a forgotten chapter of female performance.




Cast : 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-197-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Great Expectations (adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens)
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Great Expectations (adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens)

Neil Bartlett
 
Using only Charles Dickens’ extraordinary words and a chameleon ensemble of eight actors, Neil Bartlett's powerful stage version of this much-loved story brings its settings and characters to thrilling theatrical life.

From its opening image of little Pip, alone on the windswept marshes, to the haunted darkness of mad Miss Haversham's cobweb-strewn lair, this brand-new adaptation especially commissioned by Aberystwyth Arts Centre takes its audience on a journey right to the heart of Dickens’ great exploration of childhood terrors and hopes - and of adult dreams and regrets.


Cast : 16M, 7F (doubling possible)
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-726-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
In Extremis
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In Extremis

Neil Bartlett
 
On the night of 24 March 1895, Mrs Robinson, a society palm-reader, agreed to see Oscar Wilde in her London flat. Wilde’s lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, ‘Bosie’, was urging him to sue the Marquis of Queensberry (Bosie’s father) for criminal libel. But Wilde’s friends, wary of Queensberry’s power, were warning him to leave town.

In Extremis reveals the strange turmoil of that night, as a man at the height of his fame turns to a complete stranger for advice about a potentially life-changing decision. 



Cast : 1M, 1F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-205-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Oliver Twist
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Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens (adapted by Neil Bartlett)
 
In this powerful new adaptation of Dickens' classic novel, Neil Bartlett brings back to the theatre one of the angriest, funniest and most deeply felt stories about childhood ever written. Taking inspiration from the vivid world of Victorian music-hall, thirteen actors conjure up a host of unforgettable characters — Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sikes, the Artful Dodger and, of course, young Oliver himself. Dickens' original words bring the dark underbelly of nineteenth-century London back to thrilling life — a city teeming with images of danger, fear, innocence and hope — all seen through the eyes of an astonished child. Suitable for ages 10 and above.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-427-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Or You Could Kiss Me
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Or You Could Kiss Me

Neil Bartlett
 
In the winter of 2036, in a shabby apartment in Port Elizabeth, two old men search for a way to say goodbye after a lifetime spent together. In the perfect summer of 1971, in a very different South Africa, their handsome younger selves search for the courage to fall in love. And poised halfway between these two stories—one imagined, one remembered—their real-life counterparts bear witness to both the beginning and ending of an incredible journey.




Cast : 2M, 1F + puppets
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-100-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Picture of Dorian Gray, The
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Picture of Dorian Gray, The

Adapted from the novel by Oscar Wilde

Neil Bartlett
 

A disturbing tale of a young man’s uncanny ability to remain both young and beautiful while descending into a life of heartless debauchery, The Picture of Dorian Gray was considered proof of both Wilde’s genius and his perversion. Oscar Wilde’s scandalous best-seller of 1891 was one of the most damning pieces of evidence used against him in the trial that brought about his downfall.

This new staging of his black-hearted masterpiece brings Wilde’s most dangerous anti-hero back to contemporary theatrical life in Bartlett’s trademark visual, flamboyant style. 



Cast : 9M, 10F (doubling)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-454-6 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Prince of Homburg
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Prince of Homburg

Translated/adapted by Neil Bartlett with David Bryer

Heinrich von Kleist
 
Tell me, please—is this a dream?

The night before he leads his troops into battle, the prince of Homburg strips off his uniform and goes sleepwalking. Moonstruck, his mind races with a young man's fantasies—love, ambition and victory. But when the morning comes, a single reckless act of disobediance sets in motion a chain of events that leads to something dreadful and undreamt of. 

Heinrich von Kleist is one of the most enigmatic figures in theatre history. Driven to suicide at the age of 34, he left behind him seven extraordinary plays. Unperformed during his own lifetime, The Prince of Homburg is now regarded as von Kleist's masterpiece and is one of the most mysterious and beautiful plays of the nineteenth century.



Cast : 12M, 2F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-267-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Queer Voices
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Queer Voices

Neil Bartlett
 
Although his mainstream career has recently included major work for the RSC and the National, the four new pieces here show just how close playwright and director Neil Bartlett has stayed to the radical queer cultural roots that first brought him to prominence in the early 1980s. The first three pieces are hit-and-run dramatic monologues that bring all his trademark wit, tenderness and insight to bear on the issues that run throughout his work – the pleasures of the flesh, the power of love and the necessity of anger. The last piece -  The Remarkable Rocket - is a quartet for four voices, and uses Oscar Wilde’s diamond-sharp children’s story of 1888 as the springboard for a haunting meditation on the enduring power of Wilde – to inspire, dazzle and move.

A follow on from his earlier collection Solo Voices, this new collection is vivid, fierce and tender, with four delightful and highly actable new works from one of British theatre’s most idiosyncratic voices.




Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-166-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Solo Voices: Monologues 1988-2004
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Solo Voices: Monologues 1988-2004

Neil Bartlett
 

Collected for the first time in print, over a decade of texts from one of British theatre’s most fiercely individual voices, documenting the extraordinary site-specific solo performances which have run parallel to Bartlett’s acclaimed work as a mainstream director. Neil Bartlett was Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith for a number of years. Many of his adaptations for the stage are published by Oberon Books, including Oliver Twist, The Prince of Homburg and Don Juan.

Review
A writer who can change the way people feel -  The Observer


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-465-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB