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Cherry Orchard, The
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Cherry Orchard, The

Anton Chekhov (adapted by Pam Gems)
 
In his masterpiece The Cherry Orchard, Chekhov maintains an exquisite balance between elegiac celebration of the romance of the past, as embodied in the cherry orchard in full bloom, and the awesome prescience of what is so soon to overwhelm Russia - revolution.

The themes are majestic, and yet at the centre of the play is Ranévskaya, a tragic woman who lacks adroitness for survival in a changing world but who has one asset: a capacity for love. It is her solution - and Chekhov's.



Cast : 8M, 5F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-738-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi
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Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi

Pam Gems
 
Commemorating the centenary year of the death of suffragette martyr Emily Wilding Davison, the first full professional production in more than thirty-five years of Pam Gems' feminist classic Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi.

Four determinedly 'liberated' – and very different – women ricochet around a tiny shared flat, while trying to pull together the shattered strands of their lives: Dusa is struggling to regain her children from their father, Fish is losing her lover to another woman, Stas is on the game to finance the course she wants to study at university, while Vi steadfastly refuses to eat....

A bitingly sardonic modern classic, widely regarded as an historic icon of early feminism, Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi was first seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1976 under the title Dead Fish, Michael Codron transferred the play to the West End under its new title where it enjoyed a huge success and established Pam Gems as a major new voice in British theatre.

Cast : 4F, singer and musicians
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-78319-043-0 | Australia/NZ
Gems: Plays 1
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Gems: Plays 1

Piaf / Camille / Queen Christina

Pam Gems
 
Three plays focusing on the lives of incredible women. Characterised by vivid stagecraft and life-affirming humour, they offer unflinching views of social and sexual relations. 

Piaf 
Documents the triumphs and disasters of the great French singer. 

Camille
The doomed courtesan of Dumas' classic novel discovers love but is unable to escape her old life. 

Queen Christina
The story of a female monarch raised with education and freedom, but as an adult expected to do little more than marry and bear children.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-279-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Piaf
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Piaf

Pam Gems
 
From the streets of Paris to worldwide fame, Edith Piaf continues to be remembered and revered for her exceptional voice and extraordinary life.

In this new production of Piaf, Pam Gems has reworked her celebrated 1978 original, vividly capturing the glamour and squalor, the rise and fall of this complex, fragile and enigmatic performer.

Review
Gems' writing has power and velocity; Piaf leaps at us right from the gutter - Newsweek



Cast : 9M, 5F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-875-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Snow Palace
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Snow Palace

Pam Gems
 
The Snow Palace is the story of Polish playwright Stanislawa Przybyszewska, a pathfinder and a brave, lonely woman, as she writes her great play The Danton Affair. She died in her thirties of hypothermia in her unheated hut.







Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-065-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Stanley
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Stanley

Pam Gems
 

A moving and truthful portrait of Stanley Spencer, the wayward genius of modern British painting.  Stanley recreates both his huge appetite for life and his naive attitude towards women, in particular his long-suffering wife.

Winner of the Olivier Best Play Award 1996 and the Evening Standard Best Play Award 1996

Review
'Highly plausible, deeply moving.'  Guardian



Cast : 6M, 6F (2 boys)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-254-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB