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Ben Power is the associate Director of Headlong Theatre, where his work includes versions of Six Characters in Search of an Author and Faustus. He collaborated with Complicite on their Olivier Award-winning A Disappearing Number

A Tender Thing
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A Tender Thing

Ben Power
 
Another Romeo and another Juliet in a strikingly different love story...

Ben Power weaves the text of Romeo and Juliet into a provocative new tale of love and sacrifice. Re-imagining Shakespeare's story, A Tender Thing is an elegiac yet ultimately hopeful account of the human capacity for love.

Shakespeare's timeless poetry provides the backdrop for this delicate and moving account of old age, memory and the demands we make of those we love. When a married couple discover that their lifetime together is drawing to a close, they realise they cannot contemplate being apart.

Review
Power's ingenious reorganisation pays off handsomely... what did Shakespeare know? - Guardian
Cast : 1M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-082-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Faustus
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Faustus

After Christopher Marlowe

Rupert Goold and Ben Power
 
Two universes collide as the controversial world of Britart invades Marlowe’s famous play   

Heidelberg, Germany, 1509. John Faustus, doctor and scholar, pledges himself to the dark art of necromancy and vows to conjure the devil. So begins his descent into a world of demons and angels, a journey across space and time and a blood pact which jeopardises his eternal soul…

Hoxton, London, 2001. Jake and Dinos Chapman, artists and provocateurs, prepare to break the ultimate taboo by ‘rectifying’ a priceless set of etchings by Francisco Goya. Confronting an act which cannot be undone, a statement of intent which cannot be taken back, the Brothers’ world changes forever…

Two universes collide in this radical reworking of Marlowe’s classic Doctor Faustus. From the white boxes of Britart to the gothic cathedrals of 16th-century Europe, from the Turner Prize ceremony to the lair of the seven deadly sins, Faustus and the Chapmans challenge the limits of life and art, risking everything in their pursuit of immortality.

Review
Wild, mad, deeply intelligent and thought-provoking  - Sunday Times

Cast : 6M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-573-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Six Characters in Search on an Author
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Six Characters in Search on an Author

Luigi Pirandello, in a new version by Rupert Goold and Ben Power

Rupert Goold and Ben Power
 
A startlingly modern adaptation of 1920s classic on the theme of fiction vs. reality.

In Pirandello’s modern classic, premiered in Rome in 1921, six strangers turn up in a rehearsal room and demand that their story be acted out by the assembled company. As the actors perform, the increasingly gruesome story becomes frighteningly real…

Six Characters in Search of an Author famously blurs the border between fiction and life, between the stage and the world outside. This new version from the mightily successful Headlong Theatre updates and recontextualises it into a dark parable for a media-obsessed age and an exhilarating exploration what we call ‘reality’ in the 21st century.



Cast : 7M, 4F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-531-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB