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COLIN TEEVAN was born in Dublin, and studied at Belvedere College S.J. and University of Edinburgh. His stage plays include The Big Sea and Vinegar &  Brown Paper (Abbey Theatre), The Walls (National Theatre) and Alcmaeon in Corinth after a fragment of Euripides (Live! Theatre Newcastle), and the acclaimed quintet of plays: Missing Persons: Four Tragedies and Roy Keane. His translations/adaptations include: Iphigenia in Aulis and Bacchai (National Theatre), Guiseppe Manfridi’s Cuckoos (Gate/Barbican), Edoardo Erba’s Marathon (Gate), Jarošlav Hasek’s Švejk (Gate/The Duke/Broadway) and the ancient Chinese stories of Monkey! (Young Vic). 

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Doctor Faustus
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Doctor Faustus

Christopher Marlowe (adapted by Colin Teevan)

Faustus’s restless quest for knowledge and his insatiable desire for notoriety drive him to make a pact with the devil in return for the power to perform the black arts. The life-changing decision propels him into a heady, celebrity-obsessed world, as magician and illusionist to the rich and famous. Quenching sexual desires as his power grows, he must question whether the price was worth paying.

This new adaptation combines Marlowe’s original acts with a re-imagining by Colin Teevan. Firmly placing this classic story within a present context, the universal truths held in the 400-year-old cautionary tale resonate powerfully with the greed of today’s consumer-led society.

Cast : 6M, 4F + chorus
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-413-3 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Kingdom, The
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Kingdom, The

Colin Teevan

Three Irishmen. Digging. Telling tales to put down the day.

But as they dig down, long buried secrets begin to emerge and the story they tell is as dark as the earth itself. It’s a tale full of rich and striking characters which vividly captures life as an Irish navvy in the last century—  a world of immigration, violence, sex, triumph and, ultimately, tragedy.

Rooted in the dramas of ancient Greece, The Kingdom, by acclaimed playwright Colin Teevan is both haunting and lyrical. 

Cast : 3M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-487-4 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
The Emperor
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The Emperor

Ryszard Kapuscinski (adapted by Colin Teevan)

The Emperor tells the story of the downfall of Emperor Halle Selassie I of Ethiopia and with it the end of a three-thousand-year-old monarchy that traced it origins back to King Solomon.   

Based on the extraordinary book by legendary Polish journalist, Ryszard Kapuscinski, it is told from the unique perspective of the Emperor's former servants, courtiers and ministers. It  is a compelling exploration of the nature of power and loyalty.

This adaptation and production is from the team that created the international hit Kafka's Monkey which also starred the master of transformation Kathryn Hunter.

Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78682-037-2 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
The Seven Pomegranate Seeds
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The Seven Pomegranate Seeds

Colin Teevan
The Seven Pomegranate Seeds are seven contemporary monologues for female speakers, thematically linked and with powerful mythical origins. Loosely based on seven of Euripides’ female characters - Medea, Phedra, Demeter, Persephone, Hypsipyle, Creusa and Alcestis - these monologues explore classical mother and child stories in the context of modern Britain. With the tale of an abducted child echoing throughout and reflecting cases such as the Moors Murders, Madeline McCann and Louise Woodward, these individual monologues come together in a compelling conclusion.

Originally commissioned by the Onassis Foundation and performed for their inaugural event in Oxford by Claire Higgins, this volume is published to coincide with Teevan’s professorial inaugural lecture on June 11 2014, at Birkbeck, University of London and is accompanied by his short introductory lecture.

To watch The Seven Pomegranate Seeds in a rehearsed reading at Birbeck, as part of Colin Teevan's Inaugural Lecture, click here ...

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-131-4 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB