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GLYN MAXWELL has long been regarded as one of Britain's major poets. He has been awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Prize, and the E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as being shortlisted three times for both the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Three of his books were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His One Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected Poems was published last year. Many of his plays have been staged in London and New York. They include The Lifeblood, which was British Theatre Guide's Best Play on the Fringe at Edinburgh in 2004 , Broken Journey and The Only Girl in the World (both Time Out Critics' Choices). Oberon Books publishes his Plays One (The Lifeblood, The Only Girl in the World and Wolfpit), Plays Two (Broken Journey, Best Man Speech and The Last Valentine), The Forever Waltz, Liberty, After Troy, Merlin and the Woods of Time, The Lion's Face and Seven Angels.

 


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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, The 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
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
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