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A Subject of Scandal and Concern
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A Subject of Scandal and Concern

John Osborne

“I have injured no man’s reputation, taken no man’s property, attacked no man’s person, violated no oath, taught no immorality. I was asked a question and answered it openly.”

Cheltenham, 1842. George Jacob Holyoake is a poor young teacher, making his way from Birmingham to Bristol to visit a friend who has been imprisoned for publishing a journal that criticises the establishment. When he makes a stop in Cheltenham to address a lecture, his words and his overwhelming commitment to speaking the truth will change his life forever. Arrested and tried for blasphemy, and separated from his starving wife and child, Holyoake is faced with the choice of conforming or staying true to his beliefs in a time of injustice and intolerance.

Based on the true story of the last man to stand trial for blasphemy in England, A Subject Of Scandal And Concern was originally written for television in 1960 starring Richard Burton and Rachel Roberts, and directed by Tony Richardson, and was first seen onstage in Nottingham in the early 1960s. This production marks the first theatrical staging of the play in over 40 years and its long overdue London premiere.

This volume also contains the short play Almost a Vision.

Cast : 1F, 5M
Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-761-3 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Osborne: 4 Plays
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Osborne: 4 Plays

A Sense of Detachment / The End of Me Old Cigar / Jill and Jack / A Place Calling Itself Rome

John Osborne
Osborne here delivers his trademark eloquence, rage and devastating wit. 

A Sense of Detachment 
Satirises our heartless, profiteering society, while defending timeless human values. 

The End of Me Old Cigar 
Examines the decadent lives of a collection of leading media figures. The television play 

Jill and Jack 
A comic gem that satirises the conventions of its own genre while also being a close study of sexual warfare. 

A Place Calling Itself Rome
A powerful reworking of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.

Cast : A Sense of Detachment - M7, F3 ; The End of Me Old Cigar - M11, F5 ; Jill and Jack - M5, F3 ; A Place Calling Itself Rome - M17, F3
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-074-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB