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Neil Bartlett is one of his generation's most respected and innovative theatre directors. His highly individual translations of French and German classical theatre, and characteristically theatrical adaptations of Dickens, most of them originated while he was Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith in London, have been played around the world. His plays have premiered at the Royal Court, at the Manchester International Festival and at the National Theatre in London.

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Girl I Left Behind Me, The
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Girl I Left Behind Me, The

Jessica Walker & Neil Bartlett
 
A cool and contemporary look at one of the most intriguing aspects of musical theatre – just what is it that makes a woman in trousers so appealing? Accompanied by a piano, mezzo-soprano Jessica Walker dons a few well-chosen items of male attire, giving a supremely well-sung performance that conjures up an entire world, from the swaggering cross-dressers of the Victorian Music Hall to the ambiguous boy-heroes of Mozart and Strauss, to the back-room bull-dykes of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Girl I Left Behind Me is a provocative, flirtatious, personal one-woman guide which deliciously recalls a forgotten chapter of female performance.




Cast : 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-197-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Or You Could Kiss Me
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Or You Could Kiss Me

Neil Bartlett
 
In the winter of 2036, in a shabby apartment in Port Elizabeth, two old men search for a way to say goodbye after a lifetime spent together. In the perfect summer of 1971, in a very different South Africa, their handsome younger selves search for the courage to fall in love. And poised halfway between these two stories—one imagined, one remembered—their real-life counterparts bear witness to both the beginning and ending of an incredible journey.




Cast : 2M, 1F + puppets
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-100-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Picture of Dorian Gray, The
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Picture of Dorian Gray, The

Adapted from the novel by Oscar Wilde

Neil Bartlett
 

A disturbing tale of a young man’s uncanny ability to remain both young and beautiful while descending into a life of heartless debauchery, The Picture of Dorian Gray was considered proof of both Wilde’s genius and his perversion. Oscar Wilde’s scandalous best-seller of 1891 was one of the most damning pieces of evidence used against him in the trial that brought about his downfall.

This new staging of his black-hearted masterpiece brings Wilde’s most dangerous anti-hero back to contemporary theatrical life in Bartlett’s trademark visual, flamboyant style. 



Cast : 9M, 10F (doubling)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-454-6 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Queer Voices
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Queer Voices

Neil Bartlett
 
Although his mainstream career has recently included major work for the RSC and the National, the four new pieces here show just how close playwright and director Neil Bartlett has stayed to the radical queer cultural roots that first brought him to prominence in the early 1980s. The first three pieces are hit-and-run dramatic monologues that bring all his trademark wit, tenderness and insight to bear on the issues that run throughout his work – the pleasures of the flesh, the power of love and the necessity of anger. The last piece -  The Remarkable Rocket - is a quartet for four voices, and uses Oscar Wilde’s diamond-sharp children’s story of 1888 as the springboard for a haunting meditation on the enduring power of Wilde – to inspire, dazzle and move.

A follow on from his earlier collection Solo Voices, this new collection is vivid, fierce and tender, with four delightful and highly actable new works from one of British theatre’s most idiosyncratic voices.




Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-166-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB