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PERRY PONTAC was born in California. He has been living and writing in London for over forty years. His first play, The Old Man’s Comforts, was produced in 1973 by Kenneth Tynan. Since then, he has written numerous plays and sketches including for the Royal Shakespeare Company (The Shakespeare Revue) and the National Theatre (Metropolis Kabarett). His many radio plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Bard of Bromley and Other Plays, The
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Bard of Bromley and Other Plays, The

Perry Pontac
 

Following on from the great success of Pontac’s Shakespeare parody collection Codpieces, comes a collection of three more plays, each inspired by the work of other playwrights. These plays are comedies about high culture: Chekhov in the first; Wagner in the second; and several revered authors - as well as the world of writers' workshops - in the third.

The collection includes the plays:

The Three Seagulls, a brief but comprehensive parody of Chekhov with representative characters plucked from each of his plays: a doctor from one, an eternal student from another, a household drudge from yet another etc, with several of his plot-lines too.

The Lunchtime of the Gods , originally a play for Radio 3 is a 30-minute version of Wagner's Ring Cycle, described as ‘hilarious’ by the Guardian. Unlike Wagner's take, this is quite an intimate piece, with only two main players sitting and talking and - especially - eating in a restaurant on the Rhine.

The Bards of Bromley also originated on BBC Radio and has been adapted for the theatre. It concerns the first meeting of a writers' workshop at Bromley College, and promising writers in attendance include William Wordsworth, George Eliot, August Strindberg, A A Milne & Goethe.
 
Cast : 3M, 2F; 2M, 1F; 3M, 3F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-427-0 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Pontac: Codpieces
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Pontac: Codpieces

Fatal Loins / Hamlet Part II / Prince Lear

Perry Pontac
 
This collection of plays from Perry Pontac includes:
           
Fatal Loins
The question answered by the play is directly posed in the prologue: ‘If Juliet and Romeo survive/Will their eternal passion stay alive?’

Hamlet Part II 
'To be or not to be?’ may be The Question, but it is not the only one.  Hamlet Part II , for example, answers a question about Hamlet that has plagued scholars, readers and play-goers for over four hundred years: ‘What happened next?’

Prince Lear
Prince Lear answers yet another question: ‘What happened just before the start of  King Lear, setting in motion the improbable events of Act I, scene 1?’

A fantastic collection of plays, giving Shakespeare a new twist! 

Review
A phenomenally intelligent and perfectly crafted trio of Shakespeare trilogies.. A delightfully witty and entertaining collection -  Buzz Magazine

 

Cast : Fatal Loins - 3+M, 3F / Hamlet Part II - 3M, 1F / Prince Lear - 2M, 2F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-055-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB