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Robin Soans is an actor and writer. As an actor he has worked with the National Theatre, The Royal Court, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Hampstead Theatre, The Tricycle, The Bush and The Young Vic and has made various television and film appearances. He began writing verbatim plays after appearing in Out of Joint’s production of Waiting-room Germany, a verbatim play about the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. His other plays are A State Affair, Talking to Terrorists and The Arab-Israeli Cookbook.

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CROUCH TOUCH PAUSE ENGAGE
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CROUCH TOUCH PAUSE ENGAGE

Robin Soans
 
On the eve of one of the most important games of his career, Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas received a warning: The Sun newspaper was going to ‘out’ him as gay.This is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by media speculation: Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas,100 caps for Wales, now one of the world’s most prominent gay sportsmen; and his hometown, Bridgend, itself a victim of tabloid intrusion following the deaths of several young residents.Working with Alfie himself, and young people in Bridgend, Robin Soans joins forces with some of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies to tell a great story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.
Cast : 7F, 5M + extras
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-210-6 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Deep Heat
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Deep Heat

Encounters with the Famous, the Infamous and the Unknown

Robin Soans
 

Groundbreaking verbatim dramatist Robin Soans presents a new collection of monologues based on conversations he has had or overheard, or which are edited versions of interviews that he has conducted in the course of research for his plays. Faced with the frustration of having to leave out material from his plays, because it was too long or didn’t fit into the general scheme of things, Deep Heat now allows those voices to speak in full.

Subjects range from people who have held high office to others who have tried to blow those people up; from those who live in large country houses to others whose home is two blankets and a pile of leaves in the corner of a disused garage. Includes extracts from interviews with Jonathan Aitken, Edwina Currie, Hala Jaber – the only western journalist at the fall of Fallujah, and Sharon Wilkinson, the leader of the BNP in Burnley at the time that the BNP won its first county council seat in England.

Threaded throughout with comedy these monologues expose the complexity and fragility of life: they show just how ‘un-ordinary’ we all are, and how the best way to further our self-knowledge is by sympathetically examining the lives of others.

These plays will appeal to the historian and sociologist in all of us, and to those who know that there is more to a situation than the version handed down by duplicitous governments. Attention to detail - the detail in which we recognise ourselves and are therefore willing to go on the journey – is what makes these monologues relevant to us all.

Review
'A splendid source of new solo pieces that work brilliantly in those drama school showcases... an enlightening read.'  Susan Elkin, The Stage




Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-090-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Life After Scandal
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Life After Scandal

Robin Soans
 
...you'll see them stuck like insects in amber. Like an Ibsen play... haunted for the rest of their lives

Life After Scandal takes you behind the closed curtains and beyond the reach of the telephoto lenses to explore our paparazzi-infested world from the other side, as those implicated in some of the most notorious scandals of recent years talk frankly about the events which transformed their lives.

This new verbatim play from the writer of Talking To Terrorists and The Arab-Israeli Cookbook uses the subjects’ own words to take an entertaining, compassionate and deeply moving look at the different people, from scorned politicians to powerful PRs, expensive prostitutes to disgraced aristocrats, who find themselves caught up in the modern machinery of scandal.

Review
Superbly funny… full of delights - Guardian

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-805-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Perseverance Drive
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Perseverance Drive

Robin Soans
 

Against the rising Bajan sun, the Gillard family gathers to lay their mother Grace to rest. Eli, devout follower of the Church of God of Providence and father to three, reluctantly welcomes his wayward son, Josh, back into the fold.

London, five years later. The table is set for another family reunion. Tiger Malt for the men, Juiceys for the women and lashings of Madeira cake are washed down with a familiar dose of holy water. But past shadows illuminate old passions and these fragile relationships are tested for the last time.

From the vibrant colours of Barbados to the grey skies of Leytonstone, this bittersweet play follows one family’s struggle to reconcile their faith in God with faith in one another.

Cast : 2F, 6M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-121-5 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Talking to Terrorists
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Talking to Terrorists

Robin Soans
 
I looked around the room and I thought, I'm the only person in this room that hasn't killed anyone.

Talking to Terrorists is a play commissioned by the Royal Court and Out of Joint. The writer, director Max Stafford-Clark, and actors interviewed people from around the world who have been involved in terrorism. They wanted to know what makes ordinary people do extreme things. As well as those who crossed the line, they met peacemakers, warriors, journalists, hostages and psychologists. Their stories take us from Uganda, Israel, Turkey, Iraq and Ireland—to the heart of the British establishment.



Cast : 5M, 3F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-562-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB