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Charged
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Charged

E.V. Crowe
 
Six of the UK’s most exciting female playwrights expose the realities of a life trapped within the criminal justice system.

Bursting out of the theatre and performed in the bars, churches, restaurants and stairwells of Soho, Charged presents heartbreaking untold stories of women and the criminal justice system.  Provocative and challenging, it will be a unique theatrical event, and one of the highlights of the autumn’s theatre season.

Written for Clean Break – a theatre company working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system – Charged comprises six short new plays, published together in one volume. It follows on from the company’s recent successes, Chloë Moss’s This Wide Night (winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award) and It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First But It Is Alright Now.

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Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-129-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Damage
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Damage

Jonah / Top End / Lost Weekend / The Floating World

John Romeril
 
This collection, introduced by John McCallum, includes three previously unpublished works: 

Jonah
A Brechtian musical reinvention of Louis Stone's novel of the same name.


Top End
A political drama set in Darwin during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor.

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Lost Weekend
Takes a class-based look at 'Australianess'.

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The three title above are published together with Romeril's best-known play -

The Floating World
The story of a returned serviceman's descent into madness on a cruise ship bound for Japan.

Romeril's writing conveys the immediacy of the times that stems from his beginnings as an agitprop writer, but he focuses on everyday lives. The plays in Damage explore the twentieth century stresses and strains, the damage we do and the damage done to us.

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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-876-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Decade
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Decade

Various
 
Two towers. Ten years. Twenty plays.

Ten years after 9/11, twenty international writers respond to the defining event of our times.  Published here are their individual plays, which woven together formed the basis of  Decade , an immersive theatrical production from Headlong  theatre company.

The writers:  Samuel Adamson, Mike Bartlett, Alecky Blythe, Adam Brace, Ben Ellis, Ella Hickson, Samuel D. Hunter, John Logan, Matthew Lopez, Mona Mansour, DC Moore, Abi Morgan, Rory Mullarkey, Janine Nabers, Lynn Nottage, Harrison David Rivers, Simon Schama, Christopher Shinn, Beth Steel, Alexandra Wood.

Review
dazzling... a bold experiment in engaging with history, realised with flair -  Evening Standard



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Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-230-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Forest Fringe
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Forest Fringe

The First Ten Years

Various
 

Forest Fringe is a home at the Edinburgh Festival for strange and adventurous performances. Begun in 2007 in a large dusty room above Edinburgh’s legendary Forest Café, its generous, collaborative, artist-led approach has helped transform the festival and influenced the development of contemporary performance across the UK and beyond.

This book is a document of Forest Fringe’s first ten years. Through essays and traces of a decade of performances, it begins to explore not only some of the artists and work presented at the venue but also how Forest Fringe is made and the impact that it has had.

Featuring contributions from: Action Hero, Andy Field, Chris Thorpe, David Overend, Deborah Pearson, Gemma Brockis, Ira Brand, Lucy Ellinson. Lyn Gardner, Sam Halmarack, Selina Thompson and Tania El Khoury.

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Jez Butterworth Plays: One
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Jez Butterworth Plays: One

Jez Butterworth
 

Four full-length plays and two previously unpublished shorts from the multi-award-winning author of  Jerusalem.

Jez Butterworth burst onto the theatre scene aged twenty-five with Mojo, ‘one of the most dazzling Royal Court main stage debuts in years’ (Time Out). This first volume of his Collected Plays contains that play plus the three that followed, as well as two short one-person pieces published here for the first time – everything in fact that precedes Jerusalem, ‘unarguably one of the best dramas of the twenty-first century’ (Guardian).

Plays One includes:  MojoThe Night HeronThe WinterlingLeavings (previously unpublished),  Parlour Song and  The Naked Eye (previously unpublished).

Introducing the plays is an interview with Jez Butterworth specially conducted for this volume. 

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Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-226-1 | Sales rights: Australia & NZ | PB
Kops: Plays 1
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Kops: Plays 1

Playing Sinatra / The Hamlet of Stepney Green / Ezra

Bernard Kops
 
Playing Sinatra 
Explores with humour our inexhaustible capacity for trying to escape the traps in life. 

The Hamlet of Stepney Green 
Sam Levy dies, but returns to seek forgiveness, particularly from his son. 

Ezra 
Looks at the incarceration of the poet Ezra Pound.



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Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-071-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Latin-American Plays
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Latin-American Plays

Sebastian Doggart (editor)
 

New Drama from South and Central America: ed. & trans. S. Doggart.

An essential introduction to the fascinating but largely unexplored theatre of Latin America, featuring new translations of five contemporary plays written by some the region's most exciting writers.

Each play is accompanied by an illuminating interview with its author conducted by the theatre director, Sebastian Doggart, who has also selected and translated the plays and provided an introductory history of Latin American drama.

Rappaccini's Daughter  by Octavio Paz
A play by the Mexican Nobel laureate.

Night of the Assassins  by José Triana
A controversial Cuban play in which three siblings plot the murder of their parents.

Saying Yes  by Griselda Gambaro
A grotesque comedy from Argentina about man's inhumanity to man.

Orchids in the Moonlight  by Carlos Fuentes
A dream play about two Mexican women exiled in Hollywood's maze of mirrors.

Mistress of Desires by Mario Vargas Llosa
Peru's most acclaimed writer interweaves reality and fantasy in an erotically charged tale.

 

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Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-249-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Learning from Life: Five Plays for Young People
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Learning from Life: Five Plays for Young People

John Lonie
 
OUT OF PRINT - DO NOT ORDER

Five plays widely performed by theatre-in-education groups in schools and theatres: 
  
  • If Only We Had a Cat,  by Richard Tulloch
  • Wolf Boy, by Peter Charlton
  • Until Ya Say Ya Love Me, by Magpie Company
  • Hey Mum, I Own a Factory, by Magpie Company
  • Wasting Away, by David Young

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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-120-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
McPherson: Plays Two
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McPherson: Plays Two

The Weir / Dublin Carol / Port Authority / Come on Over

Conor McPherson
 

The second collection of plays from the multi-award winning author with an Afterword and in-depth author interview.

Featuring

The Weir

Dublin Carol

Port Authority

Come on Over concerns a Jesuit priest, sent to investigate a ‘miracle’ in his home town, who re-encounters a woman who loved him thirty years before.

Review
'The finest dramatist of his generation.' Telegraph

Conor McPherson: Four Plays, a collection of earlier plays, is also available.

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Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-777-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions
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Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions

Behold the Coach, in Sorrow, Uninsured / Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rain / Enter the Spokeswoman, Sideway / The Bully Composition / Oh, the Humanity

Will Eno
 
Five short plays by Will Eno, featuring:

Behold the Coach, in Sorrow, Uninsured
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rain
Enter the Spokeswoman, Sideway
The Bully Composition
Oh, the Humanity
   
The five short plays that make up Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions move toward feeling by way of thought, and toward gratitude by way of loss. These largely sane plays feature people alone or in pairs, or both, attempting to present themselves in the best light—or ultimately, desperately—in any light.    

Inadvertently vulnerable, or unconsciously callous, or both, the characters here realise they are stuck in a body, and try to put the best face on it. They are unsure of who they are, what they want, what exactly they're on the way to. Is it a funeral or a christening? Is it both or neither? Though this might all seem hazy and conditional, it might all in fact be painstaking and absolute. This is life, for the Problematical Animal.

Review
Eno's writing glides artfully (and humorously) between external circumstances and inner thoughts in every segment. For this crafting alone, the monologues are destined to become audition and acting-class favourites. ’ - Tom Sellar, The Village Voice



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Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-832-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Ostrovsky: Plays 2
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Ostrovsky: Plays 2

The Forest / Artistes and Admirers / Wolves and Sheep / Sin and Sorrow

Alexander Ostrovsky
 

Four of Ostrovsky’s finest plays translated by Stephen Mulrine.

The Forest (1871)
Concerns two young lovers in thrall to their tyrannical elders who are prevented from marrying until a pair of strolling actors come to their rescue.

Artistes and Admirers (1881)
A comedy of theatre life, in which a dedicated young actress renounces both love and fortune to pursue her calling.

Wolves and Sheep (1875)
In this comedy, Ostrovsky returns to a favourite theme, the double-dealing and hypocrisy of the Russian landowning classes

Sin and Sorrow (1863)
A melodrama exploring the tragic consequences of a bored provincial wife’s brief affair.


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Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-198-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Performing the Unnameable
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Performing the Unnameable

An Anthology of Australian Performance Art Texts

Richard Allen & Karen Pearlman
 
A unique collection of Australian performance pieces featuring texts by Sydney Front, Jenny Kemp, Kooemba Jdarra, Tasdance/That Was Fast, Margaret Cameron, Sidetrack Performance Group, Doppio Teatro, Kinetic Energy Theatre Company, Entr’Acte, Legs on the Wall, Ex-Stasis Theatre Collective and All Out Ensemble.



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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-420-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Plays from Vault
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Plays from Vault

Various
 

This anthology comprises five of the best plays from VAULT 2016, London’s biggest and most exciting arts festival.

Eggs is a dark comedy about female friendship, fertility and freaking out, by Florence Keith-Roach, ‘rising star of the London theatre scene’ ( Evening Standard). Two women, living very different lives, are united by their quick wit, love of nineties’ dance music and a mounting alienation.

In Mr Incredible, Adam is single. He doesn’t like it. He misses Holly. He deserves Holly. Doesn’t he? A monologue about love and entitlement by Camilla Whitehill, author of Where Do Little Birds Go?, who was described by The Times as 'a writer of huge promise'.

The world of the celebrity PA is laid bare in Primadonna. A young first-timer navigates impossible tasks, difficult conversations and fearsome passive aggression in this one-woman play from Rosie Kellett, winner of the VAULT Festival Spirit Award.

Mickey and his team of Cornermen never have much luck in the boxing world. Until, that is, they sign a young fighter whose winning ways catapult them to a level they’ve never known before. ‘A striking new play by an exciting new writer’, Oli Forsyth ( Scotsman).

Stephen Laughton’s one-man play Run explores what it means to love, to lose, and how to grow from a boy into a man, as a gay Jewish kid sneaks out over Shabbat to meet his boyfriend – and his universe implodes.


Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-553-8 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Roulette: 12 Dialogues
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Roulette: 12 Dialogues

Raimondo Cortese
 

DO NOT add to cart. Only available as an ebook. Links to ebook vendors below  .

Edgy, provocative and emotionally honest, each of these twelve short plays explores the nuances and subtleties of a meeting between two people.

Based on the ancient Chinese cosmology, The Twelve Branches of Life, the plays are a revealing mosaic of human interaction across a range of emotional landscapes.

From a chance meeting between a man and a woman in a café, to the prodigal son who returns home to enslave a helpless older man, this fiercely intelligent writing illuminates moments of cruelty and beauty so often hidden when two people interact.


   Review
  • "It is modernity without formal structure, or even a hint of didacticism, but has a power that can make everyday language resonant with emotion and meaning ... [it] may well be pointing to the future of Australian playwriting." Helen Thomson, The Age
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-765-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Short Circuit
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Short Circuit

Vanessa Bates et al
 
Over three years, Australia's new writing theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, presented fourteen unique short plays across its mainstage seasons. Seen for one night only, The Fates, Seasons and The Seven Needs were three play-cycles provoked by the classical mythology of humanity's inescapable destiny, the seasonal patterns and Maslow's Pyramid of Human Needs. 

Now, this eclectic and fascinating collaboration of ten-minute plays by some of the country's most established and emerging playwrights becomes Short Circuit. 
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-866-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Shorts
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Shorts

David Edgar
 

This collection of Edgar’s shorter plays offer further examples of his versatility. 

Included are:

Blood Sports
Five hilarious sketches on sporting subjects

Ball Boys
An unlikely match between Marx and tennis

Baby Love
Edgar’s most widely performed play - a powerful and moving account of a baby-snatcher.

The National Theatre
Chekhov's Three Sisters... in a strip club

The Midas Connection
An ironic look at gold dealing.



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Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-051-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Urban Girl's Guide to Camping, The
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Urban Girl's Guide to Camping, The

And other plays

Fin Kennedy
 
Tender, uncompromising, haunting and lyrical, these four plays together comprise a contemporary chronicle of the lives of East London's young women.

The Urban Girl's Guide to Camping
Four young friends leave the city behind and head into the wilderness, but a burning secret threatens to tear their lives apart. A bittersweet comedy about life, love and friendship once school is long gone.

Mehndi Night
A touching family tale about resentment and forgiveness on the night before a wedding. Explores the pleasures and pains of a cross-cultural identity in twenty-first century Britain.

Stolen Secrets
Urban fairytales from the heart of London's East End. Bold, lyrical and gruesome. They can be performed individually or together for maximum shock value.

The Unravelling
In a fabric shop, a dying mother challenges her daughters to weave her the greatest tale, using nothing more than pieces of cloth.  The Unravelling is a Fringe First Award-winning fable about the power of mythology to change your life.  

These plays are the result of a unique four-year partnership between award-winning playwright Fin Kennedy and Mulberry School for Girls in East London. They are written in an ensemble storytelling style that will suit younger performance groups around the country, especially those looking for predominantly female roles.



Cast : The Urban Girl's Guide to Camping - 4F + one non-speaking girl / Mehndi Night - 10F / Stolen Secrets - various requirements (minimum 2-7 performers) / The Unravelling - 5F + 2 or more narrators
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-120-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Whitehead: Plays
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Whitehead: Plays

The Foursome / Alpha Beta / The Sea Anchor / The Punishment

Ted Whitehead
 
Winner of the George Devine Award and Evening Standard Award for most promising playwright.

The Foursome
Ostensibly a play about the battle of the sexes, it is actually an exploration of the assumptions that make such battles inevitable.   

Alpha-Beta and The Sea Anchor continued his exploration of sexual conflict

The Punishment
A one-act play about authority and corruption.



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Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-222-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB