McDowall Plays: 1

Brilliant Adventures; Captain Amazing; Talk Show; Pomona

Author: Alistair McDowall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350007455

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 448

View: 7267

This is the first collection from groundbreaking playwright Alistair McDowall, "an exceptionally talented and fast-rising writer. Still only in his twenties, this writer is surely going places. Whatever he dreams up next, his name will almost certainly be in lights at the Royal Court soon, if not at the National Theatre." (The Times) Having won a Judges Award at the Bruntwood Prize in 2011 and been shortlisted for the Writers' Guild Best Play Award in 2013, Alistair McDowall is one of the most exciting playwrights of this generation. The anthology features the play that brought McDowall to people's attention, Brilliant Adventures, up to his latest major play, Pomona, that received ecstatic reviews, transferred to the National Theatre, and hailed him as one of the most important playwrights of this generation. It also includes two previously unpublished plays. Brilliant Adventures (Royal Exchange/Live Theatre, 2013) is a fast paced tale of brotherhood, addiction and breaking the laws of physics. It won McDowall a Bruntwood Prize. Captain Amazing (Live Theatre, 2013) is a funny and poignant one-man show that thrusts us into the life of Britain's only part-time superhero. Talk Show (Royal Court, 2013) is black comedy about talking and transmission. It was premiered as part of the Royal Court's Open Court season and has not previously been published. Pomona (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama/Orange Tree Theatre, 2014) is a sinister and surreal thriller, which takes as its setting Manchester's Pomona - an abandoned concrete island at the heard of the city; a place where journeys end and nightmares are born. The anthology is introduced by the author and includes a foreword by Olivier-award-winning playwright Simon Stephens.

Pomona

Author: Alistair McDowall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474236030

Category: Drama

Page: 136

View: 1853

I think I'd sleep a lot easier if I knew none of us would wake up tomorrow. Ollie's sister is missing. Searching Manchester in desperation, she finds all roads lead to Pomona - an abandoned concrete island at the heart of the city. Here at the centre of everything, journeys end and nightmares are born. A sinister and surreal thriller from Alistair McDowall, Pomona received its world premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre, London, on 12 November 2014.

Brilliant Adventures

Author: Alistair McDowall

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472520505

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 136

View: 1907

Nineteen-year-old science genius Luke finally has some peace to work on the extraordinary box in his living room, holed up in a dingy flat on a near-abandoned Middlesbrough housing estate. After his unbalanced brother Rob introduces him to a wealthy out-of-towner they're thrown into a dangerous world that threatens to tear the brothers apart and unleash the power inside his invention. Brilliant Adventures is a fast paced tale of brotherhood, addiction and breaking the laws of physics.

X

Author: Alistair McDowall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350004642

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

View: 9124

It's a tax write-off. This is where they send the new, the under-qualified, the old. And most of all the British. Mars is full of blonde Americans. It's like they're building the master race out there. Billions of miles from home, the lone research base on Pluto has lost contact with Earth. Unable to leave or send for help, the skeleton crew sit waiting. Waiting. Waiting long enough for time to start eating away at them. To lose all sense of it. To start seeing things in the dark outside. Alistair McDowall's play X premiered at the Royal Court on 30 March 2016 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.

National Theatre Connections 2017

Three; #YOLO; Fomo; Status Update; Musical Differences; Extremism; The School Film; Zero for the Young Dudes!; The Snow Dragons; The Monstrum

Author: Suhayla El-Bushra,Anders Lustgarten,Robin French,Tim Etchells,Patrick Marber,Alistair McDowall,Kellie Smith,Lizzie Nunnery,Harriet Braun,Matthew Bulgo

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350033618

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 680

View: 1073

Drawing together the work of 10 leading playwrights, this National Theatre Connections anthology features work by some of the most exciting and established contemporary playwrights. Gathered together in one volume, the plays collected offer young performers between the ages of 13 and 19 an engaging selection of material to perform, read or study. Each play has been specifically commissioned by the National Theatre's literary department with the young performer in mind. The anthology contains 10 play scripts; notes from the writer and director of each play, addressing the themes and ideas behind the play; and production notes and exercises for the drama groups. This year's anniversary anthology includes plays by Suhayla El-Bushra, Anders Lustgarten, Robin French, Tim Etchells, Patrick Marber, Kellie Smith, Lizzie Nunnery, Harriet Braun and Alistair McDowall.

Captain Amazing

Author: Alistair McDowall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147258824X

Category: Drama

Page: 64

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My dad is a superhero. No one else knows 'cos it has to stay a secret. Alistair McDowall's play is a funny and poignant one-man show that thrusts us into the life of Britain's only part-time superhero. Struggling to balance his family responsibilities and more conventional job with defeating super-villains and rescuing families from burning buildings, Captain Amazing represents how all parents strive to be heroes in the eyes of their children. Discover this man's origins, his family life, and how even the invincible aren't immune to tragedy. Captain Amazing received its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, starring Mark Weinman, and directed by Clive Judd. It was revived for a national tour from March 2014. '[He] is the kind of man you wouldn't look twice at in the street: balding; stooped; tentative. He's skating over the surface of life, marking time with his job at B&Q, barely acquiring possessions, not speaking to his alcoholic father. And then he meets a woman who does look twice at him; who gives birth to their daughter, Emily, and suddenly Emily is convinced that her beloved father is a superhero.' Daily Telegraph

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Author: Joe Orton

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472522052

Category: Drama

Page: 144

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Published fifty years after the premiere of Entertaining Mr Sloane in 1964, and with a new introduction, this anniversary edition offers an opportunity to reappraise Joe Orton's reputation, and the status of his first major play, from a twenty-first century perspective. When it first appeared in the Swinging Sixties, Orton's satire on social and sexual hypocrisy both scandalized and delighted audiences. Its mix of sexuality and violence was explosive. Within a year, the play was being performed around the world and went on to be adapted for film and television, establishing Orton as a major voice and this play as one of the most ground-breaking of the century. This anniversary edition features previously unpublished material from the Joe Orton Archive, an interview with director Nick Bagnall, and an introduction by Emma Parker, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Leicester.

Take Ten II

More Ten-Minute Plays

Author: Eric Lane,Nina Shengold

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307491595

Category: Drama

Page: 432

View: 5907

A ten-minute play is a blaze of theatrical energy. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking collection Take Ten, editors Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have put together a veritable bonfire of talent. Take Ten II: More 10-Minute Plays provides a fast-track tour of the current theatrical landscape, from the slapstick ingenuity of David Ives’ Arabian Nights to the searing tension of Diana Son’s 9/11 drama The Moon, Please, to Susan Miller’s luminous fable The Grand Design. This remarkably diverse anthology includes thirty-five short plays by such major American playwrights as Christopher Durang, Warren Leight, Romulus Linney and Donald Margulies, alongside a host of exciting new voices. Actors, directors, producers and teachers will find Take Ten II an invaluable source of meaty roles for people of every age, ethnicity and gender; lovers of theatre will find it a richly satisfying read. These deceptively short plays throb with life in all its variety: harrowing, hilarious, and breathtakingly vital. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Forest and the Field

Changing Theatre in a Changing World

Author: Chris Goode

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849438609

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 1925

CAN THEATRE CHANGE THE WORLD? In his first full-length book, critically acclaimed writer and maker Chris Goode explores the relationships that make up the theatrical encounter: between ‘empty’ space and inhabited place; between actors and audiences; between theatre itself and the world around it. Drawing on a wealth of examples from the broadest possible range of practice – performative, artistic and political – his conclusions are radical, urgent and profoundly humane. ‘Using Goode’s terminology, this is a book for “makers againstthe- grain”. But it’s also for anyone living under capitalism who has ever thought about art. The breadth of Goode’s frame is mind-boggling: his subjects range from theatre to poetry to the photographs of Ryan McGinley; from Marina Abramović to John Berger to Rodgers and Hammerstein; from the queerness of noise to the poetics of nakedness. No one thinks into his subject more deeply and no one writes with more rigour and more candour. This book is burrowing, roaming, illuminating, respectful – but it’s also unafraid to take a swipe where a swipe is needed. It’s personal and passionately reasoned. It reads like a fiercely brainy love letter from someone who believes for dear life that theatre can change the world and that the world needs changing. The Forest and the Field is not easy. It should not be easy. It will require your attention. But your attention will be rewarded.’ Tim Crouch

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

Revised and Complete Edition

Author: Tony Kushner

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 1559367695

Category: Drama

Page: 304

View: 3357

A revised edition of one of the most influential plays of our time, published with a new foreword by the author.

The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Greek Plays

Author: Lena Kitsopoulou,Nina Rapi,Yannis Mavritsakis,Akis Dimou,Charalampos Giannou

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783197684

Category: Drama

Page: 312

View: 1056

5 of the most notable Greek playwrights, two women and three men 5 voices representative of contemporary Greek dramaturgy in all its diversity A palimpsest of plays indicative of the current theatre trends in Greece. A fusion of concerns, feelings and ideas, taking you on a journey to Greek theatre. Because Greek theatre does not stop at ancient tragedy and comedy. Lena Kitsopoulou, M.A.I.R.O.U.L.A. Existential anxieties consume a ‘strange’ woman who wants to leave all that is tormenting her behind. Nina Rapi, Angelstate In an imaginary space of expiation six characters seek truths while battling with desire, loss and guilt. Yannis Mavritsakis, Wolfgang Based on a real event that ‘traumatised’ civilized Europe, a man obsessively seeks absolute devotion by totally depriving a woman’s freedom. Akis Dimou, ... and Juliet A monologue about sexual loneliness. Our heroine, an aged Juliet reminisces upon the traumas of love. Charalampos Giannou, Hungry A common family crisis takes an unexpected turn in a series of tragicomic events and becomes a total disaster.

The Secret Theatre

Author: Anders Lustgarten

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350066222

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 80

View: 9877

'It's not enough that men are watched; they must think themselves watched, even when they are not' Spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham oversees a vast surveillance network from the heart of Elizabeth I's court. As the nation's relationship with Europe deteriorates and civil unrest grows, Walsingham adopts ever more extreme tactics to keep his queen and country safe. But does he risk losing control of the apparatus he has created and destroying the lives of those closest to him? And can such safety ever be achieved? The Secret Theatre asks what we are prepared to sacrifice in order to ensure our safety. Shot through with moments of the blackest humour, this smart, tense thriller has been published to coincide with the world premiere at the Sam Wanamker Playhouse in November 2017 directed by Matthew Dunster.

Peggy to her Playwrights

The Letters of Margaret Ramsay, Play Agent

Author: Colin Chambers,Peggy Ramsay

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786824302

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

View: 7101

Peggy Ramsay (1908-1991) was the foremost play agent of her time. Her list of clients shows her to have been at the centre of British playwriting for several generations from the late 1950s on. To her remarkable array of clients, her letter writing was notorious, marked by searing candour, both a wondrous motivation and an unforgiving scrutiny to be feared. 'Peggy judged by the most exalted standards and lashed her writers when they failed to meet them. Her force of personality made her well-nigh irresistible. The letters she wrote to her writers and to producers are extraordinary documents, filled with all these qualities, and indiscreet, blasphemous and saucy to boot.’ – Simon Callow

The Physicists

A Comedy in Two Acts

Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt,Joel Agee

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780802144270

Category: Drama

Page: 76

View: 1372

The world's greatest physicist, Johann Wilhelm Mobius, is in a madhouse, haunted by recurring visions of King Solomon. He is kept company by two other equally deluded scientists: one who thinks he is Einstein, another who believes he is Newton. It soon becomes evident, however, that these three are not as harmlessly lunatic as they appear. Are they, in fact, really mad? Or are they playing some murderous game, with the world as the stake? For Mobius has uncovered the mystery of the universe--and therefore the key to its destruction--and Einstein and Newton are vying for this secret that would enable them to rule the earth.

Selected Plays

Author: William Yeats

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141962380

Category: Drama

Page: 448

View: 8699

The 18 plays are: The Shadowy Waters; Cathleen in Houlihan; The Hour Glass; On Baile's Strabd; The Green Helmet; Deirdre; At the Hawk's Well; The Dreaming of the Bones; The Cat and the Moon; The Only Jealousy of Emer; Calvary; Sophocles' King Oedipus; The Resurrection; The Words Upon the Windwo-FPane; The King of the Great Clock Tower; The herne's Egg; Purgatory; The Death of Cuchulain.

Geek Theater

Author: Erin Underwood,Jen Gunnels

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985893460

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 470

View: 7965

Geek Theater showcases 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays by some of today's top authors and award-winning playwrights and is the first anthology that truly delves into the world of speculative fiction theater. Until recently, modern science fiction and fantasy stage plays have largely gone unnoticed despite the proliferation of plays and performances by theater companies around the world. These plays are an important part of the science fiction and fantasy cannon as they represent a unique intersection of authors and playwrights producing work at a time when these genres are flourishing.

Theatre and National Identity

Re-Imagining Conceptions of Nation

Author: Nadine Holdsworth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134102275

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

View: 5049

This book explores the ways that pre-existing ‘national’ works or ‘national theatre’ sites can offer a rich source of material for speaking to the contemporary moment because of the resonances or associations they offer of a different time, place, politics, or culture. Featuring a broad international scope, it offers a series of thought-provoking essays that explore how playwrights, directors, theatre-makers, and performance artists have re-staged or re-worked a classic national play, performance, theatrical form, or theatre space in order to engage with conceptions of and questions around the nation, nationalism, and national identity in the contemporary moment, opening up new ways of thinking about or problematizing questions around the nation and national identity. Chapters ask how productions engage with a particular moment in the national psyche in the context of internationalism and globalization, for example, as well as how productions explore the interconnectivity of nations, intercultural agendas, or cosmopolitanism. They also explore questions relating to the presence of migrants, exiles, or refugees, and the legacy of colonial histories and post-colonial subjectivities. The volume highlights how theatre and performance has the ability to contest and unsettle ideas of the nation and national identity through the use of various sites, stagings, and performance strategies, and how contemporary theatres have portrayed national agendas and characters at a time of intense cultural flux and repositioning.

Plays 1

Dealer's choice ; After Miss Julie ; Closer

Author: Patrick Marber

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 298

View: 7994

First collection of plays by the author of Closer

Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric

A Guide for Actors, Directors and Playwrights

Author: Giles Taylor,Phlip Wilson

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783198176

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 3680

A practical and accessible guide to identifying and using rhetorical devices in plays, past and present. An unprecedented reference book for actors, directors, playwrights and teachers – written by practitioners for practitioners. Giles Taylor and Philip Wilson address in detail – yet in straightforward terms – the many different rhetorical forms used in drama, and enable the reader to analyze their effect. The study of rhetoric can give an insight into character and intention, thereby unlocking a text for a performer or director, and providing inspiration for contemporary playwrights. Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric may be read from cover to cover, or it may be dipped into: it is both an analytic tool and a reference for use in the rehearsal room or for study purposes. The book includes hundreds of examples, from almost 300 plays by 140 playwrights from the Renaissance to the modern day.

Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis

Author: Glenn D'Cruz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351599372

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 90

View: 7387

"Everything passes/Everything perishes/Everything palls" – 4.48 Psychosis How on earth do you award aesthetic points to a 75-minute suicide note? The question comes from a review of 4.48 Psychosis’ inaugural production, the year after Sarah Kane took her own life, but this book explores the ways in which it misses the point. Kane’s final play is much more than a bizarre farewell to mortality. It’s a work best understood by approaching it first and foremost as theatre – as a singular component in a theatrical assemblage of bodies, voices, light and energy. The play finds an unexpectedly close fit in the established traditions of modern drama and the practices of postdramatic theatre. Glenn D’Cruz explores this theatrical angle through a number of exemplary professional and student productions with a focus on the staging of the play by the Belarus Free Theatre (2005) and Melbourne’s Red Stitch Theatre (2007).