Posh

Author: Laura Wade

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849432945

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 6348

I’ve got a new law for you mate, it’s called survival of the fittest, it’s called fuck you we’re the Riot Club. In an oak-panelled room in Oxford, ten young bloods with cut-glass vowels and deep pockets are meeting, intent on restoring their right to rule. Members of an elite student dining society, the boys are bunkering down for a wild night of debauchery, decadence and bloody good wine. But this isn’t the last huzzah: they’re planning a takeover. Welcome to the Riot Club. Laura Wade's depiction of wealth and privilege is savagely funny - Time Out London Disgracefully entertaining... there is much fun to be had at the expense of these posh characters as they bicker, get wasted and lament the awfulness of the working classes. **** – The Telegraph Wade deftly skewers the sense of entitlement that swirls like a sickly perfume around a certain kind of upper-class thug. Her characters seem to have everything, yet whinge relentlessly... Posh combines twisted humour with ripe excess and a cruelly precise topicality. For many it will leave a bitter taste in the mouth. But, as the characters say with lip-smacking approval, it’s savage. **** –London Evening Standard Wade has grasped a fundamental truth about British life... Her chief target is not just privileged toffs but the cosy network that really runs Britain... But, while Wade's play reminds us that many of the upper-class continue to enjoy the sound of broken glass, its success lies in harpooning the way power operates through a succession of nods and winks in our supposedly open, egalitarian society. **** –The Guardian

Decky Does A Bronco

Author: Douglas Maxwell

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849438161

Category: Drama

Page: 88

View: 4251

Decky Does a Bronco is the tragi-comic story of a gang of nine-year-old boys who spend the summer of 1983 'Broncoing swings' in Girvan, on the west coast of Scotland. Broncoing (kicking the swing over the bar) is the social bench mark and a dangerous mixture of vandalism and sport. Decky is the smallest of the group and the only one who cannot Bronco. His friend David remembers the event of that summer, which at first seem hilarious but ultimately remain painful, as the boys are faced with an unthinkable tragedy and are thrown into a restless adulthood.

Talking to Terrorists

Author: Robin Soans

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849435820

Category: Drama

Page: 113

View: 7907

‘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. Talking to Terrorists was produced Out of Joint Theatre Company at the Royal Court Theatre and on a UK tour in 2005.

The Oberon Book of Modern Monologues for Men: Volume Two

Author: Catherine Weate

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849436053

Category: Drama

Page: 200

View: 3355

Monologues are an essential part of every actor’s toolkit. Actors are required to perform monologues regularly throughout their career: preparing for drama school entry, showcasing skills for agents or auditioning for a role. Following on from the bestselling first volume (2008), this book showcases selected monologues from some of the finest modern plays by some of today’s leading contemporary playwrights. These monologues contain a diverse range of quirky and memorable characters that cross cultural and historical boundaries. The pieces are helpfully organised into age-specific groups: ‘Teens’, ‘Twenties’, ‘Thirties’ and ‘Forties plus’.

Breathing Corpses

Author: Laura Wade

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849433259

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 6815

Amy's found another body in a hotel bedroomThere's a funny smell coming from one of Jim's storage units.And Kate's losing it after spending all day with the police. There's no going back after what they've seen. Breathing Corpses was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in February 2005. 'The tension, the emotions and the sense of absurdity and fear are brilliantly handled... A terrifying tour de force.' - Sunday Times '[a] powerful new play... The clash between the tone of sadness and the tricksiness of the play’s structure gives the evening its undeniable edge.' – The Stage 'a highly intriguing new play' – The Independent

Colder than Here

Author: Laura Wade

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849432937

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 6952

‘I walked in and she's sat in the coffin. In the middle of the living-room floor and she's - she's watching telly and laughing’ Nobody can ignore the fact that Myra is dying but in the meantime life goes on. There are boilers to be fixed, cats to be fed and the perfect funeral to be planned. As a mother researches burial spots and bio-degradable coffins, her family are finally forced to communicate with her, and each other, as they face up to an unpredictable future. Laura Wade's beautifully poised family drama was first performed at Soho Theatre, London. ‘Laura Wade’s play is a 90-minute masterpiece, a jewel, dark but translucent. It is a play of love, death and grief: the grief that is hardest to bear, because it begins before the loved one dies.’ – John Peter, Sunday Times * * * * * ‘Wade’s original and beautifully observed play balances raw emotion with a deliciously delicate black humour.’ – Aleks Sierz, The Stage

Contemporary British Drama

Author: David Lane

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748686797

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 1223

This book offers an extended analysis of writers and theatre companies in Britain since 1995, and explores them alongside recent cultural, social and political developments. Referencing well-known practitioners from modern theatre, this book is an excelle

Two Man Show

Author: , RashDash

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 178682132X

Category: Drama

Page: 80

View: 4838

Men have all the power. John and Dan keep hearing people say that men have all the power, but it doesn’t feel like that to them. Abbi and Helen are making a show about Man and men. Because we all have to pull together now. We want to talk about masculinity and patriarchy but the words that exist aren’t good enough. So there’s music and dance too. RashDash return with their playful new show about gender and language. Two women play two women playing two men.

Genre: A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen

Author: Andrew Tidmarsh

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408184931

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 7566

What makes tragedy tragic? What makes comedy comic? What does Much Ado About Nothing have in common with When Harry Met Sally? Seneca with Desperate Housewives? Goldoni with Frasier? In Genre: A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen Andrew Tidmarsh explores these questions and more. Investigating how the relationship between form and content brings endless discoveries and illuminations about how narrative works, this entertaining and accessible book looks at how storytelling in film and theatre has evolved and how an appreciation of form can bring the writer, director or actor a solid foundation and a sense of security, which ultimately assists the creative process. Including genre-specific exercises in every chapter helping the reader to write and devise, Genre: A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen is for all those with an interest in story and can be used by writers, actors and directors alike ? whether students or experienced professionals ? to make the blank page appear less terrifying.

Great Britain

Author: Richard Bean

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783197129

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

View: 2022

Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an narchic and foulmouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Paige Britain is the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.

Alice

Author: Laura Wade

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849433577

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 5605

The White Rabbit is late for the Duchess. The Cheshire Cat won’t stop grinning. And the Hatter is, well, mad. In the middle of it all is Alice, a young girl with a vivid imagination and a family life that’s less than perfect. In this new adaptation by renowned playwright and Sheffield native, Laura Wade, you can follow Alice as she escapes her bedroom to find adventure in a topsy-turvy world. Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Wade’s adaptation breathes fresh life into a much-loved story about rabbit holes, pocket watches and talking caterpillars. ‘Fabulous fun, as Laura Wade grabs hold of Lewis Carroll's classic and runs with it. Furiously inventive and wonderfully designed. Lyndsey Turner's production is as mad as a bag of trifle’ - The Critical List -Sunday Times Culture Magazine ‘In Laura Wade's engaging new version of Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland a classic is given a wonderfully ingenious twist.’ - Lynne Walker, The Independent ‘Laura Wade grabs hold of Lewis Carrol's classic and runs in this furiously inventive adaptation’ - David Jays, Sunday Times

The No Rules Handbook for Writers (know the rules so you can break them)

(Know the Rules So You Can Break Them)

Author: Lisa Goldman

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849433011

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

View: 1888

The No Rules Handbook for Writers is a timely, creative and refreshing antidote to prescriptive guides for writers. It will inspire playwrights, screenwriters and novelists; offer fresh insights to teachers, editors, dramaturgs, directors and producers. "Lisa Goldman’s book is like the best of British new writing: it is personal, well-written, clearly thought out and resonant. Its advice is passionately felt but perfectly controlled. And its ideas sing and inspire." – Aleks Sierz (author of In-Yer-Face Theatre) Lisa Goldman takes 40 established conventions of creative writing. She explores why these rules persist, how to master them, bend or break them and why the most important rules to overturn are your own. The book weaves together industry experiences, psychological observations and inspirational tips. It also contains practical advice from 40 rule-breaking writers including: Hassan Abdulrazzak, Oladipo Agboluaje, Ronan Bennett, Sita Bramachari, Trevor Byrne, Anthony Cartwright, Matthew Greenhalgh, Tanika Gupta, Neil Hunter, M.J. Hyland, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Dennis Kelly, Bryony Lavery, Chris Paling, Stacy Makishi, Neel Mukherjee, Hattie Naylor, Anthony Neilson, Kim Noble, Tom Palmer, Lucy Prebble, Philip Ridley, Paul Sirett, Edmund White, Roy Williams. The No Rules Handbook for Writers will be a valuable addition to the bookshelves of anyone curious about the craft, context and process of writing.

James Graham Plays: 1

A History of Falling Things, Tory Boyz, The Man, The Whisky Taster, Sons of York

Author: James Graham

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408183927

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 3671

This collection brings together four of Graham's most successful and entertaining plays, each representing a relationship with a theatre with which he has worked and introduced by the author. One of the plays, Sons of York, has never before been published, but earned James Graham a nomination for the Empty Space Mark Marvin Award. A History of Falling Things is a gentle love story about a young man and woman forced to confront their fears of the outside world and discover what really matters to their lives. Tory Boyz is a fast-paced, political comedy about prejudice and ambition in Westminster, looking at homosexuality in the British Conservative party, both today and in the past. As Ben, self-employed, skint and emotionally vulnerable, begins to stitch together the patchwork quilt that was the Tax Year 2009/2010, he relives a year that was both hilarious and tragic, all mixed up in one shoe box of receipts. The Man is an affectionate and funny portrait of an individual's year-long experience, pieced together from receipts, shopping and commercial transactions. The Whisky Taster is a contemporary, subtle and witty exploration of feeling and perception in the modern world of advertising, and about seeing things too clearly in a city that never stands still. Sons of York Described as 'undoubtedly one of the best new plays of the year' (British Theatre Guide), Sons of York depicts three generations of the same family moving in together in Hull as the Winter of Discontent of 1978 builds up.

Mille Neuf Cent Quatre-vingt-quatre

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Oberon Books Limited

ISBN: 9781783190614

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 5910

The classic story from George Orwell is adapted for the stage by Duncan Macmillan in this new version of 1984. The idea of the big-brother world and being constantly under surveillance is just as relevant now as when Orwell penned this classic.

The Mistress Contract (Oberon Modern Plays)

Author: Abi Morgan,She and He

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783195525

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 6320

She and He are the pseudonyms of a real-life couple who live in separate houses in the same city on the west coast of America. She is 88. He is 93. For 30 years he has provided her with a home and an income, while she provides ‘mistress services’ – ‘All sexual acts as requested, with suspension of historical, emotional, psychological disclaimers.’ They first met at university and then lost touch. When they met again twenty years later, they began an affair when She – a highly educated, intelligent woman with a history of involvement in the feminist movement – asked her wealthy lover to sign the remarkable document that outlines their unconventional lifestyle: The Mistress Contract. Was her suggestion a betrayal of all that she and the women of her generation had fought for? Or was it brave, honest, and radical? Then — on a small recorder that fit in her purse — this extraordinary couple began to tape their conversations about their relationship, conversations that took place while travelling, over dinner at home and in restaurants, on the phone, even in bed. Based on reams of tape recordings made over their 30 year relationship, The Mistress Contract is a remarkable document of this unconventional couple, and the contract that kept them bound together to this day.

The Oberon Book of Monologues for Black Actors - Men

Classical and Contemporary Speeches from Black British Plays

Author: Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 9781783190577

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 129

View: 3413

An invaluable resource for monologues from the best cutting-edge plays written by black British playwrights over the last sixty years.

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

Author: Lola Shoneyin,Rotimi Babatunde

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 178682552X

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 1299

“Men are like yam, you cut them how you like.” Baba Segi has three wives, seven children, and a mansion filled with riches. But now he has his eyes on Bolanle, a young university graduate wise to life’s misfortunes. When Bolanle responds to Baba Segi’s advances, she unwittingly uncovers a secret which threatens to rock his patriarchal household to the core. i is a scandalous, engrossing tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria. Lola Shoneyin’s bestselling novel bursts on to the stage in a vivid adaptation by Caine Award-winning playwright Rotimi Babatunde.

Elmina's Kitchen

Author: Kwame Kwei-Armah

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 94

View: 5360

Deli is trying to revive the fortunes of his mother's restaurant in Murder Mile, Hackney. But where does his son disappear to on the night of the re-opening? And why does his friend Digger offer him protection? Elmina's Kitchen is a thrilling, engaging portrait of a one-parent family struggling to stay within the law while the Yardies are carving up the neighbourhood.

Home, I'm Darling

Author: Laura Wade

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786824108

Category: Drama

Page: 120

View: 1314

How happily married are the happily married? Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, being a domestic goddess is not as easy as it looks.

Girl, Watching

Author: Jyll Bradley,Amy Roadstone

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 9781840023589

Category: Drama

Page: 79

View: 9529

Sibylla Kellaway's volatile marriage to unfaithful David is ending. She has flown the marital nest and taken refuge in a summer-house at Silversands, a remote coastal promontory. Sibylla's flight has bitterly divided friends and family and opened old wounds. Anna, a young birder, is also at Silversands. Binoculars and notebook in hand, she secretly records all she sees - the nesting terns and rare waders...and the glamorous, defiant Sibylla. Darkly comic and provocative, Girl, Watching charts a young woman's transformation - from silent observer to vocal witness - told through the language and rituals of bird-watching.