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Doctor Who: Survival 7th Doctor Novelisation

Doctor Who: Survival 7th Doctor Novelisation

Author: Rona Munro Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/09/2017

An unabridged reading of this classic novelisation of a Seventh Doctor TV serial starring Sylvester McCoy. The Doctor brings Ace home to Perivale - but on a summer Sunday it seems the least lively place in the universe. All the members of Ace's old gang have gone away - each one disappeared. What is killing the domestic pets of Perivale? Who are the horsemen whose hoofprints scar the recreation ground? Where have the missing persons been taken? Is the Doctor stepping into a well-prepared trap - and if so, can it be the work of the Doctor's old adversary, the Master? Duration: 4 hours approx.

Doctor Who: Survival

Doctor Who: Survival

Author: Rona Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2017

Lisa Bowerman reads this exciting classic novelisation of a Seventh Doctor TV adventure, the last in the original run of Doctor Who serials. "e;Attention to detail is a hallmark of this always excellent range"e; Doctor Who Magazine The Doctor brings Ace home to Perivale. On a summer Sunday it seems the least lively place in the universe, yet mystery lurks behind the calm facade. The members of Ace's old gang have gone away, each of them disappeared without trace. Something is killing the domestic pets of Perivale, and unearthly hoofprints scar the baked earth of the recreation ground. What strange force connects all these events? As Ace herself is transported to a distant planet, it seems that the Doctor may be stepping into a well-prepared trap. Can it be the work of the his old adversary, the Master - and if so, to what end? Lisa Bowerman, who played Karra in the 1989 BBC TV serial, reads Rona Munro's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1990.

The James Plays

The James Plays

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2016

Rona Munro's vividly imagined trilogy brings to life three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century. James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock explores the complex character of the colourful Stewart King - poet, lover and law-maker. Captured at the age of 13 and crowned King of Scots in an English prison, James I of Scotland is delivered home 18 years later with a ransom on his head and a new English bride. The nation he returns to is poor: the royal coffers empty and his nobles ready to tear him apart at the first sign of weakness. Determined to bring the rule of law to a land riven by warring factions, James faces terrible choices if he is to save himself, his Queen and the crown. James II: Day of the Innocents depicts a violent royal playground from the perspective of the child King and his contemporaries, in a terrifying arena of sharp teeth and long knives. James II becomes the prize in a vicious game between Scotland's most powerful families. Crowned when only six, abandoned by his mother and separated from his sisters, the child King is little more than a puppet. There is only one friend he can trust: William, the future Earl of Douglas. As James approaches adulthood in an ever more threatening world, he must fight to keep his tenuous grip on the crown while the nightmares of his childhood rise up once more. James III: The True Mirror, like the King himself, is colourful and unpredictable, turning its attention to the women at the heart of the royal court. Charismatic, cultured, and obsessed with grandiose schemes that his nation can ill afford, James III is by turns loved and loathed. Scotland thunders dangerously close to civil war, but its future may be decided by James' resourceful and resilient wife, Queen Margaret of Denmark. Her love and clear vision can save a fragile monarchy and rescue a struggling people. Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future; viewed together the trilogy creates an intricate and compelling narrative on Scottish culture and nationhood, full of playful wit and boisterous theatricality. The James Plays premiered at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2014 as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, before transferring to the National Theatre, London. The trilogy was named Best New Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014.

Basement Flat (NHB Modern Plays)

Basement Flat (NHB Modern Plays)

Author: Rona Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2015

Fiona and Stephen's tenant has become their landlord and their daughter has taken to living in the overgrown garden, which is creeping into the house as temperatures rise... From the author of The James Plays, The Basement Flat was first staged at the Traverse Theatre, in 2009.

Scuttlers

Scuttlers

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2015

A thrillingly fast-paced play about youthful disaffection, protest and violence, drawing on the history of the Scuttlers, the youth gangs of nineteenth-century Manchester. It's 1885 and the streets of Manchester are crackling with energy, youth and violence. As workers pour into Ancoats to power the Industrial Revolution, 50,000 people are crammed into one square mile. The mills rumble thunderously day and night. The air is thick with smoke. Life is lived large and lived on the street. This is the world's very first industrial suburb and the young mill workers form the very first urban gangs, fighting over their territory with belts, fists and knives. Invisible in history, their lives, deaths, loves, lusts and defiant energy tell stories that will repeat and repeat over the decades that follow. Scuttlers by Rona Munro was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in 2015. With nine leading roles and a large cast of mill workers and gang members, Scuttlers is well suited to performance by schools and youth groups, who will enjoy its physical energy and dramatic storyline.

The Astronaut's Chair

The Astronaut's Chair

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2012

Renee Coburg is a gritty, glamorous aviator, the fastest, highest, bravest woman in the world. Jo Green is a determined, brilliant and much younger pilot with her eye on all Renee's records. They both want to be the first woman in space but there's only one chair at the top of the rocket. THE ASTRONAUT'S CHAIR is a thrilling new play by Rona Munro about the race to space. It was commissioned and produced by the Drum Theatre Plymouth, in a production directed by Simon Stokes.

The Indian Boy

The Indian Boy

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/11/2006

This title features a Royal Shakespeare Company premiere for a fascinating new play written 'in response to' A Midsummer Night's Dream . A 'wild child' is found in the forest by three builders. He is taken to a psychiatric unit, where he attracts the attention of June, a middle-aged psychology student, her husband, Julius, who runs the unit, and Sara, their 15-year-old daughter. June and Julius fight over the 'Indian Boy', but it is Sara who forms a bond with him which results in her letting him escape back into the forest, where further misfortune awaits him...Fascinating and mysterious, The Indian Boy is very much a play in its own right, albeit with some subtle echoes of Shakespeare's Dream . It questions our notion of 'civilisation' and of how much we might have lost by cutting ourselves off from 'nature'. It adds to an honourable tradition of books, plays and films about the Enfant sauvage. The Indian Boy is premiered by the RSC in Stratford in November in the context of its Complete Works season. It is then likely to transfer to London - details to be announced.

Long Time Dead

Long Time Dead

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2006

Touching the Void meets Jules et Jim in this tense play about an ill-assorted trio (two men and one woman) and their near-fatal obsession with mountaineering. First, we see the mountain, looming up into sky, plunging down into abyss, hanging over us. We hear a roar, a terrible roar of a storm that dies down to nothing but the panting of three climbers, hanging in space. Their head torches swinging wildly - the only light - apart from the all pervasive glow of the sky reflecting off ice. An ice cliff, halfway down a mountain: Gnome is dangling, helpless, off a rope. She's injured. She's bleeding. Grizzly and Dog are in the process of rescuing her. Rona Munro's play begins vividly and continues, suffused with black humour, to explore ghosts frozen in time, the immediate bonds of camaraderie and horizons yet to be discovered. Long Time Dead is premiered in October 2006 by the prestigious new-writing theatre company, Paines Plough, at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Strawberries in January

Strawberries in January

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2006

Francois and Sophie love each other but break up just before their wedding. Francois' friend, Robert, happens to stay at Lea's b&b, where they have a one-night stand. Lea has a baby and comes to Montreal in search of her childhood friend, Sophie. Meanwhile, Francois has introduced Robert to Sophie without telling him that she is his ex...Just as things are getting really complicated, Lea arrives, Robert declares his love for her, and Francois and Sophie realise they were made for each other after all... Strawberries in January is a delicate, double love story like they don't make them anymore. It has the bittersweet atmosphere of a French film, and like a film the story is told in a series of intriguingly interconnected flashbacks. The effect is of mirrors within mirrors - totally beguiling. Premiered by the Traverse Theatre as one of their two headline shows for the 2006 Edinburgh Festival, Strawberries is translated from the French by accomplished Scottish playwright, Rona Munro, whose own play, Iron , was a big hit at the 2002 Festival and transferred to London.

Iron

Iron

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2002

The two Scottish plays fronting the Traverse Theatre's 2002 Edinburgh Festival Programme Each year the Traverse Theatre produces two original plays as its own contribution to the Edinburgh Festival. Each year the Traverse plays are the most widely reviewed and nearly always the most highly praised. Like Liz Lochhead's Perfect Days or Gregory Burke's Gagarin Way, they often subsequently transfer to London. This year the Traverse is premiering two plays both by Scottish women writers. Linda McLean's previous work has been seen almost exclusively at the Traverse - and includes One Way Beating and Riddance Rona Munro's work has been seen more widely, notably at Hampstead Theatre, London - and includes Bold Girls and The Maiden Stone.

Bold Girls

Bold Girls

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/1995

Exam Board: SQA Level: National 5 Subject: English First Teaching: September 2014 First Exam: June 2015 This play, a set text for National 5 English, is the story of three women in war-torn Belfast. Although their men have been killed or imprisoned for their political activities, everyday life must go on. However, the arrival of a disturbing young girl and the revelations which follow threaten to disrupt their friendship. The main themes are largely domestic - relationships between women and within families, dreams and homemaking. The language is colloquial with Irish idioms, and many contemporary references, and there is a poignant ending. The play is aimed at students of English, particularly those studying National 5 English. In 1991 Rona Munro won the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and The Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award for Bold Girls .

Your Turn to Clean the Stair & Fugue

Your Turn to Clean the Stair & Fugue

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/1995

Also by Munro (NHB/TCG): The Maiden Stone (1995)-Sell together, both out this season

Bold Girls

Bold Girls

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/1992

Genre: Drama Characters: 4 females Scenery: 2 interiors, exteriors or unit set The drama of everyday life in Belfast: burning buses, ravaged blocks, gunfire are but off-stage events in this stirring play about three women whose men have been killed or imprisoned for their political activities. Chilling themes are off set by many humorous and heart warming moments in this play about people, not politics, which offers excellent acting opportunities. 1991 Winner, Susan Smith Blackburn Award; Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright Award.

Bold Girls

Bold Girls

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

It's 1991 in West Belfast. With their husbands either locked up or killed, Marie, Cassie and Nora are just trying to get on with their lives, despite the bombs, burning buses and soldiers trampling the flower beds. Life must go on - after all, there's still laundry to do and kids to feed. But when a mysterious young woman turns up on Marie's doorstep and disrupts their girls' night out, the devastating revelations which ensue will shatter dreams and threaten their friendship irrevocably. Sharply funny, moving, yet never shying from the harsh realities of life during the Troubles, the award-winning Bold Girls announced Rona Munro as one of the best playwrights of her generation. This celebration of women's strength under siege was first seen in 1990, and this new edition was published alongside the revival at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, in June 2018.

The Last Witch

The Last Witch

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

Based on the true story of Janet Horne, the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in Scotland, The Last Witch , by leading Scottish playwright Rona Munro, was specially commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival in a co-production with the Traverse Theatre. It premieres at the Lyceum on 23 August 2009.

Little Eagles

Little Eagles

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

Under Korolyov's leadership the 'little eagles' of the USSR beat the Americans in the early stages of the space race, achieving a series of firsts, including the first human in space. Rona Munro's gripping play illuminates the life and work of a brilliant engineer who struggled to meet the military demands of his ruthless political masters, whilst devoting as much time as possible to his real passion, exploring outer space.