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Plays, playscripts

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Saint Joan

Saint Joan

Author: George Bernard Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Rediscover the story of the inspirational Saint Joan of Arc with the classic play by George Bernard Shaw. The historical saint begins her story as a simple country girl in fifteenth century France who is inspired by visions from God to help liberate her country from the English. She secures soldier's clothing and convinces the soon-to-be king, Charles, to begin battling for his country. Though her regiment succeeds in battle after battle, her enemies (the English) move against her. When Joan moves to liberate Paris from the English control-against the advice of her friends-she is captured and tried for heresy. Despite help from a Bishop and the Inquisitor, who truly want to see Joan succeed, her beliefs simply do not match with the Church; people do not hear visions from God, only from the church, therefore Joan must be possessed by demons. Subsequently, Joan is sentenced to death. Now read this beautiful new edition of the talented George Bernard Shaw's play, Saint Joan. Discover why the Catholic Church made this young woman into one of the most famous saints known today.

Scenes with Girls

Scenes with Girls

Author: Miriam Battye Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

You're only the greatest person ever invented and he's some boy who's probs never had a conversation with a side of the sun before - but like Let's Be Modest About It. Tosh and Lou. 22 scenes. In a space they have created, using a language they have created, the two girls theorise. Other friends have come, got boyfriends and gone. So what. Tosh and Lou have each other. They're not interested in becoming cliches. They'll never be like the other girls. And Tosh is going to keep it that way. You are becoming a parody, hun. You are becoming like the human equivalent of a fucking Little Mix song. Scenes with Girls by Miriam Battye premieres at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in January 2020.

Against the Current and Into the Light Performing History and Land in Coast Salish Territories and Vancouver's Stanley Park

Against the Current and Into the Light Performing History and Land in Coast Salish Territories and Vancouver's Stanley Park

Author: Selena Couture Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Performance embodies knowledge transfer, cultural expression, and intercultural influence. It is a method through which Indigenous people express their relations to land and continuously establish their persistent political authority. But performance is also key to the misrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in settler colonial societies. Against the Current and Into the Light challenges dominant historical narratives of the land now known as Stanley Park, exploring performances in this space from the late nineteenth century to the present. Selena Couture engages with knowledge held in an endangered Indigenous language's place names, methods of orientation in space and time, and conceptions of leadership and respectful visiting. She then critically engages with narratives of Vancouver history created by the city's first archivist, J.S. Matthews, through his interest in Lord Stanley's visit to the park in 1889. Matthews organized several public commemorative performances on this land from the 1940s to 1960, resulting in the iconic yet misleading statue of Lord Stanley situated at the park's entrance. Couture places Matthews's efforts at commemoration alongside continuous political interventions by Indigenous people and organizations such as the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, while also responding to contemporary performances by Indigenous women in Vancouver that present alternative views of history. Using the metaphor of eddies of influence - motions that shape and are shaped by obstacles in their temporal and spatial environments - Against the Current and Into the Light reveals how histories of places have been created, and how they might be understood differently in light of Indigenous resurgence and decolonization.

Against the Current and Into the Light Performing History and Land in Coast Salish Territories and Vancouver's Stanley Park

Against the Current and Into the Light Performing History and Land in Coast Salish Territories and Vancouver's Stanley Park

Author: Selena Couture Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Performance embodies knowledge transfer, cultural expression, and intercultural influence. It is a method through which Indigenous people express their relations to land and continuously establish their persistent political authority. But performance is also key to the misrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in settler colonial societies. Against the Current and Into the Light challenges dominant historical narratives of the land now known as Stanley Park, exploring performances in this space from the late nineteenth century to the present. Selena Couture engages with knowledge held in an endangered Indigenous language's place names, methods of orientation in space and time, and conceptions of leadership and respectful visiting. She then critically engages with narratives of Vancouver history created by the city's first archivist, J.S. Matthews, through his interest in Lord Stanley's visit to the park in 1889. Matthews organized several public commemorative performances on this land from the 1940s to 1960, resulting in the iconic yet misleading statue of Lord Stanley situated at the park's entrance. Couture places Matthews's efforts at commemoration alongside continuous political interventions by Indigenous people and organizations such as the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, while also responding to contemporary performances by Indigenous women in Vancouver that present alternative views of history. Using the metaphor of eddies of influence - motions that shape and are shaped by obstacles in their temporal and spatial environments - Against the Current and Into the Light reveals how histories of places have been created, and how they might be understood differently in light of Indigenous resurgence and decolonization.

Jez Butterworth Plays:Two Jerusalem, The Clear Road Ahead, The River, The Ferryman

Jez Butterworth Plays:Two Jerusalem, The Clear Road Ahead, The River, The Ferryman

Author: Jez Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

`Come, you drunken spirits. Come, you battalions. You fields of ghosts who walk these green plains still. Come, you giants!' When Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2009, it served notice of an astonishing development in the career of a writer whose debut, Mojo, had premiered on the same stage nearly fifteen years before. Unearthing the mythic roots of contemporary English life, and featuring Mark Rylance in an indelible central performance as Johnny `Rooster' Byron, the play transferred to the West End and then to Broadway, before returning to the West End in 2011. `Storming... restores one's faith in the power of theatre' Independent. `Unarguably one of the best dramas of the twenty-first century' Guardian. Jerusalem was followed by the bewitching chamber play The River (Royal Court, 2012), a `magnetically eerie, luminously beautiful psychodrama' Time Out. `A delicately unfolding puzzle... all of it is wrapped in marvellous language... extraordinary' The Times. This volume concludes with the multi-award-winning The Ferryman (Royal Court and West End, 2017; Broadway, 2018), an excavation of lives shattered by violence, set in a farmhouse in Northern Ireland in 1981. `A richly absorbing and emotionally abundant play... an instant classic' Independent. `A magnificent play that uses, brilliantly, the vitality of live theatre to express the deadly legacy of violence' Financial Times. Also included here is the screenplay for the short film The Clear Road Ahead (2011), published here for the first time, and an edited transcript of a conversation between Butterworth and the playwright Simon Stephens.

Song of the Lark

Song of the Lark

Author: Willa Cather Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2020

Song of the Lark

Song of the Lark

Author: Willa Cather Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2020

Emily of New Moon

Emily of New Moon

Author: Lucy M Montgomery Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2020

Patrick Marber: Versions After Miss Julie; Three Days in the Country; Hedda Gabler; Trelawny of the 'Wells'; The Beaux Strategem

Patrick Marber: Versions After Miss Julie; Three Days in the Country; Hedda Gabler; Trelawny of the 'Wells'; The Beaux Strategem

Author: Patrick (this is Patrick's London office) Marber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

After Miss Julie 'Patrick Marber's sharp reworking of Strindberg's classic has lost none of its edge. It's a hurtling, brutal play, a psychosexual nightmare of gender and class division, electrified by rage, fear, contempt and self-loathing.' The Times Trelawny of the 'Wells' 'Brilliantly but modestly updated and tweaked by Patrick Marber. All praise to him for this version.' Sunday Times The Beaux' Stratagem 'Marber's combination of overt and dry humour, and his refusal to stop being serious even during his comedy, pay off excellently here.' Financial Times Three Days in the Country 'Patrick Marber, who also directs, must take a bow. For it is an evening where the wit of the dialogue captivates. And, as in an elegant dance, the play keeps turning on its own heel, moving between comedy and anguish, reminding us of love as an impractical joke.' Observer Hedda Gabler 'It makes you shiver, this beautiful, brittle Ibsen ice sculpture.' The Times

Patrick Marber: Plays Dealer's Choice; Closer; Howard Katz; Don Juan in Soho; The Red Lion

Patrick Marber: Plays Dealer's Choice; Closer; Howard Katz; Don Juan in Soho; The Red Lion

Author: Patrick (this is Patrick's London office) Marber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Dealer's Choice 'I feel it's my duty to proclaim it from the rooftops: this is it, this is the play that will remind you, at the end of a year that has contained too few stand-out new-writing hits and far too many musicals, why we go to the theatre - and just how good it can get.' Telegraph Closer 'Patrick Marber's searing follow-up to Dealer's Choice establishes him as the leading playwright of his generation.' Independent on Sunday 'One of the best plays of sexual politics in the language: it is right up there with Williams's Streetcar, Mamet's Oleanna, Albee's Virginia Woolf, Pinter's Old Times and Hare's Skylight.' Sunday Times Howard Katz 'After Dealer's Choice (1995), his gripping study of self-destructive gamblers, and Closer (1997), a thrilling account of love, sex and betrayal, this third instalment of his trilogy set in contemporary London tackles the biggest themes of all - life, death, God and the human soul. It's great to see a contemporary dramatist wrestling with such material.' Telegraph Don Juan in Soho 'One of the foremost dramatic chroniclers of modern British life. Line by line, this is the best written of all Marber's plays. You want to hang around its phrases (how often does that happen in the theatre?): hardly a minute passes without a satirical swipe, a gutsy joke.' Observer Red Lion 'Marber, in this riveting new piece, uses the world of non-league, semi-pro football to explore issues of trust and loyalty and the larger division between individual ambition and the collective ethic. If big issues emerge naturally from the action, it is because Marber is writing about a world he knows intimately. Everything feels right.' Guardian

Emily of New Moon

Emily of New Moon

Author: Lucy M Montgomery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2020

The Star

The Star

Author: Michael Wynne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/12/2019

Come one, come all, and join us at THE STAR this Christmas, as we re-open the doors for your enjoyment and delight, with a magical, mammoth, marvellous and mesmerising Music Hall ENTERTAINMENT! Celebrate the 150th birthday of the Playhouse Theatre in its original incarnation as The Star Music Hall in a story of onstage magic, backstage deception, new (and old) love, a DASTARDLY plot and all manner of drama and mayhem in the wings. Michael Wynne returned to the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse with The Star in December 2016 after the sell out success of Hope Place, 2014.