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Fences & Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Fences & Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Author: August Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2020

Two stunning, intensely powerful modern classics about race in 20th century America from the legendary Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson 'In his work, August Wilson depicted the struggles of black Americans with uncommon lyrical richness, theatrical density and emotional heft, in plays that give vivid voices to people on the frayed margins of life' New York Times In Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the great blues diva Ma Rainey is due to arrive at a run-down Chicago recording studio with her entourage to cut new sides of old favourites. Waiting for her are the black musicians in her band - and the white owners of the record company. A tense, searing account of racism in jazz-era America that the New Yorker called 'a genuine work of art'. Fences centres on Troy Maxson, a garbage collector, an embittered former baseball player and a proud, dominating father, in 1950s Pittsburgh. When college athletic recruiters scout his teenage son, Troy struggles against his young son's ambition, his wife, who he understands less and less, and his own frustrated dreams. 'A prolific and successful playwright who confines his themes to African American culture... August Wilson widened the space for African American theatre and controlled it for some twenty-fve years. The level of his achievement is high. This comes powerfully into view when the play is read, an activity for me that is equal to, and in some ways more fruitful than, seeing its stage production.' Toni Morrison 'August Wilson has established himself as the richest theatrical voice to emerge in the U.S. since Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller' Time 'Wilson is a major writer, combining a poet's ear for vernacular with a robust sense of humor, a sure sense for crackling dramatic incident, and a passionate commitment to a great subject' New York Times

Singin I'm No a Billy He's a Tim

Singin I'm No a Billy He's a Tim

Author: Des Dillon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/03/2020

What happens when a Rangers fan and Celtic fan are locked in a prison cell together on the day of an Old Firm Match? It is through Billy and Tim that Des Dillon explores sectarianism, bigotry, how it becomes part of one's identity and is inculcated by family and society. However, the book is not limited to Scotland but refers to every peace process in the world, where common ground and a shared humanity is found through responding to the needs of others. Now it is up to these two fans to start their personal peace process to find some common ground to slowly let go of their bigotry.

Pomona

Pomona

Author: Alistair McDowall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2020

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. Pomona premiered in 2014 and has subsequently become a much-produced and widely studied drama text. It is published here as a Student Edition alongside commentary and notes by Dan Rebellato. The ancillary material is geared at students and includes: - an introduction outlining the play's plot, character, themes context and performance history - the full text of the play - a chronology of the playwright's life and work - extensive textual notes - questions for further study This play includes some strong language.

A Season in the Congo

A Season in the Congo

Author: Aime Cesaire Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2020

This play by renowned poet and political activist Aime Cesairerecounts the tragic death of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Congo Republic and an African nationalist hero. A Season in the Congofollows Lumumba's efforts to free the Congolese from Belgian rule and the political struggles that led to his assassination in 1961. Cesaire powerfully depicts Lumumba as a sympathetic, Christ-like figure whose conscious martyrdom reflects his self-sacrificing humanity and commitment to pan-Africanism. Born in Martinique and educated in Paris, Cesaire was a revolutionary artist and lifelong political activist, who founded the Martinique Independent Revolution Party. Cesaire's ardent personal opposition to Western imperialism and racism fuels both his profound sympathy for Lumumba and the emotional strength of A Season in the Congo. Now rendered in a lyrical translation by distinguished scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Cesaire's play will find a new audience of readers interested in world literature and the vestiges of European colonialism.

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.

Leopoldstadt

Leopoldstadt

Author: Tom Stoppard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

At the beginning of the 20th Century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna. But Hermann Merz, a manufacturer and baptised Jew married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world. Gathered in the Merz apartment in a fashionable part of the city, Hermann's extended family are at the heart of Tom Stoppard's epic yet intimate drama. By the time we have taken leave of them, Austria has passed through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and - for Austrian Jews - the Holocaust in which 65,000 of them were murdered. It is for the survivors to pass on a story which hasn't ended yet. Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt was first performed at Wyndham's Theatre, London, in January 2020. 'One of Britain's greatest living playwrights to provide his most personal play yet.' The Times 'The news that Tom Stoppard has written a new drama ranks as top-end seismic activity.' Daily Telegraph

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. Other friends have come, got boyfriends and gone. So what? Tosh and Lou have each other. They'll never be like the other girls. They won't sit in a narrative someone else thought up. This is love. This is enough. This is enough. Scenes with girls by Miriam Battye premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in January 2020.

Leopoldstadt

Leopoldstadt

Author: Tom Stoppard Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

At the beginning of the 20th Century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna. But Hermann Merz, a manufacturer and baptised Jew married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world. Gathered in the Merz apartment in a fashionable part of the city, Hermann's extended family are at the heart of Tom Stoppard's epic yet intimate drama. By the time we have taken leave of them, Austria has passed through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and - for Austrian Jews - the Holocaust in which 65,000 of them were murdered. It is for the survivors to pass on a story which hasn't ended yet. Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt was first performed at Wyndham's Theatre, London, in January 2020. 'One of Britain's greatest living playwrights to provide his most personal play yet.' The Times 'The news that Tom Stoppard has written a new drama ranks as top-end seismic activity.' Daily Telegraph

Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney

Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney

Author: Lucas Hnath Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2020

Lucas Hnath's darkly clever A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney centers on the reading, in a generic corporate conference room, of a stylized screenplay written by the great man himself, in the ultimate act of self-mythologizing. It's being read by the people it's about-Walt himself, his brother/henchman Roy, and Walt's resentful daughter and her ex-jock husband. It's about Walt's last days on earth. It's about a city he's going to build that's going to change the world. And it's about his brother. It's about everyone who loves him, and how sad they're going to be when he's gone. Can Walt control the future from the grave? Why does his daughter hate him so much? Were thousands of lemmings harmed in the making of a famous Disney nature film? Stay tuned . . .

The Drama of German Expressionism A German-English Bibliography

The Drama of German Expressionism A German-English Bibliography

Author: Claude Hill, Ralph Ley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Originally published in 1960, this bibliography with more than five thousand items provided an indispensable tool for those interested in the German expressionist plays. The volume contains a general bibliography on German expressionistic drama and as well as sixteen leading German playwrights: Barlach, Brecht, Bronnen, Goering, Hasenclever, Jahnn, Johst, Kaiser, Kokoschka, Kornfeld, Rubiner, Sorge, Sternheim, Toller, Unruh, and Werfel.

The Last Years

The Last Years

Author: Caroline Rehder Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

The Last Years are two heart-warming plays about acceptance, putting the past into perspective and learning to say goodbye, despite the difficulties. In 'The Last Dance', we follow Hercules during a period of mourning after the loss of his long term partner, and his efforts to come to terms with the new life ahead. Our hero, who is not at all heroic, talks to and continually grumbles with his wife's ghost. The family Cat and Dog act as the chorus, keeping up a running commentary on the foibles of both their master and mistress as these two try to come to terms with this new and unwished for separation. 'Mouse the Unready' follows the story of Mouse who has recently discovered that he has a serious heart problem. He immediately enters into long negotiations with Omega- that is, Death- about when and how he can be allowed to die, but Omega, as we know, can be ruthless.