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Death and the King's Horseman
Author: Wole Soyinka
Publisher: Methuen Drama
ISBN: 1474260764
Pages: 96
Year: 2015-04-23
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Elesin Oba, the King's Horseman, has a single destiny. When the King dies, he must commit ritual suicide and lead his King's favourite horse and dog through the passage to the world of the ancestors. A British Colonial Officer, Pilkings, intervenes to prevent the death and arrests Elesin. The play is a set text for NEAB GCSE, NEAB A Level and NEAB A/S Level. 'A masterpiece of 20th century drama' - Guardian "A transfixing work of modern world drama" (Independent); "clearly a masterpiece. . . he achieves the full impact of Greek tragedy" (Irving Wardle, Independent on Sunday); "the action of the play is as inevitable and eloquent as in Antigone: a clash of values and cultures so fundamental that tragedy issues: a tragedy for each individual, each tribe" (Michael Schmidt, Daily Telegraph)
Contemporary African plays
Author: Martin Banham, Jane Plastow
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0413723305
Pages: 382
Year: 1999-01-01
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Contemporary African Plays, edited with introductions by Martin Banham and Jane Plastow of Leeds University, is a collection of some of the most exciting plays from the past twenty-five years of African theatre, spanning the continent's rich and disparate regional and cultural traditions. Included in this collection are three of the most significant plays of this century plus three brilliant plays which will be new to Western audiences: Death and the King's Horseman, a masterpiece from the Nobel-prize-winning Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka; Woza Albert!, a skilful and devastating political satire from South Africa by the writers/performers Percy Mtwa and Mbongeni Ngema and Market Theatre director, the late Barney Simon; Anowa, a powerful tale from Ghana which tells of a woman's plight and oppression by Ama Ata Aidoo; The Chattering and the Song, an ingenious radical drama from the popular Nigerian playwright Femi Osofisan; The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco, a witty political allegory about post-colonial Zimbabwe, by Andrew Whaley; and The Other War, an extraordinary insight into Africa's longest liberation war, by the Eritrean playwright Alemseged Tesfai.
Our Ajax
Author: Timberlake Wertenbaker
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571313477
Pages: 96
Year: 2013-11-28
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Torn between army politics and the love of his soldiers on the front line, a legendary leader spirals out of control. Inspired by Sophocles' classical play, Our Ajax draws on interviews with contemporary servicemen and women to create a modern epic of heroism, love and homeland. Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Ajax premiered at the Southwark Playhouse, London, in November 2014.
African Theatre
Author: Martin Banham, James Gibbs, Femi Osofisan
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253215390
Pages: 178
Year: 2002-01
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The contributions to this volume in the African Theatre series make clear that the role of women in the theatre across the continent has changed as control is mainly held by literate elites and women's traditional standing has been lost to men.
Author: Martin Banham, Chuck Mike, Judith Greenwood
Publisher: James Currey Limited
Pages: 216
Year: 2005
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Publishes for the first time Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka's early revue sketches on which his later plays draw strongly for characters and situations.
Author: Raja Rao
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811201686
Pages: 244
Year: 1967-01
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Originally published: London: Allen & Unwin, 1938.
Author: Joe Orton
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472537998
Pages: 96
Year: 2013-12-30
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A black farce masterpiece, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves, Hal and Dennis. Dennis is a hearse driver for an undertaker. They have robbed the bank next door to the funeral parlour and have returned to Hal's home to hide-out with the loot. Hal's mother has just died and the pair put the money in her coffin, hiding the body elsewhere in the house. With the arrival of Inspector Truscott, the thickened plot turns topsy-turvy. Playing with all the conventions of popular farce, Orton creates a world gone mad and examines in detail English attitudes at mid-century. The play has been called a Freudian nightmare, which sports with superstitions about death - and life. It is regularly produced in professional and amateur productions. First produced in London in 1966, LOOT was hailed as "the most genuinely quick-witted, pungent and sprightly entertainment by a new, young British playwright for a decade" (Sunday Telegraph)
Knives In Hens
Author: David Harrower
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472537149
Pages: 70
Year: 2014-02-03
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Knives in Hens is a brutal fable set in a timeless spartan rural community "An outstanding new Scottish play, David Harrower's Knives in Hens is set in a God-fearing, pre-industrial world and deals, passionately and intelligently with a woman's discovery of a language that corresponds with her feelings...A remarkable debut" (Guardian) Knives in Hens received its premiere at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh in June 1995 and transferred to the Bush Theatre in London in November 1995. "David Harrower's remarkable debut as a professional dramatist creates a haunting, poetic and entirely individual world of its own. I have never seen a play quite like it. . . You leave the theatre in no doubt that you have watched one of the year's most heartening and accomplished debuts. Harrower already seems like a writer built to last." (Daily Telegraph)
The House of Bernarda Alba: A Modern Adaptation
Author: Rona Munro, Federico Garcia Lorca
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408126966
Pages: 96
Year: 2009-09-15
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A viscerally modern adaptation of Lorca's seminal drama, transposing the formidable matriarch Bernarda and her imprisoned family to the gangland communities of Glasgow's East End. Faithfully preserving Lorca's sense of boiling tension and impending tragedy, this adaptation brings a classic text thrillingly up to date.
Author: Michael West
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408135612
Pages: 96
Year: 2010-07-10
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There are things I haven't said. Things I want to say again. I need to think. I need more time. A sudden shock, and a man's life flashes before his eyes. He experiences an intense rush of extraordinary images and tangled memories, revelations and lost connections. People time and places swirl around him. As he valiantly attempts to stitch it all back together, will his luck hold out? The play's conceit follows a man who has suffered a stroke and then experiences a series of flashbacks. Trapped within his own head, the audience are taken with him through a whistlestop tour of his life and a series of vivid, often painful episodes from a childhood tragedy to a crumbling marriage.  In a beguiling portrait of mortality and humanity, Freefall explores memory, family and loss. From the author of Dublin by Lamplight and Foley, Freefall reunites award-winning Irish playwright Michael West with The Corn Exchange: Dublin's innovative theatre company who explore the boundaries and possibilities of theatre with their trademark style of Commedia dell'Arte. Freefall is a sharp, humorous and exhilarating look at the fragility of a human life, blending impressionistic beauty, poignancy and comedy.Â
A History of Falling Things
Author: James Graham
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408146371
Pages: 64
Year: 2014-05-29
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'Oh, you do look...really good, though. You know. In the face. Oh and, uh, I love you.' Prisoners of their fear of falling things - keraunothetophobiacs - Jacqui and Robin are restricted to living indoors. When they meet online a relationship begins which forces them to confront their fear and discover what's real in their lives and what really matters. A History of Falling Things, a new play by the acclaimed young playwright James Graham, is a gentle love story that is fearful, funny and moving. The play premiered at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Wales, in April 2009 before transferring to the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff.
Sucker Punch
Author: Roy Williams
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408131366
Pages: 86
Year: 2010-06-11
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Roy Williams' Sucker Punch looks back on what it was like to be young and Black in the 80s and asks if the right battles have been fought, let alone won.
Author: Philip Ridley
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408130556
Pages: 112
Year: 2010-03-03
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Moonfleece is an intense and thrilling exploration of memory and identity, and is the most directly political play to date by leading playwright Philip Ridley. Set in an abandoned council flat, Moonfleece centres on a young, right-wing activist forced to reassess his personal and political beliefs.
Mongrel Island
Author: Ed Harris
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408160757
Pages: 96
Year: 2011-07-14
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Marie is losing herself in her grey office existence, trapped by endless piles of paperwork and the same people saying the same things every single day. But as she is forced to work later and later into the night, she discovers a deeply strange twilight world where a new possibility for rescuing her sanity is illuminated by the fluorescent office lights. Commissioned by Soho Theatre and written by up-and-coming writer Ed Harris, Mongrel Island explores the mind and memory, offering a perspective of how the workplace can strip away our humanity. Combining madcap, surreal humour with an indictment of the corporate world's subjugation of individualism, Mongrel Island is a bittersweet, touching and darkly humourous play.
'Town' and 'Honest'
Author: DC Moore
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408135310
Pages: 144
Year: 2010-06-18
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"So here I am, homeless at home and half-gratified to feel that I can be happy anywhere" John Clare Inspired by the four-day journey made on foot by the legendary mad poet, John Clare, Town creates a new story set in contemporary Northampton. On John's return to Northampton from the bright lights of London, he finds his hometown is exactly the same as when he left it - from the rooms at his parent's house, to the Saturday nights on Abington Street. In fact, the only thing that seems to have changed... is John. Slipping back into his old habits, old jobs and old relationships, an out of work and disillusioned John considers why he swapped the anonymity of corporate city life for the comforts of home and embarked upon a sixty mile walk North. Northampton writer DC Moore's Town poignantly explores enduring themes of identity, isolation and belonging, rooting them in modern life. With heartbreaking honesty and humour, the play probes the feelings that we all have about our hometown, and follows one man on his road to get back to where he started. This edition also includes the darkly comic monologue Honest, where one man's addiction for telling the truth leads to a night that spirals out of control. Taking you on a journey across London towards a late-night epiphany, the piece explores the lies we tell ourselves and each other, and the fall-out when the truth is revealed.