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Lan, David 1952-

Works: 62 works in 173 publications in 3 languages and 3,174 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Tragedies (Drama)  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comedy plays  Theatrical adaptations  Art music  Sacred music  Operas  Scores 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Director, Producer, Translator, Composer
Classifications: PG3456.D5, 891.723
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Most widely held works about David Lan
Most widely held works by David Lan
Guns & rain : guerrillas & spirit mediums in Zimbabwe by David Lan( Book )

34 editions published between 1984 and 2006 in English and Italian and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Almost every anti-colonial struggle this century has been led by an army of guerrillas. No such struggle has succeeded without a very high degree of cooperation between guerrillas and the local peasantry. But what does "cooperation" between peasants and guerrillas really consist of? What effect does it have on the way they view the world for which they fight? the struggle for Zimbabwe (1966-80), hundreds of thousands of peasants provided the guerrillas with practical help and support. But they went a good deal further. Throughout the country scores of spirit mediums, the religious leaders of Shona, gave active support to resistance. With their participation, the scale of the war expanded into an astonishing act of collaboration between ancestors and their descendants, the past and the present, the living and the dead. This book is a detailed study of one key "operational zone" in the Zambezi valley. It shows that to understand the meaning the war and independence have for the people of Zimbabwe themselves, we must take into account not only the nationalist guerrillas and politicians, the bearers of guns, but also the mediums of the spirits of the Shona royal ancestors, the bringers of rain." -- Publisher's description
Tobias and the angel by Jonathan Dove( )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jonathan Dove is one of Britain's leading composers of opera. His community opera 'Tobias and the Angel' was premiered in 1999 at Christ Church, Highbury Fields in London and was then taken up by the Young Vic / English Touring Opera in 2005 during the refurbishment of the theatre company's regular venue. It was first performed at the newly re-opened Young Vic in 2006. The masterly libretto by David Lan is based on the Book of Tobit from the biblical Apocrypha. The colourful story of Tobit who is blinded after daring to give a fellow Jew a proper burial, and the ensuing adventures of his son Tobias, particularly appealed to the composer. It is undoubtedly one of Dove's brightest scores, possessing immense appeal and communicative powers. In this premiere recording of the opera the Young Vic production is directed by David Charles Abell
A mouthful of birds by Caryl Churchill( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and German and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This play consists of 32 short vignettes relating to the theme of madness and possession. Lena is a mother who hears voices commanding her to drown her baby. A new spirit guide is taunting voodoo practitioner Marcia whilst Yvonne is a desperate alcoholic. Meanwhile, businessman Paul falls inexplicably and suddenly in love with a pig. A female prison warder bemoans the appearance of a new prisoner who is killing all her female inmates using magic, while Doreen is suffering from grotesque delusions. Herculine Barbin, played by a women but dressed as a man, delivers a monologue at the start of Act Two, while Dionysos, played by a man in a white petticoat, performs a series of dances that punctuate the action
Plays : three by Caryl Churchill( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Includes Icecream, an unsettling look at British attitudes to America and vice versa; Mad Forest, Churchill's response to the Romanian Revolution; Thyestes, 'a bleakly eloquent new translation of Seneca's Roman tragedy' ... ; and The Skriker, a 'spell-binding' piece combining English folk tales with modern urban life ... Also included are two collaborative pieces combining word and dance: A Mouthful of Birds, written with David Lan, and Lives of the Great Poisoners, a libretto to music by Orlando Gough and choreography by Ian Spink."--Page 4 of cover
Flight by David Lan( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ghetto by David Lan( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on diaries written during the holocaust, "Ghetto" tells how the Jews in Vilnius' ghetto in Lithuania briefly reopened a theater to maintain morale and entertain occupying Nazis during WWII
Sergeant Ola and his followers by David Lan( Book )

8 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Desire and other plays by David Lan( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ends of the Earth by David Lan( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artist unknown by David Lan( Visual )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this documentary, Lennie James, a young British man of African descent, journeys to war-shattered Benin City, in the western African country of Nigeria, to discover the origins of a carved mask purchased in London. He uncovers a tale of early African civilization, the looting of treasures and suppression of the traditions by colonial powers, and the amazing persistence of an African artistic vision within a colonial culture. His mission becomes a quest to better understand the essence of Africa itself
Ion by Euripides( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of Euripides' late plays, Ion tells the story of Kreousa, queen of Athens, and her son by the god Apollo. Apollo raped Kreousa; she secretly abandoned their child, assuming thereafter that the god had allowed him to die. Ion, however, is saved to become a ward of Apollo's temple at Delphi. In the play, Kreousa and her husband Xouthos go to Delphi to seek a remedy for their childlessness; Apollo, speaking through his oracle, gives Ion to Xouthos as a son, enraging the apparently still childless Kreousa. Mother tries to kill son, son traps mother at an altar and is about to do her violence; just then, Apollo's priestess appears to reveal the birth tokens that permit Kreousa to recognize and embrace the child she thought she had lost forever. Ion must accept Apollo's duplicity along with his benevolence toward his son. Disturbing riptides of thought and feeling run just below the often shimmering surface of this masterpiece of Euripidean melodrama. Despite Ion's "happy ending," the concatenation of mistaken identities, failed intrigues, and misdirected violence enacts a gripping and serious drama. Euripides leaves the audience to come to terms with the shifting relations of god and mortals in his complex and equivocal interpretation of myth
Tobias and the angel : church opera in one act by Jonathan Dove( )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La lupa : (The she wolf) by Giovanni Verga( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mother, a daughter and their lover hurtle towards tragedy in Verga's passionate Italian drama, first performed in 1894. This new translation premieres at the RSC in June 2000
Painting a wall by David Lan( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tobias and the angel : a community opera by Jonathan Dove( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a time of turmoil, wise Tobit is struck blind. Suddenly penniless, he sends his son Tobias to reclaim an old debt. Tobias is afraid but a stranger arrives and offers to guide him ... An orchestra, a company of singers, a choir and two choruses drawn from Lambeth and Southwark accompany Tobias across mountains towards love and self-knowledge in this joyous musical tale
The soldiers' fortune by Thomas Otway( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays by David Lan( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uncle Vanya; scenes from country life in four acts by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

So, what happens in Uncle Vanya? Not much; just life, played out over four acts. There are rich people, and there are people who work for the rich people, whom the rich people don't really care about. There is a gun fired in anger and desperation, but there aren't any bodies to carry off stage. There are men making fools of themselves over women. There are those who accept their fates and wait for their rewards in heaven, and there are others who don't care one way or another. Chekhov's play moves so languidly that, without a vibrant cast, an understanding director, and a lively translation, it stands the chance of passing under the radar of the average audience. The reworking of the script aims at accessibility, replacing the "outdated colloquialisms" and "brittle prose" of earlier translations
The cherry orchard : a comedy in four acts by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anton Chekhov was a master whose daring work revolutionized theatre. Robert Burstein declared that "there are none who bring the drama to a higher realization of its human role." In The Cherry Orchard, his last full-length play, an impoverished landowning family is unable to face the fact that their estate is about to be auctioned off. Lopakhin, a local merchant, presents numerous options to save it, including cutting down their prized cherry orchard. But the family is stricken with denial. The Cherry Orchard charts the precipitous descent of a wealthy family and in the process creates a bold meditation on social change and bourgeois materialism
Plays by Caryl Churchill( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Formerly part of the "World Dramatists" series of play collections by classic and modern playwrights, including foreign works in workable and accurate translations, this title and seven others are reissued in a new format under the new heading, "Methuen World Classics"
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Audience level: 0.53 (from 0.15 for Uncle Vany ... to 0.84 for The dramat ...)

Guns & rain : guerrillas & spirit mediums in Zimbabwe
A mouthful of birdsPlays : threeGhettoIonLa lupa : (The she wolf)Tobias and the angel : a community operaThe soldiers' fortunePlays
Alternative Names
David Lan

David Lan British theatre director and writer

David Lan direutor de teatru sudafricanu

David Lan toneelregisseur uit Zuid-Afrika


English (116)

German (2)

Italian (1)