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Works: 549 works in 560 publications in 1 language and 12,283 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy plays  Acting editions  History 
Classifications: PR6051.Y35, 822.914
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One day when we were young by Nick Payne( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Leonard and Violet embark on their first night together, they know it also might be their last. It's 1942 and in a small hotel room in Bath, the couple prepare for Leonard's departure to war, and dream of what the future may bring. As the V1 bombs begin to fall, they know their world won't ever be the same again
B for baby by Carmel Winters( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'B for Baby' is a tender, sharp-witted play set in a residential care home for people with severe learning disabilities. Treating this taboo subject with humanity and humour, the play's acute and compassionate portraits result in a moving, if at times uncomfortable, drama. Mrs C wants a baby not a Christmas tree. B wants a real hairdresser's scissors and a wife. D wants a snow globe and to have curly hair. All of them want their own place in the world. And if they can't find it, they'll create one of their own. The play follows B and D, and Mrs C their carer, on their journey towards happiness. Poignantly exploring forbidden topics, 'B for Baby' invites the reader or audience to rediscover the power and joy of make-believe. It was first presented by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 2010
Wanderlust by Nick Payne( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sex isn't just about how big and how long. What is it about then? All sorts of things. Nick Payne's frank and compassionate play explores sex and intimacy - and asks whether the two are inevitably and inextricably linked. 'Wanderlust' premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2010
The chooky brae by D. C Jackson( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's Christmas Day in Stewarton and Irene Gordon is struggling to get in the festive spirit. Her eighteen-year-old daughter has just had a baby, her ex-husband has had a stroke and her eldest is having a breakdown. Even the 'Dr Who' special is disappointing. To compensate, she gets Rab McGuire, a gift-wrapped male sex aid and an escaped chicken that won't be stuffed. The third part of Jackson's trilogy about growing up in small-town Ayrshire, following 'The Wall' and 'The Ducky', 'The Chooky Brae' was premiered at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, in September 2010
Nativities by Zoe Cooper( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set somewhere between an Orwellian dystopian vision and an all too familiar contemporary reality, 'Nativities' turns a lens on everyday office life and how personalities are warped in its liminal space. Within the repeating motifs of the anonymity of the corporate existence, recurrent unvaried routines and ominously authoritative performance targets, the core of the play focuses on the sheer isolation and loneliness of the characters. The dialogue is overlapping, misunderstood and disconnected, and the characters are unable to communicate in spite of spending the majority of their waking lives together. This kaleidoscopic dialogue and the slippery, shifting ground between the characters effectively creates a new language for the stage which is startlingly original
London assurance by Dion Boucicault( )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the courtships and disguises of its satirical, farcical characters, 'London Assurance', first performed at Covent Garden, London, in 1841, is a merry parade of wittily constructed skirmishes between love and money, town and country, nature and artifice
Pornography by Simon Stephens( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Britain feels like the centre of the world. World-changing politics, gigantic charity concerts, the chance to host the Olympics; everything's happening, and everyone's talking about it. In schools, offices, streets, shops, parks and homes - there's a buzz in the air, a sense of anticipation. The world's eyes are focused on Britain and you can feel the energy and possibilities. But in less than an hour in central London, everything will change. 'Pornography' is a stark and shattering play that captures Britain as it crashes from the euphoria and promise of the 2012 Olympic announcement into the devastation of 7/7. Each monologue or playlet focuses on a different individual, walking in their shoes in the run-up to the tragedy. The play was first presented in 2007 at Hanover, Germany; the UK premiere was in 2008 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The man by James Graham( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben has been dreading his self-assessment form, with every transaction evoking the good times and the bad - memories of things gone wrong, gone right, journeys taken, relationships that have begun and ended. Prompted by frequent calls to the Inland Revenue helpline, Ben relives the humiliations, successes and tragedies of the last twelve months, stitching together his memories of the Tax Year 2009/2010 from tiny scraps of paper
Communicating doors by Alan Ayckbourn( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a near dystopian future, a dominatrix flees for her life through a hotel communicating door only to find herself 20 years in the past as a result of which she is stalked by a psychopath in the present and the past. The opportunity to alter time for the better puts the lives of three women at stake. 'Communicating Doors' premiered in February 1994 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough
Pieces of Vincent by David Watson( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Premiered at Hackney's Arcola Theatre in 2010, 'Pieces of Vincent' tells the story of Vincent, a man estranged from his family, adrift in London and described as 'human shrapnel'. In a series of vignettes, eight other lives are introduced during the course of the drama, set partly on London's Southbank: a hopeful young man, a teacher in love, a pregnant woman, a fearful policeman, a boy on a mission, a pianist in the rain, a wounded man, and a grandmother
For once by Tim Price( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a small country town three boys die from a gang of four. Sid, who's left behind, is struggling to cope with his loneliness, trying effortfully to stay normal and hoping to manage the feelings of his worried parents April and Gordon. Life, love and loss in a picture postcard town is laid bare in this heartbreaking but darkly comic play. Through a series of interweaving accounts 'For Once' cuts to the heart of a family, and a community, turned upside down by unimaginable tragedy. Tim Price's debut play, it premiered at the Hampstead Theatre, London in July 2011
The sea : a comedy by Edward Bond( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wild storm shakes a small East Anglian seaside village and sets off a series of events that changes the lives of all its residents. Set in the high Edwardian world of 1907, 'The Sea' is a fascinating blend of wild farce, high comedy, biting social satire and bleak poetic tragedy
A laughing matter by April De Angelis( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the 16th century, around the life and times of Garrick Goldsmith, Boswell, Johnson, Peg Woffington and a galaxy of others, this play is a rollicking round of argument, politics sex and duels
The effect by Lucy Prebble( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love, however, Tristan and Connie manage to throw the trial off-course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved. This funny, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, alongside ideas of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction. It premiered at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in November 2012
Some explicit polaroids by Mark Ravenhill( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First performed in 1999 at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 'Some Explicit Polaroids' is a searing and disturbing examination of the gulf between the leftist non-conformism of the eighties, and the pleasure-hungry culture of the late nineties. Populated with Ravenhill's familiar gallery of criminals, junkies, sex-workers and psychotics, it delves into the zeitgeist and finds an era where political and personal clash in a slow motion car crash involving AIDS, lapdancing and high ambition
Revolutionary witness by Peter Barnes( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Revolutionary Witness', televised by the BBC in 1989, is a series of four direct and intelligent monologues about the French Revolution, excavating the individual voices from the historical tide, each based on the story of a real survivor of the Revolution. In 'The Patriot' a man sells souvenirs: bones, stones and medals made from drawbridge chains are flogged as mementos of the uprising, and holy symbols of the new world order. 'The Butcher' is a man who has found it hard to understand very much, except that the Revolution was right and moral and its casualties deserve a hero's pension. 'The Preacher' has an uncompromising commitment to the revolution. 'The Amazon' is the complaint of a courtesan who led the mob wearing red silk on a black horse, and now sits mouldering in an asylum, recalling her life with unhinged lyricism
Talk about the passion by Graham Farrow( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First staged in London in 1998, 'Talk About The Passion' is an intense, twisting study of guilt and grief, and the media's fascination with serial killers. A young child is horrifically murdered, leaving his father tortured by impossible guilt. Meanwhile the autobiography of the serial killer is a hit publication and the publisher has made a fortune from it. Now Jason Carroway is in her office, and he seems to be angry about something more than her rejection of his manuscript. He is determined to make her hear his story, one way or another. The play is a moving and powerful exploration of loss, society's collusion in the glamorisation of evil, and the desire for justice
The year of the monkey by Claire Dowie( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Year of the Monkey' is a collection of four short plays, each play taking the form of a long, narrative monologue. In 'Bonfire Night' the speaker, a woman caring for her elderly father, reminisces about being a young girl who wanted to play with guns like the boys. 'Arsehammers' is about a boy's relationship with his grandfather, who is suffering from Alzheimer's. The protagonist of 'Allotments' talks about her neighbourhood's garden allotments, her favourite topic of conversation, and reveals the unusual community that has grown around it. In 'The Year of the Monkey' a mother dreams of injecting some excitement into her life. Funny, poignant and occasionally shocking, these four pieces demonstrate Dowie's great facility with storytelling
Ezmi ṿe-Shaz be-ṭeruf by Sarah Daniels( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recently released on probation, Shaz is troubled by her past and the crime she committed that sent her away. The probation services have teamed her up with Esme, a woman in her seventies whom, despite being her aunt, Shaz has never met before. Esme is a religious Christian who insists on certain standards, many of them which Shaz is not capable of meeting. Still, an unlikely friendship blossoms between the two, building to a solid relationship which proves the redemption that Shaz has needed for so long. 'The Madness of Esme and Shaz' was first presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in February, 1994
Edward Gant's amazing feats of loneliness by Anthony Neilson( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bizarre series of sketches inspired by Victorian travelling shows, 'Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness' is a curious miscellany of tricks, jokes and melancholy. In 1881, the famed and enigmatic impresario Mr Edward Gant presented his renowned travelling show for the final time: a spectacle of grotesquery, tastelessness, black comedy, mystery and magic realism presided over by an opiate-addicted actor. Neilson has reconstructed this intriguing and fantastic historical event, offering a strange and beautiful exploration of sadness and mortality and probing the nature of theatre and spectacle. With a cast that includes a girl whose face sprouts pearls and a teddy bear desperate for an imaginary cup of tea, it is a theatrical piece combining the melodrama, extravagance and painful loneliness that characterised a Victorian freak show. It was first performed in 2002 at The Theatre Royal, Plymouth
 
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