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Works: 543 works in 550 publications in 1 language and 9,439 library holdings
Genres: Drama 
Classifications: PR6066.I53, 822.914
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Most widely held works by DramaOnline
Carthaginians by Frank McGuinness( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dramatic and poetic meditation on the history and present plight of Derry. McGuinness develops the non-naturalistic techniques of his celebrated 'Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme' to produce a testament that is elegiac, angry, ironic and profound. 'Carthaginians' was first performed at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin, in September 1988
Albert's boy by James Graham( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A blackly humorous drama inspired by Einstein's tortured conscience, this is a thought-provoking play addressing issues of 'yob' culture and the effects of bullying. It commemorates the World Year of Physics, the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the 50th anniversary of Einstein's death
The effect by Lucy Prebble( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 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
No man's land by Harold Pinter( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Do Hirst and Spooner really know each other, or are they performing an elaborate charade? The ambiguity - and the comedy - intensify with the arrival of Briggs and Foster. All four inhabit a no-man's-land between time present and time remembered, between reality and imagination. 'No Man's Land' was first presented at the Old Vic, London, in 1975
Noonday demons by Peter Barnes( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 'Leonardo's Last Supper', Peter Barnes explores a theatrical mode in which everything is simultaneously tragic and ridiculous. A family of undertakers in a mediaeval charnel house prepares to bury Leonardo da Vinci; disposing of the Renaissance genius will be a lucrative coup for the family business, and so the atmosphere is jovial as they dress up as plague doctors and bicker around the corpse. But their dreams of prosperity and perfumed gloves are interrupted when the health of the deceased polymath suddenly improves. 'Leonardo's Last Supper' was first presented with 'Noonday Demons' in 1969 at the Open Space Theatre
Come into the garden Maud by Noel Coward( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Come Into the Garden Maud' is the final play in the trilogy, 'Suite in Three Keys', in which each play is set in the same Swiss hotel suite. It was written by Coward in 1966, and represents the last of his output for the stage before he died. Anna-Mary Conklin and her husband Verner are an exceedingly wealthy American couple and the stars of 'Come into the Garden Maud'. While Anna-Mary, a social-aspirant, is nervously throwing a dinner-party offstage to entertain a prince she wants to impress, Verner - who cares little for the niceties of society life - gets along very well with the aristocratic, but down-to-earth, Maud Caragnani - very well indeed
Wanderlust by Nick Payne( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 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 man by James Graham( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 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
B for baby by Carmel Winters( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 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
Some explicit polaroids by Mark Ravenhill( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 0 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
For once by Tim Price( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 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
Tamburlaine The Great, Part One by Christopher Marlowe( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part two sees Tamburlaine grow more vicious as his imperial power becomes permanent. Family members are dispensed with; rivals and local chieftains summarily murdered; even God is challenged. Tamburlaine dies unrepentant, telling his sons to continue to conquer the world in his memory. 'Tamburlaine' is Marlowe's seminal play: with the story of a complex and ruthless conqueror he created a magnificent theatrical architecture of power and ambition and proclaimed a new kind of verse
Nativities by Zoe Cooper( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 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
The sea : a comedy by Edward Bond( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 0 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
One day when we were young by Nick Payne( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leonard and Violet, young, restless and in love, spend their first night together knowing it may also be their last. It's 1942 and, in a hotel room in Bath, they dream of their future while preparing for Leonard's departure to the war. But the bombs begin to fall and their world will never be the same again. In the year 2002, the couple look back at what might have been. Examining the impact of the Second World War on two ordinary lives and a love that spans more than sixty years, 'One Day When We Were Young' premiered at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield, in October 2011
Bazaar and rummage by Sue Townsend( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First produced at the Croydon Warehouse Theatre in 1983, 'Groping for Words' is a warm comedy about an adult literacy evening class run by a middle-aged and well-meaning woman who knows that tact and respect are required. Unfortunately the only free room is the crèche. For her students, even admitting which class they want to attend is agonising, let alone being confronted with the written word. Townsend records their embarrassment and life-long difficulty with sensitivity and humour, as well as inflecting the play with an indignant condemnation of the society which has abandoned the illiterate
The chooky brae by D. C Jackson( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 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
Edward Gant's amazing feats of loneliness by Anthony Neilson( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 0 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
The trackers of Oxyrhynchus (National Theatre) by Tony Harrison( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Trackers of Oxyrhyncus' had a unique one-performance world premiere in the ancient stadium of Delphi in 1988. During 1989 it was performed at the National Theatre, London, and in unique historical spaces in Saltaire and Carnuntum. In it Tony Harrison remakes the fragmentary text of a satyr play by Sophocles into an astringent comedy for our times, incorporating into the action the two Edwardian papyrologists who discovered the original. This edition contains the text as it was performed at the National Theatre
Pieces of Vincent by David Watson( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 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
 
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