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On The Shore Of The Wide World

Author : Simon Stephens
ISBN : 9781408142226
Genre : Drama
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Something is about to happen that will change one family forever. Set over the course of nine months, On the Shore of the Wide World is an epic play about love, family, Roy Keane and the size of the galaxy.
Category: Drama

Stephens Plays 3

Author : Simon Stephens
ISBN : 9781408152195
Genre : Drama
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This third collection of plays by Simon Stephens showcases the development of one of the most exciting and impressive theatre talents of recent years. The range of plays in this volume displays a tough sensibility and a courage to confront the more unsettling challenges of our times. Harper Regan follows a woman's road trip through the heart of England in a violent and comic exploration of the moralities of sex and death. Quietly harrowing, this play is a barometer for our times exploring dark secrets and familial estrangement. Marine Parade is a musical about sex, betrayal and hope, set in a run-down B&B on Brighton's waterfront. A moving and poignant play, it 'captures the peculiar aroma of Brighton, with its mix of the bracing and the melancholy' (Guardian). Olivier award-winning play On the Shore of the Wide World is an epic piece about love, family, Roy Keane and the size of the galaxy. Punk Rock is based Stephens' experience as a teacher and he describes this play as 'The History Boys on crack'. It explores the underlying tensions and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen year old students.
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The Wide World

Author : V.G. Korolenko
ISBN : 9781450039178
Genre : Fiction
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A tale of adventure, a coming-of-age novel and a biography of immigrant experience—THE WIDE WORLD is all of the above in one exciting, action-packed volume. Written for both young and old readers back in 1895, the Russian master, Vladimir Korolenko, traces the life’s journey of his strong, broad-shouldered hero, Matvei Lozinsky, from a remote village I n Ukraine to the churning existence of Gilded Age New York. Mystifying, intimidating, sometimes even threatening, immigrant trials and tribulations test the mettle of this upright young man with a luxuriant beard who doesn’t know a single word of English. His troubles begin in the great German immigrant port of Hamburg when he and his lively sidekick, Puff, miss the right boat and find themselves on one that almost collides with an iceberg. All turns out well: the young travelers dance on deck, and Matvei meets and falls in love with beautiful Anna. Freedom is the magnet; the friends know too little of it back in their homeland. Is it just because the great statue in New York harbor greets new immigrants, or something more? Matvei, Puff, and Anna disembark and think they’ve come not so much to a new country as to a new planet. The streets are filled with rushing crowds doing incomprehensible things. Incessant noise assaults the newcomers—steamship whistles, clanking trolleys, trains thundering along the famous Elevated—all so unlike the peaceful village sounds they knew. Church steeples are the highest points of the 19th century landscape, but the other structures—the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the El—all newly built—bear down upon them. Fortunately, they have some help—good advice and even better examples of the new life—from a kindly Jewish family that runs a boarding house where they settle. There’s worse to come though. Puff succumbs to Tammany Hall corruption, and Anna and Matvei tie in with a nasty, expatriate Russian noblewoman. Intrepid Matvei even stares down a wolf in Central Park—that after becoming a homeless wanderer in the teeming melting pot of immigrant New York. He blunders upon and disrupts a rally of the city’s unemployed led by the famed 19th century labor leader Samuel Gompers. Matvei is cursed with notoriety because of the episode and pictures of the mysterious “giant” which had appeared on the front pages of all the newspapers. He clashes with the police and is rescued by a band of intrepid Italian compatriots. Placed in a train headed west, the city left behind, replaced by an American countryside that seems familiar, Matvei’s view of the new land begins to change. Judge Dick Dickinson gives him a new understanding of American law, and he comes to know Nilov, an idealistic Russian immigrant. His hopes of immigration and his experience of freedom come to be realized. AUTHOR: In Russia, Vladimir Galaktinovich Korolenko has an honored place in the great pantheon of 19th century Russian literature. Born in Zhitomir, Ukraine, the son of a judge, he was never a member of a political party but always had the worldview of a populist. He was exiled to Siberia three times, the first as a student at the Moscow Forestry Institute. A fearless Publicist and prolific literary figure, he became known as a champion of the oppressed. During the Beili’s Case, Tsarist Russia’s version of the Dreyfus Affair, he served as the successful advocate for exoneration. The translator Stanley Harrison taught Russian at Cornell University during the Cold War. He is retired.
Category: Fiction

The Wide World Trilogy

Author : Robert Goddard
ISBN : 9781473542693
Genre : Fiction
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THE BESTSELLING TRILOGY For the first time, the trilogy that introduced you to the intrepid Max Maxted is available as one e-book. Robert Goddard is 'the master of the triple double-cross' (The Times) THE WAYS OF THE WORLD Paris, 1919 With the fate of the world's nations hanging in the balance, a secret affair ends with the death of a senior British diplomat. As the authorities try to pass it off as a bizarre accident, ex-RFC flying ace, James 'Max' Maxted is convinced otherwise and throws himself headfirst into the dark heart of a seemingly impenetrable mystery - hellbent on uncovering the truth. With friends indistinguishable from foes, the only way is to keep pushing . . . until you can see who's pushing back! THE CORNERS OF THE GLOBE Spring, 1919 Max Maxted has left Paris after avenging the murder of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, convinced the only man who knows about the mysterious events leading up to his death is elusive German spymaster, Fritz Lemmer. To find out more, he turns double agent and is despatched by Lemmer to the Orkney Isles to gain possession of a document secreted aboard one of the German battleships interned in Scapa Flow. But the information the document contains is so explosive Max is forced to break cover and embark on a desperate and dangerous race south. Max can trust no-one and the stakes could not be higher. It is life and death for all concerned. THE ENDS OF THE EARTH July, 1919 Max Maxted's attempt to uncover the secret behind the death of his father has seemingly ended in failure - and his own death. Unaware of Max's fate, the team continue to pursue their only lead, travelling to Japan in search of a mysterious prisoner held by Sir Henry's old enemy, Count Tomura. Once there, they encounter former German spymaster, Fritz Lemmer, now rebuilding his spy network in the service of a new, more sinister cause. The quest Max embarked on in Paris will reach its dizzying end at Tomura's castle in the mountains of Honshu - and the full truth of what occurred thirty years before will finally be laid bare . . .
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The Wide Wide World

Author : Susan Warner
ISBN : EAN:4057664582041
Genre : Fiction
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"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.
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Wastwater And

Author : Simon Stephens
ISBN : 9781408154885
Genre : Drama
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"You make one decision. It stays with you. It's like the consequences of it get into your bones." Set on the edges of Heathrow airport, Wastwater is an elliptical triptych - a snapshot of three different couples who make a choice that will define the fallout of their future. Harry is on the point of leaving England and Frieda knows she will never see him again. Lisa and Mark are on the point of a sexual betrayal that takes them into a place darker than they ever thought possible. Sian has a terrifying deal for Jonathan and she isn't going to take no for an answer. A reflective piece by a playwright at the height of his powers and career, Wastwater mimics the flexible and innovative form of Stephens's hit play Pornography with three overlapping, but detachable, parts which can be split and played in differing orders. The play contains Stephens's trademark combination of sensitive character depiction and tough confrontation with political choices. Wastwater is a meditative morality tale and a portrayal of modern-day relationships, formed and deformed by fatal decisions, inevitable consequences and fragile connections. This volume also contains the monologue T5, which portrays a road trip below the heart of London and follows a darkly magical flight out of the edges of the 21st century.
Category: Drama

The Trial Of Ubu

Author : Simon Stephens
ISBN : 9781408172452
Genre : Drama
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In The Trial of Ubu, Simon Stephens takes the grotesque and amoral megalomaniac dictator from Alfred Jarry's proto-surrealist 1896 play Ubu Roi and places him before a twenty-first century international tribunal. Set in January 2010, at the International Criminal Tribunal sitting in The Hague, it is day 436 of the trial of the dictator Ubu. Sitting before a UN constituted International Tribunal, he is charged with Crimes against Humanity and other serious violations of international humanitarian law. Simon Stephens' virtuosic satire examines the often absurd legal wrangling of the international justice system. The Trial of Ubu is a savage comedy that interrogates the assumptions of a Court as it struggles to deal with defendants who are not only opposed to the morality of law, but exist in a different moral dimension altogether. Exploring the central legitimacy and effectiveness of international law, Stephens asks how a civilised society can deal with the perpetrators of unspeakable crime, and wherein lies the legitimacy of any internationally convened tribunal. Taking a wry and intelligent look at the international courts when reduced to senseless and convoluted legal altercations, this funny yet unsettling play asks important questions about legal against moral justice, and the futility of reasoned argument in the presence of a heinous malefactor.
Category: Drama

Port

Author : Simon Stephens
ISBN : 9781472520609
Genre : Drama
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I see you in the morning, on the first morning I stayed over at your house. Waking up. Watching you lying asleep next to me. You looked, you looked. It was like. I think about that more than you probably think I do. Stockport 1988-2002. Racheal Keats is growing up in a town she doesn't like with a family in tatters and a future she cannot picture. As those she loves begin to let her down or leave her behind, can Rachel find the strength to make her own way in the world? Port premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in November 2002. It was later staged in the Lyttelton at the National Theatre, opening in January 2013. Both productions were by Marianne Elliott.
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The Methuen Drama Book Of 21st Century British Plays

Author : Joe Penhall
ISBN : 9781408123911
Genre : Drama
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The Methuen Drama Book of 21st Century British Plays showcases five of the best new plays from the first decade of the twenty-first century. A perfect reminder of the relevance, vitality and innovation of British theatre, this collection represents some of the most exciting plays to emerge in recent years. Joe Penhall's multi-award-winning Blue/Orange was heralded as 'one of the best new plays in the National's history' (Sunday Times). Set in a mental hospital it provides a riveting exploration of racism, health and power, and was the winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2001. Elmina's Kitchen by Kwame Kwei-Armah, about gun crime and the struggle to make a living on Hackney's Murder Mile, marked the emergence of a major new writing talent. 'An exquisite tragi-comedy for our times' (Herald) Neilson's Realism dramatises the everyday life and increasingly bizarre fantasies and thoughts of its protagonist with comic zeal and inspired inventiveness. Gone Too Far! explores a London community divided by race and prejudice. The first play to be written about the London 7/7 terrorist bombings, Simon Stephens' Pornography tells seven entwining stories of people's lives during the day leading up to the catastrophic event.
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Blindsided

Author : Simon Stephens
ISBN : 9781472568700
Genre : Drama
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We're just the least lucky girls in all the world. All three of us. You and me and Ruthy have been given a big sad spoon of bad luck. A girl growing up in a battered part of Stockport in a battered time at the end of the Seventies falls in love with the man who will break her heart into a thousand pieces. Blindsided is a surprising and romantic play about warped love, jealousy, and damaged lives, spanning from the beginnings of the Thatcher Government in 1979 to the birth of New Labour in 1997. This edition features an introduction by Dr Jacqueline Bolton.
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A Companion To Romantic Poetry

Author : Charles Mahoney
ISBN : 1444390643
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Through a series of 34 essays by leading and emerging scholars, A Companion to Romantic Poetry reveals the rich diversity of Romantic poetry and shows why it continues to hold such a vital and indispensable place in the history of English literature. Breaking free from the boundaries of the traditionally-studied authors, the collection takes a revitalized approach to the field and brings together some of the most exciting work being done at the present time Emphasizes poetic form and technique rather than a biographical approach Features essays on production and distribution and the different schools and movements of Romantic Poetry Introduces contemporary contexts and perspectives, as well as the issues and debates that continue to drive scholarship in the field Presents the most comprehensive and compelling collection of essays on British Romantic poetry currently available
Category: Literary Criticism

Sea Wall

Author : Simon Stephens
ISBN : 9781350114654
Genre : Performing Arts
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There's a hole running through the centre of my stomach. You must have all felt a bit awkward because you can probably see it. Sea Wall is a delicate monologue, completely devastating and beautifully powerful. Alex's story, spoken directly to the audience, begins full of clear light and smiles, as he speaks about his wife, visiting her father in the South of France, having a daughter, photography, and the bottom of the sea. His tone is natural, happy and engaging, with flickers of questions about belief and religion glimpsed under the surface. But his contentment falls away into deep and heart-breaking grief, crumbling to pieces with a vividness that is incredibly moving.
Category: Performing Arts

Hard Feelings

Author : Doug Lucie
ISBN : 9781472531865
Genre : Drama
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We're supposed to be having a party. It's s'posed to be fun. This is my house, and when I say everybody have fun, then everybody have fun. Thatcher's Britain – Brixton, 1981. As tensions mount on the streets, in the safety of their home, a group of Oxford University graduates barely notice what's happening on the streets outside as police and rioters clash, shops are looted, and buildings are set on fire. In both worlds there is a fight for rights... a fight for respect ... a fight for control. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will make the strongest cocktail? And when the dust finally settles the question remains... Will things ever change? Hard Feelings was first staged at the Oxford Playhouse in 1982 before transferring to the Bush Theatre in 1983, directed by Mike Bradwell. It was later broadcast as a BBC Play for Today. Hard Feelings was revived by Defibrillator Productions in a production at the Finborough Theatre in 2013.
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Concise Oxford Dictionary Of Quotations

Author : Susan Ratcliffe
ISBN : 9780198614173
Genre : Reference
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Provides coverage of literary and historical quotations. An easy-to-use keyword index traces quotations and their authors, while the appendix material, including Catchphrases, Film Lines, Official Advice, and Political Slogans, offers further topics of interest.
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Complete Poems And Selected Letters Of John Keats

Author : John Keats
ISBN : 9780307419354
Genre : Poetry
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'I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death,' John Keats soberly prophesied in 1818 as he started writing the blankverse epic Hyperion. Today he endures as the archetypal Romantic genius who explored the limits of the imagination and celebrated the pleasures of the senses but suffered a tragic early death. Edmund Wilson counted him as 'one of the half dozen greatest English writers,' and T. S. Eliot has paid tribute to the Shakespearean quality of Keats's greatness. Indeed, his work has survived better than that of any of his contemporaries the devaluation of Romantic poetry that began early in this century. This Modern Library edition contains all of Keats's magnificent verse: 'Lamia,' 'Isabella,' and 'The Eve of St. Agnes'; his sonnets and odes; the allegorical romance Endymion; and the five-act poetic tragedy Otho the Great. Presented as well are the famous posthumous and fugitive poems, including the fragmentary 'The Eve of Saint Mark' and the great 'La Belle Dame sans Merci,' perhaps the most distinguished literary ballad in the language. 'No one else in English poetry, save Shakespeare, has in expression quite the fascinating felicity of Keats, his perception of loveliness,' said Matthew Arnold. 'In the faculty of naturalistic interpretation, in what we call natural magic, he ranks with Shakespeare.'
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A Thousand Stars Explode In The Sky

Author : David Eldridge
ISBN : 9781472536914
Genre : Drama
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On a farm in the North East of England a family gathers. Five brothers and four generations feature in an epic play about hope, love, fear and the very end of time. A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky is a refreshingly subtle and compassionate vision of the world on the edge of apocalypse. Within a cosmological context, the focus is on a single family, their relations with each other and their unreconciled regrets, soon to become permanent. With an ensemble of strong, engaging characters, there are knotty, realistic family dynamics and a palimpsest of recent family history. The characters and dialogue are naturalistic but the serious themes are elucidated and alleviated with humour and quirky, surreal touches. The play represents a unique collboration between three of the UK's pre-eminent stage writers. The ambition of the partnership is matched by the ambition of the play's sweeping scope. Whilst the three voices collide, they also ring out individually without sacrificing the piece's coherent wholeness, and the play represents a rare, fascinating study in stage collaboration.
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Rewriting The Nation

Author : Aleks Sierz
ISBN : 9781408145708
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In recent years British theatre has seen a renaissance in playwriting that has been accompanied by a proliferation of writing awards, new writing groups and a ceaseless quest for fresh, authentic voices that will ensure the vitality and relevance of theatre in the twenty-first century. Rewriting the Nation is a perfect companion to Britain's burgeoning theatre writing scene that will prove invaluable to anyone wanting a better appreciation of why British theatre - at its best - remains one of the most celebrated and vigorous throughout the world. The books opens by defining what is meant by 'new writing' and providing a study of the system in which it is produced. It considers the work of the leading 'new writing' theatres, such as the Royal Court, the Traverse, the Bush, the Hampstead and the National theatres, together with the London fringe and the work of touring companies. In the second part, Sierz provides a fascinating survey of the main preoccupations and issues that have characterised new plays in the first decade of the twenty-first century. It argues that while under New Labour economic, political and social change continued apace, generating anxiety and uncertainty in the population, theatre has been able to articulate not only those anxieties and uncertainties but also to offer powerful images of the nation. At a time when the idea of a national identity is hotly debated, British theatre has made its own contribution to the debate by offering highly individual and distinctive visions of who we are and what we might want to become. In examining the work of many of the acclaimed and emerging British playwrights the book serves to provide a narrative of contemporary British playwriting. Just as their work has at times reflected disturbing truths about our national identity, Sierz shows how British playwrights are deeply involved in the project of rewriting the nation.
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Theatre And Adaptation

Author : Margherita Laera
ISBN : 9781472522214
Genre : Performing Arts
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Contemporary theatrical productions as diverse in form as experimental performance, new writing, West End drama, musicals and live art demonstrate a recurring fascination with adapting existing works by other artists, writers, filmmakers and stage practitioners. Featuring seventeen interviews with internationally-renowned theatre and performance artists, Theatre and Adaptation provides an exceptionally rich study of the variety of work developed in recent years. First-hand accounts illuminate a diverse range of approaches to stage adaptation, ranging from playwriting to directing, Javanese puppetry to British children's theatre, and feminist performance to Japanese Noh. The transition of an existing source to the stage is not a smooth one: this collection examines the practices and the complex set of negotiations each work of transition and appropriation involves. Including interviews with Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Handspring Puppet Company, Katie Mitchell, Rimini Protokoll, Elevator Repair Service, Simon Stephens, Ong Keng Sen and Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the volume reveals performance's enduring desire to return, rewrite and repeat.
Category: Performing Arts

Over There

Author : Mark Ravenhill
ISBN : 9781408141458
Genre : Drama
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A programme text edition published to coincide with the world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 25 February 2009 "I found you. You're here. And I was over there. But now I'm over here. I'm here. You're my brother. I love you" When Franz's mother escaped to the West with one of her identical twin boys, she left the other behind. Now, 25 years later, Karl crosses the border in search of his other half. As history takes an unexpected turn, the brothers must struggle to reconnect. Mark Ravenhill's visceral new play examines the hungers released when two countries, separated by a common language, meet again.
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