The Effect


Author: Lucy Prebble
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474272037
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 104
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I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect. The Effect is a clinical romance. 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. Following on from the critical and commercial success of Enron, The Effect offers a vibrant theatrical exploration into the human brain via the heart. It received its world premiere at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in November 2012, starring Billie Piper and Jonjo O'Neill. It is published here in the Modern Classics series alongside an introduction by Miriam Gillinson.

The Friday Night Effect


Author: Eva O'Connor,Hildegard Ryan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1350058882
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 72
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Meet Jamie, Sadhbh and Collette: three best friends on a wild night out in Dublin. By the end of the night, Collette will be dead. Can you save her? The Friday Night Effect combines compelling new writing with an edge-of-your-seat interactive experience. At crucial turning points in the story, the fate of the characters will be in the hands of the audience, whose decisions will change their stories irrevocably. Funny, insightful and provocative, this interactive piece is a brand new play by Eva O'Connor (Maz and Bricks, Overshadowed) and Hildegard Ryan. Published to coincide with the premiere production at The Assembly George Square Studios at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017.

The Cow Play


Author: Ed Harris
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472531264
Category: Drama
Page: 64
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It's unusual, isn't it, for a girl to grow a tail at my age? Owen can't seem to write, Thom's exhaust pipe is ruined, and Holly is turning into a cow. As the situation worsens Owen is forced to choose between his blunt and exciting friend Thom, or his love for the increasingly bovine Holly. Owen knows the effects Holly's transformation are having on him, but he is scared that if he gives up on the one he loves, he'll be no better than Thom ? a man who is the epitome of opportunism and shallow self-interest. The Cow Play is a hilarious, touching and bizarre story, an absurd black comedy about the ethics of trying to save those we love.

Di and Viv and Rose


Author: Amelia Bullmore
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472507924
Category: Drama
Page: 96
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'How do you want to live here? I mean we could come and go and lead separate lives. Or we could really live together. What do you think?' Aged 18, three women join forces. Life is fun. Living is intense. Together they feel unassailable. Crackling with wisdom and wit, Di and Viv and Rose is a humorous and thoughtful exploration of friendship's impact on life and life's impact on friendship. Di and Viv and Rose charts the steady but sometimes chaotic progression of these three women's lives and their ultimately enduring bonds. The varied journeys of their lives take their toll on the characters, forcing them apart and stretching their relationships with each other to a near breaking point.

Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat


Author: Mark Ravenhill
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408110040
Category: Drama
Page: 240
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Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat is an epic cycle of plays exploring the personal and political effect of war on modern life. The plays that make up Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat began life at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe as Ravenhill for Breakfast (produced by Paines Plough), winning a Fringe First award, and the Jack Tinker Spirit of the Fringe award. They form a collage of very different scenes, with each taking its title from a classic work. The plays were presented in April 2008 in various venues across London, from Notting Hill to a Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch, via Sloane Square and the South Bank. Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat was originally developed in association with the National Theatre Studio and Paines Plough, and was first produced as Ravenhill for Breakfast at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in August 2007 by Paines Plough, with the support of David Johnson.

The Sugar Syndrome


Author: Lucy Prebble
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472537343
Category: Drama
Page: 96
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I like the internet. I like that way of talking to people. It's honest. It's a place where people are free to say anything they like. And most of what they say is about sex. Dani's on a mission. She's just seventeen, hates her parents, skives college and prefers life in the chatrooms on-line. What she's looking for is someone who is honest and direct. Instead she finds a man twice her age, who thinks she is eleven and a boy.

Punk Rock


Author: Simon Stephens
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474229379
Category: Drama
Page: 176
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Everything human beings do finishes up bad in the end. Everything good human beings ever make is built on something monstrous. Nothing lasts. We certainly won't . . . William Carlisle has the world at his feet, but its weight on his shoulders. He is intelligent, articulate and f***ed. In the library of a grammar school, William and his fellow sixth-formers are preparing for their mock A-Levels while navigating the pressures of teenage life. They are educated and aspirational young people, but step-by-step, the dislocation, disjunction and latent aggression is revealed. Punk Rock premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith on 3 September 2009 in a co-production between Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. It is published here as a Student Edition featuring commentary and notes by Catherine Love. The ancillary material is geared at students and considers: - an introduction outlining the play's plot, character, themes, context and performance history - the full text of the play - a chronology of the playwright's life and work - a detailed introductory analysis - extensive textual notes - questions for further study Methuen Drama Student Editions are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays from the modern and classic repertoires. This play includes some strong language and violent scenes.

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England


Author: John Pitcher
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838638361
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 392
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Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England is an international volume published every year in a hardcover edition. Each volume contains essays and studies by critics and cultural historians from both hemispheres as well as substantial reviews of books and essays dealing with medieval and early modern English drama. Volume 17 is specially commissioned to celebrate the scholarship and career of Leeds Barroll, the founding Editor of MaRDiE. Its contents mirror Barroll's many contributions to the study of Shakespeare, the drama, and royal and aristocratic patronage in early modern England.

Tribes


Author: Nina Raine
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
ISBN: 0822227517
Category: Deaf
Page: 90
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At head of title: "The Royal Court Theatre presents."

Three Modern Plays from the French

The Prince D'Aurec, by Henri Lavedan: The Pardon, by Jules Lemaître, Both Translated by Barrett H. Clark, and The Other Danger, by Maurice Donnay, Translated by Charlette Tenney David
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: English drama
Page: 272
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The Mistress Contract (Oberon Modern Plays)


Author: Abi Morgan,She and He
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1783195525
Category: Drama
Page: 96
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She and He are the pseudonyms of a real-life couple who live in separate houses in the same city on the west coast of America. She is 88. He is 93. For 30 years he has provided her with a home and an income, while she provides ‘mistress services’ – ‘All sexual acts as requested, with suspension of historical, emotional, psychological disclaimers.’ They first met at university and then lost touch. When they met again twenty years later, they began an affair when She – a highly educated, intelligent woman with a history of involvement in the feminist movement – asked her wealthy lover to sign the remarkable document that outlines their unconventional lifestyle: The Mistress Contract. Was her suggestion a betrayal of all that she and the women of her generation had fought for? Or was it brave, honest, and radical? Then — on a small recorder that fit in her purse — this extraordinary couple began to tape their conversations about their relationship, conversations that took place while travelling, over dinner at home and in restaurants, on the phone, even in bed. Based on reams of tape recordings made over their 30 year relationship, The Mistress Contract is a remarkable document of this unconventional couple, and the contract that kept them bound together to this day.

Studies in Modern Plays

A Study Outline
Author: Hannah Amelia (Noyes) Davidson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: English drama
Page: 44
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Radiant Vermin


Author: Philip Ridley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474251536
Category: Drama
Page: 112
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I feel this . . . thing inside me. Just here. Next to my heart. It's small. The size of sparrow. I don't know what it looks like. But I know it's got claws because it scratches. And I imagine it to be dark blue - mauve almost - like the veins on my mum's hands. I hear it talking. Its voice is high pitched and screeching. It's talking about all the things we've done. A wickedly comic satire about a young couple offered a way out of the housing crisis, and just how far they're prepared to go for it. Ollie and Jill want to tell you about their dream home. Some of the things they did to get it, you might find shocking. But they want you to know they did it all for their baby . . . A hilarious and outrageous black comedy from internationally acclaimed 'master of modern myth' (Guardian) Philip Ridley. Playful, provocative and viciously sharp, Radiant Vermin is a meditation on how far we will go to satisfy our materialistic greed. The play received its world premiere on 10 March 2015 at Soho Theatre, London.

Enron


Author: Lucy Prebble
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472511409
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 176
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The only difference between me and the people judging me is they weren't smart enough to do what we did. One of the most infamous scandals in financial history becomes a theatrical epic. At once a case study and an allegory, the play charts the notorious rise and fall of Enron and its founding partners Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, who became 'the most vilified figure from the financial scandal of the century.' This Student Edition features expert and helpful annotation, including a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on the dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters, language and structure of the play, as well as a list of suggested reading and questions for further study and a review of performance history. Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, Enron follows a group of flawed men and women in a narrative of greed and loss which reviews the tumultuous 1990s and casts a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world finds itself in 2009. The play was Lucy Prebble's first work for the stage since her debut work The Sugar Syndrome, winner of the George Devine and Critic's Circle Awards for Most Promising New Playwright. Produced by Headlong, Enron premiered at Chichester's Minerva Theatre on 11 July 2009 and opened at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September, before transferring to London's West End and to Broadway in 2010.

Constructing the Canon of Early Modern Drama


Author: Jeremy Lopez
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107030579
Category: Drama
Page: 244
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Through short, provocative readings of unfamiliar plays, this book provides the first-ever history of the canon of Renaissance drama.

Modern Drama in Theory and Practice: Volume 1, Realism and Naturalism


Author: J. L. Styan,J. L. (Northwestern University Styan, Illinois)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521296281
Category: Drama
Page: 224
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This 1981 volume begins with the French revolt against naturalism in theatre and then covers the European realist movement.

Violence in American Drama

Essays on Its Staging, Meanings and Effects
Author: Alfonso Ceballos Muñoz,,Ramón Espejo Romero,Bernardo Muñoz Martinez
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786488972
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 296
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This interdisciplinary collection of 19 essays addresses violence on the American stage. Topics include the revolutionary period and the role of violence in establishing national identity, violence by and against ethnic groups, and females as perpetrators and victims, as well as state and psychological violence and violence within the family. The book works to assess whether representing violence may cause its cessation, or whether it generates further destruction. Featured playwrights include Susan Glaspell, Sophie Treadwell, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Amiri Baraka, Luis Valdes, Cherri.

Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater


Author: William B. Worthen
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520074682
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 230
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The history of drama is typically viewed as a series of inert "styles." Tracing British and American stage drama from the 1880s onward, W. B. Worthen instead sees drama as the interplay of text, stage production, and audience. How are audiences manipulated? What makes drama meaningful? Worthen identifies three rhetorical strategies that distinguish an O'Neill play from a Yeats, or these two from a Brecht. Where realistic theater relies on the "natural" qualities of the stage scene, poetic theater uses the poet's word, the text, to control performance. Modern political theater, by contrast, openly places the audience at the center of its rhetorical designs, and the drama of the postwar period is shown to develop a range of post-Brechtian practices that make the audience the subject of the play. Worthen's book deserves the attention of any literary critic or serious theatergoer interested in the relationship between modern drama and the spectator. The history of drama is typically viewed as a series of inert "styles." Tracing British and American stage drama from the 1880s onward, W. B. Worthen instead sees drama as the interplay of text, stage production, and audience. How are audiences manipulated? What makes drama meaningful? Worthen identifies three rhetorical strategies that distinguish an O'Neill play from a Yeats, or these two from a Brecht. Where realistic theater relies on the "natural" qualities of the stage scene, poetic theater uses the poet's word, the text, to control performance. Modern political theater, by contrast, openly places the audience at the center of its rhetorical designs, and the drama of the postwar period is shown to develop a range of post-Brechtian practices that make the audience the subject of the play. Worthen's book deserves the attention of any literary critic or serious theatergoer interested in the relationship between modern drama and the spectator.