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The Wonderful World Of Dissocia

Author : Anthony Neilson
ISBN : 9781472508027
Genre : Drama
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Lisa Jones is on a journey. It's a colourful and exciting off-kilter trip in search of one lost hour that has tipped the balance of her life. The inhabitants of the wonderful world she finds herself in - Dissocia - are a curious blend of the funny, the friendly and the brutal. Produced originally for the 2004 Edinburgh International Festival, The Wonderful World of Dissocia wowed critics and audiences alike. This Modern Classics edition cements the status of this hugely original play, both magical and moving, that confirmed Anthony Neilson as one of major voices in contemporary British Theatre. As Neilson himself put it, 'If you like Alice in Wonderland but there's not enough sex and violence in it, then Dissocia is the show for you'. This Modern Classic edition features an introduction by Dr Trish Reid.

Neilson Plays 2

Author : Anthony Neilson
ISBN : 9781472517340
Genre : Drama
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In the 1990s playwright Anthony Neilson garnered a reputation for hard-hitting, morally disturbing plays that saw him labelled as one of the 'In Yer Face' dramatists who emerged from that decade. This second volume of plays showcases the comic, surreal and gloriously off-kilter side of his more recent work. Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness! (Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 2002) mixes Victorian melodrama with a catalogue of grotesque comic tales; The Lying Kind (Royal Court, 2002), a black farce set at Christmas involving two hapless policeman who must break news of tragedy to an elderly couple, 'often reduced much of the audience to tears of laughter' (Financial Times). Produced originally for the 2004 Edinburgh International Festival, The Wonderful World of Dissocia wowed critics and audiences alike. A hugely original play inspired by Alice in Wonderland, it is both magical and moving and confirmed Neilson as one of the major voices in contemporary British Theatre. Realism premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2006. It follows the life of one man during an ordinary day but veers off to become a deliriously surreal trip inside his wayward imagination. It was described by the Guardian as a 'bold and utterly distinctive all-singing, all-dancing show, like nothing else you'll ever see'.

Realism

Author : Anthony Neilson
ISBN : 9781408157190
Genre : Drama
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A lazy Saturday for Stuart? With interruptions from a radio panel show, a threesome, the Black and White Minstrels, a nagging mother and a mouthy cat - no chance. Luckily, none of them know what he's thinking . . . Realism is an exquisite, surreal trip inside the mind of one man during an ordinary day. However, it veers off from the commonplace to become a deliriously comic trip inside his wayward imagination. Dreams and daydreams are brought to life to hilarious effect exposing the faultlines between everyday life and the world of the imagination in which fantasies ignore conventions of taste and political correctness. This is Anthony Neilson's follow-up to his multi award-winning The Wonderful World of Dissocia. The text was published to coincide with its English premiere at the Soho Theatre in June 2011.

The Theatre Of Anthony Neilson

Author : Trish Reid
ISBN : 9781472570321
Genre : Performing Arts
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Anthony Neilson is one of the most exciting and challenging voices in contemporary British theatre. For more than two decades he has been in the vanguard of new writing and has acquired a formidable reputation for innovation and experimentation. His major stage plays include Penetrator, The Censor, Stitching, Realism, Unreachable and his 2004 masterpiece The Wonderful World of Dissocia, arguably one of the finest Scottish plays of the new millennium. This volume provides the first full-length study of Neilson's plays and his innovative rehearsal methodology. As well as providing a detailed account of each play Trish Reid includes an extensive new interview with Neilson and additional contributions from important scholars and commentators in the field. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to develop a better understanding of one of British theatre's most original artists.

Stitching

Author : Anthony Neilson
ISBN : 9781472536488
Genre : Drama
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We will fix it. We will mend it... In the light of a pregnancy, a faithless couple pick apart their relationship, stitch by painful stitch. Can it be mended? Anthony Neilson's dark and intimate new play is a love story set at the extremes of brutality, banality and tenderness. Stitching opened at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, on 2 August 2002 and transferred to the Bush Theatre, London, on 12 September 2002."Explodes with power, discipline, integrity and sheer cruel psychological accuracy ... Neilson's writing has a terrible beauty" Sunday Times "Startlingly rich and challenging, Neilson depicts with aching precision a relationship in which love is undermined by distrust" Time Out "Shattering, shocking...a serious, persuasive account of the blind alleys love can lead us down" Daily Telegraph "A characteristically brave and brutal offering" Independent "A deeply mesmerising, if shocking, experience as a couple smashes through taboo after taboo in a harrowing sexual tug of war" Evening Standard

Rewriting The Nation

Author : Aleks Sierz
ISBN : 9781408112397
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.

Anthony Neilson Plays 3

Author : Anthony Neilson
ISBN : 9781350100817
Genre : Drama
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Anthony Neilson is often described as one of the most exciting and challenging voices in contemporary British theatre. For over two decades he has acquired a reputation for innovation and experimentation in both writing and directing having worked with companies such as The Royal Court, The RSC and the National Theatre. This third play collection of his most recent major works brings together five plays in publication for the first time, offering an important documentary of his original work since 2008. Relocated (2008) originally premiered at the Royal Court, directed by the author, where it was described as a “sinister mystery” play and “not an experience for the faint-hearted...morally challenging and riveting...leaves an indelible stain on the memory” (The Times). Get Santa! (2010) is a magical, musical and mischievous Christmas show with a fresh moral featuring music by Nick Powell. It's Christmas Eve but Holly isn't happy. All she's ever wanted from Santa is to meet her real Dad for the first time. And every time, Santa's failed to deliver, bringing lots of useless presents instead. Well, Holly's had enough. This year she has a plan. She's going to wait up and trap Santa when he arrives and get from him the only present she's ever wanted. Narrative (2013) originally premiered at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. Devised throughout rehearsal with a seven-strong cast it's a play about storytelling and the narratives of our everyday lives. Unreachable (2016) was described as an “intoxicatingly chaotic comedy” (Time Out) which follows a film director on an obsessive quest to capture the perfect light. Originally running at the Royal Court Theatre in a production that starred Matt Smith, it broke boundaries by offering audiences a digital insight into the rehearsal process through online content which documented and shaped the devising process. The Prudes (2018) is a comedy about relationships in the current sexual climate; and a vicious satire on the male response to it. Jess and Jimmy haven't done it in a year. Fourteen months and four days to be exact. It's definitely not the seven year itch – they've been together nine. Now they're coming together in a last-ditch effort to re-boot their sex life and save their relationship. But a lot has changed in a year; for them and for the world. Described as a “smart, sketchy, amusing, awkward, stimulating two-hander” (The Times), it originally premiered at the Royal Court Upstairs. Published to coincide with his adaptation of The Tell-Tale Heart at the National Theatre in December 2018, this play collection is an important and unique anthology of a major international voice of contemporary theatre.

Contemporary Scottish Plays

Author : Alistair Beaton
ISBN : 9781472574466
Genre : Drama
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To paraphrase Alistair Beaton's Caledonia - the first play in this collection - 'The English have anthologies, the Spanish have anthologies, the French have anthologies . . . why should not Scotland have its anthology?' Scotland is entering a crucial period in its history, where its identity is being debated daily, from everyday conversation to the national and international press. At the same time, its theatre is resurgent, with key Scottish playwrights, theatres and theatre companies expanding their performance vocabularies while coming to prominence in national and international contexts. Caledonia is a tale of hubris and delusion, portraying a crucial slice of Scotland's history and its foray into imperial colonialism told with dark humour and creative flair, by award-winning playwright and satirist Alistair Beaton. Bullet Catch, by Rob Drummond, is a unique theatrical experience exploring the world of magic, featuring mind-reading, levitation, and the most notorious finale in show business. Morna Pearson's The Artist Man and the Mother Woman is a wickedly funny, deceptively simple, surreal portrait of a spectacularly dysfunctional relationship. Rantin', by Kieran Hurley draws on storytelling, live music and an unapologetically haphazard take on Scottish folk tradition, in an attempt to stitch together fragmented stories to reveal a botched patchwork of a nation. First performed at the Royal Court in 2013, Narrative by Anthony Neilson is a theatrical exploration of the the boundaries and possibilities of storytelling. Featuring plays from Alistair Beaton, Rob Drummond, Morna Pearson, Kieran Hurley and Anthony Neilson, this collection is edited by Dr. Trish Reid, a leading critical voice on Scottish theatre.

Neilson Plays 1

Author : Anthony Neilson
ISBN : 9781408176894
Genre : Drama
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Anthony Neilson's plays collected in one volume Includes the plays: Normal "a tight, powerful, three-hander...achieved with a sense of discipline and thematic energy" (Guardian), Penetrator "This is one of the blackest, funniest and most shocking comedy dramas you will ever see" (Sunday Times), Year of the Family "His writing is as tight and courageous as ever...highly recommended for those who like to think" (What's On), The Night Before Christmas "is a smutty, dangerously funny but ultimately warm-hearted cri de coeur against the Christmas Industry" (Stage); The Censor "is a profound and tragic vision of humanity at its bare forked basics" (Evening Standard).

Contemporary British Drama

Author : David Lane
ISBN : 9780748686797
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book offers an extended analysis of writers and theatre companies in Britain since 1995, and explores them alongside recent cultural, social and political developments. Referencing well-known practitioners from modern theatre, this book is an excelle

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