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Train Tracks - . . . can death, deceit, disruption save them? (Paperback): Peter Alderman Train Tracks - . . . can death, deceit, disruption save them? (Paperback)
Peter Alderman
R408 R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Beautiful Words (Paperback): Sean Riley Beautiful Words (Paperback)
Sean Riley
R460 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R171 (37%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An epic chronicle of the refugee experience, Beautiful Words weaves together three very different stories of survival, told through the eyes of three children in different times and places. The outcome is heart-rending, humorous, and surprising by turns. From the horrors of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in the final days of World War II, to Taliban-ruled Kabul, to present day Australia, this enthralling play presents a rich tapestry of human experience, overlapping lives, and the bonds that unite generations.

The Importance of Being Earnest the Graphic Novel - Quick Text (Paperback, British English ed): Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest the Graphic Novel - Quick Text (Paperback, British English ed)
Oscar Wilde; Illustrated by John Stokes
R296 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R16 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A reduced, simplified dialogue version of the Original Text for a fast-paced read. Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England use imaginary friends to inject some excitement into their seemingly dull lives. Jack Worthing invents a brother, "Ernest", whom he pretends to be in order to visit his beloved Gwendolen in the city. Meanwhile, friend Algy Moncrieff uses the name "Ernest" while visiting Jack's beautiful young ward, Cecily in the country. Much confusion ensues as the two women find out they have been deceived by their "Ernests". Some would call this a society comedy; others, a Victorian farce. Regardless of the term used, this full colour graphic novel captures the era effortlessly. With an intricate attention to detail, wonderful characterisation and dramatically expressive and humorous artwork, this really is a graphic novel to cherish.

Muff, MinusOneSister and SHIT: Three plays (Paperback): Van Badham, Anna Barnes, Patricia Cornelius Muff, MinusOneSister and SHIT: Three plays (Paperback)
Van Badham, Anna Barnes, Patricia Cornelius
R674 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R259 (38%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays (Paperback, Revised): Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays (Paperback, Revised)
Oscar Wilde; Edited by Richard Cave; Introduction by Richard Cave; Notes by Richard Cave
R210 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R42 (20%) In stock

LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN/SALOMÉ/A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE/AN IDEAL HUSBAND/A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY/THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

‘To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness’

The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette. Manners and morality are also victims of Wilde’s sharp wit in Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband, in which snobbery and hypocrisy are laid bare. In Salomé and A Florentine Tragedy, Wilde makes powerful use of historical settings to explore the complex relationship between sex and power. The range of these plays displays Wilde’s delight in artifice, masks and disguises, and reveal the pretensions of the social world in which he himself played such a dazzlingly and precarious part.

Richard Allen Cave’s introduction and notes discuss the themes of the plays and Wilde’s innovative methods of staging. This edition includes the excised ‘Gribsby’ scene from The Importance of Being Earnest.

Deeply Regretted by . . . (Paperback): Maeve Binchy Deeply Regretted by . . . (Paperback)
Maeve Binchy
R449 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R90 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Warner Loughlin Technique - An Acting Revolution (Paperback): Warner Loughlin The Warner Loughlin Technique - An Acting Revolution (Paperback)
Warner Loughlin
R411 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R73 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Electra, Phoenician Women, Bacchae, and Iphigenia at Aulis (Paperback): Euripides Electra, Phoenician Women, Bacchae, and Iphigenia at Aulis (Paperback)
Euripides; Translated by Cecelia Eaton Luschnig, Paul Woodruff
R372 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R49 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The four late plays of Euripides collected here, in beautifully crafted translations by Cecelia Eaton Luschnig and Paul Woodruff, offer a faithful and dynamic representation of the playwright's mature vision.

Shoppers - Two Plays by Denis Johnson (Paperback, 1st ed): Denis Johnson Shoppers - Two Plays by Denis Johnson (Paperback, 1st ed)
Denis Johnson
R343 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R23 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Perfection is not the basis of what I'm talking about," says a member of the Cassandra family, which forms the center of Denis Johnson's plays, Hellhound on My Trail and Shoppers Carried by Escalators Into the Flames. The character could be speaking for his creator, because human imperfection is one of Denis Johnson's specialties -- in his critically acclaimed novels, short stories, and nonfiction, and, now, in two brilliant new plays.

These two works present a dramatized field guide to some of the more dysfunctional and dysphoric inhabitants of the American West: a sexual-misconduct investigator who misconducts herself sexually; a renegade Jehovah's Witness who supports his splinter Jehovean group by dealing drugs; the Cassandra Brothers and their father and their grandmother, thrown together at a family reunion/wedding/melee at their shabby homestead in Ukiah, California.

When Shoppers Carried by Escalators Into the Flames was performed in San Francisco in 2001, the Chronicle said, There's an enormous appeal in Johnson's bleak-comic vision of a semi-mythic American West. That appeal derives from the author's perfect vision of imperfection, embodied with such energy and courage in these marvelous pieces of theatre.

New Plays from the Abbey Theatre - Volume Two, 1996-1998 (Paperback, 1st ed): Judy Friel New Plays from the Abbey Theatre - Volume Two, 1996-1998 (Paperback, 1st ed)
Judy Friel
R469 R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Save R87 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The selected plays show the extraordinary variety of Irish drama today as well as the brilliance of Irish playwrights, both seasoned veterans and those beginning to build reputations on the stages of the world's premier national theatre, The Abbey. The first play by award-winning playwright Michael Harding, ""Sour Grapes"", explores the taboos of seminary life including paedophilia and homosexuality. Thomas Kilroy's ""The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde"" tells the historical drama of the marriage of Constance to Oscar Wilde and recounts the tragedy that was her marriage and life. Interlocking lives of a varied group of eight morally adrift young Dublin women and men, Alex Johnston's dramatic comedy ""Melonfarmer"" illuminates the difficulty of human communication in a fast-paced urban society. ""By the Bog of Cats"" by Marina Carr completes the volume in an intense, poetic tragedy of brutal Irish rural-Midlands life in which money and land outweigh all other values.

Plautus Reader - Selections from 11 Plays (Paperback): John Henderson, Titus Maccius Plautus Plautus Reader - Selections from 11 Plays (Paperback)
John Henderson, Titus Maccius Plautus
R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Saturday Night at the Palace - A Play in One Act (Paperback): Paul Slabolepszy Saturday Night at the Palace - A Play in One Act (Paperback)
Paul Slabolepszy
R115 R92 Discovery Miles 920 Save R23 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Saturday Night at the Palace won the Amstel Award for Best Play in 1981, and the AA Mutual Life Vita Award for Best Production in 1984.

'Rave., rave, rave! It's a long time since I've seen a local play as powerful, and effective '
- Sunday Times
Pygmalion (Paperback): George Bernard Shaw Pygmalion (Paperback)
George Bernard Shaw
R75 R62 Discovery Miles 620 Save R13 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Brilliant play, with irresistible theme of the emerging butterfly, is one of the most acclaimed comedies in English.

Three plays - Dream of the dog; The girl in the yellow dress; The imagined land (Paperback): Craig Higginson Three plays - Dream of the dog; The girl in the yellow dress; The imagined land (Paperback)
Craig Higginson
R275 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R48 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Craig Higginson's first three plays for adult audiences - collected here in one volume - represent one of the strongest debuts in contemporary South African theatre. Although each can be seen as a variation on the theme of the post-apartheid state of the nation play, they are also engaged with realities in Zimbabwe, the Congo and contemporary Europe. Higginson's experience of growing up in wartorn Zimbabwe and apartheid South Africa have given him a deeprooted and potent angle from which to dramatize a dialogue between Europe and Africa. As British director Jeremy Herrin has noted in his Foreword: `The pairing of delicate psychology and considered plot allow the plays to move beyond the realism of their settings into a bespoke theatrical landscape, a place where the contradictions and messiness of contemporary life hold themselves up for inspection.'

Histrionics - Three Plays (Paperback): Thomas Bernhard Histrionics - Three Plays (Paperback)
Thomas Bernhard; Translated by P Jansen, K. Northcott
R913 Discovery Miles 9 130 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Although he is best known in the United States as a novelist, Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard has been hailed in Europe as one of the most significant and controversial of contemporary playwrights. George Steiner has predicted that the current era in German-language literature will be recognized as the "Bernhard period"; John Updike compares Bernhard with Kafka, Grass, Handke, and Weiss. His dark, absurdist plays can be likened to those of Beckett and Pinter, but their cultural and political concerns are distinctly Bernhard's. While Austria's recent political history lends particular credibility to Bernhard's satire, his criticisms are directed at the modern world generally; his plays grapple with questions of totalitarianism and the subjection of the individual and with notions of reality and appearance.

The Seagull (Paperback): Anton Chekhov The Seagull (Paperback)
Anton Chekhov; Translated by George Calderon
R199 R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Save R36 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays (Paperback): Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays (Paperback)
Oscar Wilde
R202 R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Save R36 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
A Funny Thing Happened to Me on My Way Through the Bible - A Collection of Humorous Sketches and Monologues Based on Familiar... A Funny Thing Happened to Me on My Way Through the Bible - A Collection of Humorous Sketches and Monologues Based on Familiar Bible Stories (Paperback)
Martha Bolton
R474 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R94 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Watch the Bible come to life... with these delightfully funny sketches and monologues taken from familiar biblical narratives. Written with great humor and charm, these 16 scripts are always in good taste and contain pointed truths recognizable to everyone. Each piece will be appropriate for audiences inside the church and out. Martha Bolton's commitment is evident in each sketch's message.

Meat (Paperback): Gillian Greer Meat (Paperback)
Gillian Greer
R276 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R53 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When Ronan's former girlfriend Max turns up at his fashionable Dublin restaurant, he's determined to prove to her how far he's come. But Max has something bigger to discuss. Over the course of one winesoaked evening, old wounds are exposed and new truths uncovered. Gillian Greer's play Meat is a story of class, consent and transgressions buried in the past. How can one couple navigate their shared history when their memories don't quite match up The play was a finalist in Theatre503's International Playwriting Award in 2018. It premiered at Theatre503, London, in February 2020. 'Nail bitingly tense... subtle, acutely observed script... a thought provoking and gripping depiction of a reckoning with trauma' - Time Out 'Gillian Greer's striking play navigates the subject of sexual consent with unflinching honesty' - The Stage 'This smart drama has plenty of meat on its bones... played on the edge of a butcher's cleaver' - The Reviews Hub 'Complex, personal and bleeds like an open wound' - A Younger Theatre

Oxford Student Texts: The Importance of Being Earnest (Paperback): Jackie Moore Oxford Student Texts: The Importance of Being Earnest (Paperback)
Jackie Moore; Series edited by Steven Croft
R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Oxford Student Texts offer an accessible route into the study of texts for A Level including line-by-line notes, and detailed sections covering key themes, issues and contexts. This edition focuses on The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae - Four Plays (Paperback): Euripides Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae - Four Plays (Paperback)
Euripides; Edited by Stephen Esposito; Translated by Michael R. Halleran, Anthony Podlecki
R568 R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Save R92 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collection of Euripides' most important plays in one volume. Translations are taken in full text from other single volumes in the Focus Classical Library, by authors Michael Halleran, Anthony Podlecki, and Stephen Esposito, with notes and a new introduction. As with all Focus Classical Library titles, this anthology has been designed with the student of Ancient Drama in mind, including modern translations close to the original, informed by the latest scholarship, and with an extensive introduction, interpretive essay, and footnotes -- all to the purpose of allowing the student to understand Greek drama, Greek mythology, and the context of Greek culture. This book is useful for courses in ancient drama, classical civilization, Greek tragedy, Classical mythology, etc.

Terror (German, Paperback): Ferdinand Von Schirach Terror (German, Paperback)
Ferdinand Von Schirach
R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
I Think We Are Alone (NHB Modern Plays) (Paperback): Sally Abbott I Think We Are Alone (NHB Modern Plays) (Paperback)
Sally Abbott
R273 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R53 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From those electric moments of discovery and connection to the dark hours of isolation, we all seek community and resolution. But sometimes what connects us is what we need to escape from. Sally Abbott's I Think We Are Alone is a delicate and uplifting play about our fragility, resilience and our need for love and forgiveness. It is premiered by Frantic Assembly from February 2020, in a production co directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham.

Master Harold and the Boys - A Play (Paperback): Athol Fugard Master Harold and the Boys - A Play (Paperback)
Athol Fugard
R352 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R124 (35%) In stock

This play about a young white boy and two African servants is at once a compelling drama of South African apartheid and a universal coming-of-age story. Originally produced in 1982, it is now an acknowledged classic of the stage, whose themes of injustice, racism, friendship, and reconciliation traverse borders and time.

The Divine - A Play for Sarah Bernhardt (Paperback): Michel Marc Bouchard The Divine - A Play for Sarah Bernhardt (Paperback)
Michel Marc Bouchard; Translated by Linda Gaboriau
R392 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Playwright Michel-Marc Bouchard and translator Linda Gaboriau are a winning team. Their previous collaboration, Tom at the Farm, won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Drama.Divine was commissioned by the Shaw Festival and will be produced July 5 to October 11 as part of their 2015 season.

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