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A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where's the incentive to put things right? DNA is a poignant and, sometimes, hilarious tale with a very dark heart. A new play for younger people DNA opened at the National Theatre in February 2008. Includes notes for teachers and those studying the play for GCSE English, as written by Anthony Banks theatre director and Associate Director of the National Theatre Discover Programme. Visit Samuel French for amateur performance enquiries
All episodes from the first two series of the Channel 4 conspiracy thriller starring Fiona O'Shaughnessy. When a group of strangers who met on a comic book forum find they are somehow connected to each other through the plot of a legendary graphic novel, their lives become targets of a organisation known only as The Network. Ian (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), Becky (Alexandra Roach), Wilson (Adeel Akhtar) and Grant (Oliver Woollford) are in possession of the original manuscript for the novel and discover that The Network will go to great lengths to get the manuscript back. As they find themselves being framed for crimes they did not commit, they must work together to fight off The Network.
Jude Law stars in this underwater thriller directed by Kevin Macdonald. Law stars as Captain Robinson, a seasoned submarine captain who, after losing his crew and his job, learns of an unclaimed bounty of Nazi gold lying in a U-boat at the bottom of the Black Sea. Seeing an opportunity to strike it rich and leave the job behind him once and for all, Robinson acquires the support of a shady businessman and assembles a crew of British and Russian sailors before embarking on the hunt. However, with such a huge pay off on offer, it isn't long before tensions flare on board and some of the crew begin to think about how they can increase their share of the gold...
I think the biggest threat isn't from what people do to you, it's from what you do to yourself. They were all in the pub when the explosion happened. Louise wakes up to find herself trapped with Mark, who has saved her life. Mark is always prepared for the worst and has everything he thinks they will need to survive; tinned chilli, Dungeons and Dragons and a knife - now all they need to do is to wait until it's safe to go outside. Can they survive the attack? Can they survive each other? Dennis Kelly burst onto the scene with his brilliantly twisted debut "Debris" at Theatre 503 in 2003. Since then he has had productions of his work throughout Europe, as well as at the BAC, Traverse, Arcola and the National Theatre, and most recently "Osama The Hero" at Hampstead Theatre (developed by Paines Plough in their Wild Lunch season, 2004). "After the End" receives its world premiere at The Traverse Theatre on 5th August 2005 and also plays at The Bush Theatre, London.
A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where's the incentive to put things right? DNA is a poignant and, sometimes, hilarious tale with a very dark heart. A contemporary play for younger people,DNA opened at the National Theatre in February 2008 Visit Samuel French for amateur performance enquiries
An unexpected meeting at an airport leads to an intense, passionate, head-over-heels relationship. Before long they begin to settle down, buy a house, juggle careers, have kids - theirs is an ordinary family. But then their world starts to unravel and things take a disturbing turn. A tragic, violent look at parenthood and trauma.
This disturbing urban drama had its world premiere at the Traverse Theatre.
Features the plays Debris, Osama the Hero, After the End and Love and Money. The four plays in this first collection by Dennis Kelly are linked by their characters' desperate need to believe that there is more to life than the often brutal worlds in which they find themselves. Kelly's remarkable debut Debris finds humour and pathos in a spectacularly dysfunctional family unit. The harrowing Osama the Hero shows a group of neighbours taking ill-defined revenge on an odd-ball teenager in a climate of fear. In After the End a woman discovers she has been rescued from Armageddon by a paranoid ex-colleague with a nuclear bunker in his garden. And in a fractured narrative Love and Money portrays a marriage driven to brutal destruction by financial pressures.
David conducts an office romance by e-mail. He has love at his fingertips. But a shocking admission unravels his relationship piece by chilling piece. Jess loves David. She believes happiness can be bought - but it doesn't come cheap in a world of easy credit. Jess and David's ideal blend of love and money is killing them. Funny but heart wrenching, this ingenious drama dares us to enter a dislocated world of bad debts and even worse desires. "Love and Money" opens at the Manchester Royal Exchange in October 2006 and transfers to the Young Vic, London, in November.
Review: Our Teacher's a Troll 'A celebration of naughtiness and questioning, it's a raucous, skin-crawling treat.' Guardian 'A hilarious dark fable.' The Herald Orphans 'a cast-iron understanding of the morally bankrupt way we live now.' Daily Telegraph Taking Care of Baby 'In its examination of how stories are told, is an imaginatively realised and moving story.' Guardian DNA 'A taut, compelling thriller and a modern-day spin on Lord of the Flies, exploring group behaviour and moral equivocation' Financial Times The Gods Weep 'Admirable in its ambition and daring, in its willingness to take on huge themes such as destruction and redemption.' Financial Times A collection of five plays by leading British and internationally acclaimed playwright Dennis Kelly. Includes a previously unpublished play, first produced by the National Theatre of Scotland.
" Subtitled 'A Klezmer piece', The Fourth Gate was is based on traditional Hassidic stories. This funny and multi-faceted play depicts a lost world where the celestial and the everyday go hand in hand, where poverty and ignorance may be signs of ultimate richness and wisdom, where searching for your mentor/spiritual leader can be a life-long goal. In this small Ukrainian community, time and space seem to be penetrable and reversible, reality and myths can be easily confused. This version is from a literal translation by Ildiko Noemi Nagy and Katalin Trencsenyi, and is part of the National Theatre's Channels (Hungary) season of rehearsed readings, initiated by the NT Studio and performed in the Cottesloe Theatre in June 2004."
The Gods Weep focuses on the life of a CEO whose global business fragments around him as he loses his grip on reality. Colm has taken a lifetime to build his empire. With brutal rigor he has shaped the world around him in his own image. As time moves on his decision-making abilities increasingly fail him and the world he has created begins to fracture. The power struggle that ensues reveals the corruption and unstoppable forces at work in a world where corporate greed and national security frighteningly overlap.
This is the unreal journey through two disturbed minds and the unfolding events leading up to the self crucifixion of their father in the front room. Enter the insane world of siblings Michael and Michelle.
From Morning To Midnight, among the most frequently performed German Expressionist works, charts the life of a cashier who steals money from the bank and flees to Berlin. The un-named protagonist's bid to escape his middle-class daily life is ultimately frustrated. It is a popular piece in which Kaiser satirized the cheapness and futility of modern society. His hero, a kind of machine-age Everyman, searches everywhere for some kind of fulfilment - in commercial sex, in salvationist religion - but discovers through a series of nightmarish episodes that the world is deceitful and illusory. In the end, disillusioned and pursued by the police, he takes his own life.A new version by Dennis Kelly, to play at the National's Lyttelton Theatre in November 2013, as part of the National's 50th Anniversary Season.
Once, there were two terrible twins called Holly and Sean, who gave their Head teacher a nervous breakdown. The twins were extremely pleased with themselves. That is, until the new Head teacher arrived. For you see, the new Head teacher was - a Troll. That's right. And this Troll Head teacher soon created all kinds of mad new rules for the pupils and teachers. Can Holly and Sean save the day and stop the Troll from eating their classmates and teachers? Can naughtiness be restored to its rightful place? Will brussel sprouts and peanut butter be taken off the menu?
If you could lie without flinching, corrupt without caring and succeed at all costs - how far could you go - how much could you make? From the early promise of the 70s through to unrelenting capitalism of the 80s and 90s, follow George on the journey from innocence to savage greed and knotted honesty, as he invents three golden rule for success, whatever the cost. An electrifying dark morality tale, this new play from award- winning writer marks Dennis Kelly's Royal Court debut.
" Silesia, 1903. Every man falls for Rose Bernd. But her actions lead her into danger. In a deeply traditional community how can she avoid disgrace? Rose Bernd is a compassionate but shocking account of a young woman's downfall. This new translation was performed at the Arcola Theatre in 2005 as part of the 'Last Waltz' season by Oxford Stage Company & Dumbfounded Theatre."
'None of this is the truth. It's just people saying things. It's all subjective. There's the truth, and there's what people think is the truth, and it all depends on how you slant it...' "Taking Care of Baby" tackles the complex case of Donna McAuliffe, a young mother convicted of the murder of her two infant children. In a series of probing interviews the people in this extraordinary story, including Donna herself and her bewildered mother Lynn, reveal how they may have harmed those they sought to protect. Dennis Kelly's ambitious new play uses the popular techniques of drama-documentary and verbatim theatre to explore how truth is compromised by today's information culture. "Taking Care of Baby" opens at the Hampstead Theatre in May 2007.
Have you ever wished your job came with an owner's manual? You'll find the closest thing to it in this insightful collection of lessons learned by veteran school administrator Dennis Kelly. As he has moved from teacher to principal to superintendent, Kelly has taken careful mental notes about his path the landmarks, the roadblocks, the hidden snares and the view from the top. Novice and veteran alike will appreciate Kelly's poignant, inspirational vignettes as well as his practical advice on being a good educator and a good human being.
'I never know when things are funny, so what I do is wait until someone else starts laughing and then I join in, quick as I can and hope I haven't got in too late because there's nothing worse than being left out in the cold with a laugh hanging. People laugh a lot nowadays. I think that's fear. ' Gary's not stupid. He just dares to see the world differently. In the classroom and on the estate he provokes without intent. When another act of violence unsettles those around him, Gary must take the blame. Osama the Hero is a visceral rollercoaster of a play by one of Britain's hottest emerging writers. Raw, angry and urgent, this is an explosive piece of work.
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