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  • 1984
    1984
    ORWELL GEORGE / MACMILLAND D / ICKE R
    ISBN: 9781783190614
    Title: 1984
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE / MACMILLAND D / ICKE R
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In an age of mass surveillance, 'total' policing and GPS tracking, 1984 is as relevant now as it's ever been.


    April, 1984. Winston Smith thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye.
    Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell's fiction is often said to be our reality. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical new adaptation exploring why Orwell's vision of the future is as relevant as ever.

    Imprint: OBERON
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • 5 MINUTE PLAYS
    5 MINUTE PLAYS
    HARBISON LAWRENCE
    ISBN: 9781495069246
    Title: 5 MINUTE PLAYS
    Author: HARBISON LAWRENCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    5-Minute Plays is the latest collection from veteran editor Lawrence Harbison, a man who has spent his career championing new and established playwrights by bringing their work into print. What's the story behind this one? In keeping with the spirit of the book, we'll give it to you in five.

    Imprint: Applause Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ACCRINGTON PALS
    ACCRINGTON PALS
    WHELAN PETER
    ISBN: 9781408137109
    Title: ACCRINGTON PALS
    Author: WHELAN PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Accrington Pals is a poignant and harrowing play set in the early years of the First World War, as the country's jingoistic optimism starts to wane and the true horror of warfare gradually becomes clear. The play looks at both the terrifying experiences of the men at the front and the women who were left behind to face social changes, deprivation and the lies of propaganda. While often comic vignettes portray the everyday life of a town denuded of men, the men face the terror that is the Battle of the Somme. This compassionate play portrays the devastating effects of war on a typical Lancashire mill town and the suffering of everyday people. This Modern Classic edition includes a new preface by the author, plus a full introduction exploring the themes, the social and historical context and the characters. It also includes a chronology of key events mentioned in the play and classroom activities.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $23.00
    Price: $23.00
  • ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL   -   Arden Shakespeare
    ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL - Arden Shakespeare
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271208
    Title: ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL - Arden Shakespeare
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In All's Well That Ends Well, Helen, a lowly ward, risks her life to satisfy her boundless love for Bertram, a count and ward to the King of France. Following him to Paris, she concocts an endangering plan to win the King of France 's favour and induce Bertram 's hand in marriage.
    In the comprehensive introduction to this new, fully-illustrated Arden edition, Suzanne Gossett takes a transformative look at the play 's critical and performance history by offering fresh perspectives on the conundrum of genre, sexuality and moral dilemmas with masculinity and the structures of family. The authoritative play text is amply annotated to clarify its language and allusions, and two appendices debate the play 's authorship and review its casting. Offering students and scholars alike a wealth of insight and new research, this edition maintains the rigorous standards of the Arden Shakespeare.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMADEUS
    AMADEUS
    SHAFFER PETER
    ISBN: 9780141188898
    Title: AMADEUS
    Author: SHAFFER PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a genius, the most brilliant musician the world will ever see. But the court of eighteenth-century Vienna doesn't recognize his talents - only Antonio Salieri, the Court Composer, does, and he is tortured by what he hears. Seething with rage at the genius of this flippant buffoon and suddenly aware of his own mediocrity, Salieri declares war and sets out to destroy the man he sees as God's instrument on earth.

    Peter Shaffer's award-winning play is a rich, exuberant portrayal of a God-like man among mortals, and lives destroyed by envy.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANGELS IN AMERICA PART 1 AND 2 IN A SINGLE VOLUME
    ANGELS IN AMERICA PART 1 AND 2 IN A SINGLE VOLUME
    KUSHNER TONY
    ISBN: 9781854599827
    Title: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART 1 AND 2 IN A SINGLE VOLUME
    Author: KUSHNER TONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Both parts of this epic drama available in one volume for the first time published alongside a 15th anniversary tour.

    Part One of Angels in America, subtitled Millennium Approaches, erupted on to world stages in January 1992.
    Part Two, Perestroika, followed in 1993. Since then Angels in America has become one of the most studied American plays, with over 30,000 copies of both parts sold in the UK alone. It has also been filmed for television by Mike Nichols, with Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson as the eponymous Angel.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANOTHER PARADISE
    ANOTHER PARADISE
    KENT SAYAN
    ISBN: 9781840029208
    Title: ANOTHER PARADISE
    Author: KENT SAYAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: OBERON
    RRP: $28.95
    Price: $29.00
  • ARTHUR MILLER : PLAYS 2
    ARTHUR MILLER : PLAYS 2
    MILLER ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9781408111314
    Title: ARTHUR MILLER : PLAYS 2
    Author: MILLER ARTHUR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This second volume of Arthur Miller's plays contains four stage plays from the sixties and seventies, taking up the theme of individual responsibility from his earlier work.

    The Price (1968) is 'a beautifully intelligent play about two brothers who are pinned in positions of flight from their own histories that are as fruitless as the movements of the men at Pompeii' (Observer)

    After the Fall (1964) is 'about how we - nations and individuals - destroy ourselves by denying that this is precisely what we are doing' (Guardian).

    Incident at Vichy (1964) is 'a short but intense drama of Occupied France... a kind of suspense thriller with moral overtones, continuously absorbing' (New York Post).

    The Creation of the World and Other Business is based on the Biblical account and was Miller's first Broadway comedy, premiering in 1972.

    Also included are two of his screenplays: The Misfits, written for and filmed with Marilyn Monroe, and Playing for Time, which was televised with Vanessa Redgrave and won an Emmy award.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • ASH BOY
    ASH BOY
    LEE CHRIS
    ISBN: 9780413776112
    Title: ASH BOY
    Author: LEE CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • AUTOBIOGRAPHER
    AUTOBIOGRAPHER
    WILSON MELANIE
    ISBN: 9781849434829
    Title: AUTOBIOGRAPHER
    Author: WILSON MELANIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Autobiographer draws us into the unravelling mind of the central character, Flora. Voiced by multiple performers, Flora reveals a curious and evocative portrait of a life refracted through the lens of dementia. Autobiographer is a tender, poetic and thrilling new work that features a cast of four and a bold, electrifying score of voice and sound.

    Imprint: OBERON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEAT THE DEVIL
    BEAT THE DEVIL
    HARE DAVID
    ISBN: 9780571366088
    Title: BEAT THE DEVIL
    Author: HARE DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Covid-19 seems to be a sort of dirty bomb, thrown into the body to cause havoc.

    On the same day that the UK government finally made the first of two decisive interventions that led to a conspicuously late lockdown, David Hare contracted Covid-19. Nobody seemed to know much about it then, and many doctors are not altogether sure they know much more today. Suffering a pageant of apparently random symptoms, Hare recalls the delirium of his illness, which mixed with fear, dream, honest medicine and dishonest politics to create a monologue of furious urgency and power.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (National Theatre version)
    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (National Theatre version)
    KIRKWOOD LUCY
    ISBN: 9781848421578
    Title: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (National Theatre version)
    Author: KIRKWOOD LUCY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lucy Kirkwood's delightful version of the classic fairytale, first seen in a production devised and directed by Katie Mitchell at the National Theatre for Christmas 2010.

    The theft of a single rose has monstrous consequences for Beauty and her father. Because this is no ordinary rose...and this is no ordinary fairytale. Narrated by a pair of mischievous fairies, a very helpful Rabbit, and a Thoughtsnatcher machine, this timeless story is sure to surprise, delight and enchant.

    A wild and twisted tale, full of exciting and intriguing challenges for drama groups wishing to stage their own production.

    Lucy Kirkwood's Beauty and the Beast was first performed at the National Theatre, London, in December 2010.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $21.99
    Price: $21.99
  • BIG OLE PIECE OF CAKE
    BIG OLE PIECE OF CAKE
    MCLOUGHLIN SEAN
    ISBN: 9781848421400
    Title: BIG OLE PIECE OF CAKE
    Author: MCLOUGHLIN SEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $21.95
    Price: $21.95
  • BIG PICTURE
    BIG PICTURE
    COMPTON JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9780868195940
    Title: BIG PICTURE
    Author: COMPTON JENNIFER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $21.95
    Price: $22.00
  • BIRDS AND OTHER PLAYS
    BIRDS AND OTHER PLAYS
    ARISTOPHANES
    ISBN: 9780140449518
    Title: BIRDS AND OTHER PLAYS
    Author: ARISTOPHANES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE
    BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE
    LUI NAKKIAH
    ISBN: 9781760527341
    Title: BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE
    Author: LUI NAKKIAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Nakkiah Lui's writing is, as always, on point: hold-your-belly funny; pumping with politics that prompts visible discomfort.' Maxine Beneba Clark, Saturday Paper

    'Her writing, whether devastating or hilarious, has always shown a great deal of accessible humanity and relentless intelligence.' Guardian

    'We needed a new David Williamson, someone who speaks to Australia and Australians now. We've found her in Nakkiah.' Alex Broun, playwright

    'Mount Druitt's answer to Lena Dunham.' Belvoir Theatre

    'If there is such a thing as a rockstar playwright, Nakkiah Lui is it.' Fran Kelly, RN

    Love, politics and other things you shouldn't talk about at dinner

    Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it's Christmas. Second of all, she's in love.

    The thing is, her fiance, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected - he's unemployed, he's an experimental composer... and he's white! Bringing him and his conservative parents to meet her family on their ancestral land is a bold move. Will he stand up to the scrutiny? Or will this romance descend into farce?

    Love is never just black and white. It's complicated by class, politics, ambition, and too much wine over dinner. But for Charlotte and Francis, it's mostly complicated by family. Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries get sorted through. What can't be solved through diplomacy can surely be solved by a good old-fashioned dance-off. They're just that kind of family.

    Award-winning writer Nakkiah Lui shows why she is one of this country's most in-demand young voices, delivering cutting satire that is both seductively subversive and thoroughly delightful.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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