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Iron by Rona Munro Book Summary:
Iron is an intense psychological drama in which a mother and daughter try to break through the barriers of time, memory and punishment which separate them. But between them lies the fact of murder. A murder Josie cannot remember and Fay has always tried to forget. Uncovering the memories they share is more dangerous than either of them can imagine.
Your Turn to Clean the Stair by Rona Munro Book Summary:
Two plays by the winner of the 1991 Susan Smith Balckburn Award for the best play by a woman in the English speaking world.
Pandas by Rona Munro Book Summary:
A romantic-comedy-thriller about the heat of love and the magic of changing perspectives.
Crushed Shells and Mud by Ben Musgrave Book Summary:
England trembles in the grip of a devastating epidemic. But in a remote coastal village, quiet Derek waits for love and life to really begin. Then Lydia arrives. She burns brightly, beyond Derek’s wildest dreams. And she is hiding something. When Derek discovers her secret, they are both propelled into a strange new world of conflicted desire and dangerous loyalties, where terrifying forces test their courage and humanity. But can love survive the fear inside? Ben Musgrave's Crushed Shells and Mud premiered at the Southwark Playhouse, London, in October 2015.
Gilt by Stephen Greenhorn,Isabel Wright,Rona Munro Book Summary:
Some people need help. Some people find themselves in a position to give help. And others just help themselves. 7:84 Theatre Company have brought together three of Scotland's best playwrights in the shape of Stephen Greenhorn (author of Passing Places), Rona Munro (Iron) and Isabel Wright (Mr. Placebo) to produce Gilt, in which seven characters collide and interweave in a modern mosaic about money and love. There's Mick, the TV presenter, searching for reconciliation; Carla, who's looking for love; Al, in search of security; teenaged Jo, who'll try anything for a way out; Chris, out of work and in need of respect; James, who's put his faith in Anita; and Anita, who would like to start all over again. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, Gilt asks some serious questions about money and love - and the price you can pay for both.
Little Eagles by Rona Munro Book Summary:
The incredible story of the space race as seen through the eyes of the USSR's Sputnik pioneers
Long Time Dead by Rona Munro Book Summary:
Compelling new play by writer with impressive track record.
Overspill by Ali Taylor Book Summary:
A poetic, explosive thriller about teenagers on a night out that ends in violence. Winner of Metamorphosis 2008. In Bromley every Friday night, same time and place, Potts, Baron and Finch get ready for their weekly dose of booze, birds and burgers. But their night out takes a dramatic and terrifying twist when an explosion rocks the town centre, and a suspicious population points the finger at them. ''"Overspill" is set in Bromley, but it could be set in any town anywhere in the UK. There are hundreds of Bromleys in Britaina These are the towns that millions of us grow up in.'' - "Ali Taylor" ''Ali Taylor''s slice of urban life is small but thrilling. It is driven by a pulsating rhythm, a sense of place, a menacing undercurrent of casual violence waiting to erupt, and a layered story that suggests the lads'' friendship was about to be blown apart by other factors as adolescence gives way to adulthood. The writing is gritty and sweaty, with a tom cat swagger and cut with half-rhymes and littered with assonance and alliteration... a tiny gem''- "Guardian" ''A dazzling display of dramatic virtuosity... darkly polished, thrillingly inventive... gleams with gutter poetry''- "Time Out""
The James Plays by Rona Munro Book Summary:
An epic exploration of the history and shaping of Scotland from one of the country s most successful playwrights."
Strawberries in January by Rona Munro,Evelyne de la Chenelière Book Summary:
A biting, heart-warming comedy of love and fate in contemporary Montréal, in a version by Rona Munro. Strawberries in January is a version by Rona Munro of Evelyne de la Chenelière's 1999 play Des Fraises en Janvier, Winner of the Québec Academy of Theatre's award for Best Original Play of 2000. The play is a romantic comedy about four romantically challenged singletons who stumble through contemporary Montréal in search of love. Rona Munro's version was first performed in August 2006 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in a co-production with Paines Plough as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Donny's Brain by RONA. MUNRO Book Summary:
Who would you be if you forgot who you were? And who are we without our memories? Are we just a bunch of chemicals sloshing around? Donny wakes up in hospital, desperate to see his partner Emma and not understanding why she hasn't come to see him yet. Soon he realises he's forgotten something. Something important. Donny still sees the world as the person he used to be three years ago, when his life was in a very different place. Rona Munro's play Donny's Brain is a bittersweet tale about forgetting love and losing yourself. Delving deep into the convoluted and eternal mysteries of the human brain, it follows Donny and Emma's painfully funny and emotional journey of recovery and rediscovery, throwing into question all they thought they knew about love and loss. It is premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in April 2020 (an earlier workshop production was staged at Hampstead Theatre, London, in 2012).
Bold Girls by Rona Munro,Elisabeth Sharp Book Summary:
Exam Board: SQA Level: National 5 Subject: English First Teaching: September 2014 First Exam: June 2015 This play, a set text for National 5 English, is the story of three women in war-torn Belfast. Although their men have been killed or imprisoned for their political activities, everyday life must go on. However, the arrival of a disturbing young girl and the revelations which follow threaten to disrupt their friendship. The main themes are largely domestic - relationships between women and within families, dreams and homemaking. The language is colloquial with Irish idioms, and many contemporary references, and there is a poignant ending. The play is aimed at students of English, particularly those studying National 5 English. In 1991 Rona Munro won the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and "The Evening Standard" Most Promising Playwright Award for "Bold Girls".
Mighty Atoms by Amanda Whittington Book Summary:
Ex-boxer Taylor Flint wants to put the past behind her. Yet back on the Hull estate where she grew up, she is drawn into running a boxercise class. For Lauren, Jazz, Aneta and Grace, boxercise soon becomes more than a way to lose weight and have a laugh. Life is tough and throwing the punches helps them to face their challenges. The class meets in The Six Bells, which landlady Nora runs as her own community hub. When the pub is threatened with closure, the women refuse to throw in the towel. They commit to an unlicensed Fight Night to raise cash and rally the locals. Yet as the countdown begins, it's Taylor who finds herself on the ropes.
The Machine Wreckers by Ernst Toller,Ashley Dukes Book Summary:
A classic of German expressionism by an active revolutionary who was also an accomplished poet and playwright. Set largely in Nottingham in the early years of the 19th century, The Machine Wreckers depicts the suffering amongst the local weavers caused by the introduction of mechanised looms - the 'machines' of the title. First staged in 1922 in Berlin, this English version by Ashley Dukes was staged at the National Theatre, London, in 1995 directed by Katie Mitchell.
The Maiden Stone (NHB Modern Plays) by Rona Munro Book Summary:
A wild and fantastical tale set in nineteenth-century north-east Scotland. Winner of the first ever Peggy Ramsay Award Down-on-her-luck, out-of-work actress Harriet and her family are wandering the roads of Scotland looking for food, shelter, and the opportunity to perform. But they are not the only ones travelling the highways and byways – there's tinker and storyteller Bidie along with her family, always looking for a break; and the dangerously beguiling stranger Nick, whose presence on the road just might be more of a curse than a blessing... 'a wild rumbustious mix of fantasy and fable, it has all the rough edges and monstrous scope of a work of genius – frighteningly good' - Scotsman 'a vigorous and appealing play about the travails of Harriet, an early 19th-century actress, and her family – this play reveals the life of an actress as an astonishing test of physical stamina' - Observer
The Last Witch by Rona Munro Book Summary:
A play about the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in Scotland, The Last Witch explores the psychological rifts that can divide close communities and drive families apart. Dornoch, northern Scotland, 1727. In the claustrophobic heat of summer, a woman's apparent ability to manipulate the power of land and sea stirs suspicion. Janet Horne can cure beasts, call the wind and charm fish out of the sea. Or can she? Her refusal to deny the charge of witchcraft puts her in dangerous opposition to the new sheriff. Her defiance threatens not only her own life but that of her daughter... The Last Witch is based on the historical account of Janet Horne, the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in Scotland.
The House of Bernarda Alba: A Modern Adaptation by Rona Munro,Federico Garcia Lorca Book Summary:
A viscerally modern adaptation of Lorca's seminal drama, transposing the formidable matriarch Bernarda and her imprisoned family to the gangland communities of Glasgow's East End. Faithfully preserving Lorca's sense of boiling tension and impending tragedy, this adaptation brings a classic text thrillingly up to date.
I Think We Are Alone by Sally Abbott Book Summary:
From those electric moments of discovery and connection to the dark hours of isolation, we all seek community and resolution. But sometimes the things that connect us are the very things we need to escape. I Think We Are Alone was commissioned by Frantic Assembly as part of their twenty-fifth anniversary and premiered on a UK tour in 2020 as a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth and Curve, Leicester. The original production was co-directed by Kathy Burke and Frantic Assembly's Artistic Director Scott Graham.
Consent by Nina Raine Book Summary:
A powerful, painful, funny play that sifts the evidence from every side and puts Justice herself in the dock.
Victoria's Knickers by Josh Azouz Book Summary:
Set against the backdrop of an uncertain England and with original songs from Chris Cookson, Josh Azouz's play Victoria's Knickers is an irreverent tale of passion and violence told with an anarchic heart and a razor-sharp wit.
The Gangs of Manchester by Andrew Davies Book Summary:
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Little Revolution by Alecky Blythe Book Summary:
A new documentary drama from the author of the acclaimed musical London Road.
Cockroach by Sam Holcroft Book Summary:
Startling debut play co-produced by National Theatre of Scotland and Traverse, Edinburgh.
The Children by Lucy Kirkwood Book Summary:
Two retired nuclear scientists reside in an isolated cottage by the sea as the world around them crumbles. Together they are going to live forever on yogurt and yoga, until an old friend arrives with a frightening request.
Queen Margaret by William Shakespeare Book Summary:
'This lady excelled all others, as well in beauty and favour, as in wit and policy, and was of stomach more like a man than a woman' Holinshed's Chronicles, 1577 Hungry for power and angered by their king, the nobles of Henry VI's court plot and scheme against each other. As Henry wavers and the factions split, Queen Margaret is determined to hold on to power and protect the crown that will one day belong to her son. Using Shakespeare's orginal lines, alongside new text, Jeanie O'Hare retells the Wars of the Roses through the eyes of the Queen. A captivating exploration of an iconic moment in British history, the play premiered at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, in September 2018, directed by Elizabeth Freestone and featuring Jade Anouka as Margaret of Anjou.
The Weir by Conor McPherson Book Summary:
A classic chiller by a great Irish playwright, published alongside its revival at the Donmar Warehouse. In Brendan’s pub, isolated above the town, the men are gathering for their daily pint. The arrival of a stranger in their midst – a woman - spurs them to impress her with stories. They are stories of souls past and of spirits very much present. But one story is more chilling and more real than any of the men could have foreseen. On its première in 1997, The Weir won the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier award for Best New Play, and established McPherson’s place as one of our greatest living playwrights. Josie Rourke’s production marks the first major British revival of this undoubted modern classic.
#aiww by Howard Brenton Book Summary:
A riveting political thriller based on the arrest and imprisonment of one of China's leading dissident artists.
Modern Monologues for Women by Jane Maud Book Summary:
Fifty fantastic speeches for women, from top plays by some of the UK's most exciting contemporary dramatists.
Drama Menu by Glyn Trefor-Jones Book Summary:
Drama Menu is a brand new concept for planning and delivering dynamic, progressive drama lessons and workshops. Packed with over 150 tried-and-tested theatre games, exercises and improvisation ideas, it’s an essential resource for any drama teacher or workshop leader – guaranteed to deliver delicious drama sessions every time. Simply make a selection from each of the three courses, and your whole drama session will come to life with new-found energy and focus: Appetisers are fast-paced warm-up exercises to energise and enthuse the group; Starters are the intermediary course to challenge the players and encourage creativity; Main Courses provide the central part of the session, culminating in a final performance piece; And a few Desserts are also provided, if you have some space at the end of your session for something sweet. Drama Menu is the recipe book that will relieve the stress of planning lessons and workshops. Now you can get on with what you do best: delivering creative drama sessions that will have your groups hungry for more. Join the online Drama Menu community, browse and share other recommended menus, and download a comprehensive Resource Pack and selection of sound effects, providing everything you need to start playing straight away. www.DramaMenu.com
1972: the Future of Sex by The Wardrobe Ensemble Book Summary:
A 60-minute devised romp through the ins and outs of those excellently awkward first sexual encounters.
2nd May 1997 by Jack Thorne Book Summary:
2nd May 1997. An historic victory. The Tories, eighteen years in power, are defeated as New Labour sweeps into government. From the euphoria and despair, three deeply personal stories emerge. Tory MP Robert prepares to attend the count. With defeat looming large, he fears becoming a forgotten man, while his wife Marie counts the cost of her own sacrifice to politics. Lib Dem footsoldier Ian is no hero, but party-crasher Sarah is determined to make him one. Best mates Jake and Will wake up with a new world order to memorise before their A-level Politics class. Jake dreams of Number 10. Will dreams of Jake. This is a new play about escaping the past, seizing the present and owning the future. Produced by nabokov and the Bush Theatre, it premiered at the Bush in 2009, before touring the UK.
Blood and Ice by Liz Lochhead Book Summary:
Summer 1816. A house party on the shores of Lake Geneva. Eighteen-year-old Mary and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, along with Mary's half-sister Claire and the infamous Lord Byron, take part in a challenge to see who can write the most horrifying story. Mary's contribution is to become one of the most celebrated Gothic novels of all time. In Blood and Ice, first staged in 1982 and revived several times since, Liz Lochhead tells the story of Frankenstein's creation as if set in a ghostly nursery. Using flashbacks and the rich poetic language for which she has become admired, Lochhead weaves a spider's web of connections between Mary's own tragic life and that of her literary monster.
The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:
Rattigan's greatest play, reissued alongside Terence Davies' 2011 film version, is a true masterpiece of 20th century drama.
8 Hotels by Nicholas Wright Book Summary:
Nicholas Wright's play 8 Hotels is based on true events involving some of the twentieth century's most influential American artists.
Swallow by Stef Smith Book Summary:
Three strangers are about to face their demons head on. Balanced precariously on the tipping point, they might just be able to save one another, if they can only overcome their urge to self-destruct. Painful yet playful, poignant but uplifting, Stef Smith's Swallow takes a long, hard look at the extremes of everyday life. Premiered at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Glory on Earth by Linda McLean Book Summary:
Tuesday, 19 August, 1561, 9 a.m. Through the fog a ship arrives in Leith docks, and Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, steps ashore. She is eighteen and on her young shoulders rest the hopes of the Catholic establishment of Europe.