Berlin/Wall

Berlin/Wall

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By (author) David Hare

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Plays
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 190mm x 10mm | 82g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571251307
  • ISBN 13: 9780571251308
  • Sales rank: 476,148

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"Berlin/Wall": In two contrasted readings for the stage, David Hare visits a place where a famous wall has come down; then another where a wall is going up. Berlin. For his whole adult life, David Hare has been visiting the city which so many young people regard as the most exciting in Europe. But there's something in Berlin's elusive character that makes him feel he's always missing the point. Now, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the reunification, he offers a meditation about Germany's restored capital - both what it represents in European history, and the peculiar part it has played in his own life. Wall: The Israeli/Palestine security fence will one day stretch 486 miles, from one end of Israel to the other. It will be four times as long as the Berlin wall, and in places twice as high. In this second monologue, the playwright recalls his trips to both Israel and the Palestinian territory and offers a history of the wall's building, an exploration of the philosophy behind it and a personal account of those who live on either side. Berlin premiered at the National Theatre, London, in February 2009 and Wall premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in March 2009.

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David Hare is the author of 30 full-length plays for the stage, seventeen of which have been presented at the National Theatre. They include Slag, The Great Exhibition, Brassneck (with Howard Brenton), Knuckle, Fanshen, Teeth 'n' Smiles, Plenty, A Map Of The World, Pravda (with Howard Brenton), The Bay At Nice, The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, The Absence Of War, Skylight, Amy's View, The Blue Room (from Schnitzler), The Judas Kiss, Via Dolorosa, My Zinc Bed, The Breath Of Life, The Permanent Way, Stuff Happens, The Vertical Hour, Gethsemane, Berlin/Wall, The Power Of Yes and South Downs. His many screenplays for film and television include Licking Hitler, Wetherby, Damage, The Hours, The Reader, Page Eight, Turks & Caicos and Salting the Battlefield. He has also written English adaptations of plays by Brecht, Gorky, Chekhov, Pirandello, Ibsen and Lorca.