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    Description"It seems a long way from Moliere to Ray Cooney. There are immense distances between the worlds of Aristophanes, Plautus, Georges Feydeau, Ben Travers, Joe Orton and Basil Fawlty. But as one of the oldest genres in the history of the theatre, farce bridges the gaps by generating gales of helpless belly laughter across the generations. Inspired by John Mortimer's observation that farce is 'tragedy played at a thousand revolutions a minute',Roger Foss embarks on a lightning tour of the rib-tickling world of confused characters, absurd situations, ruined reputations, sexual innuendo and bravura comic acting and fi nds out if farce really is a force to be reckoned with in the 21st century. The great creators and performers of farce are celebrated, most notably master farceur Ray Cooney, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2012, in essays that will inform and entertain both the aficionado and anyone with a sense of humour."

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    May the Farce be with You
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger Foss
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 120
    Width: 123 mm
    Height: 186 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    ISBN 13: 9781849431514
    ISBN 10: 1849431515

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: AN
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: DSG
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC classification: PN
    B&T General Subject: 595
    B&T Approval Code: A07700000
    BISAC V2.8: PER015000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15880
    Ingram Subject Code: PA
    Libri: I-PA
    BISAC V2.8: PER011020
    B&T Approval Code: A07200300
    Abridged Dewey: 792
    DC23: 809.2532
    Edition statement
    Oberon Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Oberon Masters
    Publication date
    23 October 2012
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    Author Information
    Roger Foss is a former actor turned journalist, broadcaster and television presenter. As an actor, he worked extensively on stage, television and recording, and wrote pantomimes. As a journalist, over the decades he has written on theatre subjects for numerous publications, ranging from "The Stage" to "Debrett's." He was chief theatre critic for "What's On In London" magazine and for "Whatsonintheatre.com" and for three years edited "What's On Stage" magazine. He also created, produced and presented the UK's first theatre podcast for "Whatsonstage.com" and co-wrote "Harden's Theatregoers' Handbook." He is a regular broadcaster on theatre-related topics and his recent television work includes presenting for BBC London's "Inside Out." He is a member of the judging panel for the Offwestend.com awards, The Offies.
    Review quote
    "A highly informative, and informed, guide to farce, full of wisdom and bad jokes, a long interview with Ray Cooney and a summary of fifty farces to see before you die (laughing)' What's On Stage 'For lovers of the art form, May the Farce Be with You will inevitably bring back many happy memories' British Theatre Guide 'A jolly tour de farce' The Stage "
    Table of contents
    LOL and the world LOLs with you More Farce Please, We're British A Conversation with Cooney The Man Who Made Queen Victoria Giggle Comedy of Terrors Let's Farce the Music Spent Farce? Fifty Farces to See Before You Die Laughing Bibliography of sources