Methuen Drama Book of 21st Century British Plays: "Blue/orange"; "Elmina's Kitchen"; "Realism"; "Gone Too Far!"; "Pornography"

Methuen Drama Book of 21st Century British Plays: "Blue/orange"; "Elmina's Kitchen"; "Realism"; "Gone Too Far!"; "Pornography"

Paperback Methuen Drama Modern Plays

By (author) Anthony Neilson, By (author) Bola Agbaje, By (author) Joe Penhall, By (author) Kwame Kwei-Armah, By (author) Simon Stephens, Edited by Aleks Sierz

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  • Publisher: METHUEN DRAMA
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 40mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408123916
  • ISBN 13: 9781408123911
  • Sales rank: 179,679

Product description

The Methuen Drama Book of 21st Century British Plays showcases five of the best new plays from the first decade of the twenty-first century. A perfect reminder of the relevance, vitality and innovation of British theatre, this collection represents some of the most exciting plays to emerge in recent years. Joe Penhall's multi-award-winning Blue/Orange was heralded as 'one of the best new plays in the National's history' (Sunday Times). Set in a mental hospital it provides a riveting exploration of racism, health and power, and was the winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2001. Elmina's Kitchen by Kwame Kwei-Armah, about gun crime and the struggle to make a living on Hackney's Murder Mile, marked the emergence of a major new writing talent. 'An exquisite tragi-comedy for our times' (Herald) Neilson's Realism dramatises the everyday life and increasingly bizarre fantasies and thoughts of its protagonist with comic zeal and inspired inventiveness. Gone Too Far! explores a London community divided by race and prejudice. The first play to be written about the London 7/7 terrorist bombings, Simon Stephens' Pornography tells seven entwining stories of people's lives during the day leading up to the catastrophic event.

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Author information

Joe Penhall is the author of screenplay Enduring Love for Film Four, based on the Ian McEwan novel, the three-part TV drama Moses Jones besides a number of stage plays. Penhall Plays: 2 published in 2008. Kwame Kwei-Armah's most recent play, Let There Be Love was produced at the Tricycle Theatre, London, in 2008, and his first collection of plays will be published in July 2009. Anthony Neilson is an Artistic Associate of National Theatre of Scotland and a creator of pioneering, taboo-breaking new work. Neilson Plays: 2 published in 2008. Bola Agbaje had her first play Gone Too Far! produced at the Royal Court in 2007. It was revived owing to its success later that same year. Simon Stephens won the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2005 for On the Shore of the Wide World. Stephens Plays 2 published in 2009. Editor Aleks Sierz is the theatre critic of Tribune and a freelance theatre reviewer. His seminal study, In-Yer-Face Theatre, defined a new generation of writers and their work. In 2006 Methuen Drama published his guide, The Theatre of Martin Crimp.

Table of contents

Blue/Orange; Elmina's Kitchen; Realism; Gone Too Far!; Pornography