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    The Methuen Drama Book of Plays from the Sixties: "Roots", "Serjeant Musgrave's Dance", "Loot", "Early Morning" The "Ruling Class" (Methuen Drama) (Paperback) By (author) Arnold Wesker, By (author) Edward Bond, By (author) Joe Orton, By (author) John Arden, By (author) Peter Barnes

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    DescriptionFive outstanding plays from the British theatre of the 1960s. This volume contains major works by five of the most important playwrights ot emerge during the late fifties and early sixties. Bold, challenging and iconoclastic, these plays are landmarks of post-war British theatre. Roots by Arnold Wesker focuses on the homecoming of young Beatie Bryant who returns to her family of Norfolk farm workers with stories of her boyfriend Ronnie. Serjeant Musgrave's Dance by John Arden is set in a mining town in the 19th century, with a group of soldiers returned from a colonial war. But when Musgrave is asked to keep the peace with the colliery workers, he decides to do so in a rather unusual way. Loot by Joe Orton is a brilliant parody of the skeleton-in-the-cupboard crime genre, exploding the very notions of English decency, good citizenry and traditional 'positions'. Edward Bond's Early Morning re-imagines the time of Victoria and Albert caught up in a military coup plotted by Disraeli. Peter Barnes' Ruling Class describes the fall out in an aristocratic family after the 14th Earl commits suicide and leaves his estate to a schizophrenic Franciscan friar who is under the illusion that he is Jesus.


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    Title
    The Methuen Drama Book of Plays from the Sixties: "Roots", "Serjeant Musgrave's Dance", "Loot", "Early Morning" The "Ruling Class"
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Arnold Wesker, By (author) Edward Bond, By (author) Joe Orton, By (author) John Arden, By (author) Peter Barnes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781408105887
    ISBN 10: 1408105888
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.2
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DQ, DD
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPK
    LC classification: PN
    Ingram Subject Code: PY
    Libri: I-PY
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    Abridged Dewey: 808
    B&T General Subject: 630
    BISAC V2.8: DRA002000, DRA003000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJPK
    DC22: 822.91408
    Thema V1.0: DNT, DD
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    METHUEN DRAMA
    Publication date
    01 November 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Five of the most important playwrights to emerge during the late fifties and early sixties, including John rden, Arnold Wesker, Joe Orton, Edward Bond and Peter Barnes.
    Review quote
    Roots - 'it has an urgent topicality. Wesker is writing about the freedom of the mind: the lifetime challenge of thinking for yourself and shaking off the prejudices of your class' Sunday Times
    Table of contents
    Roots; Serjeant Musgrave's Dance; Loot; Early Morning; The Ruling Class