Six Ensemble Plays for Young Actors: "East End Tales"; "Wan2tlk?"; "Stuff I Buried in a Small Town"; "Sweetpeter"; "The Playground"; "The Odyssey"

Six Ensemble Plays for Young Actors: "East End Tales"; "Wan2tlk?"; "Stuff I Buried in a Small Town"; "Sweetpeter"; "The Playground"; "The Odyssey"

Paperback Methuen Drama Modern Plays

By (author) Fin Kennedy, By (author) Hattie Naylor, By (author) John Retallack, By (author) Kay Adshead, By (author) Kevin Fegan, By (author) Usifu Jalloh

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  • Publisher: METHUEN DRAMA
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 24mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 23 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408106736
  • ISBN 13: 9781408106730
  • Sales rank: 339,646

Product description

Six Ensemble Plays for Young Actors is an anthology of work written for actors aged 11-25. Ideal for youth theatre groups, schools and amateur dramatic companies, it contains a diverse selection of plays suited to large casts and ensemble performance. Varying in style and subject matter, the plays offer performers, directors and designers a range of exciting challenges: from recreating the mythological world of The Odyssey to a dramatisation of two hundred years of slavery that will take the audience on a journey from eighteenth century Africa to 1990s London in Sweetpeter. Contemporary urban living is confronted in plays ranging from the starkly realistic to the playful, lyrical and surrealistic. From the innocent and imaginative world of a school playground to issues of racism, peer pressure, crime and communication in a mobile phone obsessed culture, this is a wide-ranging anthology that will enrich the repertoire of youth theatre groups and the curriculum in schools. The volume is introduced by Paul Roseby, artistic director of the National Youth Theatre.

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Author information

Fin Kennedy's plays include How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found, (Sheffield Crucible Studio, 2007). Mike Bartlett's debut, My Child, (Royal Court, 2007), saw him hailed by the Stage as "one of the most exciting new talents to emerge in recent times". John Retallack is the artistic director for Company of Angels. Hattie Naylor, Kay Adshead and Kevin Fegan will have their work published for the first time in this anthology.

Review quote

'Ideal for youth theatre groups, schools and amateur dramatic companies.' Dawn, Library News 'High quality work suitable for young performers' SLA "What is really useful about this book is the flexibility of each play." Teaching Drama (Summer 2009)

Table of contents

East End Tales; The Odyssey; The Playground; Stuff I Buried in a Small Town; Sweetpeter; Wan2tlk?