Breathing Corpses

Author: Laura Wade
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781849433259
Release Date: 2012-06-18
Genre: Drama

Amy's found another body in a hotel bedroomThere's a funny smell coming from one of Jim's storage units.And Kate's losing it after spending all day with the police. There's no going back after what they've seen. Breathing Corpses was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in February 2005. 'The tension, the emotions and the sense of absurdity and fear are brilliantly handled... A terrifying tour de force.' - Sunday Times '[a] powerful new play... The clash between the tone of sadness and the tricksiness of the play’s structure gives the evening its undeniable edge.' – The Stage 'a highly intriguing new play' – The Independent

Posh

Author: Laura Wade
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781849432948
Release Date: 2012-06-18
Genre: Drama

I’ve got a new law for you mate, it’s called survival of the fittest, it’s called fuck you we’re the Riot Club. In an oak-panelled room in Oxford, ten young bloods with cut-glass vowels and deep pockets are meeting, intent on restoring their right to rule. Members of an elite student dining society, the boys are bunkering down for a wild night of debauchery, decadence and bloody good wine. But this isn’t the last huzzah: they’re planning a takeover. Welcome to the Riot Club. Laura Wade's depiction of wealth and privilege is savagely funny - Time Out London Disgracefully entertaining... there is much fun to be had at the expense of these posh characters as they bicker, get wasted and lament the awfulness of the working classes. **** – The Telegraph Wade deftly skewers the sense of entitlement that swirls like a sickly perfume around a certain kind of upper-class thug. Her characters seem to have everything, yet whinge relentlessly... Posh combines twisted humour with ripe excess and a cruelly precise topicality. For many it will leave a bitter taste in the mouth. But, as the characters say with lip-smacking approval, it’s savage. **** –London Evening Standard Wade has grasped a fundamental truth about British life... Her chief target is not just privileged toffs but the cosy network that really runs Britain... But, while Wade's play reminds us that many of the upper-class continue to enjoy the sound of broken glass, its success lies in harpooning the way power operates through a succession of nods and winks in our supposedly open, egalitarian society. **** –The Guardian

Other Hands

Author: Laura Wade
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781849432627
Release Date: 2012-06-18
Genre: Drama

‘I don’t tingle anymore. I used to. To tingle. Everything I feel, feels like it’s in my hands. Rest of me’s totally....numb.’ In a world of systematic, high-speed technology, some people expect to live life as efficiently as the machines they depend on... and when a machine breaks down, there is usually someone with the skills to fix it. But in an age where things that don't work and can't be mended are thrown away, what do we do with something as human and messy as love? Laura Wade’s plays, Colder Than Here and Breathing Corpses played simultaneously at Soho Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre respectively, and are both published by Oberon Books. Breathing Corpses earned her the Pearson Best Play Award 2005 and she was joint winner of the 2005 George Devine Award.

Alice

Author: Laura Wade
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781849433570
Release Date: 2012-06-18
Genre: Drama

The White Rabbit is late for the Duchess. The Cheshire Cat won’t stop grinning. And the Hatter is, well, mad. In the middle of it all is Alice, a young girl with a vivid imagination and a family life that’s less than perfect. In this new adaptation by renowned playwright and Sheffield native, Laura Wade, you can follow Alice as she escapes her bedroom to find adventure in a topsy-turvy world. Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Wade’s adaptation breathes fresh life into a much-loved story about rabbit holes, pocket watches and talking caterpillars. ‘Fabulous fun, as Laura Wade grabs hold of Lewis Carroll's classic and runs with it. Furiously inventive and wonderfully designed. Lyndsey Turner's production is as mad as a bag of trifle’ - The Critical List -Sunday Times Culture Magazine ‘In Laura Wade's engaging new version of Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland a classic is given a wonderfully ingenious twist.’ - Lynne Walker, The Independent ‘Laura Wade grabs hold of Lewis Carrol's classic and runs in this furiously inventive adaptation’ - David Jays, Sunday Times

Laura Wade Plays One

Author: Laura Wade
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781849436823
Release Date: 2012-11-01
Genre: Drama

‘If one of the problems facing new playwrights is the expectation that each of their plays should be similar in style, Wade...proved that you could radically change both form and content... Not every writer delivers on their early promise. As this collection clearly shows, Wade certainly has.’ Aleks Sierz, from his Introduction COLDER THAN HERE ‘Laura Wade’s play is a 90-minute masterpiece, a jewel, dark but translucent. It is a play of love, death and grief: the grief that is hardest to bear, because it begins before the loved one dies.’ Sunday Times BREATHING CORPSES ‘The tension, the emotions and the sense of absurdity and fear are brilliantly handled... A terrifying tour de force.’ Sunday Times OTHER HANDS ‘This is an extraordinary feat – a vicious satire with a heart of gold – wrought with peculiar subtlety and intelligence.’ The Spectator

Colder than Here

Author: Laura Wade
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781849432931
Release Date: 2012-06-18
Genre: Drama

‘I walked in and she's sat in the coffin. In the middle of the living-room floor and she's - she's watching telly and laughing’ Nobody can ignore the fact that Myra is dying but in the meantime life goes on. There are boilers to be fixed, cats to be fed and the perfect funeral to be planned. As a mother researches burial spots and bio-degradable coffins, her family are finally forced to communicate with her, and each other, as they face up to an unpredictable future. Laura Wade's beautifully poised family drama was first performed at Soho Theatre, London. ‘Laura Wade’s play is a 90-minute masterpiece, a jewel, dark but translucent. It is a play of love, death and grief: the grief that is hardest to bear, because it begins before the loved one dies.’ – John Peter, Sunday Times * * * * * ‘Wade’s original and beautifully observed play balances raw emotion with a deliciously delicate black humour.’ – Aleks Sierz, The Stage

Burn and Rosalind

Author: Deborah Gearing
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781849437905
Release Date: 2006-03-03
Genre: Drama

Burn This is the story of Birdman. Fifteen years old, no family, no friends - a loner with nothing to lose. One lazy afternoon, down on the riverbank, the friends he never had narrate the story of his last dramatic day. First performed at the National Theatre as part of the NTShell Connections programme, this powerful and inspiring play is a unique portrait of teenage life, drawn with startling and refreshing honesty Rosalind Esther thinks science is fantastic, but her brother Joe is unconvinced. Then Rosalind appears and they find themselves in the middle of an experiment - the experiment of her life. Rosalind: A Question of Life tells the story of a passionate scientist who helps to discover the structure of DNA only to be written out of the history books. A moving and brilliantly theatrical exploration of ambition and regret.

Plays One

Author: Laura Wade
Publisher: Oberon Books Limited
ISBN: 1849432236
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Drama

The first collection of work from award-winning playwright Laura Wade.

Talking to Terrorists

Author: Robin Soans
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781849435826
Release Date: 2012-08-01
Genre: Drama

‘I looked around the room and I thought, I'm the only person in this room that hasn't killed anyone’ Talking to Terrorists is a play commissioned by the Royal Court and Out of Joint. The writer, director Max Stafford-Clark, and actors interviewed people from around the world who have been involved in terrorism. They wanted to know what makes ordinary people do extreme things. As well as those who crossed the line, they met peacemakers, warriors, journalists, hostages and psychologists. Their stories take us from Uganda, Israel, Turkey, Iraq and Ireland - to the heart of the British establishment. Talking to Terrorists was produced Out of Joint Theatre Company at the Royal Court Theatre and on a UK tour in 2005.

DNA

Author: Dennis Kelly
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781849432375
Release Date: 2012-06-18
Genre: Drama

A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where’s the incentive to put things right? DNA is a poignant and, sometimes, hilarious tale with a very dark heart. A contemporary play for younger people, DNA opened at the National Theatre in February 2008

Home I m Darling

Author: Laura Wade
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781786824103
Release Date: 2018-06-25
Genre: Drama

How happily married are the happily married? Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, being a domestic goddess is not as easy as it looks.

The Sugar Syndrome

Author: Lucy Prebble
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781472537348
Release Date: 2014-03-13
Genre: Drama

I like the internet. I like that way of talking to people. It's honest. It's a place where people are free to say anything they like. And most of what they say is about sex. Dani's on a mission. She's just seventeen, hates her parents, skives college and prefers life in the chatrooms on-line. What she's looking for is someone who is honest and direct. Instead she finds a man twice her age, who thinks she is eleven and a boy.

Splendour

Author: Abi Morgan
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781786826008
Release Date: 2018-06-26
Genre: Drama

In the drawing room of the Presidential Palace, a Western photojournalist awaits the return of the dictator. She is here to take his portrait. The dictator's wife, her best friend, and an interpreter wait with her. All four women harbor secrets and suspicions. All four are in danger. A devastating play that allows a glimpse into the minds of four women as their world turns.

The Seagull

Author: Anton Chekhov
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393338171
Release Date: 2010-07-12
Genre: Drama

Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama. His works have long been cherished for their brilliant wit and unusual ability to provide striking insights into the human condition. In these stunning, individually published translations of three of Chekhov's most popular and beloved plays, Laurence Senelick presents a fresh perspective on the master playwright and his groundbreaking dramas. This volume illuminates the timeless trials of art and love and bring Chekhov's memorable characters to life. Each of these three plays showcases the hallmark features of a Chekhov classic: clashing desires, complex family dynamics, the individual's loss of balance and sense of identity in the shifting eruptions of society and a modernizing Russia, and the angst of artistic struggle and ambition. Supplementing each of the plays are an account of Chekhov's life, a note on the translation, introductions to each work, and variant lines - often removed due to government censorship - which illuminate the context in which they were written and shed light on Chekhov's work as a playwright. These editions are the perfect guides to enriching our understanding of this great dramatist or to staging a production.

The Acid Test

Author: Anya Reiss
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781849437554
Release Date: 2012-08-24
Genre: Drama

This has been the worst day of my life. So can you please get drunk with me? Dana, Ruth and Jess down shots to console the heart-broken, to comfort the anxious and just pass the time. Kicked out from the family home Jess’s dad, Jim, invades the party with just as much recklessness as the girls. As the night passes and vodka bottles are emptied, Friday night in becomes high drama. An unruly new comedy asking if age equals maturity, due to open at the Royal Court in May 2011.