Author: Sarah Ruhl
Publisher: A&C Black
Release Date: 2010-02-25
An inventive take on the classic myth, Eurydice is by the highly-acclaimed US playwright Sarah Ruhl and includes magical, dreamlike surrealism, lyrical beauty and heart-rending pathos. Eurydice is in love with Orpheus. Her dead father has advice for her wedding but his letters can't get through to the land of the living. At last one does. With her father's words in her hand, she crashes down a flight of stairs and wakes in the underworld, her memory wiped. How will she ever get home? With a style that is light and precise, but also wildly imaginative, this play sees Alice in Wonderland meet Greek myth. Eurydice is a playful and highly original take on a timeless tale of loss, grief and redemption. When she received her MacArthur Foundation 'genius' grant, she was given this verdict: "Sarah Ruhl, 32, playwright, New York City. Playwright creating vivid and adventurous theatrical works that poignantly juxtapose the mundane aspects of daily life with mythic themes of love and war."
Author: Chris Dunkley
Publisher: Oberon Books
Release Date: 2012-10-01
‘Isn’t it funny? The thoughts your brain is capable of havingeven while you’re lying there, bleeding on the carpet?...’ The Soft of Her Palm is a devastating exploration of domesticviolence, telling the story of Phil and Sarah’s troubled andcomplex relationship. It begins in the present day, momentsafter Sarah has crashed her car outside Phil’s house – byaccident or on purpose? As we return to the past and thehorrifying story unfolds, our allegiances shift as the truthis slowly revealed. Jumping from moments of sheer joy tovolcanic ferocity and underscored with a vein of sharp, brutalhumour, the shadow of violence creeps insidiously across thelandscape of Chris Dunkley’s painfully honest new play.
‘You know... when a structure has lost its essence but retained its shape, the geologists call it: a Pseudomorph. A false shape. That’s our marriage.’ Mr and Mrs Elliot have imprisoned themselves within a domestic incarceration of marriage, family and society’s twitching curtains. Battling through their self-made entrapment for the sake of the kids, they soon begin to destroy each other through an ugly routine of rows, affairs and suicidal blackmail. Written with a controlled irony and an underlying compassion for its tormented characters, Ted Whitehead’s bold and unflinching play asks questions about the choices we make to fit in with social conventions – questions that are just as relevant now as they were in 1972.
Author: Michael Wynne
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Release Date: 2017-01-12
Come one, come all, and join us at THE STAR this Christmas, as we re-open the doors for your enjoyment and delight, with a magical, mammoth, marvellous and mesmerising Music Hall ENTERTAINMENT! Celebrate the 150th birthday of the Playhouse Theatre in its original incarnation as The Star Music Hall in a story of onstage magic, backstage deception, new (and old) love, a DASTARDLY plot and all manner of drama and mayhem in the wings. Michael Wynne returned to the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse with The Star in December 2016 after the sell out success of Hope Place, 2014.
Sephy and Callum were never supposed to be together in their worlds of violence, fear, hatred and separation. For Sephy is a Cross, and Callum is a nough - and noughts and Crosses must never fall in love. It's as simple as black and white... But they have defied the rules.
Author: Royal Shakespeare Company
Publisher: A&C Black
Release Date: 2013-04-11
Developed by one of the world's leading theatre companies, this resource offers teachers a practical drama-based approach to teaching and appreciating three of Shakespeare's most popular plays: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Drama-based exploration of the text for pupils Teacher's notes and photocopiable worksheets for a lesson-by-lesson route Also works as a dip in resource Flexible ideas for use with current teaching Mapped to KS3 Framework for English and KS2 Primary Framework for Literacy CD contains printable digital versions
Author: Dominic Cooke
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Release Date: 2009
Dramatic adaptations of: The story of Shahrayar and Shahrazad, The story of Ali Baba and the forty thieves, The story of the little beggar, The adventure of Es-Sindibad of the sea, How Abu Hassan broke wind, The story of the wife who wouldn't eat, and The story of the envious sisters.