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'

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

by: Anthony Neilson, Bola Agbaje, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Simon Stephens, Joe Penhall

by: Anthony Neilson, Bola Agbaje, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Simon Stephens, Joe Penhall

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'

by: Anthony Neilson, Bola Agbaje, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Simon Stephens, Joe Penhall

by: Anthony Neilson, Bola Agbaje, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Simon Stephens, Joe Penhall

Overview

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.

Authors

Anthony Neilson

Anthony Neilson (b. 1967, Edinburgh) is a Scottish playwright and director. His breakthrough show Normal: The Dusseldorf Ripper was produced at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in 1991. Other shows include The Wonderful World of Dissocia (2004), Realism (2006) and Orson Welles in the Land o ...

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Bola Agbaje

Bola Agbaje is a playwright who graduated from the young writers programme at the Royal Court in 2007.  Her first play Gone Too Far! was selected to be performed as part of the Young Writer Festival and was performed at the Royal Court Theatre (Upstairs) in February 2007.  In 2008 th ...

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Kwame Kwei-Armah

Kwame Kwei-Armah

Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens is an award-winning playwright. His early work at the Royal Court includes BLUEBIRD (1998); HERONS (2001), COUNTRY MUSIC (2004) and MOTORTOWN (2006). In 2008 his play HARPER REGAN opened at the National Theatre, and SEA WALL, starring Andrew Scott, played at the Bush. Simon then had success with his p ...

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Joe Penhall

Joe Penhall