Methuen Book of Sixties Drama
Roots; Sergeant Musgrave's Dance; Early Morning; Loot; The Ruling Class
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Methuen Book of Sixties Drama by Arnold Wesker
Book 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. Roots is about a woman discovering her own voice and identity. 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. The play also continas the memorable image of Prince Arthur conversing with the skeleton of his dead Siamese twin on his shoulder. 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.Roots: "The passion of Mr Wesker's theme is matched by the living fire in his writing its quality is undiminished by the passing years" Bernard Levin Serjeant Musgrave's Dance: "A spell-binding, mind-challenging drama that touches greatness" Michael Billington, Guardian Loot: "Orton is the Oscar Wilde of the Welfare State gentility" Observer The Ruling Class: "A scorching and savage tragedy, yet its jokes are innumerable" Sunday Times
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780413762801
(198mm x 130mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 18-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Arnold Wesker
Wesker's Domestic Plays, Paperback (October 2012)
A collection of plays linked by their scrutiny of the Domestic, by one of post-war Britain's most important and abiding dramatists. Contains the plays The Friends, Bluey, Men Die, Women Survive, and Wild Spring.
Wesker's Comedies, Paperback (October 2012)
A collection of plays linked by the emergence of a distinct comic voice, Wesker's Comedies reveals an unexpected side to one of post-war Britain's most important and abiding dramatists. Contains the plays The Wedding Feast, One More Ride on the Merry-Go-Round , Groupie and The Old Ones.
Wesker's Historical Plays, Paperback (October 2012)» View all books by Arnold Wesker
A collection of plays linked by their fascinated scrutiny of the Historical, by one of post-war Britain's most important and abiding dramatists. Contains the plays Shylock, Caritas, Blood Libel and Longitude.
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Author Biography - Arnold Wesker
Born in the UK in 1930. Best known as a playwright with his most famous play being Serjeant Musgrave's Dance. He was shortlisted for the Booker Prize with his novel Silence Among the Weapons, in 1982.
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