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In the 1990s playwright Anthony Neilson garnered a reputation for hard-hitting, morally disturbing plays that saw him labelled as one of the 'In Yer Face' dramatists who emerged from that decade. This second volume of plays showcases the comic, surreal and gloriously off-kilter side of his more recent work. Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness! (Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 2002) mixes Victorian melodrama with a catalogue of grotesque comic tales; The Lying Kind (Royal Court, 2002), a black farce set at Christmas involving two hapless policeman who must break news of tragedy to an elderly couple, 'often reduced much of the audience to tears of laughter' (Financial Times). Produced originally for the 2004 Edinburgh International Festival, The Wonderful World of Dissocia wowed critics and audiences alike. A hugely original play inspired by Alice in Wonderland, it is both magical and moving and confirmed Neilson as one of the major voices in contemporary British Theatre. Realism premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2006. It follows the life of one man during an ordinary day but veers off to become a deliriously surreal trip inside his wayward imagination. It was described by the Guardian as a 'bold and utterly distinctive all-singing, all-dancing show, like nothing else you'll ever see'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781408106808
ISBN-10: 1408106809
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 4-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Anthony Neilson

Anthony Neilson is an Artistic Associate of National Theatre of Scotland and a creator of pioneering, taboo-breaking new work. He has a new play opening at the Royal Court, London, in June.

Books By Author Anthony Neilson

Wonderful World of Dissocia by Anthony Neilson

The Wonderful World of Dissocia

Paperback, May 2015
Realism by Anthony Neilson


Paperback, June 2011
Methuen Drama Book of 21st Century British Plays by Anthony Neilson

Methuen Drama Book of 21st Century British Plays

Paperback, February 2010
Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness! by Anthony Neilson

Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness!

Paperback, February 2009