In retaliation, they defiantly produce, devise and perform award-winning plays with the support of artists around the world. As anyone who saw Being Harold Pinter will know, they make their points through an exuberant inventiveness…remarkable. Like many of the richest moments in theater, this one involves very simple elements: black ink, a long roll of brown paper and a naked woman.
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The Possibilities are disturbing short plays set in various times and cultures. Amajuba is a moving tapestry of different personal perspectives on growing up under Apartheid. He Left Quietly is the harrowing. Afghanistan continues to be an important focus of British, European and American foreign policy. The Great Game: Afghanistan features an extraordinary sequence of short plays, which attempt to broaden our understanding of the explosive history of Western involvement in Afghanistan.
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Hamlet, Part II answers a question about Hamlet that has plagued scholars, readers and playgoers for over four hundred years: What happened next? Prince Lear tackles yet another conundrum: What happened just before the start of King Lear, setting in motion the improbable events of Act I, scene 1? It is the Jubilee! One has to battle a society who deems her a secondclass citizen, the other forges an astonishing entanglement with the ageing Queen Victoria who finds herself enchanted by stories of an India she rules but has never seen. In her fierce determination to stay true to herself, she alienates the authorities and faces incarceration.
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From Morning To Midnight , among the most frequently performed German Expressionist works, charts the life of a cashier who steals money from the bank and flees to Berlin. It is a popular piece in which Kaiser satirized the cheapness and futility of modern society. His hero, a kind of machineage Everyman, searches everywhere for some kind of fulfillment — in commercial sex, in salvationist religion — but discovers through a series of nightmarish episodes that the world is deceitful and illusory.
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William J. The Oberon Classics list includes collections of plays by some of the giants of the international classical canon in English-language translations and adaptations. Of interest to scholars and students on the page, as well as having a proven track record on the stage. The power and magic of the Faust story, the man who, in a pact with the Devil, trades his soul in return for a period of total knowledge and absolute power, is one of the most potent of all European myths. Jean Racine is the greatest tragedian of the French seventeenth century.
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Dionysus, the god of wine and theatre has returned to his native land to take revenge on the puritanical Pentheus who refuses to recognise him of his rites. Remorselessly, savagely and with black humour, the god drives Pentheus and all the city to their shocking fate.
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A romp through the bubblegum years of teenage life. Another of the Royal Court contingent, Lindsay Anderson , made a short documentary film March to Aldermaston about the event. He was an active member of the Committee of and, with other prominent members, was jailed in for his part in its campaign of mass nonviolent resistance to nuclear weapons. After his stay in prison in Wesker made a full-time commitment to become the leader of an initiative which arose from Resolution 42 of the Trades Union Congress , concerning the importance of arts in the community.
Centre 42 was initially a touring festival aimed at devolving art and culture from London to the other main working class towns of Britain, moving to the Roundhouse in The project to establish a permanent arts centre struggled through subsequent years due a chronic shortage of funding, fictionalised in his play Their Very Own and Golden City.
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He formally dissolved the project in , although The Roundhouse did eventually open as a permanent arts centre in Wesker's play The Merchant which he later renamed Shylock uses the same three stories used by Shakespeare for his play The Merchant of Venice. In this retelling, Shylock and Antonio are fast friends bound by a common love of books, culture and a disdain for the crass antisemitism of the Christian community's laws.
They make the bond in defiant mockery of the Christian establishment, never anticipating that the bond might become forfeit. When it does, the play argues, Shylock must carry through on the letter of the law or jeopardize the scant legal security of the entire Jewish community. He is, therefore, quite as grateful as Antonio when Portia, as in Shakespeare's play, shows the legal way out. This production had a challenging history in previews on the road, culminating after the first night out of town in Philadelphia on 8 September with the death of the exuberant Broadway star Zero Mostel , who was initially cast as Shylock.
Wesker wrote a book, The Birth of Shylock and the Death of Zero Mostel , chronicling the entire process from initial submissions and rejections of the play through to rehearsals, Zero's death, and the disappointment of the critical reception for the Broadway opening. The book reveals much about the playwright's relationship to director John Dexter who had been the earliest, near-familial interpreter of Wesker's works , to criticism, to casting, and to the ephemeral process of collaboration through which the text of any play must pass.
In , he published his first novel, Honey , which recounted the experiences of Beatie Bryant, the heroine of his earlier play Roots. The novel broke from the previously established chronology. Roots was set in the early s and Beatie is 22; but in Honey she has only aged three years yet the action has been transplanted into the s. Other oddities are that the timeframe includes the Rushdie affair and John Major 's fall as recent events and yet the action is concerned with the dotcom boom.
The collection dates back many years and represents what he considered his best and most characteristic poems. He was a member of the editorial advisory board of Jewish Renaissance magazine. He was a patron of the Shakespeare Schools Festival , a charity that enables school children across the UK to perform Shakespeare in professional theatres. Wesker's papers, covering his entire career, were acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin in The collection contains not only the prolific output of the playwright, novelist and poet but also is framed within the larger historical context of international events.
Wesker was actively involved in the organizing of his archive, and before shipping it to the Ransom Center, Wesker compiled a list of the contents, which is also available to scholars for consultation.
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The collection's contents include over three hundred boxes of manuscript drafts, correspondence, production ephemera, personal records, and other materials. On 13 April , the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn , gave thanks for the playwright's life. They shared a socialist background in London, where Corbyn is an MP. I am sure the whole House will join me in mourning the death of the dramatist Arnold Wesker, one of the great playwrights of this country, one of those wonderful angry young men of the s who Free delivery worldwide. Bestselling Series.
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