Plays For Schools

In November 2012, local theatre company The Necessary Stage launchedPlays for Schools, the fourth collection of plays by the award-winning local playwright. The plays featured in this anthology include contemporary adaptations such as HamletSuch Sweet Sorrow (based on Romeo and Juliet), What Big Bombs You Have (referencing Little Red Riding Hood) and Ah Boy & the Beanstalk (based on Jack and the Beanstalk). The collection also includes the hugely entertaining History, Whose Story? and Survivor Singapore, the latter being previously staged to full houses at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival in 2007. This compilation also includes an introduction by Alvin Tan, Founder and Artistic Director of TNS, as well as Resident Playwright Haresh Sharma’s notes on the plays.
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Five Plays

Chekhov's worldwide reputation as a dramatist rests on five great plays: Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. All are presented in this collection, taken from the authoritative Oxford Chekhov, in Ronald Hingley's acclaimed translation. Hingley has also written an introduction specifically for this volume in which he provides a detailed history of Chekhov's involvement in the theater and an assessment of his accomplishment as a dramatist. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Four Major Plays

Taken from the highly acclaimed Oxford Ibsen, this collection of Ibsen's plays includes A Doll's HouseGhostsHedda Gabler, and The Master Builder. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Long Day’s Journey Into Night

"By common consent, Long Day's Journey into Night is Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece. . . . The helplessness of family love to sustain, let alone heal, the wounds of marriage, of parenthood, and of sonship, have never been so remorselessly and so pathetically portrayed, and with a force of gesture too painful ever to be forgotten by any of us."—Harold Bloom, from the foreword "Only an artist of O'Neill's extraordinary skill and perception can draw the curtain on the secrets of his own family to make you peer into your own. Long Day's Journey into Night is the most remarkable achievement of one of the world's greatest dramatists."—Jose Quintero "The play is an invaluable key to its author's creative evolution. It serves as the Rosetta Stone of O'Neill's life and art."—Barbara Gelb "The definitive edition of a 'play of old sorrow, written in tears and blood,' as O'Neill described it in dedicating it to his wife, Carlotta."—Boston Globe
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The Iceman Cometh

Eugene O’Neill was the first American playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. He completed The Iceman Cometh in 1939, but he delayed production until after the war, when it enjoyed a long run of performances in 1946 after receiving mixed reviews. Three years after O'Neill's death, Jason Robards starred in a Broadway revival that brought new critical attention to O’Neill’s darkest and most nihilistic play. In the half century since, The Iceman Cometh has gained enormously in stature, and many critics now recognize it as one of the greatest plays in American drama.  The Iceman Cometh focuses on a group of alcoholics and misfits who endlessly discuss but never act on their dreams, and Hickey, the traveling salesman determined to strip them of their pipe dreams.
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The Complete Dramatic Works

The present volume gathers all of Beckett's texts for theatre, from 1955 to 1984. It includes both the major dramatic works and the short and more compressed texts for the stage and for radio. 'He believes in the cadence, the comma, the bite of word on reality, whatever else he believes; and his devotion to them, he makes clear, is a sufficient focus for the reader's attention. In the modern history of literature he is a unique moral figure, not a dreamer of rose-gardens but a cultivator of what will grow in the waste land, who can make us see the exhilarating design that thorns and yucca share with whatever will grow anywhere.' - Hugh Kenner Contents: Waiting for GodotEndgameHappy DaysAll That FallActs Without WordsKrapp's Last TapeRoughs for the TheatreEmbersRoughs for the RadioWords and MusicCascandoPlayFilmThe Old TuneCome and GoEh JoeBreathNot IThat TimeFootfallsGhost Trio,...but the clouds..., A Piece of MonologueRockabyOhio ImpromptuQuadCatastropheNacht und TraumeWhat Where.
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Arthur Miller Plays

In the history of postwar American art and politics, Arthur Miller casts a long shadow as a playwright of stunning range and power whose works held up a mirror to America and its shifting values. The Penguin Arthur Miller celebrates Miller’s creative and intellectual legacy by bringing together the breadth of his plays, which span the decades from the 1930s to the new millennium. From his quiet debut, The Man Who Had All the Luck, and All My Sons, the follow-up that established him as a major talent, to career hallmarks like The Crucible and Death of a Salesman, and later works like Mr. Peters’ Connections and Resurrection Blues, the range and courage of Miller’s moral and artistic vision are here on full display. Including eighteen plays—some known by all and others that will come as discoveries to many readers—The Penguin Arthur Miller is a collectible treasure for fans of Miller’s drama and an indispensable resource for students of the theatre. The Penguin Arthur Miller includes: The Man Who Had All the LuckAll My SonsDeath of a SalesmanAn Enemy of the PeopleThe CrucibleA View from the BridgeAfter the FallIncident at VichyThe PriceThe Creation of the World and Other BusinessThe Archbishop’s CeilingThe American ClockPlaying for TimeThe Ride Down Mt. MorganThe Last YankeeBroken GlassMr. Peters’ Connections, and Resurrection Blues. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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The Complete Guide to Successful Drama

Here at last is THE definitive guide fir ant teacher either running or involved with a secondary drama department. Based on the experiences of the authors in creating a highly successful drama department at their Beacon school in Birmingham, this file will be an inspiration to drama teacher because it:
  • increases students' confidence generally, not just in drama
  • gives students a better understanding of what drama is, and what it is not
  • helps to develop a focus on developing techniques and theories needed in successful drama
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Performance: A Practical Approach To Drama

Performance: A Practical Approach To Drama is a textbook that aims to develop expressive and improvisation skills, play building strategies, acting techniques and critical response to live theatre. It has been written to fit any course that focuses on the development and evaluation of performance skills. Key features:
  • a combination of concise theory and a wide range of individual, pair, and group exercises.
  • a strong developmental approach
  • an ongoing focus on workshopping and performance
  • a strong emphasis on self-evaluation and the value of critical responses to dramatic performance
  • an east-to-follow chapter structure
  • suggestions, hints, and pithy quotations at appropriate points in the margin
  • diagrams to assist the completion of exercises (such as movement) and to illustrate theatrical devices and conventions
  • carefully chosen scripts (from poems; published and unpublished works; that extracts from novels) as stimulus for movement, improvisation, voice, and performance exercises
  • written for students to use a home as well as in class
The book is designed for students to work sequentially thorough comprehensive course if study. It is clearly written, logically organised, and includes hints, checklists, and opportunities for reflection.
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Stories for Improvisation in Primary and Secondary Schools

This book is intended to be of value to teachers and pupils in primary and secondary schools. 'Drama' in education may assume many forms, but of all these the improvising of stories occupies a leading place. To provide the teacher with an imaginative anthology Peter Chilver has adapted and re-told some thirty stories: most of these are folks and legends, the remainder are stories developed by classes in the primary and secondary schools from 'situations' taken from newspaper stories. The author stresses that pupils should be encouraged to use, build on, and extend the stories, so that each story is a stimulus from which children proceed to develop their own ideas in their own speech and dialogue. Peter Chilver is Lecturer in Drama at Acton College of Education and author of Staging a School Play, Improvised Drama, and Talking, and is co-author of Designing a School Play.
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