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Books in the Oberon Modern Plays series

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  • by Rotimi Babatunde

    The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives is a scandalous, engrossing tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria. Lola Shoneyin's bestselling novel bursts on to the stage in a vivid adaptation by Caine Award-winning playwright Rotimi Babatunde.

  • by Yael (Author) Farber

    Yael Farber uses the Oresteia trilogy as a metaphor through which to revisit the horrors endured by the black majority at the hands of the white minority. But unlike the original, Farber breaks the cycle of violence, reflecting South Africa's own transformation in the 1990s.

  • by Charles Dickens & Tanika Gupta

    Pip, a poor village boy, finds two chance meetings set his life on an unexpected course. At the water's edge, he has a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict. In the decaying grandeur of Miss Haversham's house, he falls hopelessly in love with the heartless Estella. When an anonymous benefactor helps him move to Calcutta, the heart of the British Raj, Pip pursues his great expectations and his dream of winning Estella's heart. Relocating Pip's extraordinary journey to nineteenth-century India, this coming-of-age story, evoking some of Dickens' most colourful characters, is faithful to the period of the book and the richness of Dickens' language - a vivid theatrical retelling of a universally loved masterpiece.

  • by Jessica L. Hagan

    Queens of Sheba tells the stories of four Black women who have been turned away from a night club for "being too Black" (based on the DSTRKT Night spot incident of 2015).

  • by Stephen Adly Guirgis

    Love and addiction in New York City.

  • by Lemn (Author) Sissay

    Something Dark tells the true story of Lemn Sissay who as a baby was given up by his Ethiopian mother in the 1960s. An autobiographical performance about Sissay's upbringing in a racist care system. Something Dark is now a set text on Edexcel's Contemporary Black British Literature: A Guide.

  • by Ryszard Kapuscinski

    Colin Teevan's brilliant adaptation of the incredible book by legendary journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski about the decline and fall of Haile Selassie's regime in Ethiopia.

  • by Matthew (Author) Bulgo

    The first full-length play from the critically acclaimed author of Last Christmas.

  • - An Act of Remembrance
    by Paterson (Author) Joseph

    The true story of Charles Ignatius Sancho, who became the first black person of African origin to vote in Britain.

  • by Carl Grose

    Times are tough for the family in the wood. They'd eat like kings if only they could.But hunger gnaws - famine stalks the land. Something quite wicked has the upper hand!Poor mother and father must do "what is best"... And Hansel and Gretel will be put to the test! Armed with their very last slice of bread. Will they eat to survive or ........leave a.................trail...................................home..................................................instead?Hansel & Gretel was first performed on the 4th December 2009 at Bristol Old Vic and was a co-production between Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic. Carl Grose and Kneehigh put their own unique spin on the classic fairytale.

  • by Henrik Ibsen & Amelia Bullmore
    £11.49 - 15.49

    Ghosts is published to coincide with the Gate Theatre's production of Amelia Bullmore's new translation of Ibsen's classic.

  • by Dennis (Author) Kelly

  • by Michaela (Author) Coel

    Tracey Gordon, the 67 bus, friendship, sex, UK garage, school, music, teachers, friendship, periods, emergency contraceptive, arse and tits, friendship, raves, tampons, white boys, God, money. Friendship. Aaron, Candice, sex and Connor Jones. Chewing Gum Dreams is a one-woman play that recalls those last days of innocence before adulthood.Written and performed by Michaela Coel who spent her childhood in Hackney, London, Chewing Gum Dreams won the 2012 Alfred Fagon Award.

  • by Breach (Author) Theatre

  • by Anton Chekhov
    £11.99 - 39.99

    Two years after its disastrous opening in 1896, "The Seagull" was successfully revived at the Moscow Art Theatre. Checkhov's self-mocking description of the play was: "A comedy - 3F, 6M, four acts, rural scenery (a view over a lake); much talk of literature, little action, five bushels of love".

  • by Clive Coleman & Richard (Author) Bean

    Young Marx is a comedy set in 1850's London, where Karl Marx, is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke and restless, the play portrays the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary as a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there's still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.Young Marx aims to demystify Karl Marx, and is full of jokes and farce. It was chosen as the first play at the opening of London's Bridge Theatre in 2017, where it played to critical acclaim.

  • by Rod Serling

    Between light and shadow, science and superstition, fear and knowledge is a dimension of imagination. An area we call the Twilight Zone.Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, this world premiere production of the acclaimed CBS Television Series The Twilight Zone lands on stage for the first time in its history. Or its present. Or its future.Stage magic and fantasy unite as the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

  • by Carl Grose, Anna Maria Murphy & Kneehigh Theatre Company

  • by Anne Carson & Sophocles

  • by Juliet Gilkes (Author) Romero

  • by Johnny McKnight

  • by Charlotte Brontë

    Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë's story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman's fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre's spirited heroine faces life's obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.This inventive staging of Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic in 2014, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National Theatre, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.

  • by Gordon Steel

  • by Testament

  • by Sarah Ruhl

    Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell were two of America's most brilliant poets. Throughout their lifetime, they wrote over 400 letters to each other; spanning decades, continents, political eras. Their connection was messy and profound, platonic yet romantic, intense and intangible. A love that resists easy definition.These are their words.Susan Smith Blackburn award winner Sarah Ruhl has crafted a stunning and quietly bold piece of theatre about what it means to love someone, and all the questions we regret never asking.

  • by Grae Cleugh

    Full of fun, seriously dramatic too, this collection of monologues takes you on a wondrous journey through the lives of six Scots who lose their partners but come out the other end still fighting. These are their strange, marvellous stories of sex, drugs, crown green bowls, heartbreak and a Turkish adventure!Grae Cleugh's first play F ing Games was produced at the Royal Court Theatre and was directed by Dominic Cooke. It won him the Laurence Olivier Award for the UK's Most Promising Playwright.

  • by Lachlan Philpott

    M.Rock is a magical new play, based on a true story, about the enduring joys of music, dancing and self-discovery.In his distinctive language, Philpott charts the fortunes of 18-year-old Tracey and her grandmother Mabel. Tracey has just finished school, she's bought a round-the-world ticket and is flying away to soak up experience. By contrast, Mabel is stable. She plays piano for The Players, knits for the African appeal and looks after Hilda's cat.When Tracey misses her plane home, Mabel sets off on a quest to find her granddaughter. But what she finds is her inner DJ.

  • by Duncan Macmillan

    You're six years old. Mum's in hospital. Dad says she's 'done something stupid'. She finds it hard to be happy.So you start to make a list of everything that's brilliant about the world. Everything that's worth living for.1. Ice Cream2. Kung Fu Movies3. Burning Things4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose5. Construction cranes6. MeYou leave it on her pillow. You know she's read it because she's corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own.A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

  • by Mark Schultz

    Charlotte is fifteen and grieving over the loss of her beautiful mother. Her relationship with her father is put to the test as she discovers sex, ambition and 'beauty products'. Inspired by Euripides but with its sights set firmly on contemporary America, A Brief History of Helen of Troy is an unsettling examination of complacency culture and the politics of beauty.

  • by Laura Wade

    Amy's found another body in a hotel bedroom.There's a funny smell coming from one of Jim's storage units.And Kate's losing it after spending all day with the police.There's no going back after what they've seen.Breathing Corpses was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in February 2005.

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