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The Subject of Tragedy (Routledge Revivals): Identity and Difference in Renaissance Drama

by Catherine Belsey

First published in 1985, The Subject of Tragedy takes the drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as the starting point for an analysis of the differential identities of man and woman. Catherine Belsey...


Arden (Routledge Revivals): A Study of His Plays

by Albert Hunt

John Arden was one of the major playwrights to have emerged during the 1950s, yet his work has arguably been misunderstood. In this book, first published in 1974, Albert Hunt's primary concern is to relate the...


Greek Tragedy and the Emotions (Routledge Revivals): An Introductory Study

by W. B. Stanford

According to Aristotle the main purpose of tragedy is the manipulation of emotions, and yet there are relatively few accessible studies of the precise dynamics of emotion in the Athenian theatre.

In Greek Tragedy...


Shakespeare (Routledge Revivals)

by Raymond Macdonald Alden

This fascinating title, first published in 1922, presents a detailed overview of the life and works of Shakespeare. Alden first considers Shakespeare's Elizabethan context, alongside exploring the Classical...


Shakespeare: The Last Plays

by Kiernan Ryan

This is the first collection of criticism on Shakespeare's romances to register the impact of modern literary theory on interpretations of these plays. Kiernan Ryan brings together the most important recent...


Shakespeare's History Plays

by Robert Watt

Shakespeare's history plays are central to his dramatic achievement. In recent years they have become more widely studied than ever, stimulating intensely contested interpretations, due to their relevance to...


Foreskin's Lament

by Greg McGee & John Thomson

One of the most successful and well-known New Zealand plays is also compelling reading on the page. The power, humour and irony of the language all serve to illustrate a penetrating analysis of New Zealand society,...


Nga Tangata Toa

by Hone Kouka & John Thomson

Set on a marae on the East Coast in 1919 when a war weary soldier, Taneatua, returns from Europe a hero. A powerfully dramatic play of family secret, confrontation and revenge.


Jeannie Once

by John Renée|Thomson

The third play in the trilogy that began with Wednesday to Come and Pass It On.


Wednesday to Come

by John Renée|Thomson

In Wednesday To Come Renée takes four women of four generations in a single family and looks at how they cope with the Great Depression of the 1930's. Working class women, says Renée, have been invisible for...


Pass It On

by John Renée|Thomson

The middle play in the trilogy begun by Wednesday to Come and set amongst the Waterfront Lockout of the 1950's.


Bruce Mason Solo

by Bruce Mason

A volume of four plays for solo performance: THE END OF THE GOLDEN WEATHER/ TO RUSSIA, WITH LOVE/ NOT CHRISTMAS, BUT GUY FAWKES/ COURTING BLACKBIRD. Of his five solo pieces, only Le silence de la mer is not...


Fifty-Fifty

by Roger Hall & John Thomson

George, 54, cannot understand why his wife left him. She offered him no real explanation and in his terms he has always treated her decently. The play looks at the problems of redundancy and unemployment, and...


Daughters of Heaven

by Michelanne Forster & John Thomson

On June 22, 1954 in a secluded part of Victoria Park in Christchurch, Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker battered Pauline's mother to death. The infamous murder, also depicted in the Peter Jackson movie Heavenly...


Hot Water

by Roger Hall & John Thomson

Roger Hall's great gift for creating a setting in which a diverse group of characters are drawn together is rarely better displayed than in this play. Irresistibly funny and satirical.


Lovelock's Dream Run

by David Geary & John Thomson

This play sets the well-known events of Jack Lovelock's Berlin Olympics in parallel with a conservative boarding school in New Zealand today.


Middle Age Spread

by Roger Hall & John Thomson

Middle Age Spread is not just a repeat of Roger Hall's earlier success. Though the comic spirit prevails again - it is a play which is bound to raise laughter - it is never at the expense of one's conviction...


State of the Play

by Roger Hall & John Thomson

Peter Dingwall, a once successful playwright, is running a weekend course on the art of writing plays. Five - the minimum number for a course - aspiring playwrights gather with varying degrees of enthusiasm...


Shuriken: A Play by Vincent O'Sullivan

by Vincent O'Sullivan, John Thomson & Phillip Mann

The Japanese Military Field Code was explicit: 'Japanese forces do not surrender to the enemy under any circumstances.' How then would the eight hundred or so prisoners who found themselves in the first Japanese...


Eugenia

by Lorae Parry & John Thomson

Set in 1916 and the present, EUGENIA tells the story of Eugenia Martelli, an Italian immigrant at the beginning of the century, who lives as a man and marries a woman without revealing her true gender. Eugenia...