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The Revenger's Tragedy

by Brian Gibbons

The Revenger's Tragedy is a famous Elizabethan tragedy set in a dissolute Renaissance court in Italy, a maelstrom of vice and intrigue. In this new edition, students will find a wealth of information to support...


'Tis Pity She's a Whore

by John Ford & Martin Wiggins

Ford's tragedy, originally printed in 1633, was the first major English

play to take as its theme fulfilled incest between brother and sister.


The Shoemaker's Holiday

by Thomas Dekker & Jonathan Gil Harris

One of the most popular Elizabethan plays, The Shoemaker's Holiday is one of the earliest examples of `citizen comedy' plays set in London and dealing with the dominant concerns of metropolitan society - class...


Three Late Medieval Morality Plays: Everyman, Mankind and Mundus et Infans: A New Mermaids Anthology

by G.A. Lester

In the three plays offered here an honest farmer at first resists then gives way to, and finally is redeemed from, the guileful temptations of the devil. The bleaker Everyman" focuses on the struggle to die...


The Tamer Tamed

by John Fletcher & Lucy Munro

The Tamer Tamed is the subtitle or alternative title to John Fletcher's The Woman's Prize, a comedic sequel and reply to The Taming of the Shrew. This brand new New Mermaid edition offers unique and fresh insight...


'The Dogstone' and 'Nasty, Brutish and Short'

by Kenny Lindsay & Andy Duffy

A programme text of two short plays that examine the darker side of Scottish families and which were presented as a double-bill at the Traverse Theatre in November 2009.


The School for Scandal

by Richard Brinsley Sheridan & Ann Blake

In The School for Scandal, Sheridan's artificial world of heightened

wit and heightened folly delights its audience, but at times it engages

them with moments of human pain and happiness, before delivering them...


The Trojan Women

by Euripides & Gilbert Murray

The Trojan Women follows the women of Troy after the famous war which devastated their city. It is believed to have been influenced by the capture of Melos, an Aegean Island, and the treatment of its population...


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...