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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...


Le Cid

by Pierre Corneille & Roscoe Mongan

Pierre Corneille's tragicomedy Le Cid is based on the legend of the same name. It tells the story of Rodrigue and Chimene, whose fathers' feud violently interrupts their love. Though they never disavow their...


Bone Cage

by Catherine Banks

A poetic and darkly humorous portrayal of life in rural Nova Scotia, where stripping the environment means stripping your soul.


Roman Tragedy

by Anthony J. Boyle

The first detailed cultural and theatrical history of a major literary form, this landmark introduction examines Roman tragedy and its place at the centre of Rome's cultural and political life.

Analyzing the...


The Clockmaker

by Stephen Massicotte

"WHO ARE YOU?" Monsieur Pierre (the immigration official) poses his usual question, but Heinrich's unusual answer sets in motion a metaphysical rollercoaster. Why would a simple statement of name and profession...


Discovering Shakespeare's Meaning: An Introduction to the Study of Shakespeare's Dramatic Structures

by Leah Scragg

In this useful guide, Leah Scragg indicates some of the ways in which meaning is generated in Shakespearian drama and the kinds of approaches that might lead to a fuller understanding of the plays. Each chapter...


Salome: A Tragedy in One Act

by Oscar Wilde

Salome is a tragic play written by Oscar Wilde, which tells the biblical story of Salome. Salome dances the Dance of the Seven Veils so well that she receives a boon from her stepfather Herod Antipas. Much to...


100 (Monologues)

by Eric Bogosian

Complete and collected monologues by legendary playwright and performer Eric Bogosian.


Dramatic Monologue

by Glennis Byron

The dramatic monologue is traditionally associated with Victorian poets such as Robert Browning and Alfred Tennyson, and is generally considered to have disappeared with the onset of modernism in the twentieth...


peddling

by Harry Melling

A boy wakes up in a field somewhere in London. He's a door-to-door salesman: a pedlar boy. An encounter with an old acquaintance sends him into a frenzied questioning of everything: his life, his world, where...


Birdland

by Simon Stephens

Everything can be quantified. All worth can be quantified. Artistic worth. Human worth. Material worth. Everything. Some food is simply better than other food. Isn't it? Some clothes are better than other clothes....


Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen

The play was intended as a tragedy on the purposeless of life imposed on the women of his time, both by their upbringing and by the social conventions which limited their activities. When it was first produced...


Betrayal

by Harold Pinter

“One of the most essential artists produced by the twentieth century. Pinter’s work gets under our skin more than that of any living playwright.” —New York Times

Upon its premiere at the National Theatre,...