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Mark Ravenhill

MARK RAVENHILL

  (1966 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Ltd  

Mark Ravenhill has established himself as one of the most important playwrights to emerge from the 1990s. Provocative, dark, witty and satirical, his plays consistently probe the debased culture of our times.

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        Armageddon         Auden, Britten, Mitchell and Ravenhill - Tell Me the Truth About Love         Bigger Banner, A         Birth Of A Nation         Candide         Citizenship         City States         Close to You         Coronation of Poppea, The         Crime and Punishment         Cut, The         Desire to Kill on the Tip of the Tongue, A         Dick Whittington And His Cat         Education         Exclusion Zone, The         Experiment, The         Faust (Faust Is Dead)         Fear and Misery         Feed Me         Get Treasure         Ghost Story         Girls Of the 3½ Floppies         Handbag: the Importance Of Being Someone         Hole Story, The         Intolerance         Life In Three Acts, A         Life of Galileo, The         Love (But I Won't Do That)         Meat Piece         Mikado, The         Mother Clap's Molly House         Mother, The         Nation         North Greenwich         Odyssey, The         Once a Whore         Our Day         Over There         Paradise Lost         Paradise Regained         pool (no water)         Product: World Remix         Repeat         Ripper         Scenes from Family Life         Shoot         Shopping And Fucking         Show 6         Sleeping Around         Some Explicit Polaroids         Tales of Love and Justice         Ten Plagues         Totally Over You         Twilight of the Gods         War and Peace         War of the Worlds         What Are We Going to Do About Harry?         Women in Love         Women of Troy



Armageddon

Synopsis:
Emma, a born-again Christian living in America's Bible Belt, arranges to meet a younger man, Honor, in a motel room

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe    

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short play

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Auden, Britten, Mitchell and Ravenhill - Tell Me the Truth About Love

Synopsis:
Cabaret songs by WH Auden, Benjamin Britten, Conor Mitchell and Mark Ravenhill. Jamie McDermott (of The Irrepressibles) sings of love: new and old, hidden and held. Striking reinterpretations of the famous Benjamin Britten / WH Auden songs are joined by new numbers from Fringe First winning team Mark Ravenhill and Conor Mitchell to create an intimate cabaret that comes a little queerly from the heart.

Notes:
conceived by Conor Mitchell and Mark Ravenhill

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Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival    

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cabaret 60 min

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Bigger Banner, A

Bigger Banner, A
Mark Ravenhill's A Bigger Banner tackles the shattering of postwar dreams of democracy and equality with succinct savagery and wistfulness
- Lyn Garnder, GuardianDrama about students and education

Notes:
Part of theatre Uncut. Across the country thousands of people Are involved in protests And debates, sparked into Action by the largest cuts to public spending since World War Two. theatre Uncut is A national theatre event in response to these cuts, bringing together some of the UK's leading Dramatists.

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Reclaim Productions, in association with Meeting Point Productions

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short play

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Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Birth Of A Nation

Synopsis:
A group of actors come to work with the local people after a foreign power has withdrawn

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short play

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Candide

Candide
Do you believe in silver linings? Candide is an optimist. A dreamer. He believes that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds. But that belief is about to be tested as Candide's comfortable life is overtaken by an endless barrage of misfortune. As his world collapses around him, we are transported across the centuries to new locations and parallel universes. How will Candide's optimism fare when it collides with life in the 21st century? RSC Writer in Residence Mark Ravenhill responds to Voltaire's novel in a new play directed by Lyndsey Turner. Lyndsey's recent productions include Posh at the Royal Court, and the critically-acclaimed ChimErica which transfers to the West End this Summer. Dangerous ideas, extraordinary individuals and flying sheep collide in a wild philosophical ride.

Notes:
inspired by Voltaire

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Methuen Drama (29 Aug 2013)   978-1472532947

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Genre:
adaptation 110 min one act

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Male:  9            Female:  7            Other:  with doubling

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Citizenship

Citizenship
frank and alert examination of a boy's struggle to find his sexual identity

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Organisations:
NYT/Salford, Lowry & Glenthorne High Sch, Sutton, Shell Connections 2005

1st Published:
Methuen Drama    978-0713683981

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Play/Drama

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Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  -

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City States

Synopsis:
Readings from four Royal Court playwrights who travelled to cities around the world to work with international playwrights.

Notes:
Author: April De Angelis, David Greig, Stephen Jeffreys and Mark Ravenhill.

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Genre:
reading

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Close to You

Synopsis:
about outing a gay MP.

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Coronation of Poppea, The

Coronation of Poppea, The
the Coronation of Poppea, a new version of Monteverdi's opera depicting the triumphant adultery between Poppea and Roman Emperor Nero. Tackling this tale of epic lives, Ravenhill updates Tacitus' scathing portrayal of decadence and imperial degeneracy with language which is contemporary, spare and brutally powerful.

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Methuen Drama    978-1408160541

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Genre:
song cycle

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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Crime and Punishment

Synopsis:
a very raw and allegorical piece in which a British soldier brings in a grieving Iraqi woman he liked the look of on TV, and shoots her in the foot then the kneecap before slashing her throat because she doesnt love him

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Genre:
short play

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Cut, The

Cut, The
Paul is an ordinary man with a shocking secret. At home, he is a loving husband and father. At work, he administers the cut. In a society sickened by his profession, Paul struggles with his conscience and longs to tell the truth.

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Methuen Drama    978-0413775740

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Play/Drama

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Desire to Kill on the Tip of the Tongue, A

Desire to Kill on the Tip of the Tongue, A
A Desire to Kill. . .shows a side of France unknown to the holiday brochures; a hopeless underclass of directionless youth filling their days with drinking, shagging and fantasies of violence that sometimes become reality. Rou is the group's smart arse lad-about-town, bragging about his affair with a married woman to his mates Vic and Poupon outside yet another nightclub he is barred from. In this atmosphere of laddish competitiveness, on the night of a full moon, aggression flares up at the slightest insult, and Rou's swaggering finally inspire his 'friends' to stand up to him. The secret that comes to light unexpectedly pushes Poupon to the edge of sanity, with explosive results. A Desire to Kill. . . is a revealing snapshot of dark, brutal world, where the only motivations are lust, desire and the search for gratification, until the mask of bravado is stripped away and the vision of loneliness it reveals becomes unbearable.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Xavier Durringer. Translated by Noelle Morris and Mark Ravenhill from "Une Envie De Tuer Sur Le Bout De La Langue"

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Contained in: "Frontline Drama 6: New French Plays" published by Methuen Publishing 2000   978-0413713308

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Genre:
translation

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Dick Whittington And His Cat

Synopsis:
Pantomime about a boy and his cat who set off to London to make their fortune - usually with Dick's Brother (Idle Jack) and mother - there they usually meet Baron Fitzwarren and sail away to seek treasure. In some versions King Rat goes with them to steal the treasure, in others they reach a land infested with rats where they haven't heard of cats and Dick does a deal, returning home rich he becomes Lord Mayor of London. Based extremely loosely on a real person (Richard Whittington, 1350 to 1423), there is a statue of the cat outside the Whittington Hospital in North London where Dick is supposed to have heard the bells say "Turn again Whittington, Lord Mayor of London" as he trudged away from the city. First recorded panto on this theme was in 1814.

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BITE06

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Genre:
Pantomime

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Male:  7            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Education

Synopsis:
Today's teachers face mounting pressures to meet the demands dictated by government policy. One teacher reveals the controversial measures some take in order to deliver results.

Notes:
the National presents the world premieres of five new monologues by leading playwrights, inspired by current events. Taken directly from interviews, each piece explores the personal stories behind the headlines. Each monologue will be followed by A discus

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Genre:
Monologue Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  1 m/f

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Exclusion Zone, The

Synopsis:
A couple meet online and venture into the countryside, talking about seeing a horror film upon their return to the city. But real-life horror soon descends as their inhibitions unravel.

Notes:
part of Terror 2010: Death And Resurrection by April DeAngelis, William Ewart, Neil LaBute, Mark Ravenhill

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Organisations:
the Sticking Place and Seabright Productions

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Genre:
short play

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Experiment, The

Synopsis:
evokes a vortex of atrocity from fairytales to Mengele and Medea
- Sam Marlowe, the Times

Notes:
part of Terror 2009, A season of new, short horror plays written by some of our best contemporary playwrights And now in its sixth year, is hosted by Southwark Playhouse for 2009. the evening combines horror, And cabaret As the Grand Guignol tradition is reinvented for the 21st century

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the Sticking Place

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Genre:
short horror play

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Faust (Faust Is Dead)

Faust (Faust Is Dead)
Famous philosopher arrives in LA and is lauded as a star. On a TV show he announces the Death of Men and the End of History and then meets a young man on the run from his father, a software tycoon

Notes:
adapted by Nick Philippou and Mark Ravenhill

1st Produced:
Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead    

Organisations:
aTheatre Company, London

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Genre:
Adaptation. - - Gay, full length

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Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  chorus

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Fear and Misery

Synopsis:
a good-looking couple are eating pasta, drinking red wine and fighting over their son's recurring nightmare. Does he dream of the headless soldier because they are rowing? Because they dont live in a gated community? Or because Olivia feels a tiny hint of rape. Sorry. Rape. Sorry. Rape. Sorry in her husband's lovemaking. Actors Joseph Millson and Joanna Riding absolutely nail the stuttering, rapid rattle of the couple's alternately needy and aggressive dialogue. And as they fight their own domestic war on terror: rejoicing that the local gipsies are arrested; obsessively checking the batteries in the smoke alarm  a bloody soldier enters and makes his unseen way into their son's bedroom.

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short play

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Feed Me

Synopsis:
Feed Me explores a world in which culture keeps on growing and everyone is chasing the latest experience. But nothing ever satisfies and something's got to give.

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play

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Get Treasure

Get Treasure
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Paines Plough

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Contained in: "Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat" published buy Methuen   978-1408108710

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Short play

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Ghost Story

Synopsis:
A satire of the positive-thinking movement and a moving story of a woman's battle with illness, set in a world where time is fluid and we can talk to the dead.

Notes:
Sky Arts launches An exciting new project, bringing live Drama to British television screens with A series of five, newly commissioned short plays. Written by some of the world's most celebrated And controversial playwrights, each play will be previewed At Riverside Studios before being broadcast live on Sky Arts 2 HD.

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Play/Drama

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Girls Of the 3½ Floppies

Synopsis:
Two mexican women endlessly wash a floor whilst talking of finding the school fees and their next line of coke. Over their lives loom absent husbands and fathers and the pall of seual favours in return for money and drugs. - Veronica Lee, Evening Standard

Notes:
Original Playwright - Luis Enrique Gutierrez Ortiz Monasterio. Surtitles Translator - Mark Ravenhill

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Anglo Mexican Foundation AC

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Handbag: the Importance Of Being Someone

Handbag: the Importance Of Being Someone
From Victorian wet nurses to 90s sperm banks, Mark Ravenhill's new play examines the role of parenting in an age of diverse sexualities, biological engineering and Tinky Winky's handbag

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aTheatre Company, London

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Methuen Drama    978-0413737601

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Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  doubling

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Hole Story, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
written by Mark Ravenhill and Alfie Buck

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Paines Plough

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TYA

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Intolerance

Synopsis:
a woman's unidentifiable stomach pain becomes a dramatic conduit for the violence and agony of the war abroad

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Life In Three Acts, A

Life In Three Acts, A
With honesty, humour and occasional anger, performer Bette Bourne tells the playwright Mark Ravenhill about his life. the story moves from a post-war childhood, to the Gay Liberation Front, life in a drag commune and on to the creation of the ground-breaking Bloolips company and beyond. the piece, in three parts, marks a different series of events in Bette's life to reveal a portrait of an amazing individual and celebration of the momentous struggles and achievements of gay liberation. Each part can be enjoyed as self-contained stories or seen together for a fuller picture. the performance is a reading of edited transcripts of a series of long, private conversations, a recreation on stage of two friends reminiscing about one of their lives. 'Bette' and 'mark' will be played by the real individuals. But at some performances guest artists will recreate the original conversations, finding their own path through the extraordinary life of Bette Bourne.

Notes:
Written by Mark Ravenhill And Betty Bourne

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London Artists Projects, Konninklijke Schouwburg. and Het Paradijs The Hague.

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Methuen Drama   978-1408125212

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Genre:
Piece

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Life of Galileo, The

Life of Galileo, The
Arguably Brecht's greatest play, A Life of Galileo charts the seventeenth century scientist's extraordinary fight with the church over his assertion that the earth orbits the sun. the figure of Galileo, whose 'heretical' discoveries about the solar system brought him to the attention of the Inquisition, is one of Brecht's more human and complex creations. Temporarily silenced by the Inquisition's threat of torture, and forced to abjure his theories publicly, Galileo continues to work in private, eventually smuggling his work out of the country. Brecht's beautiful depiction of the explosive struggle between scientific discovery and religious fundamentalism is captured masterfully in this new translation by RSC writer-in-residence, Mark Ravenhill.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Bertolt Brecht

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Royal Shakespeare Company

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Methuen Drama, London (2013)>>>    978-1472507419

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  15            Female:  5            Other:  doubling

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Love (But I Won't Do That)

Synopsis:
the audience surrounded a dark domestic scene between a middle-aged woman and the sex-starved young soldier billeted with her

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1st Produced:
Village Underground, London    

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Paines Plough

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short play

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Meat Piece

Synopsis:
From farmers to food scientists and abattoirs to supermarket chains, Meat Piece is an explosive piece of dance theatre about a world where production has ended and consumption is everything.

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[Cancelled} Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield    

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Genre:
dance theatre

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Mikado, The

Synopsis:
a gay couple sit outside on a bench, and one of them tells the other his aggressive cancer has returned  bringing the rumblings of war very powerfully back

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Mother Clap's Molly House

Mother Clap's Molly House
Ravenhill weaves two time zones - London 1726, where Mrs Tull's whores are giving her a hard time, a man in a dress is looking for a job, her husband has a roving eye, and the apprentice boy keeps disappearing. Meanwhile, in 2001, a group of wealthy gay men are preparing for a raunchy party. This black comedy not only celebrates the diversity of human sexuality but also provides a fascinating insight into a hidden chapter of London's history. Unusually, the text also includes both lyrics and score for the songs

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written with Music By Mattthew Scott

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Macowan Theatre (Lamda), London    

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National Theatre, London

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Methuen Drama    978-0413769305

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Play with songs Play with Music. - - Gay, full length

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Mother, The

Synopsis:
Brecht's the Mother is a little performed play from 1932 telling of a woman living in a Russia on the cusp of revolution who is forced into a new world of political activism when she sees how her own activist son is treated by the authorities. As she meets with his friends and begins to engage with their agenda, she finds herself on a journey of personal growth, as she finally learns to read and as her political consciousness is awakened and becomes impassioned, she becomes a figurehead for the movement that her son is part of.

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Original Playwright - Bertolt Brecht, translated by Mark Ravenhill from a literal translation by Marc Funda, music by theo Holloway And Richard Norris

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Nation

Nation
A parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau's village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress; neither speaks the other's language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal Raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of his tribe's fiercely patriarchal gods. Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation.

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Based on A novel by Terry Pratchett, Adapted by Mark Ravenhill

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National Theatre Company

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Corgi, London, 2009   978-055162159

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North Greenwich

Synopsis:
Paines Plough's introduction to the hottest new writers returns to the Bridewell for a fourth season of lunchtime script-in-hand performances in collaboration with the BBC New Writing Initiative. More direct than the Victoria Line - More fun than the Circle Line - Deeper than westminster - More shocking than a body on the line - More precious than a seat in ruch hour - More of a challenge than the exits at Picadilly Circus - Better value than a two zone travelcard. Jubilee - Plays from Underground, brings you 9 new plays, all inspired by the Jubilee Line Extension and written in only three weeks. From Westminster to stratford, each playwright brings their special talent to bear upon the weird and beautiful poetry of London Transport's latest artery. They will never be just a name on the line to you again!

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part of Wild Lunch 4: Jubilee - Plays from Underground

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Paines Plough

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Odyssey, The

Synopsis:
a bunch of young soldiers who think theyre about to be sent home declaim their values of freedom and democracy to the crowd of onlookers, and define civilisation as being able to get a cup of coffee and a pastry in the morning.

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Once a Whore

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Steam Industry

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Our Day

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Our Day is a new opera set against a backdrop of events in Northern Ireland in 1972. That year, as well as being the bloodiest of the troubles, marked the gold medal win for local girl, Mary Peters. Her achievement at the Munich Olympics briefly unified a country at war with itself and created a much-welcomed respite from the daily cycle of violence. It also allowed the country to pause for a moment to cheer Peters to victory. In 2012 it will be 40 years since that win. Mitchell and Ravenhill have created a gripping new music drama which tackles head-on the meeting of violence, hatred - and possible reconciliation.

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written by Conor Mitchell and Mark Ravenhill

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Southbank Centre, London    

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opera

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Over There

Over There
"I found you. You're here. And I was over there. But now I'm over here. I'm here. You're my brother. I love you" When Franz's mother escaped to the West with one of her identical twin boys, she left the other behind. Now, 25 years later, Karl crosses the border in search of his other half. As history takes an unexpected turn, the brothers must struggle to reconnect. Examines the hungers released when two countries, separated by a common language, meet again.

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International Playwrights: A Genesis Project

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Methuen Drama    978-1408119532

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Paradise Lost

Synopsis:
a sketch where a woman is disturbed by her neighbour's screams, investigates, initially defends her against the menacing mystery men who promise to take care of her, then is tempted to join in with the torture.

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Village Underground, London    

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Paines Plough

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Paradise Regained

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As Mark Ravenhill watched Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat - -his epic cycle of short plays - being performed at various venues across London this spring, he realised there was one more piece to put in the jigsaw - this new twenty minute play. Paradise Regained is an epilogue to the sixteen plays that made up Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat.

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pool (no water)

pool (no water)
In pool (no water) a famous artist invites her old friends out to her luxurious new home and, for one night only, the group is back together. However, celebrations come to an abrupt end when the host suffers a horrific accident. As the victim lies in a coma, an almost unthinkable plan starts to take shape: could her suffering be their next work of art? pool (no water) is a visceral and shocking new play about the fragility of friendship and the jealousy and resentment inspired by success.

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Methuen Drama    978-0713683981

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Product: World Remix

Product: World Remix
"I love your work, I love it. I've seen you do those turns on a sixpence. . ..You're fabulous. And this material is going to be fabulous once it's punched up". Amy is a hot young starlet. Now all she needs is the script which will save her from B movie hell. A script which balances artistic integrity with blockbuster bucks. Mark thinks he's got the perfect pitch - a script which combines a torrid love story with the dark spectre of terrorism and big, big explosions. If he can only persuade Amy, he's got the perfect Product.

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Paines Plough

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Methuen Drama    978-0413775740

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Repeat

Repeat
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Paines Plough

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Contained in: "Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat" published buy Methuen   978-1408108710

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Ripper

Synopsis:
solving London's greatest serial killer mystery with the help of Queen Victoria, Bette Boume, a bad wig and an enormous pair of false boobs.
- Lucy Powell, Time Out London

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part of Terror 2007

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Terror 2007 presented by Sticking Place

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Scenes from Family Life

Scenes from Family Life
Jack and Lisa: two ordinary teenagers who want to have a baby. Only problem is Lisa keeps vanishing literally - into thin air. their friends Barry and Stacy have the same problem. Stacy is eight months pregnant. But Barry keeps vanishing in front of her eyes. Soon, they discover that first their friends and eventually the whole world are dematerialising. With Lisa and Barry faded away to nothing, Jack's flat is requisitioned by the army and given over to a parents and babies group. But when finally everyone else vanishes for good, there's only Jack and Stacy left in the world. It's up to Jack to deliver Stacy's baby. Six month on and Jack and Stacy are the only boy and girl on the planet. For Jack it's a dream, for Stacy a nightmare. And when the vanished start to return, Jack has to learn how complex adult relationships are.

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New Connections

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in New Connections 2008, Faber and Faber, London, 2008   978-0571244898

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Youth Audience

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Shoot

Shoot
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Paines Plough

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Shopping And Fucking

Shopping And Fucking
Mark used to work in the City but is now a junkie. He is in a bad state. His flatmate Lulu and her boyfriend Robbie try to feed him. Mark decides to get medical help. At a job interview Lulu is given 300 ecsastsy tablets to sell. Robbie helps her count them. Mark arrives back having been thrown out of the rehab clinic for inappropiate behaviour. Mark meets rent boy Gary through a sex line. Mark only wants sex and not to become involved - but ends up comforting Gary after he hears how he was abused by his step-father. Robbie tries to sell the ecstasy but gives it away. He is beaten up when he has no more left. Lulu is furious. Brian who supplied the ecstasy gives them a week to pay him the money for them. they set up a telephone sex service. Mark and Gary go shopping with a stolen credit card. Mark realises that he is in love with Gary and rejects him. Gary tells him that he is only fourteen. Robbie and Lulu almost have all the money they owe Brian. Gary has a sexual fantasy and Robbie agrees to fulfill it for a price. So both Mark and Robbie have rough sex with him. Mark leaves and Gary insists that Robbie buggers him with a knife. Robbie and Lulu now have the money for Brian.

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Methuen Drama    978-0413712400

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Show 6

Synopsis:
The Secret Theatre Company is a 20 strong ensemble of actors, writers, directors and designers created to challenge the way theatre is produced and presented in Britain. The company has taken London by storm since their first provocative show in September 2013 courting controversy and sparking debate and discussion. Now they bring their innovative and inventive style to the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Summerhall @ Roundabout, Edinburgh Fringe Festival    

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Secret Theatre Company

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New writing, 1 hour

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Sleeping Around

Sleeping Around
Sleeping Around is about love and sex in Britain as we approach the millennium. In a dozen scenes of likely and unlikely connections, two actors play a variety of couples whose ordinary lives erupt in extraordinary moments.

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written by Mark Ravenhill, Stephen Greenhorn, Hilary Fannin And Abi Morgan

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Methuen Drama    978-0413732705

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Some Explicit Polaroids

Some Explicit Polaroids
follows five personal journeys through a world of global imagery in an acerbic satire on the cult of celebrity

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Methuen Drama    978-0413741707

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Tales of Love and Justice

Synopsis:
Chinese Yuan Plays

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Ten Plagues

Ten Plagues
London is infected. the dead fall in the streets. As the plague pits fill, the people of London struggle to maintain a society in the face of overwhelming mortality. Based on eye-witness accounts from 1665 and drawing poetic parallels with modern epidemics, Ten Plagues relates one man's journey through a city in crisis. Told entirely through a series of songs, Ten Plagues explores humanity's struggle with sickness and death and celebrates our capacity for survival.

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libretto by Mark Ravenhill music by Conor Mitchell

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Methuen Drama    978-1408160541

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song cycle

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Totally Over You

Totally Over You
KITTY dreams of becoming a star, but first she and her 'sistas' - ROCHELLE, HANNAH and SINITA - have to date some A-list celebrities, and that means dumping zitty boyfriends JAKE, DAN, TYSON and FRAMJI. Kitty eggs on her reluctant friends with promises of the fame to come: photo shoots, opening nights and more. Meanwhile, Jake, Dan, Tyson and Framji swap stories of getting chucked and decide to teach the girls a lesson - but how? Geeky friend VICTOR has the answer. Posing as a wacky visionary he convinces the girls that the boys are the biggest stars of the future - the ultimate boyband, Awesome. With the help of his Drama classmates, disguised as PAs, stylists and the press, Victor stages a phoney concert to launch the band's debut single, So Totally Over You. Desperate to win the boys back, the sistas sneak in but Dan, Tyson and Framji tell them where to go. Satisfied that the girls have learnt their lesson, the boys and their mates return to normal. But Jake wants the playacting to go on - if only he can persuade Kitty to see beyond the celebrity, maybe he can win her back? the two meet and Jake momentarily gives in to the fantasy of his pop-star life. the other couples, reunited at last, turn up and reveal the truth and Kitty and Jake finally have to face up to their true feelings for one another. Inspired by Moliere's Les Precieuses Ridicules, Mark Ravenhill's ironic new play examines the world of instant celebrity, branding and illusion in an age of Big Brother and Pop Rivals. A love story for anyone who's ever dreamt of becoming a pop star, told a few lies and been dumped. there are 15 characters in Totally Over You, eight girls and seven boys aged between 14 and 16. there are opportunities for larger casts to play the various members of the Drama class, disguising themselves as reporters, photographers, TV crews, etc. the play is written to be performed on a bare stage. the scenes are not set anywhere specific and need no scenery or furniture to suggest location.

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in Shell Connections 2003, Faber, London
2004 Samuel French, London (acting edition) - click here to order >>>, 2003   978-0571220144

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Twilight of the Gods

Synopsis:
Twilight of the Gods', with Findlay as the woefully insensitive but hugely well-meaning government official, and the usually melodious Cassidy making herself harsh and parched as the starving teacher being questioned for Findlay's survey, is more striking, and gains stature by being able to inhabit both points of view. - http://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/mark-ravenhills-iraq-plays-blog-1#love

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Village Underground, London    

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Paines Plough

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War and Peace

Synopsis:
In an alcove, Olivia and Harry's seven-year-old son Alex sits in bed. He's visited by a soldier, whose bloodstained helmet has a fatal-looking chunk taken out of it. They have a little secret: the soldier lets Alex play with his gun, and Alex lets the soldier touch his beautiful head.

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War of the Worlds

Synopsis:
a staged timeline of London liberal reaction to 9/11

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Village Underground, London    

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What Are We Going to Do About Harry?

Synopsis:
slyly presents the conversation between an artistic director and a wealthy donor as the latter attempts to wangle her teenage boy work experience. - Guardian

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part of "Walking the Tightrope: The tension between art and politics"

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Offstage Theatre Production, in association with Theatre Uncut

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10 min political play

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Women in Love

Synopsis:
Congregating in a crowded pub, an angel appeared to us. That is, a tall wordless young chap wearing a heavy overcoat, period drama good looks, and the kind of costume-shop angel wings that well-heeled party girls like to strap on over their silver bikinis appeared to us. He led us to a reclusive shared garden in a square, where we found three actors, shivering faintly in front of three microphones. In turn, they monologued their way through their three different recollections of one day in hospital, where the man was sick, the girl his lover visited him and Nancy the gay nurse brought in the TV and took it away again.

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Women of Troy

Synopsis:
for 'Women of Troy' the trestles wheeled round and surrounded the crowd, who were harangued from three edges by the choric women, and jostled into confusion by the suicide bomber who walked through their midst.

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Village Underground, London    

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Paines Plough

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:

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