Explosive political satire and acerbic wit leap from stage to page in this hotly anticipated debut collection from Luke Wright. ‘Mondeo Man’ celebrates and laments a country of disappearing pubs, celebrity anti-heroes and motorway service stations, perfectly capturing the English idiom at the turn of the 21st century.
A city lies in ruins. Spires topple, planes fall. Rubble is broken by wildflower.
Birdsong and chatter cut through. Discover the urban wild in Meryl Pugh’s debut collection. Join the poet as flaneuse wandering the city’s hidden spaces to encounter its flora and fauna; its many-voiced song. A book of witnessing and overhearing, Natural Phenomena asks where the beauty is in the city of plastic, wire and glass; holds a mirror up to the self and asks how we contend with loss and absence in a constantly bustling environment.
How far would you go to resist oppression? What would you choose to remember, and what to forget? Are some wounds never meant to heal?
Siddhartha Bose’s play takes us to 1930s India to tell the story of Pritilata Waddedar, a young, female revolutionary who leads an attack on a whites-only club. ‘No Dogs, No Indians’ was commissioned by five major performing arts venues to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence.
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett’s Swims documents wild swimming in lakes, rivers and seas across the UK, starting and ending in Burnett’s home county, Devon. An evocative long poem split into chapters, Swims is interspersed with a sequence about the poet’s father. This mesmerising, lyrical debut cuts a path through Britain’s waterways, investigating the human impact on the natural world as well as nature’s unmistakable effect on us.
From the tip of Cornwall to the Isle of Mull, through rural communities and the inner-city, Amber Massie-Blomfield takes the road less travelled to discover Britain’s most astonishing and unexpected theatres. A ruined playhouse, haunted halls, a stage hewn from granite cliffs. Theatres on wheels, squeezed into a former public lavatory and rescued from fire. A theatre that is not there at all.
Making the case for radical, quirky and non-conforming performance spaces alongside iconic venues, this book is a celebration of thriving against the odds. It also tells a personal account of a life-long love affair with the places where ‘anything is possible’: from open-air fry-ups and an impromptu can-can to paranormal manifestations. An adventure through theatre, place and the people who make it happen, Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die gives us reason to be hopeful.
At university, two worlds collide. Johnny Bevan, the whip-smart, mercurial kid from a city council estate, saves Nick Burton from living his father’s safe life, but it ends tragically. Years later, a world-weary Nick is reminded of their friendship. Can Johnny save Nick again?