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Midsummer Mischief: Four Radical New Plays Alice Birch

Midsummer Mischief: Four Radical New Plays

Alice Birch

Published June 2nd 2015
ISBN : 9781783191574
Paperback
184 pages
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A volume of four new plays as part of the RSC’s Midsummer Mischief by Alice Birch, E. V. Crowe, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Abi Zakarian.The writers had the famous quote by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “Well-behaved women seldom make history” as an initialMoreA volume of four new plays as part of the RSC’s Midsummer Mischief by Alice Birch, E. V. Crowe, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Abi Zakarian.The writers had the famous quote by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “Well-behaved women seldom make history” as an initial provocation and each writer has responded to this line in a unique and distinctive way.Contents:The Ant and the Cicadaby Timberlake WertenbakerA mysterious investor has set his sights on a prime piece of Greek real estate. Owned by two sisters whose lives and beliefs are at odds, and with debts rising all the time, the propertys future is uncertain. In a Greek tragedy, everybody loses. Through the struggle between two very different sisters for control of their family home, Timberlake Wertenbakers new play explores why we are willing to let the home of art and democracy crumble as the rest of Europe looks on.Revolt. She said. Revolt again.by Alice BirchAlice Birch examines the language, behaviour and forces that shape women in the 21st century and asks whats stopping us from doing something truly radical to change them. Winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising New Playwright 2014I can hear youby E.V. CroweTommy is dead. Its always tragic when they die young. People have posted loads of nice stuff on his Facebook page. His sister Ruth has returned for the funeral and wants to get it just right. Proper cutlery and a good spread. The send-off he deserved, and certainly better than they managed when mum died. The following Sunday Ruths plans to leave again are interrupted as the doorbell rings and in walks a still very much dead, Tommy. E.V. Crowes naturalistic supernatural play examines what the possibilities are for the women in Tommys family, and questions if its as easy for everyone to reveal what it is they want.This is not an exitby Abi ZakarianYou wake up, tied to a radiator. Your hands are bound and there is a bag over your head. You know you should fight, but you dont know how or against whom. But you cant have it all: where would you put it? Abi Zakarians new play is a funny and ferocious drama about the absurdity at the heart of modern womanhood, and what really stands in the way of fulfilment.