On The Shore Of The Wide World

Author: Simon Stephens

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408142228

Category: Drama

Page: 144

View: 1700

Something is about to happen that will change one family forever. Set over the course of nine months, On the Shore of the Wide World is an epic play about love, family, Roy Keane and the size of the galaxy.

Stephens Plays: 3

Harper Regan, Punk Rock, Marine Parade and On the Shore of the Wide World

Author: Simon Stephens

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408176874

Category: Drama

Page: 464

View: 1537

Harper Regan follows a woman's road trip through the heart of England in a violent and comic exploration of the moralities of sex and death. Quietly harrowing, this play is a barometer for our times exploring dark secrets and familial estrangement. Marine Parade is a musical about sex, betrayal and hope, set in a run-down B&B on Brighton's waterfront. A moving and poignant play, it 'captures the peculiar aroma of Brighton, with its mix of the bracing and the melancholy' (Guardian). Olivier award-winning play On the Shore of the Wide World is an epic piece about love, family, Roy Keane and the size of the galaxy. Punk Rock is based on Simon Stephens's experience as a teacher and he describes this play as 'The History Boys on crack'. It explores the underlying tensions and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen year old students.

The Wide World


Author: V.G. Korolenko

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450039170

Category: Fiction

Page: 152

View: 8409

A tale of adventure, a coming-of-age novel and a biography of immigrant experience—THE WIDE WORLD is all of the above in one exciting, action-packed volume. Written for both young and old readers back in 1895, the Russian master, Vladimir Korolenko, traces the life’s journey of his strong, broad-shouldered hero, Matvei Lozinsky, from a remote village I n Ukraine to the churning existence of Gilded Age New York. Mystifying, intimidating, sometimes even threatening, immigrant trials and tribulations test the mettle of this upright young man with a luxuriant beard who doesn’t know a single word of English. His troubles begin in the great German immigrant port of Hamburg when he and his lively sidekick, Puff, miss the right boat and find themselves on one that almost collides with an iceberg. All turns out well: the young travelers dance on deck, and Matvei meets and falls in love with beautiful Anna. Freedom is the magnet; the friends know too little of it back in their homeland. Is it just because the great statue in New York harbor greets new immigrants, or something more? Matvei, Puff, and Anna disembark and think they’ve come not so much to a new country as to a new planet. The streets are filled with rushing crowds doing incomprehensible things. Incessant noise assaults the newcomers—steamship whistles, clanking trolleys, trains thundering along the famous Elevated—all so unlike the peaceful village sounds they knew. Church steeples are the highest points of the 19th century landscape, but the other structures—the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the El—all newly built—bear down upon them. Fortunately, they have some help—good advice and even better examples of the new life—from a kindly Jewish family that runs a boarding house where they settle. There’s worse to come though. Puff succumbs to Tammany Hall corruption, and Anna and Matvei tie in with a nasty, expatriate Russian noblewoman. Intrepid Matvei even stares down a wolf in Central Park—that after becoming a homeless wanderer in the teeming melting pot of immigrant New York. He blunders upon and disrupts a rally of the city’s unemployed led by the famed 19th century labor leader Samuel Gompers. Matvei is cursed with notoriety because of the episode and pictures of the mysterious “giant” which had appeared on the front pages of all the newspapers. He clashes with the police and is rescued by a band of intrepid Italian compatriots. Placed in a train headed west, the city left behind, replaced by an American countryside that seems familiar, Matvei’s view of the new land begins to change. Judge Dick Dickinson gives him a new understanding of American law, and he comes to know Nilov, an idealistic Russian immigrant. His hopes of immigration and his experience of freedom come to be realized. AUTHOR: In Russia, Vladimir Galaktinovich Korolenko has an honored place in the great pantheon of 19th century Russian literature. Born in Zhitomir, Ukraine, the son of a judge, he was never a member of a political party but always had the worldview of a populist. He was exiled to Siberia three times, the first as a student at the Moscow Forestry Institute. A fearless Publicist and prolific literary figure, he became known as a champion of the oppressed. During the Beili’s Case, Tsarist Russia’s version of the Dreyfus Affair, he served as the successful advocate for exoneration. The translator Stanley Harrison taught Russian at Cornell University during the Cold War. He is retired.

Stephens Plays: 2

One Minute; Country Music; Motortown; Pornography; Sea Wall

Author: Simon Stephens

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408145820

Category: Drama

Page: 320

View: 6886

This second collection of plays by Simon Stephens, winner of the 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play for On the Shore of the Wide World, perfectly showcases the development of one of the most exciting and impressive theatre talents of recent years. The range of plays in this volume displays a tough sensibility and a courage to confront the more unsettling challenges of our times. One Minute, first produced in 2003 and revived in London in 2008, has an uncomfortable resonance as it follows five characters variously affected by the disappearance of Daisy, an 11-year-old girl, from Seven Dials, Covent Garden. Country Music spotlights four fateful moments in the life of Jamie Carris during and after the prison sentences he has served for glassing one man and for killing another. Motortown, written in response to the War on Terror, is a blistering account of a young soldier's return home from Basra to an England he no longer recognises or connects with. Pornography captures Britain as it crashes from the euphoria and promise of the 2012 Olympics announcement into the devastation of the London bombings of 7/7. The final play, Sea Wall, is a one-act monologue about grief, following the drowning of a young child.

The Trial of Ubu

Author: Simon Stephens

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408172445

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 9796

In The Trial of Ubu, Simon Stephens takes the grotesque and amoral megalomaniac dictator from Alfred Jarry's proto-surrealist 1896 play Ubu Roi and places him before a twenty-first century international tribunal. Set in January 2010, at the International Criminal Tribunal sitting in The Hague, it is day 436 of the trial of the dictator Ubu. Sitting before a UN constituted International Tribunal, he is charged with Crimes against Humanity and other serious violations of international humanitarian law. Simon Stephens' virtuosic satire examines the often absurd legal wrangling of the international justice system. The Trial of Ubu is a savage comedy that interrogates the assumptions of a Court as it struggles to deal with defendants who are not only opposed to the morality of law, but exist in a different moral dimension altogether. Exploring the central legitimacy and effectiveness of international law, Stephens asks how a civilised society can deal with the perpetrators of unspeakable crime, and wherein lies the legitimacy of any internationally convened tribunal. Taking a wry and intelligent look at the international courts when reduced to senseless and convoluted legal altercations, this funny yet unsettling play asks important questions about legal against moral justice, and the futility of reasoned argument in the presence of a heinous malefactor.

On the Shore of Nothingness

Space, Rhythm, and Semantic Structure in Religious Poetry and Its Mystic-secular Counterpart : a Study in Cognitive Poetics

Author: Reuven Tsur,Motti Benari

Publisher: Imprint Academic

ISBN: 9780907845447

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 380

View: 6021

This book does not study religious ideas for their own sake, but how religious ideas are turned into verbal imitations of religious experience by poetic structure. Even such words as ‘ecstasy’ or ‘mysticism’ denote clear-cut concepts. The book investigates how such a conceptual language can convey such non-conceptual experiences as meditation, ecstasy or mystic insights. Briefly, it explores how the poet, by using words, can express the ‘ineffable’. It submits to close reading English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Armenian and Hebrew texts, from the Bible, through medieval, renaissance, metaphysical, and baroque poetry, to (secular) romantic and symbolistic poetry.

The Methuen Drama Book of 21st Century British Plays

Blue/Orange; Elmina's Kitchen; Realism; Gone Too Far!; Pornography

Author: Joe Penhall,Kwame Kwei-Armah,Anthony Neilson,Bola Agbaje,Simon Stephens

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408123916

Category: Drama

Page: 442

View: 619

The Methuen Drama Book of 21st Century British Plays showcases five of the best new plays from the first decade of the twenty-first century. A perfect reminder of the relevance, vitality and innovation of British theatre, this collection represents some of the most exciting plays to emerge in recent years. Joe Penhall's multi-award-winning Blue/Orange was heralded as 'one of the best new plays in the National's history' (Sunday Times). Set in a mental hospital it provides a riveting exploration of racism, health and power, and was the winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2001. Elmina's Kitchen by Kwame Kwei-Armah, about gun crime and the struggle to make a living on Hackney's Murder Mile, marked the emergence of a major new writing talent. 'An exquisite tragi-comedy for our times' (Herald) Neilson's Realism dramatises the everyday life and increasingly bizarre fantasies and thoughts of its protagonist with comic zeal and inspired inventiveness. Gone Too Far! explores a London community divided by race and prejudice. The first play to be written about the London 7/7 terrorist bombings, Simon Stephens' Pornography tells seven entwining stories of people's lives during the day leading up to the catastrophic event.

History of the conquest of Mexico

Author: W.H. Prescott

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5877551256

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 7736

With a preliminary view of the Ancient Mexican Civilization, and the life of the conqueror, Hernando Cortez. In three volumes. Vol. 1. Twenty-second edition.

The Seagull

Author: Simon Stephens

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350064416

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

View: 9341

Chekhov's celebrated masterpiece is given vibrant new life in this dynamic new version by Olivier award-winning playwright Simon Stephens. Switching effortlessly between the ridiculous and the profound The Seagull forensically examines the transcendence and destructiveness of love. The burning need to create art and how harshly that need can be crushed permeates throughout the play. Simon Stephen's new adaption of The Seagull received its premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith, London on 3 October 2017.


Author: Simon Stephens

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472568699

Category: Drama

Page: 120

View: 8669

We're just the least lucky girls in all the world. All three of us. You and me and Ruthy have been given a big sad spoon of bad luck. A girl growing up in a battered part of Stockport in a battered time at the end of the Seventies falls in love with the man who will break her heart into a thousand pieces. Blindsided is a surprising and romantic play about warped love, jealousy, and damaged lives, spanning from the beginnings of the Thatcher Government in 1979 to the birth of New Labour in 1997. This edition features an introduction by Dr Jacqueline Bolton.

Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie

A History of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Author: Paul Finkelman,Roberta Sue Alexander

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821444166

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 7264

Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie explores the many ways that the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has affected the region, the nation, the development of American law, and American politics. The essays in this book, written by eminent law professors, historians, political scientists, and practicing attorneys, illustrate the range of cases and issues that have come before the court. Since the court’s inception in 1855, judges have influenced economic developments and social issues, beginning with the court’s most famous early case, involving the rescue of the fugitive slave John Price by residents of Northern Ohio. Chapters focusing on labor strikes, free speech, women’s rights, the environment, the death penalty, and immigration illustrate the impact this court and its judges have had in the development of society and the nation’s law. Some of the cases here deal with local issues with huge national implications —like political corruption, school desegregation, or pollution on the Cuyahoga River. But others are about major national issues that grew out of incidents, such as the prosecution of Eugene V. Debs for opposing World War I, the litigation resulting from the Kent State shootings and opposition to the Vietnam War, and the immigration status of the alleged Nazi war criminal John Demyanjuk. This timely history confirms the significant role played by district courts in the history of the United States.

Punk Rock

Author: Simon Stephens

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474229379

Category: Drama

Page: 176

View: 6838

Everything human beings do finishes up bad in the end. Everything good human beings ever make is built on something monstrous. Nothing lasts. We certainly won't . . . William Carlisle has the world at his feet, but its weight on his shoulders. He is intelligent, articulate and f***ed. In the library of a grammar school, William and his fellow sixth-formers are preparing for their mock A-Levels while navigating the pressures of teenage life. They are educated and aspirational young people, but step-by-step, the dislocation, disjunction and latent aggression is revealed. Punk Rock premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith on 3 September 2009 in a co-production between Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. It is published here as a Student Edition featuring commentary and notes by Catherine Love. The ancillary material is geared at students and considers: - an introduction outlining the play's plot, character, themes, context and performance history - the full text of the play - a chronology of the playwright's life and work - a detailed introductory analysis - extensive textual notes - questions for further study Methuen Drama Student Editions are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays from the modern and classic repertoires. This play includes some strong language and violent scenes.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Play

Author: Mark Haddon,Simon Stephens

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408185407

Category: Drama

Page: 144

View: 2489

This schools' edition of Mark Haddon's multi-award-winning novel adapted for the stage of the National Theatre by Simon Stephens is perfect for Key Stages 3 and 4. Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears's dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But Christopher's detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down. This educational edition in Methuen Drama's Critical Scripts series has been prepared by national Drama in Secondary English experts Ruth Moore and Paul Bunyan. Building on a decade of highly effective work and publications endorsed by national organisations and supported by teachers and consultants across Britain, each book in the series: meets the requirements at KS3 and GCSE features detailed, structured schemes of work utilising drama approaches to improve literary and language analysis places pupils' understanding of the learning process at the heart of the activities will help pupils to boost English GCSE success and develop high-level skills at KS3 will save teachers considerable time devising their own resources. Simon Stephens's adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling, award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time offers a richly theatrical exploration of this touching and bleakly humorous tale.

The Corners of the Globe

(The Wide World - James Maxted 2)

Author: Robert Goddard

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448111099

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 2598

Spring, 1919. James ‘Max’ Maxted, former Great War flying ace, returns to the trail of murder, treachery and half-buried secrets he set out on in The Ways of the World. He left Paris after avenging the murder of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, a senior member of the British delegation to the post-war peace conference. But he was convinced there was more – much more – to be discovered about what Sir Henry had been trying to accomplish. And he suspected elusive German spymaster Fritz Lemmer knew the truth of it. Now, enlisted under false colours in Lemmer’s service but with his loyalty pledged to the British Secret Service, Max sets out on his first – and possibly last – mission for Lemmer. It takes him to the far north of Scotland – to the Orkney Isles, where the German High Seas Fleet has been impounded in Scapa Flow, its fate to be decided at the conference-table in Paris. Max has been sent to recover a document held aboard one of the German ships. What that document contains forces him to break cover sooner than he would have wished and to embark on a desperate race south, towards London, with information that could destroy Lemmer – if Max, as seems unlikely, lives to deliver it...

The Every-day Book and Table Book; Or, Everlasting Calendar of Popular Amusements, Sports, Pastimes, Ceremonies, Manners, Customs, and Events, Incident to Each of the Three Hundred and Sixty-five Days, in Past and Present Times

Forming a Complete History of the Year, Months, and Seasons, and a Perpetual Key to the Almanac ... for Daily Use and Diversions

Author: William Hone

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

View: 1384


Author: William Butler Yeats

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439104774

Category: Poetry

Page: 576

View: 547

The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats includes all of the poems authorized by Yeats for inclusion in his standard canon. Breathtaking in range, it encompasses the entire arc of his career, from luminous reworkings of ancient Irish myths and legends to passionate meditations on the demands and rewards of youth and old age, from exquisite, ocasionally whimsical songs of love, nature, and art to somber and angry poems of life in a nation torn by war and uprising. In observing the development of rich and recurring images and themes over the course of his body of work, we can trace the quest of this century's greatest poet to unite intellect and artistry in a single magnificent vision. Revised and corrected, this edition includes Yeats's own notes on his poetry, complemented by explanatory notes from esteemed Yeats scholar Richard J. Finneran. The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats is the most comprehensive edition of one of the world's most beloved poets available.

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

Author: Charles Mahoney

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444390643

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 640

View: 5554

Through a series of 34 essays by leading and emerging scholars, A Companion to Romantic Poetry reveals the rich diversity of Romantic poetry and shows why it continues to hold such a vital and indispensable place in the history of English literature. Breaking free from the boundaries of the traditionally-studied authors, the collection takes a revitalized approach to the field and brings together some of the most exciting work being done at the present time Emphasizes poetic form and technique rather than a biographical approach Features essays on production and distribution and the different schools and movements of Romantic Poetry Introduces contemporary contexts and perspectives, as well as the issues and debates that continue to drive scholarship in the field Presents the most comprehensive and compelling collection of essays on British Romantic poetry currently available

Empire of Pleasures

Luxury and Indulgence in the Roman World

Author: Andrew Dalby

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415280730

Category: History

Page: 335

View: 4885

Empire of Pleasures presents an evocative survey of the sensory culture of the Roman Empire, showing how the Romans themselves depicted their food, wine and entertainments in literature and in art. This fascinating journey envelops the reader in a world devoted to the titillation and fulfilment of the senses, allowing them to recapture the Empire as it was sensed and imagined by those who lived in it. It will fascinate and entrance anyone with a love of the classical world