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The Broken Jug: After Heinrich Von Kleist, Banville, John
1 Banville, John The Broken Jug: After Heinrich Von Kleist
Ireland Gallery Press 1994 1852351454 / 9781852351458 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo 
84 pages. This is novelist Banville's first venture for the stage, a free translation of a work by Heinrich von Kleist. The setting is changed from Germany to the famine-stricken Ballybog of 1846 western Ireland in this cleverly calculated comedy about a corrupt magistrate who is forced to preside over a trial for a crime he himself has committed. William John Banville is an Irish novelist, adapter of dramas, and screenwriter. There is a name in the front fly. Moderate wear. The word Adam in all Judge Adam names are highlighted in pink colour. 
Price: 28.00 AUD
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Shakespeare the Sadist / Bremen Coffee / My Foot My Tutor / Stallerhof, Bauer, Wolfgang; Fassbinder, Rainer Werner; Handke, Peter; Kroetz, Franz Xaver
2 Bauer, Wolfgang; Fassbinder, Rainer Werner; Handke, Peter; Kroetz, Franz Xaver Shakespeare the Sadist / Bremen Coffee / My Foot My Tutor / Stallerhof
U. K. Eyre Methuen 1977 0413343901 / 9780413343901 1st Edition Glossy Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
96 pages. These plays by the four leading young German playwrights offer the best proof of the much-vaunted ‘theatrical renaissance’ in 1970s Germany. "Shakespeare the Sadist" is a neat spoof on the sort of cultural pretentiousness that can rate Shakespeare on a par with pornographic movies. Fassbinder, known outside Germany mainly for his films, takes a 19th century real-life multi-murderess as his heroine in Bremen to tell a moral tale of doubtful morality. "My Foot My Tutor", a totally silent mime for two actors, demonstrates a refreshingly different aspect of his dramatic ability. Kroets special talent is for relentlessly naturalistic studies of ordinary people in depressed or deprived situations. "Stallerhof" is the best of these: its impact is truly disturbing. Inscription in the inside front cover. 
Price: 16.00 AUD
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Tom, Buzo, Alex
3 Buzo, Alex Tom
Australia Angus & Robertson 1975 0207131570 / 9780207131578 1st Edition Glossy Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
70 pages. Alex Buzo (1944-2006) was an Australian playwright and author. In 2005 he was awarded Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the UNSW for his contribution to Australian Literature. He wrote about 90 works. 
Price: 8.00 AUD
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Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer, Chatwin, G A F M
4 Chatwin, G A F M Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer
UK Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1961 Reprint Hard Cover Good 12mo 
A comedy by Irish author Oliver Goldsmith. It about a wealthy countryman who arranges for his daughter to meet the son of a wealthy Londoner, hoping the pair would marry.This play is a favourite for study by English literature and theatre classes in Britain and the USA. It is one of the few plays from the 18th century to have an endured, and it is still often performed. It has been adapted into a film several times. It was first performed in London in 1773. Name in the first page. 
Price: 14.00 AUD
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A Beautiful Life (Plays), Futcher, Michael; Howard, Helen
5 Futcher, Michael; Howard, Helen A Beautiful Life (Plays)
Australia Currency Press 2000 0868196053 / 9780868196053 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
xiv + 102 pages including b/w illustrations. This is a play by Australia playwrights Michael Futcher and Helen HowardBrisbane. Based on a true story, an Iranian family living in Australia attempts to escape memories of torture endured back home. Their role in the 1992 raid on the Iranian Embassy in Canberra leads to persecution by the Australian government. 1992: A boy, Amir, sees his parents on the news, under arrest for protesting at the Iranian Embassy in Canberra against atrocities in their homeland. Amir forces Hamid and Jhila to tell their story, believing that a hostile Australian pubic will understand their 'terrorist' actions which shows the bigger picture of their past. Revitalising memories of his wrongful imprisonment and torture in a Tehran jail, Hamid confronts an oppressive secret which has blighted his beautiful new life in Australia. As his lengthy trial continues, it is clear he has exchanged one nightmare world for another. Yet even in the face of another jail term, Hamid praises the Australian justice system...This play explores the often unforgettable histories of refugees. It is a haunting account of prejudice, injustice and brutality, tempered by a celebration of human kindness and indomitable hope. 
Price: 12.50 AUD
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Just Macbeth!, Griffiths, Andy
6 Griffiths, Andy Just Macbeth!
Australia Macmillan 2009 033042534X / 9780330425346 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo 
200 pages including illustrations. Just Macbeth is an alternate version of William Shakespere's play Macbeth. It was written by Australian children’s author Andy Griffiths and produced by Bell Shakespeare as well as being released as a book. Take one Shakespearean tragedy: Macbeth. Add Andy, Danny and Lisa - the Just trio, whose madcap exploits have already delighted hundreds of thousands of readers for the last ten years. Mix them all together to create one of the most hilarious, most dramatic, moving stories of love, Whizz Fizz, witches, murder and madness, from the bestselling and funniest children's author in Australia. 
Price: 8.00 AUD
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Peer Gynt: A Play - Complete and Unabridged, Ibsen, Henrik
7 Ibsen, Henrik Peer Gynt: A Play - Complete and Unabridged
USA Airmont Pub 1967 1st Edition Glossy Soft Cover Good 16mo 
159 pages. A five-act play in verse by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen. Written in the Bokmål dialect of Norwegian, it is one of the most widely performed Norwegian plays. Henrik Johan Ibsen (1828-1906) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism in theatre. There is an inscription in the first page. 
Price: 16.00 AUD
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Jack Hibberd - Australian Playwrights - Monograph 3, McGillick, Paul; Zuber-Skerritt, Ortrun
8 McGillick, Paul; Zuber-Skerritt, Ortrun Jack Hibberd - Australian Playwrights - Monograph 3
Amsterdam Rodopi 1988 9051830033 / 9789051830033 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo 
iv + 169 pages including b/w illustrations. Jack Hibberd is an Australian playwright and doctor. His career spans twenty years, beginning with the revival of indigenous Australian theatre in the late 1960's. His work is characterised by great comic invention and an on-going interest in exploring the form of theatre. This is evident in early plays like White With Wire Wheels (1967) and Dimboola (1969), his wedding play which is the most-produced Australian play ever and which has also received a number of overseas productions. A Stretch of the Imagination (1972) and A Toast to»MeIba (1974) are also highly original, as is his adaptation of Gogol's The Overcoat(1978). For Hibberd, the theatre itself is a metaphor for life - best expressed in his monodramas, Mothballs (1981) and Lavender Bags (1983). Paul McGillick is theatre critic for The Australian Financial Review and a contributor to New Theatre Australia. He is also a playwright who has written plays and features for radio in particular. He has written extensively on the work of Jack Hibberd. Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt is a senior lecturer in higher education. at Griffith University, Brisbane, and the editor of The Languages of Theatre, Page to Stage, and Video in Higher Education. Moderate wear in the cover. 
Price: 18.00 AUD
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Gwen in Purgatory, Murphy, Tommy
9 Murphy, Tommy Gwen in Purgatory
Australia Currency Pr 2010 0868198706 / 9780868198705 1st Edition Glossy Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
63 pages. Gwen is 90. She woke up this morning to discover that purgatory is sitting alone in a new house in a new subdivision on the edge of town, trying to work out if the remote in her hand operates the air-con or the fan-forced oven. But then her grandson turns up, and Father Ezekiel, a priest from Nigeria, arrives to bless the house, and the beginning of the end starts to look up. When more of Gwen's kids arrive, each with their own motives and demons, this family of ordinary souls must battle to keep faith, both with Gwen and with each other. 
Price: 11.00 AUD
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Whose Birthday Is It Anyway?, Mykyta, Anne-Marie
10 Mykyta, Anne-Marie Whose Birthday Is It Anyway?
Australia Australian Association for the Teaching of English 1992 1875659021 / 9781875659029 1st Edition Stapled Soft Cover Good 12mo 
Ex-library and covered in adhesive plastic. 58 pages. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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Radiance (Current Theatre Series), Nowra, Louis
11 Nowra, Louis Radiance (Current Theatre Series)
Australia Currency Press 1998 0868193704 / 9780868193700 Reprint Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
vi + 22 + xii + 23-54 pages including b/w illustrations. An interesting play with a great look at the family. This play was written especially for three of Australia's ?nest Aboriginal actors. It is a work of great atmosphere, passion and humour. Three half sisters have drifted about as far apart as it's possible to drift, but when they meet again at the ramshackle house on stilts where they grew up, it's to do more than bury their mother. Does the island that's called them across the mud flats since they were kids hold the key’? Or will the journey there reveal more’? Perhaps not since Inside The Island has Louis Nowra produced a piece that burns so colourful and mysterious an imprint on the mind's eye. 
Price: 9.00 AUD
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Mort: The Play Pratchett, Terry (Adapted for the Stage By Stephen Briggs), Pratchett, Terry
12 Pratchett, Terry Mort: The Play Pratchett, Terry (Adapted for the Stage By Stephen Briggs)
UK Gorgi 1996 0552144290 / 9780552144292 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
171 pages. Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job. But when Mort is left in charge for an evening, he allows his heart to rule his head and soon the whole of causality and the future of the Discworld itself, are at risk. Along the way, Mort encounters not only Death's adopted daughter, Ysabell - who has been 16 for 35 years - and his mysterious manservant Albert - whose cooking can harden an artery at ten paces - but also an incompetent wizard with a talking doorknocker and a beautiful, but rather bad-tempered and dead, princess. He also, of course, meets Death. On Terry Pratchett's Discworld, Death really is a 7 foot skeleton in a black hooded robe and wielding a scythe. He is also fond of cats, enjoys a good curry, and rides around the skies on a magnificent white horse called Binky. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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Remembrance of Things Past, Proust, Marcel
13 Proust, Marcel Remembrance of Things Past
UK Faber & Faber 2000 057120760X / 9780571207602 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo 
138 pages. Harold Pinter's adaptation of Proust's famous novel and based on "The Proust Screenplay" by the same author writen at the request of Joseph Losey in 1972. 
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Huis Clos, Sartre, Jean Paul
14 Sartre, Jean Paul Huis Clos
U. K. Routledge 1987 0415040035 / 9780415040037 1st Edition Glossy Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
106 pages. Includes the full French text of the play, accompanied by French-English vocabulary. Notes and a detailed introduction in English put the work in its social and historical context. "Hui Clos" is arguably Sartre’s best play and has enjoyed Wide popularity since its first performance in Paris in 1944. Its success, not only in France, but also in many other countries, is to a great extent due to its dramatic qualities: anyone can appreciate the highly-charged atmosphere of this representation of hell. But "Hui Clos", perhaps more than any of his other plays, gives compelling expression to some of Sartre’s existentialist ideas. "Hui Clos" is reissued here with a new introduction in which Keith Gore situates the play in the context both of its time and of Sartre’s career. He focuses on the relationship between Sartre an existentialism and the drama, showing how Sartre’s views on the theatre. are consistent with his philosophy, and how "Hui Clos" may be seen as reflecting those views. One of the things that emerges from this reading of the play is the error of believing that Sartre intended it to show that ‘Hell is other people’. "Hui Clos", is also a French-language drama film from 1954, directed by Jacqueline Audry, written by Jean-Paul Sartre, and starring Jean-Marie Amato and Louis de Funes. 
Price: 19.00 AUD
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The One Day of the Year, Seymour, Alan
15 Seymour, Alan The One Day of the Year
Australia Angus & Robertson 1993 0207133301 / 9780207133305 Reprint Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
108 pages. Undoubtedly one of Australia's favourite plays, the One Day of the Year explores the universal theme of father-son conflict against the background of the beery haze and the heady, nostalgic sentimentality of Anzac Day. It is a play to make us question a standard institution - Anzac Day, the sacred cow among Australian annual celebrations - but it is the likeability and genuineness of the characters that give the play its memorable qualities: Alf, the nobody who becomes a somebody on this day of days; Mum, the anchor of the family; Hughie, their son, with all the uncertainties and rebelliousness of youth; and Wacka, the Anzac, with his simple, healing wisdom 
Price: 8.50 AUD
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Look at Everything Twice, for Me: A Dramatic Poem, Sherborne, Craig
16 Sherborne, Craig Look at Everything Twice, for Me: A Dramatic Poem
Australia Currency Pr 1999 0868196002 / 9780868196008 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo 
46 pages including b/w illustrations. Heather has been the recipient of a heart transplant and now she has a fierce desire to know the identity of the organ donor. Just when it appears that her quest may be over, an intensely confronting and disturbing scenario presents itself. This book identifies the complex moral and emotional issues of organ transplant in a dramatic, yet compassionate text from a writer capable of merging the poetic with the theatrical. CRAIG SHERBORNE is a Melbourne-based poet and playwright. His writings have won a number of awards including the "Wal Cherry Play of the Year Award " for his 1991 stage play, "The Ones Out of Town", and the "Ian Reed Foundation Award for Radio Writing" for his radio play, Table Leg. His poetry has been widely published in Australia and overseas, with his collection, Bullion, short listed for the Anne Elder Awards. LA MAMA THEATRE was established in 1967 to nurture new Australian theatre and has played an important role in the development of the Australian dramatic voice. It has been committed to a diversity of artistic approach, to innovation and to exploring minority as well as general concerns. A vital space and prolific production house, La Mama has given initial exposure to a large number of playwrights, directors, actors, technicians as well as poets, musicians, performance artists and experimental film makers. Ex lib. 
Price: 18.00 AUD
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In Search of The Bodgie, Spears, Steve J.
17 Spears, Steve J. In Search of The Bodgie
Australia Collins 1989 0732225248 / 9780732225247 1st Edition Glossy Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
162 pages. In these anti-memoirs, Steve J. Spears takes us on a wild, larrikin ride from his favourite bar in Kings Cross to the family pub in South Australia, from suburban Sydney to seedy Bangkok and on to Tahiti. Spears meets Meryl Streep and Peter Cook, appears in Mad Max and attacks state parliament... Steve J. Spears (1951-2007) was an Australian playwright, actor, writer and singer. His most famous work was The Elocution of Benjamin Franklin. He was cited as one of Australia's most celebrated playwrights 
Price: 8.50 AUD
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The Oberammergau Passion Play Text 1634 - 1984, Weis, Othmar
18 Weis, Othmar The Oberammergau Passion Play Text 1634 - 1984
Germany Parish of Oberammergau 1984 Revised Soft Cover Good 16mo 
118 pages. Originally written by Father Othmar Weis in 1810/11 and revised by Joseph Alois Daisenberger in 1850 and 1860, and futher revised by the Parish of Oberammergau for the 1980. Because of its spiritual foundation this Play forms part of the tradition of devotions at the stations of the Cross; it means taking the way of the Cross of Jesus Christ who bears His Cross throughout the centuries. In this spirit we will celebrate the Passion Play as a great prayer in common: "We worship and glorify thee, Lord Jesus Christ, because through Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world." (in Preface) Name in the first page. 
Price: 9.00 AUD
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Our Country's Good, Wertenbaker, Timberlake
19 Wertenbaker, Timberlake Our Country's Good
United Kingdom Methuen 1995 0413692302 / 9780413692306 Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
96 pages. It includes photographs from stage productions. This book is stage reworking of Thomas Keneally's novel "The Playmaker", the story of a young lieutenant's efforts to stage a play amongst the convict settlers of 18th century Australia. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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The Removalists - with comment on authority, violence and punishment by Frank Galbally, Ian Turner (Play), Williams, Ian Kennedy
20 Williams, Ian Kennedy The Removalists - with comment on authority, violence and punishment by Frank Galbally, Ian Turner (Play)
Australia Currency Press 1983 0868190381 / 9780868190389 Reprint Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo 
128 pages including b/w illustrations. A young policeman's first day on duty becomes a violent initiation into the nastier aspects of law enforcement (2 acts, 4 men, 2 women). The main issues the play addresses are violence, specifically domestic violence, and the abuse of power and authority. David Williamson has written over thirty plays and is Australia's most successful playwright. His plays have been produced throughout Australia and internationally. A number of his stage works have been adapted for the screen, including The Removalists, Don's Party, The Club, Travelling North, Emerald City, Sanctuary and Brilliant Lies. He won many awards including three AFI's and eleven AWGIE awards. 
Price: 9.00 AUD
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