Contemporary Scottish Plays: Caledonia; Bullet Catch; The Artist Man and Mother Woman; Narrative; Rantin - Play Anthologies (Paperback)Trish Reid (editor), Alistair Beaton (author), Rob Drummond (author), Morna Pearson (author), Anthony Neilson (author), Kieran Hurley (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 307 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
[A]n ambitious attempt to educate the audience about the Darien disaster of the 1690s and the thumpingly obvious parallels with the financial meltdown of more recent times. It is a breezy satire, a broad, gallus comedy, a quasi-musical, a pseudo pantomime and a morality tale. * Daily Express on Caledonia *
Wonderfully entertaining but emotionally devastating . . . Remarkable, multi-layered and utterly gripping. * Guardian on Bullet Catch *
This new work more than confirms the promise of one of the freshest, most fearless and taboo-busting voices to be heard anywhere right now . . . both scabrously funny and damningly bleak. -- Neil Cooper * The Herald, Scotland, on The Artist Man and the Mother Woman *
What Hurley is doing, though, is setting out on an ambitious and tremendously worthwhile journey that seeks to link Scotland's familiar past to its fast-changing present -- Joyce McMillan * Scotsman on Rantin' *
Neilson riffs endlessly on the modern cult of selfhood, inauthencity, the way we increasingly mediate reality through film and other forms of fiction and, tantalisingly, on whether coherent cause and effect in today's fragmented reality is even possible at all. * Metro on Narrative *
Reid's selection of plays hints at the current strength of Scottish new writing, supported by companies and venues around the country ... Contemporary Scottish plays will inevitably become a chronicle of triumphs past, like the texts that precede it, but it is to be hoped that at least a few of these plays will come to define early twenty-first century theatre. -- Scottish Journal of Performance * Ben Fletcher-Watson, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland & the University of St Andrews *
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