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Shallow Slumber - Modern Plays (Paperback)
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Shallow Slumber - Modern Plays (Paperback)

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Paperback 64 Pages / Published: 24/01/2012
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Shallow Slumber is a new play by award-winning writer and social worker Chris Lee, exploring therelationship between a young mother and a social worker. Dawn never thought motherhood would feel like this. Moira never thought she'd have a case like this. Unfolding backwards to the heart-rending moment when everything changed, Shallow Slumber looks past the headlines to the lives beneath. The play tackles the topical and thorny issue of social care, intervention and trust in a contemporary and relevant social setting. Inspired by the Baby P tragedy, this powerful two-hander has an intricate, innovative structure which disturbingly charts the onset of abuse backwards, from contrition and repentance, to the breakdown of the maternal relationship. With heart-wrenchingly realistic portraits and dialogue which combines fluidity with tightness, Shallow Slumber is an accomplished piece of writing, both structurally and emotionally.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408172674
Number of pages: 64
Weight: 77 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 5 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Rising playright Chris Lee. -- Kate Bassett * Independent on Sunday *
The piece has an inbuilt tension, and there are strong passages of writing. -- Lyn Gardner * Guardian *
Voicing the unspeakable and illuminating the inexplicable. Dawn's deeply distressing closing speech prises your mind's eye open on a scene that must have been as hard for Lee to imagine as it is for us to forget. -- Bella Todd * Time Out London *
Lee's play, it's accomplished. It's authentic. It's a gritty gift to actors. He's evidently talented. -- Dominic Cavendish * Daily Telegraph *

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