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establishment of the port

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The interval between the time of meridian passage of the new or the full moon and the time of the following high tide. This interval which is constant for a given port is also known as the ...

Kitchen

Kitchen  

A: Arnold Wesker Pf: 1959, London Pb: 1959; rev. 1961 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Kitchen of a London restaurant, 1950s C: 18m, 12fThe action follows a day in the kitchen of the Tivoli, a busy London ...
Fool

Fool  

A: Edward Bond Pf: 1975, London Pb: 1976 G: Drama in 8 scenes S: East Anglia and London, 1815–c.1845 C: 37m, 7fThe poet John Clare is one of the mummers performing their play at Christmas for Lord ...
Blue/Orange

Blue/Orange  

A: Joe Penhall Pf: 2000, London Pb: 2000 G: Drama in 3 acts S: Consulting room of London psychiatric hospital, 1999 C: 3mChristopher, an obstreperous black youth of 24, has been sectioned for 28 days ...
Stripwell

Stripwell  

A: Howard Barker Pf: 1975, London Pb: 1977 G: Pol. com. in 2 acts S: Stripwell's home, various locations in London and the Home Counties, and the jungle, 1970s C: 5m, 3fWhen Graham Stripwell, a ...
Serjeant Musgrave's Dance

Serjeant Musgrave's Dance  

A: John Arden Pf: 1959, London Pb: 1960 G: Pol. drama in 3 acts S: Northern English mining town, 1879 C: 13m, 2fSerjeant Musgrave arrives with three soldiers, Sparky, Attercliffe, and Hurst, in a ...
Fire-Raiser

Fire-Raiser  

AT: Biedermann and the Firebugs A: Max Frisch Pf: 1958, Zurich Pb: 1958 Tr: 1962 G: Drama in 6 scenes, prelude, and epilogue; German prose S: Middle-class home in Central Europe, late 1940s, and hell ...
Love of a Good Man

Love of a Good Man  

A: Howard Barker Pf: 1978, Sheffield Pb: 1980 G: Drama in 3 acts S: Battlefield subsequently war cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium, 1920 C: 11m, 2fTwo years after the end of the First World War, ...
Toller

Toller  

A: Tankred Dorst Pf: 1968, Stuttgart Pb: 1968 Tr: No pub. trans. G: Hist. drama in 30 scenes; German prose S: Various locations in Munich, 1919, and USA, 1939 C: 28 actors, playing over 50 rolesIn ...
Oh What a Lovely War

Oh What a Lovely War  

A: Charles Chilton and Theatre Workshop under Joan Littlewood Pf: 1963, London Pb: 1965 G: Hist. drama in 2 acts; prose and songs S: Pierrot show portraying events in Europe, 1914–18 C: 11m, 4fThe ...
Ruling Class

Ruling Class  

A: Peter Barnes Pf: 1968, Nottingham Pb: 1969 G: Com. in 2 acts; with prologue and epilogue S: Gurney Manor and other locations, England, 1960s C: 17m, 5fWhen the 13th Earl of Gurney accidentally ...
Weapons of Happiness

Weapons of Happiness  

A: Howard Brenton Pf: 1976, London Pb: 1976 G: Pol. drama in 2 acts S: Street, factory, waste-ground, Planetarium, and drain, London, and farm in Wales, 1976; interrogation room, Prague, 1951; ...
Another Country

Another Country  

A: Julian Mitchell Pf: 1981, London Pb: 1982 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Library, head of house's study, dormitory, and cricket field of English public school, early 1930s C: 10mSeventeen-year-old Guy ...
Ascent of F6, The

Ascent of F6, The (1937)   Quick reference

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...leadership in the vain hope of improving the world and urges him instead to seek abnegation of the will. Ransom ignores this advice, and one by one his men perish at the hands of the ‘Demon’: the young botanist Lamp is killed in an avalanche; Shawcross commits suicide when denied the chance for the final assault; Gunn dies in a blizzard. Ransom reaches the summit, but dies there, in his fevered imagination seeing his brother as the Demon, with whom he plays chess. Ransom's heroic achievement is cheapened by patriotic clichés of the Establishment. This is a play...

Fire Raisers, The

Fire Raisers, The (1958)   Quick reference

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...in the area, Biedermann is inveigled into offering Schmitz shelter for the night. The Chorus of firemen report that all is quiet. The following day, Biedermann is alarmed to discover that his wife has taken in Schmitz's friend Willi Eisenring, who lost his job as waiter when his establishment burnt down. When Biedermann discovers his two unwanted guests rolling in barrels of petrol, he threatens to throw them out. He is interrupted by a policeman, informing him that an employee that he unfairly sacked has committed suicide. Telling the policeman that the...

Toller

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...In the political vacuum following the defeat of Germany in the First World War, the revolutionary poet Erich Mühsam proclaims the establishment of a Councils' Republic in Bavaria on 6 April 1919 . The Central Council comprises a motley collection of intellectuals, workers, and peasants, and appoint as its chairman Ernst Toller, a young Jewish playwright and poet. Eugen Leviné, a Russian Communist, opposes the romantic and non-violent aspirations of the Council (characterized by an extract from Toller's Masses and Men ) and wants to place it under the...

Love of a Good Man, The

Love of a Good Man, The (1978)   Quick reference

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...the Prince of Wales declares his love for Mrs Toynbee. The cemetery completed, everyone returns to England – or Ireland. The grotesque humour of this powerful satire of the Establishment is reminiscent of Bond's Early Morning . It shows how the ‘love of a good man’ for his country can be exploited in the defence of Empire that led to the slaughter of millions in the First World War and will continue the killing in Ireland. Hacker sums it up memorably: ‘You people…yer gobs are clamped so tight on the tits of privilege, yer can't stop sucking even when the...

Oh What a Lovely War

Oh What a Lovely War (1963)   Quick reference

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...launched on the German lines. 1917 : still stalemate, as the battlefields become a sea of mud. 1918 : the warring nations all look forward to victory, and the soldiers advance, baa-ing like sheep. In this collectively devised piece, Joan Littlewood with her left-wing Theatre Workshop members created one of the most powerful commentaries on the First World War. By juxtaposing popular song with the horrors of war, the empty optimism of the leaders with mass slaughter, and the profits made by the Establishment with the realities of trench warfare, the piece does...

Kitchen, The

Kitchen, The (1959)   Quick reference

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...his establishment. This play is remarkable in taking the realism of post-war British theatre towards almost total naturalism. Ideally to be played without an interval (although Wesker ‘recognizes the wish of theatre bars to make some money’), the author, who had himself worked as a pastry-cook, reproduces the frenetic activity of a typical restaurant kitchen with lifelike detail and without one's interest in the action ever flagging. The Kitchen may be regarded as a forerunner of television ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentaries. A trailer for the National...

Ruling Class, The

Ruling Class, The (1968)   Quick reference

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...the Master is fully persuaded of Jack's sanity. From being the God of Love, Jack now believes he is Jack the Ripper. When Charles's wife seduces him, he slits her open with a knife, but Tucker, the old family retainer, is exposed as a Communist and arrested for the murder. Jack speaks in the House of Lords, and his rousing speech, asserting that ‘The strong must manipulate the weak’, is cheered to the rafters. As Grace embraces the triumphant Jack, he reaches for his knife… Barnes's funny and vituperative dark comedy attacks the British Establishment,...

Fool, The

Fool, The (1975)   Quick reference

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...and the Parson remove Clare forcibly to an asylum. Four years later Clare escapes and finds Mary, who barely remembers him. He imagines he sees the dead Darkie. Some while later Clare is back in the asylum with Mary Lamb and ‘Napoleon’. Milton visits him with Patty, but Clare has been rendered inarticulate. Subtitled ‘Scenes of Bread and Love’, The Fool expresses Bond's affinity with Clare, a fellow poet from a working-class background. Set against contemporary political upheavals, Clare is shown being manipulated and finally silenced by the Establishment...

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