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Weapons of Happiness

A: Howard Brenton Pf: 1976, London Pb: 1976 G: Pol. drama ...

Weapons of Happiness

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The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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... of Happiness Author(s): Howard Brenton Date/place of 1st performance: 1976 , London Date of 1st publication: 1976 Genre: Pol. drama in 2 acts Setting/time of action: Street, factory, waste-ground, Planetarium, and drain, London, and farm in Wales, 1976 ; interrogation room, Prague, 1951 ; Moscow, 1947 ; Ruzyn Prison, Czechoslovakia, 1952 Cast: 25m, 3f, extras Josef Frank has come to London from Czechoslovakia and now works in a crisp [potato chip]making factory. He witnesses his boss Ralph Makepeace being mugged by three young...

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; ...
Political Economy

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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Oxford University Press

...of agriculture that had now become the chief obstacle to the expansion and diffusion of those forms of ‘publick happiness’ that derived from economic growth. Hence what he described as one of the main purposes of the Wealth of Nations was to sustain a ‘very violent attack’ on all manifestations of *mercantilism —that mode of thinking closely associated with merchants and manufacturers which had captured the imagination of European legislators. The revolt of Britain's North American colonies was coming to a climax as Smith was finishing the Wealth of...

Sensibility

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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Oxford University Press

...a new kind of economic centre, outside the old regulated market, more modern in its range and flexibility. However, puritan respectables apprehended it as ‘a centre for public irreligion’ and scorned it for its ‘obscene talk, noise, nonsense and ribaldry … fumes of tobacco, belchings and other foul breaking of wind’ that ‘the rude rabble’ esteemed ‘the brightest happiness and run themselves into the greatest straits … to attain’. The attainment of this masculine happiness was, in large part, dependent on a sense of ‘liberation’ from the presence of ‘womenfolk’...

Revolution

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...In 1803–4 something like 20 per cent of the adult male populations of the rural counties and 35 per cent of the more industrial and urban counties were enlisted in the volunteers. The result was a country in arms, with a substantial proportion of the British male public holding weapons, something which Pitt had refused to countenance in the winter of 1792–3 . Women also were mobilized, in the buying and sending of uniforms for the troops, in the making of flags and banners for the volunteers, and in the raising of public subscriptions. The government found...

Masupa's Command Is Broken

Masupa's Command Is Broken  

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(Efe/DRCongo)In the beginning there was only Masupa, a creator. He was alone. He created three children, two sons and one daughter. One of the sons was the ancestor of the Efe, the other the ancestor ...
Magnificence

Magnificence  

A: Howard Brenton Pf: 1973, London Pb: 1973 G: Pol. drama in 8 scenes S: Bare room, street, and living room, London, 1970s; college garden and river, Cambridge, 1970s C: 9m, 2fThree young men, Will, ...
Howard Brenton

Howard Brenton  

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(1942– ),playwright born in Portsmouth, educated at Chichester High School and Cambridge. His father was a policeman who later became a Methodist minister in Yorkshire. Coppers and clergy feature ...
Brenton, Howard

Brenton, Howard (1942– )   Reference library

The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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2009
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...Howard ( 1942–  ), playwright . The Churchill Play 1974 , Weapons of Happiness 1976 , Epsom Downs 1977 , The Romans in Britain 1980 , Pravda 1985 , Paul 2005 , In Extremis 2006...

Condolences of the Season

Condolences of the Season (1971)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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2005
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...of the Season ( 1971 ), the first selected volume of Bruce Dawe 's poetry, was chosen by the author from the four earlier volumes, No Fixed Address ( 1962 ), A Need of Similar Name ( 1965 ), An Eye for a Tooth ( 1968 ) and Beyond the Subdivisions ( 1969 ); it also contains nineteen new poems. An extraordinarily popular collection, Condolences of the Season was reprinted annually 1971–80 , except in 1974 . It contains many of Dawe's best-known poems: ‘Public Library, Melbourne’, ‘Enter Without So Much as Knocking’, ‘Happiness Is the Art of Being...

Griffin, Hayden

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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153 words

...designing the premières of *Bond 's Narrow Road to the Deep North ( 1968 ) and Bingo ( 1974 ). In the mid-1970s Griffin began working with the *National Theatre , particularly with director *Bryden , for whom he designed Playboy of the Western World ( 1975 ), The Plough and the Stars ( 1976 ), The Madras House ( 1977 ), The Crucible ( 1981 ), Don Quixote ( 1982 ), A Month in the Country ( 1994 ), and The Good Hope ( 2001 ). Other National Theatre designs include Watch It All Come Down ( 1976 ), Weapons of Happiness ( 1976 ), and Plenty ...

Brenton, Howard

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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196 words

...Theatre : Weapons of Happiness ( 1976 ); a new version of Bertolt Brecht 's Galileo ; The Romans in Britain ( 1980 ), an allegory of the British army presence in Northern Ireland; and, again with Hare, Pravda ( 1985 ), a savage attack on the power politics of the tabloid press. Moscow Gold ( 1990 ) and Berlin Bertie ( 1992 ) moved Brenton's work into the new Europe. Paul ( 2005 ) was a controversial version of the life of St Paul ; In Extremis ( 2006 ) used the story of Eloise and Abelard to consider the historical significance of the...

Griffin, Hayden

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Melissa Dana Gibson

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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180 words

...House ( 1977 ), The Crucible ( 1981 ), Don Quixote ( 1982 ), A Month in the Country ( 1994 ), and The Good Hope ( 2001 ). Other National Theatre designs include Watch It All Come Down ( 1976 ), Weapons of Happiness ( 1976 ), and Plenty ( 1978 ). Griffin has also worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company , Joint Stock , the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Chichester Festival Theatre , and the Metropolitan Opera in New York . Melissa Dana...

Brenton, Howard

Brenton, Howard (1942)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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Performing arts, Theatre
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254 words

... 1988 .) Weapons of Happiness ( 1976 ), the first new play to be produced in the National Theatre 's new building, uses a crisp factory as a setting for class warfare. It was followed by Epsom Downs ( 1977 ), set on Derby Day, and Sore Throats ( 1979 ), a violent study of marital friction. In 1980 The Romans in Britain , which draws a parallel between the Roman invasion of Britain and the British presence in Northern Ireland, was also produced at the National Theatre and aroused a good deal of controversy because of its violent scenes of bloodshed...

Finlay, Frank

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Adrienne Scullion

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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247 words

...Ado About Nothing ( 1965 ). In the 1970s, balancing the stage with the screen, he appeared at the National in Trevor Griffiths 's The Party ( 1973 ), Howard Brenton 's Weapons of Happiness , and in Michael Blakemore 's revival of Ben Travers 's Plunder (both 1976 ). Finlay reached a huge audience through his roles in the television series Casanova ( 1971 ) and A Bouquet of Barbed Wire ( 1976 ), and as a flamboyant Porthos in Richard Lester's films The Three Musketeers ( 1973 ) and The Four Musketeers ( 1974 ). At the Palace Theatre,...

Finlay, Frank

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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222 words

...member of the *English Stage Company at the *Royal Court , appearing in *Wesker 's Chicken Soup with Barley ( 1958 ) and Chips with Everything ( 1962 ), and a member of *Olivier 's *National Theatre , playing the First Gravedigger in the first production, Hamlet ( 1963 ). Subsequent appearances there included a celebrated Iago opposite Olivier's Othello ( 1964 ) and Dogberry in *Zeffirelli 's Much Ado About Nothing ( 1965 ). In the 1970s he appeared at the National in *Griffiths 's The Party ( 1973 ), *Brenton 's Weapons of Happiness , and...

Finlay, Frank

Finlay, Frank (1926)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...'s Watch It Come Down and Howard Brenton 's Weapons of Happiness (both 1976 , for the National Theatre), and De Filippo's long-running Filumena ( 1978 ; NY, 1980 ), succeeding Colin Blakely . In 1981 he succeeded Paul Scofield as Salieri in Shaffer 's Amadeus at the National Theatre, continuing the role in the West End. He was also seen in Chekhov 's The Cherry Orchard ( 1983 ) and the musical Mutiny! ( 1985 ). Essentially a fine character actor, he is especially strong in moments of watchful...

Brenton, Howard

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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394 words

...for the *Royal Shakespeare Company ; and Weapons of Happiness ( 1976 ) for the *National Theatre . He worked with other writers and with collaborative *devising companies like Joint Stock ( Epsom Downs , 1977 ). The Romans in Britain (NT, 1980 ) was the subject of a famous obscenity case for a scene which uses homosexual rape as an image of colonialism; the play compares the Roman invasion of Britain with Britain's treatment of Ireland. Pravda (written with *Hare , 1985 ) was an unsettling treatment of the relations between politics, industry,...

Brenton, Howard

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

...in the near future, inside a prison camp for British dissidents; Weapons of Happiness ( 1976 ), about the unsuccessful occupation of a factory; a lively picture of Derby Day, Epsom Downs ( 1977 ); and The Romans in Britain , which caused great controversy when the National Theatre staged it in 1980 , though less because of the parallels it drew between Caesar's invasion of Britain and the British army's presence in Ulster than because of one particular scene, involving the homosexual rape of a druid. Moscow Gold ( 1990 ), a theatrical tribute to ...

Brenton, Howard

Brenton, Howard (13 Dec. 1942)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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267 words

... A Short Sharp Shock ( 1980 , with Tony Howard ) to Iranian Nights , a play about the Salman Rushdie affair which tackled the issue of Islamic fundamentalism ( 1989 , with Tariq Ali ). He has often collaborated with other dramatists, notably David Hare ( Brassneck , 1973 ; Pravda , 1985 ). A prolific writer, he has written for the major subsidized theatres, the National (e.g. Weapons of Happiness 1976 ; versions of Brecht 's Galileo , 1980 , and Büchner's Danton's Death , 1982 ), the Royal Shakespeare Company (e.g. Sore Throats , 1979 ; ...

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