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Anthony Neilson Plays: 3 : Relocated; Get Santa!; Narrative; Unreachable; The Prudes
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Anthony Neilson Plays: 3 : Relocated; Get Santa!; Narrative; Unreachable; The Prudes

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Anthony Neilson Plays: 3
Author(s): Anthony Neilson

Anthony Neilson is often described as one of the most exciting and challenging voices in contemporary British theatre. For over two decades he has acquired a reputation for innovation and experimentation in both writing and directing having worked with companies such as The Royal Court, The RSC and the National Theatre. This third play collection of his most recent major works brings together five plays in publication for the first time, offering an important documentary of his original work since 2008.

Relocated (2008) originally premiered at the Royal Court, directed by the author, where it was described as a “sinister mystery” play and “not an experience for the faint-hearted…morally challenging and riveting…leaves an indelible stain on the memory” (The Times).

Get Santa! (2010) is a magical, musical and mischievous Christmas show with a fresh moral featuring music by Nick Powell. It's Christmas Eve but Holly isn't happy. All she's ever wanted from Santa is to meet her real Dad for the first time. And every time, Santa's failed to deliver, bringing lots of useless presents instead. Well, Holly's had enough. This year she has a plan. She's going to wait up and trap Santa when he arrives and get from him the only present she's ever wanted.

Narrative (2013) originally premiered at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. Devised throughout rehearsal with a seven-strong cast it's a play about storytelling and the narratives of our everyday lives.

Unreachable (2016) was described as an “intoxicatingly chaotic comedy” (Time Out) which follows a film director on an obsessive quest to capture the perfect light. Originally running at the Royal Court Theatre in a production that starred Matt Smith, it broke boundaries by offering audiences a digital insight into the rehearsal process through online content which documented and shaped the devising process.

The Prudes (2018) is a comedy about relationships in the current sexual climate; and a vicious satire on the male response to it. Jess and Jimmy haven't done it in a year. Fourteen months and four days to be exact. It's definitely not the seven year itch – they've been together nine. Now they're coming together in a last-ditch effort to re-boot their sex life and save their relationship. But a lot has changed in a year; for them and for the world. Described as a “smart, sketchy, amusing, awkward, stimulating two-hander” (The Times), it originally premiered at the Royal Court Upstairs.

Published to coincide with his adaptation of The Tell-Tale Heart at the National Theatre in December 2018, this play collection is an important and unique anthology of a major international voice of contemporary theatre.



Review(s):

“Terrific...has a sense of foreboding unlike anything I've experienced, and induces a quality of silence from its audience that is something truly special” —Evening Standard on Relocated

“Chilling, vivid and unnvervingly topical. Deeply disconcerting...dark and dream-like. X-certificate theatre that depicts all too recognizable human atrocities.” —Telegraph on Relocated

“This beautifully unlikely play has heart to match its humour” —The Times on Get Santa!

“A hilariously inventive and unconventional extravaganza. A hoot...vivid, stylish...witty. Warmly recommended.” —Independent on Get Santa!

“Intelligent and witty about art and ego, beauty and elusiveness” —The Stage on Unreachable

“Intoxicatingly chaotic comedy” —Time Out on Unreachable





ISBN:  9781350100794