Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What Does The Future Hold?

Some ideas for future plays to be read.  I'd truly welcome your input - positive or negative!

But firstly ...

Future Dates

5th February

5th March

2nd April

7th May

4th June

2nd July

6th August ? TBC.  I may well be on holiday ... but there is NO reason why you should not meet elsewhere!

3rd September 

1st October

5th November

3rd December

Future Ideas

Before you consider any of the below you might want to look into them further. These are just ideas I'm throwing out and I only know Dog in the Night and Journey's End. Possibly Waiting in the Wings too!

Waiting in the Wings by Noel Coward.  Set in a retirement home for thesps, it addresses the feud between two leading ladies who once loved the same man.  This play is familiar to me, but maybe we read it at the ECC Play Reading, as it's not on my list of plays we have read!

The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter.  Often described as a "Comedy of Menace".  A birthday party turns into a nightmare.

The Caretaker by Harold Pinter. Well, you get one idea and others follow!  A tragi-comedy psychological study.

Angels in America by Tony Kushner.  A modern masterpiece speaking to us of an entire era of life and death as no other play within memory. Through the gay community in America it explores life, death, religion .... I understand it is heavy but humorous.  Part One of Angels in America, subtitled Millennium Approaches, erupted on to the stage of the National Theatre in January 1992. Part Two, Perestroika, followed in November 1993. Since then Angels in America has become one of the most studied American plays.  This will require some editing as I believe both plays are very long.  

Red by John Logan. Highly recommended by my reliable friend Malinda.  Very similar to Art. An artist exploring his art.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon.  Based on the book.  I saw it at NT Live and thought it was amazing.

Peter and Alice by John Logan.  Sheer coincidence!  Found this before Red whilst browsing online.  Highly acclaimed film about the real Alice and Peter Pan.

This is what Amazon has to say:
'Of course that's how it begins: a harmless fairy tale to pass the hours' 
When Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan. In John Logan's remarkable new play, enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two extraordinary characters. 
This is the first new play from Academy Award winning screenwriter and playwright, John Logan since his RED went on to sell thousands of copies, played London to great acclaim before transferring to a smash hit Broadway run where it won 6 Tony Awards including Best New Play.

The Ackrington Pals by Peter Whelan.  I believe Sheila first suggested this last year?  Lancashire life for the men and women caught up in WW1.

Journey's End by Robert Cedric Sherriff.  WW1 masterpiece set in the trenches.

The History Boys by Alan Bennett.  We like Bennett don't we, and this is one of his best.

Thoughts please!!!

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