Why Is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt?

and Other Stand-up Theatre Plays
Author: Claire Dowie
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408155265
Category: Drama
Page: 160
View: 8631
Five stand-up theatre plays from 'the female counterpart to Quentin Crisp' (Evening Standard) Who does Claire Dowie think she is? In Adult Child/Dead Child she invented an imaginary friend to be all the things she wasn't allowed to be... In Why is John Lennon Wearing A Skirt? She hated being a girl but what's the alternative? In Death and Dancing she was determined to be anything she wanted to be... In Drag Act Mother would have been proud. In Leaking From Every Orifice she was a lesbian, had a sexual relationship with a gay man and ended up pregnant... 'She makes you laugh as she kicks you in the teeth' (Guardian)

Upfront Theatre

Why Is John Lennon Wearing A Skirt?; Arsehammers; The Year of the Monkey; Hard Working Families
Author: Claire Dowie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1350011169
Category: Drama
Page: 184
View: 2402
An anthology bringing together a selection of Claire Dowie's plays for young people, which are ideal for performance with a large cast. The anthology includes the following plays and an introduction by the author. Why Is John Lennon Wearing A Skirt? (Stage2 version, large cast) portrays a 14-year-old girl who dresses like a boy and would rather play football than anything else. This version can be performed by a cast of up to 100. Arsehammers (Stage2 version, large cast) is about a boy's relationship with his grandfather, who is suffering from Alzheimer's (or "Arsehammers", as the boy hears it). He believes his grandad to have superpowers on account of his routine disappearances. A brilliant tale of living with, and understanding, mental illness. It has been reimagined for a cast of around 20. The Year of the Monkey (Stage2 version, large cast) shows a mother dreaming of injecting some excitement into her humdrum life. The play has been revised the play for around 25 young people. Hard Working Families (original version, large cast), which hasn't previously been published, is a satirical play with music that exposes the true impact that earning a living has on young people in modern-day society. It is a response to politicians' visions of 'ordinary people', set against the reality of earning a living and the way this impacts on young people's lives. It can be performed by a cast of up to 50.

Easy Access For The Boys & All Over Lovely

Author: Claire Dowie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408155133
Category: Drama
Page: 192
View: 5250
Published to tie in with performances by Claire Dowie at the Drill Hall, London Two new plays by Claire Dowie which focus on sex and repression and friendship among gay and lesbian characters.

Ivan and the Dogs

Author: Hattie Naylor
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408144859
Category: Drama
Page: 80
View: 2967
'All the money went and there was nothing to buy food with. So Mothers and Fathers tried to find things they could get rid of, things that ate, things that drank or things that needed to be kept warm. The dogs went first.' Ivan and the Dogs is based on the extraordinary true story of Ivan Mishukov, who walked out of his Moscow apartment at the age of four and spent two years living on the city streets where he was adopted by a pack of wild dogs. In the recession-ravaged city, the human world is dominated by deprivation and violence. When social breakdown from extremes of impoverishment, cruelty and selfishness starts to set in, a homeless child's only hope is to turn to feral dogs for company, protection and warmth. This spellbinding story of survival and need conjures the streets of Moscow in the 1990s through the eyes of a child. With innocence and fear, Ivan's perceptions of the world are beautifully described, from the acute awareness of hunger and fear, to the innocent understanding of chemical abuse in the 'empty eyes' of children and the ridiculed 'Bombzi'.

Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay Writing

Author: Gabriele Griffin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134722095
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 240
View: 391
Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay Writing is a lively and accessible biographical guide to lesbian and gay literary culture, from Sappho to modern pulp fiction. Featuring authors of works with lesbian or gay content as well as known lesbian and gay writers, this volume opens the boundaries of this field to include the writers of popular cultural fiction. It places these alongside the canon of poets, dramatists and novelists, to acknowledge the importance of pop culture to gay and lesbian communities. It includes fascinating entries on authors from W.H. Auden to Alice Walker, James Baldwin to Virginia Woolf. Also included are those such as Judith Butler who have theorised lesbian and gay culture and writing, or have contributed to the uncovering and charting of this vibrant literary history. Fully cross referenced, and with suggestions for further reading, this book offers an invaluable guide to a rich and varied literary culture and is indispensable for anyone with an interest in lesbian and gay writing.

The Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance

Author: Lizbeth Goodman,Jane de Gay
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134707606
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 360
View: 1119
The Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance presents the most influential and widely-known, critical work on gender and performing arts, together with exciting and provocative new writings. It provides systematically arranged articles to guide the reader from topic to topic, and specially linked articles by scholars and teachers to explain key issues and put the extracts in context. This comprehensive volume: * reviews women's contributions to theatre history * includes contributions from many of the top academics in this discipline * examines how theatre has represented women over the centuries * introduces readers to major theoretical approaches and more complex questions about gender, the body and cross-dressing * offers an international perspective, including material from post-apartheid South Africa and post-communist Russia.

Ten Tiny Fingers, Nine Tiny Toes

Author: Sue Townsend
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408176858
Category: Drama
Page: 64
View: 8369
A play by one of Britain's best-selling writers "Set in the year 2001 where the class system is numbered from one to five and only the upperclasses are allowed to breed, Ten Tiny Fingers, Nine Tiny Toes is about the births of a perfect but illegal 'class five' baby, and an imperfect 'government' baby bought by a 'class three' mother and exterminated at birth because of her nine toes...compulsive viewing...insanity is served up as commen sense - to sinister effect." Kate Kellaway, Observer

Looking Through Gender

Post-1980 British and Irish Drama
Author: Samuele Grassi
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443831182
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 225
View: 7705
This contribution to Theatre Studies explores the shaping and performing of gender identity in British and Irish theatres since the 1980s. It highlights contact zones, conflict areas, and divergencies between the two theatre contexts with reference to historic, socio-political, and cultural clusters. Largely from a queer theory standpoint, this book reads several plays in their attempt to unmask exploiting mechanisms of sexuality and gender regulation. It focuses on alternative notions of sociality, shared spaces, and bodies, and offers political suggestions in order to resist confining notions of identity and gender.

Theatre and The Body

Author: Colette Conroy
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 0230364691
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 80
View: 2537
What do we mean when we talk about bodies in theatre? And how does theatre affect the way we think about the human body? Bodies are vital elements of theatre production and spectatorship. But the body is not just physical, it is also conceptual. Drawing on many examples from contemporary performance, Theatre& the Body is a provocative starting point for understanding the surprisingly complex relationship between theatre and the body. Concise and clear, this book explores the revealing tensions between the body, bodies, language, representation and movement in the theatre. Foreword by Marina Abramovic

The History of British Women's Writing, 1970-Present

Volume Ten
Author: Mary Eagleton,Emma Parker
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137294817
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 288
View: 1886
This book maps the most active and vibrant period in the history of British women's writing. Examining changes and continuities in fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism, as well as women's engagement with a range of literary and popular genres, the essays in this volume highlight the range and diversity of women's writing since 1970.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Author: Stephen Trask,John Cameron Mitchell
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
ISBN: 9780822219019
Category: Drama
Page: 42
View: 4026
THE STORY: This groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash also won multiple awards for its hit film adaptation. It tells the story of internationally ignored song stylist Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll godde

Death of a Dreamer

The Assassination of John Lennon
Author: Alison Behnke
Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books
ISBN: 0761388494
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 96
View: 5825
New York, December 8, 1980: The announcement shocked the world. Beatles founder and legendary musician John Lennon had been murdered in front of his New York home. With no warning, a lone gunman opened fire, shooting Lennon in the back just as Lennon returned from a recording session with his wife, Yoko Ono. Husband, father of two, cultural icon, and hero to millions, Lennon was dead.Around the globe, people mourned the loss of a man who had stood for peace, a man who had given so much joy to the world through his gift of music. No one had seen it coming...except one man-Mark David Chapman, Lennon's assassin.What drove this former Beatles fan to commit such a terrible act? Follow the lives of both Lennon and Chapman, learn about the political and cultural settings in which both grew up, and trace-step by excruciating step-the final moments of John Lennon's life.

King Lear

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: N.A
Category: Aging parents
Page: 58
View: 3378

The Donahue Sisters

A Play for Women
Author: Geraldine Aron
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780573132346
Category: Drama
Page: 22
View: 4595

Di and Viv and Rose

Author: Amelia Bullmore
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472507924
Category: Drama
Page: 96
View: 7453
'How do you want to live here? I mean we could come and go and lead separate lives. Or we could really live together. What do you think?' Aged 18, three women join forces. Life is fun. Living is intense. Together they feel unassailable. Crackling with wisdom and wit, Di and Viv and Rose is a humorous and thoughtful exploration of friendship's impact on life and life's impact on friendship. Di and Viv and Rose charts the steady but sometimes chaotic progression of these three women's lives and their ultimately enduring bonds. The varied journeys of their lives take their toll on the characters, forcing them apart and stretching their relationships with each other to a near breaking point.

Girls and Dolls

Author: Lisa McGee
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Category: Drama
Page: 73
View: 6908

The Beatles

The Biography
Author: Bob Spitz
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316031674
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 992
View: 3241
As soon as The Beatles became famous, the spin machine began to construct a myth--one that has continued to this day. But the truth is much more interesting, much more exciting, and much more moving. In this bestselling book, Bob Spitz has written the biography for which Beatles fans have long waited. 32 pages of b/w photos.

Agnes of God

A Drama
Author: John Pielmeier
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
ISBN: 9780573630224
Category: Drama
Page: 76
View: 3113
Drama / Characters: 3 Females Summoned to a covent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a young novitiat accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determindly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone's suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone's questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. A hit on Broadway and later on film. "Riveting, powerful, electrifying drama...the dialogue crackles."-New York Daily News "Outstanding play [that]...deals intelligently with questions of religion and psychology."-The New York Times "Unquestionably blindingly theatrical...cleverly executed blood and guts evening in the theatre."-New York Post


A Novel
Author: Caitriona Lally
Publisher: Melville House
ISBN: 1612195970
Category: Fiction
Page: 273
View: 5245
"First published in 2015 by Liberties Press."