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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator - a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. An incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service, Blue/Orange premiered at London's Cottesloe Theatre in April 2000 and transferred to the West End in 2001.

Award-winning writer Joe Penhall first rose to prominence in 1994 with his Royal Court play Some Voices and he has been described by the Financial Times as 'one of the finest playwrights of his generation.' Blue/Orange is an accessible and vibrant play, which explores a number of important issues and which makes it a good choice to study. This includes themes of race and representation, sanity and insanity (and in particular the social structures, stigma and complexity surrounding schizophrenia), as well the political context of New Labour and spin, and questions of prejudice and difference.

This Student Edition features expert and helpful annotation, including a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on the dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters, language and structure of the play, as well as a list of suggested reading and questions for further study and a review of performance history.

Synopsis:

An incendiary tale of race, madness, and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a Britain's deteriorating health service.

Synopsis:

An expertly annotated edition of Joe Penhall's compelling drama: a dark, exhilarating tale of race, madness and power in the midst of a struggling National Health Service.

Synopsis:

In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator—a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. An incendiary tale of race, madness, and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying NHS, Blue / Orange premiered in April 2000.

"Penhall creates as riveting and compelling a new chamber play as we have seen since Michael Frayn's Copenhagen."—Daily Mail

"Provocative, blackly funny ... (and) taut with thought-provoking ambiguity."—Independent

"Exuberant ... Penhall has the gift of making serious points in a comic manner and of conveying moral indignation without preaching ... Stinging satire."—Guardian

"Funny and irreverent ... Penhall's writing is vibrant throughout."—Independent on Sunday

Synopsis:

In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator - a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. An incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service, Blue/Orange premiered at London's Cottesloe Theatre in April 2000 and transferred to the West End in 2001.

About the Author

Penhall's plays include Wild Turkey; Some Voices (winner of the John Whiting Award in 1995); Pale Horse; Love and Understanding, and The Bullet. His last play, Blue/Orange was a West End hit, winning The Evening Standard, Olivier, and Critics' Circle awards for Best New Play in 2000/2001.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780413752703
Author:
Penhall, Joe
Publisher:
Methuen Publishing
Author:
Clements, Rachel
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
English drama
Subject:
Psychiatric hospital patients
Subject:
National health service (great britain)
Subject:
National Health Services
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
Psychiatric hospitals
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Subject:
European/English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Student Editions
Series Volume:
94-24
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.7 x 5 x 0.6 in 1 lb

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Product details 192 pages Methuen - English 9780413752703 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An incendiary tale of race, madness, and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a Britain's deteriorating health service.
"Synopsis" by ,
An expertly annotated edition of Joe Penhall's compelling drama: a dark, exhilarating tale of race, madness and power in the midst of a struggling National Health Service.
"Synopsis" by ,

In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator—a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. An incendiary tale of race, madness, and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying NHS, Blue / Orange premiered in April 2000.

"Penhall creates as riveting and compelling a new chamber play as we have seen since Michael Frayn's Copenhagen."—Daily Mail

"Provocative, blackly funny ... (and) taut with thought-provoking ambiguity."—Independent

"Exuberant ... Penhall has the gift of making serious points in a comic manner and of conveying moral indignation without preaching ... Stinging satire."—Guardian

"Funny and irreverent ... Penhall's writing is vibrant throughout."—Independent on Sunday

"Synopsis" by ,

In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator - a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. An incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service, Blue/Orange premiered at London's Cottesloe Theatre in April 2000 and transferred to the West End in 2001.

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