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Edgar Plays 1 (Methuen Paperback)by David Edgar
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This volume contains the best of David Edgar's work from the seventies
The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs is an adaptation of the famous South African writer's diaries and deals with solitary confinement and loneliness - "a remarkable, persuasive picture." (Observer); Mary Barnes is based in a commune in the sixties and focuses on schizophrenia "promulgating the theory that schizophrenia can be effectively treated through behaviourist methods alone"; Saigon Rose tackles venereal disease and is "intriguing and entertaining…Edgar handles his themes - loss of innocence and a sense of betrayal - in a bitty, playful style laced with black comedy" (Independent); Oh Fair Jerusalem deals with the black death and Destiny deals with the loss of Empire and the rise of fascism in contemporary Britain "A play which astonished me with its intelligence, density, sympathy and finely controlled anger." Dennis Potter (Sunday Times).
Offers the best of David Edgar's work from the seventies: The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, Mary Barnes, Saigon Rose, O Fair Jerusalem and Destiny. Reissued in the new Contemporary Dramatists series.
David Edgar has the rare ability to write big but subtle plays which people want to see.--Independent
Table of Contents
The jail Diary of Albie Sachs — Mary Barnes — Saigon Rose — O fair Jerusalem — Destiny.
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