Pornography

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Bloomsbury Academic, Feb 27, 2014 - Drama - 152 pages

Pornography looks at the events of the first week of July 2005 (the G8 summit, Live 8, the announcement of the 2012 Olympics and the 7/7 bombings) through the perspectives of eight anonymous individuals, including a terrorist. The play can be performed by any number of actors with the scenes presented in any order. This flexibility means that it is ideal for student groups: containing four monologues, two duologues and fifty-two self-contained anecdotal speeches.
This Student Edition offers a study of the meaning, context and performance choices available in this subtle and political play. The in-depth commentary explores the play's themes, its kaleidoscopic structure and the play's production history, looking at both the German and UK premieres. The editor, Jacqueline Bolton, incorporates previously unpublished interviews with Simon Stephens and the directors and dramaturgs associated with the early productions. The commentary reveals the play's performance possibilities, as well as discussing its accomplished form, innovative structure and compassionate impetus. It also includes a chronology of the playwright's life and work, an introduction giving the background to the play, commentary on themes, characters, language and style, notes on individual words and phrases in the text, questions for further study and bibliography and further reading.

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About the author (2014)

Simon Stephens has been the recipient of both the Pearson Award for Best New Play 2001-2 for his play Port, and the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2005 for On the Shore of the Wide World. His recent plays include Harper Regan (National Theatre), Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester), Pornography (Traverse and Birmingham Rep) and Wastwater (Royal Court and Wiener Festwochen). He is currently the Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith, London.
Jacqueline Bolton is Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Lincoln. Her research interests include dramaturgy, new writing and British fringe theatre of the 1970s and 1980s. She has written for the journal Studies in Theatre and Performance, and is the author of 'Joint Stock' in British Theatre Companies: From Fringe to Mainstream Volume II, eds. John Bull and Graham Saunders (Methuen Drama, 2014)

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