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The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

4.53  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Paperback, 83 pages
Published October 22nd 2012 by Faber & Faber (first published August 4th 2011)
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May 24, 2014 Kelli rated it it was amazing
I saw the play in 2012. It was fantastic, a humorous feast for the senses. This play was funny, bawdy but smart, very smart. There was so much to take in that I immediately wanted to see it again. Three months later I considered going to see another performance. This would have required a five hour road trip in weather not unlike what our heroin Prudencia experienced on that fateful night. My prudent side won the debate and I did not go.

As I read the verse two years later the images of the play
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Feb 15, 2012 Thom Dunn rated it it was amazing
A fascinating study of folk traditions, from pub sessions, to traditional ballads, to oral storytelling, to...karaoke and YouTube video. Beautiful poetry -- how many plays are still written in verse (for meta reasons, no less)? A very unique scripting style that is remarkably easy to follow, considering the fact that there's no indication of who's actually talking (trust me, it works). I would love to see this play performed in an actual pub, but reading it and imagining it was fascinating ...more
Alicia Schultz
NTS performed this in my university town and I was so fortunate my editor asked me if I would like to review it because otherwise I never would have known about it, and it's probably one of the best plays I've ever seen. (Review of there here incidentally: So of course I had to own it, and I'm happy to say the beauty of the text holds up even without the performance (although, if you have a chance to see it performed, you gotta). The Strange Undoing of ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Andie rated it it was amazing
I loved this in performance. The National Theatre of Scotland toured with it last year. There's a lot that I loved in the play that's missing for me in the script alone; but there's also a lot more depth to be found in the reading experience than I remember. As a reader, I have a much stronger sense of the distinction between poetry and prose and how they're used. Also, I picked up one some puns that I do not remember hearing. The script is definitely worth reading and if you can catch it in ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Stuart rated it liked it
Difficult to review a play you have never seen performed. Reading this in the way you read a novel is probably not the best way to tackle this work. I enjoyed this play overall but felt I needed to see it on the stage.
Aug 11, 2011 Duncan rated it it was amazing
This is an accurate representation of the play as performed. Firstly, the play is outstanding - go and see it if you get the opportunity. Secondly, the playscript is rather sparse. It leaves out the cast member, which is probably deliberate, but rather annoying. Be warned.
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Jul 31, 2016 Sif Rose rated it liked it
Surprisingly capturing, very interesting plot and setting. Great writing, very poetic yet easy to get through. Makes great use of the play form.
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David Greig was born in Edinburgh in 1969 and brought up in Nigeria. He studied drama at Bristol University and is now a well-known writer and director of plays. He has been commissioned by the Royal Court, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and is currently Dramaturg of the National Theater of Scotland.

His first play was produced in Glasgow in 1992 and he has written many play
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