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Gormenghast: Adapted from the Mervyn Peake's Trilogy of Novels (Modern Plays)

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“A gloriously impossible realization of Mervyn Peake’s soaring flight of fancy.”—Guardian

In a world bound by iron laws and dead rituals, two young men are struggling to make their way: Steerpike, the renegade kitchen-boy who seduces and murders his way up the social ladder, and Titus Groan, heir to Gormenghast, who comes to threaten its very existence.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Oberon Books (first published April 1st 2006)
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Brenda
Feb 05, 2009 Brenda rated it liked it
"In a world bound by iron laws and dead rituals, two young men are struggling to make their way: Steerpike, the renegade kitchen-boy who seduces and murders his way up the social ladder, and Titus Groan, heir to Gormenghast, who comes to threaten its very existence."

One of the few plays I've read wherein I instantly saw staging possibilities. Wonderful, bizarre characters. I don't know how well it represents the novels (a trilogy) - I never got through the first book. I'm not sure about the unde
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Chris
Mar 09, 2009 Chris rated it liked it
I haven't read the trilogy this play is based on, nor have I seen the lauded original production, so I must admit that I am a little uninformed.
This being said, the adaptation seems impressive, and is the type of play I am excited to work on. The script is filled with what Jose Rivera lovingly describes as "impossible events" (events asked to occur in the play that either are "impossible" to stage or ask for emotional events that are other than naturalistic). these are the types of things that a
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Mervyn Laurence Peake was an English modernist writer, artist, poet and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books, though the Titus books would be more accurate: the three works that exist were the beginning of what Peake conceived as a lengthy cycle, following his protagonist Titus Groan from cradle to grave, but Peake's untimely death prevented compl ...more
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