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The Methuen Book of Modern Drama: Plays of the '80s and '90s

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Published to celebrate twenty years of Methuen's Royal Court Writers Series, this volume contains five ground-breaking plays of the eighties and nineties.

Top Girls: "Builds to a superb, emotion-draining climax that sent me out of the theatre convinced that this is the best British play ever from a woman dramatist."—Guardian

Hysteria: "One of the most brilliantly original an
Paperback, 425 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by A&C Black (first published June 28th 2001)
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Beth Wright
Jan 27, 2014 Beth Wright rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Beth by: English teacher
Top Girls - As my first introduction into reading plays outside of school, I enjoyed this one (especially the first act) and feel great empathy for all characters involved in the main plot line (i.e. Angie, Marlene and Joyce).
Hysteria - I have an interest in psychology so any content containing Freud I was happy to digest. While it was great to read and very thought provoking, this is one that is would be better performed.
Blasted - Unsure about this one. Maybe it's simply because the experiences
Olivia M
The plays were all of a good standard, in character development, and quality of dialogue - this book is an apt representation of the last two decades of theatre. That being said, each play, to me, carried the same level of inconsequentiality. At the height of this was Sarah Kane's 'Blasted', which was recklessly abstract to the detriment of any potential realism. I recognise that this may just be Kane's style, but in alienating the audience, Kane doesn't achieve any genius theatrical feats. She ...more
Apr 12, 2008 Lin rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Didn't read the whole thing, but a couple of the plays contained within. Some I liked more than others, what can I say? The one with the eye-sucking and the baby-eating I could have lived without, to be honest.
Some okay plays - some not so good. Very brutal plays. Not really my cup of tea.
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