Inner Voices: Albert Names Edward
These two plays first brought Louis Nowra to public attention as a playwright, and now published together in a revised edition, vividly demonstrate his early preoccupation with isolation and the exercise of power through the imagination. Both plays' central characters are held prisoner by men whose ignorance is matched only by their ambition. In Inner Voices the son of Catherine the Great, locked away since childhood, is set upon the throne of Russia knowing only his name (1 act, 10 men, 3 women, extras). In Albert Names Edward, a black comedy about an amnesiac who takes shelter with an urban hermit, the world they enter is that of Mickey Spillane (1 act, 2 men).
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AIDE Albert Names Edward ANDREI angrily angry Anna Wollheim ANNA'S VOICE BABY FACE bench Blackout bows Catherine Clark Gable coach dance dead direction of voice door dressed Fellow Russians finger Frere Jacques FYODOROVICH GUARD hand shadow hear idiot Imperial Russia Inner Voices irritated IVAN is confused IVAN looks Ivan the Sixth Jane Harders kill King Ivan kiss Listen Long silence Louis Nowra maid Majesty major's memory Mickey Spillane Nightingale the Robber noise Pause PAVLOV'S VOICE Pete PETER exits play Prince Paul Princess Princess Ali quietly remember sandwiches SCENE SERGEANT shakes his head shit sing sits smiles song sorry sound St Petersburg stares stop suddenly talk tell Thank theatre There's things throne told Tony Sheldon tub of lard understand Vegemite Vlad VLADIMIR'S VOICE walks What's words Yes sir