Inner Voices: Albert Names Edward

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Currency Press, 1983 - Amnesia - 106 pages
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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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Louis Nowra was born on December 12, 1950 in Melbourne. He is best known as one of Australia's leading playwrights. His works have been performed by all of Australia's major theatre companies. His most significant plays are Cosė, Radiance, Byzantine Flowers, Summer of the Aliens and The Golden Age. In 2006 he completed The Boyce Trilogy for Griffin Theatre Company, consisting of The Woman with Dog's Eyes, The Marvellous Boy and The Emperor of Sydney. His 2009 novel Ice was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. His script for 1996 movie Cosi, which revolves around a group of mentally ill patients who put on a play, won the Australian Film Institute Award that year for Best Adapted Screenplay. Nowra's work as a scriptwriter also includes a credit on the comedy The Matchmaker and the Vincent Ward romance Map of the Human Heart, which was invited to the Cannes Film Festival. His title, Prince of Afghanistan, made the Indie Awards 2016 shortlist in the Young Adult category.

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