Barnes Plays: 3: Clap Hands, Heaven's Blessings, Revolutionary Witness

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Bloomsbury Academic, Aug 12, 1996 - Drama - 195 pages
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A selection of plays by "one of the most original and biting comic writers working in Britain" (The Times)



Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie is a riotous, scabrous comedy concerning a demonic figure, a destroyer and giver of life, who is always trying to jump, with both feet into his left trouser leg. Heaven's Blessings, taken from the grim pages of the Bible is a charming epic comedy of Tobit, his wife, their son and a cantankerous guardian angel, who set out to reclaim an outstanding IOU, overcoming many dangers which test their faith to breaking point. Revolutionary Witness, about the French Revolution, is a series of four monologues televised by the BBC in 1989.

"Peter Barnes is one of the unrecognised geniuses of the English theatre" (Plays and Players)


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Peter Barnes is one of the UK's most respected dramatists, with numerous stage, screen and radio plays to his name. His work has been performed by Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness, Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud and Paul Scofield (among others). He won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright award for "The Ruling Class" in 1969 and the Olivier Award for Best Play in 1985 for "Red Noses," His screenplay for "Enchanted April" (1992) was nominated for an Academy Award.

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