This volume contains the best of David Edgar's work from the seventies The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs is an adaptation of the famous South African writer's diaries and deals with solitary confinement and loneliness - "a remarkable, persuasive picture." (Observer); Mary Barnes is based in a commune in the sixties and focuses on schizophrenia "promulgating the theory that schizophrenia can be effectively treated through behaviourist methods alone"; Saigon Rose tackles venereal disease and is "intriguing and entertaining...Edgar handles his themes - loss of innocence and a sense of betrayal - in a bitty, playful style laced with black comedy" (Independent); Oh Fair Jerusalem deals with the black death and Destiny deals with the loss of Empire and the rise of fascism in contemporary Britain "A play which astonished me with its intelligence, density, sympathy and finely controlled anger." Dennis Potter (Sunday Times).
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The National Theatre General Will Theatre Group July 1971
The Eagle Has Landed Granada Television April 1973
Know What I Meant Granada Television July 1974
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ACTOR ACTRESS AGGIE ALBIE looks Albie Sachs ANGIE ATTWOOD BETH Blackout blood BRENDA cell chair CLAYMORE CLEAVER CLERK CLIFTON CLIVE COLONEL COLOURED CONSTABLE course CROSBY d'you Dennis Turner DICCON DOCTOR door DOUGLAS drink DRUMONT EDDIE Electric Light Orchestra Enter Exit FREEMAN fucking GEORGE give goes Hallo HAMMOND HARRY HEATHER hehind HENDERSON HILDA HUGO JOHN KEITH KERSHAW KHERA KNIGHT KRAAL LADY laughs LAURENCE Lights fade Mary Barnes MARY's room matter MAXWELL McINTYRE McLUSKY mean MONK MONTY MOTHER Nation Forward PATEL PAUL Peter Clough picks PLATT play PRIEST puts ROLFE ROSSOUW round Royal Shakespeare Company Sachs SANDY Scene SERGEANT shrugs SIMON SINGER sits Slight pause smiles SNYMAN sorry stands stop suddenly Taddley takes tell Thank there's things TONY TURNER turns VICKY VLOK VOICE WAGENAAR What's WILLIAM WOLFE ZIMMERMAN