Plays--one

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Methuen London, 1987 - Drama - 405 pages
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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Contents

The National Theatre General Will Theatre Group July 1971
2
The Eagle Has Landed Granada Television April 1973
180
Know What I Meant Granada Television July 1974
201
Copyright

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About the author (1987)

David Edgar is best known for his adaptation of "Nicholas Nickleby" for the RSC (revived in West End, Xmas 2007, Following UK tour), for whom he wrote "Destiny," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," "Pentecost" and "The Prisoner's Dilemma." His plays at the National include "The Shape of the Table," "Entertaining Strangers" with Judi Dench, and "Albert Speer.