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Faber & Faber, 2007 - English drama - 373 pages
A Wedding Story

'A spry if wintry comedy about a lesbian, a wedding-day bonk, and a mother who contracts Alzheimer's... It dares to find failure and frivolity (a sure sign of dramatic honesty) in the face of domestic hell. Funny, frank and churning by turns, this struck me as a lyrical new play about the unlyrical business of coping when real life knocks on the door.' Daily Express

Frozen

Winner of the TMA Best New Play award and Eileen Anderson Central Television Award for Best Play.

'Bryony Lavery's big, brave, compassionate play about grief, revenge, forgiveness and bearing the unbearable.' Guardian

'A major play... thrilling, humane and timely.' The Times

'Consistently surprising and even bravely comic... The almost thriller-like promise of the play's climactic confrontation is like a time-bomb ticking in the back of your head. Independent

Illyria

A young war reporter gets abducted and finds herself in the midst of a cycle of violence, in a land crippled by hate.

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'Triumphant... A startlingly metaphorical play about the creation of art.' Independent

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Bryony Lavery's plays include Her Aching Heart (Pink Paper Play of the Year 1992) and A Wedding Story (2000). Her play Frozen, commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, won the TMA Best Play Award, the Eileen Anderson Central Television Award, and was then produced on Broadway where it was nominated for 4 Tony awards. She also wrote Last Easter, produced in The Door, and created adaptations of Uncle Vanya and A Christmas Carol as an associate artist for The REP. Stockholm, with Frantic Assembly, won the Wolff-Whiting award for Best Play of 2008. Recent work includes Beautiful Burnout for the National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly, which received a Fringe First at Edinburgh; The Believers with Frantic Assembly at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Tricycle; Kursk with Sound and Fury at the Young Vic and Sydney Opera House; Cesario for the National Theatre; Thursday at the Adelaide Festival; Queen Coal at the Studio, Sheffield; and an adaptation of Tales of the City/ More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin for BBC Radio 4. Forthcoming work includes stage adaptations of 101 Dalmatians for Chichester Festival Theatre; Brideshead Revisited for York Theatre Royal; and Picnic at Hanging Rock for ETT/Brink. Bryony Lavery is an honorary Doctor of Arts at De Montfort University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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