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Methuen Drama, 1993 - English drama - 77 pages
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A young girl is in her bedroom studying for exams when her soldier boyfriend arrives home unexpectedly from active service abroad. What happens during the next 90 minutes in the little room changes the girl for ever. This Edward Bond drama text is accompanied by comprehensive teaching notes.

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Because of its pivotal scene, which involves the stoning to death of a baby by a gang of young toughs in a London park, Edward Bond's first major production, Saved (1965), was banned in its entirety by the Lord Chamberlain. In drawing attention to the plot, the censor drew attention away from the play's techniques. A distracting violence is still the center of Bond's works Early Morning (1968), The Sea ( ), and The Bundle (1978). Bond's violence is not simply an image of evil or crude dramatic shock. It is meant as something to come to terms with intellectually, or even-as in The Bundle-to be agreed to, as the price of effective action. In its obviousness, Bond's brutality challenges the audience to acknowledge its own hidden, structural ruthlessness. The playwright's ideas, however, often seem inadequately worked out and inadequately expressed in prefaces that share nothing of the vivacity and clarity of those of George Bernard Shaw. Bond has never lost touch with an impressive stiff poetry of the stage, which is most evident in Bingo, about Shakespeare's last days, and The Fool (1976), about the madness of the poet John Clare. Among Bond's more recent works are The Worlds (1979), and a trilogy, The War Plays (1985).

One of the most-produced writers of his time, Willy Russell (b. Whiston, Liverpool, 23 Aug. 1947) is a playwright and songwriter. He has written a large number of highly successful plays and musicals for stage and TV including "John, Paul, George, Ringo ... and Bert" (1974), "Breezeblock Park "(1975), "One for the Road" (1976), "Our Day Out "(television 1977; stage musical version 1983), "Stags and Hens" (1978; filmed as "Dancin' thru the Dark", 1990), "Educating Rita "(1979), "Blood Brothers"(1981; musical version 1983), and "Shirley Valentine "(1986). His novel, "The Wrong Boy", was published to great acclaim in 2000.

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