England People Very Nice

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Oberon Books, Jun 18, 2012 - Drama - 88 pages
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‘Fucking Frogs! My grandfather didn’t die in the English Civil War so’s half the population of France could come over here and live off the soup!’

A riotous journey through four waves of immigration from the 17th century to today. As the French Huguenots, the Irish, the Jews and the Bangladeshis in turn enter the chaotic world of Bethnal Green, each new influx provokes a surge of violent protest over housing, jobs, religion and culture. And the emerging pattern shows that white flight and anxiety over integration is anything but new. Written with scurrilous bravura, Richard Bean’s great sweep of a comedy follows a pair of star-crossed lovers amid cutters’ mobs, Papists, Jewish anarchists and radical Islamists across four tempestuous centuries. England People Very Nice enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre.

 

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User Review  - traceyhart007 - LibraryThing

I saw this play at the National Theatre in London in 2009. I saw a lot of plays that I don't remember but this was beautiful. It is a history of prejudices and politics throuhgout time. I love it ... Read full review

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User Review  - kidzdoc - LibraryThing

England People Very Nice opened at the National Theatre in London in February 2009, and ran until early August of that year. I saw it just before it closed, and read the script afterward, which was ... Read full review

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Act Four Prologue
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Richard Bean won the George Devine Award 2002, the Pearson Award for Best New Play 2002 and the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play 2005. Oberon Books publishes his Plays One, Plays Two, Plays Three, England People Very Nice, The Big Fellah, The Heretic and versions of David Mamet's House of Games and Dion Boucicault's London Assurance. Richard Bean won the George Devine Award 2002, the Pearson Award for Best New Play 2002 and the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play 2005. Oberon Books publishes his Plays One, Plays Two, Plays Three, England People Very Nice, The Big Fellah, The Heretic and versions of David Mamet's House of Games and Dion Boucicault's London Assurance.

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