Impossible Plays: Adventures with the Cottesloe Company

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Bill Bryden's Cottesloe Company, which flourished at Peter Hall's
National Theatre, was the English theatre's only true ensemble of the last thirty or so years. Impossible Plays tells the story of the company and the many actors and musicians connected to it.
Co-written by Keith Dewhurst, author of eight plays for the group, and
Jack Shepherd, a founder-actor, it explains the ideas behind the company's work ...

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Overview

Bill Bryden's Cottesloe Company, which flourished at Peter Hall's
National Theatre, was the English theatre's only true ensemble of the last thirty or so years. Impossible Plays tells the story of the company and the many actors and musicians connected to it.
Co-written by Keith Dewhurst, author of eight plays for the group, and
Jack Shepherd, a founder-actor, it explains the ideas behind the company's work and how the work was staged, and provides an idiosyncratic, lively and deeply personal take on the company.

"The search was always to find a popular theatre, a form of theatre that would draw into it people from all backgrounds, not just the cultured and the educated."

Beginning with a Royal Court Theatre Sunday night performance in
1970, the story of one company's aim to create a popular theatre form includes such milestone productions as The Mystery cycle of plays and Lark Rise to Candleford. With photographs by John Haynes, Michael Mayhew and Nobby Clark, Impossible Plays is a glorious and timely tribute to one of theatre's most innovative companies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413775856
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Plays and Playwrights Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.45 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Dewhust wrote eight of the plays produced by the Cottesloe Company, including Lark Rise to Candleford.
Jack Shepherd, a leading actor of his generation, was one of the founding actors of the Cottesloe Company as well as being a playwright. In 2005 his play Man Falling Down: A Mask Play was staged at the Globe Theatre, London.

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    Dewfrost's Path - Chapter Three

    Blue, thanks for Bluewind! I will try to use her soon. If you RP in CelestialClan, you will see that the history of my cat, Leaf, is: Grew up in a cave. The story pretty much explains Dewfrost, and her past. <p>

    The wolf growls at me. "I come in peace." It comes out barely a squeak, but the wolf seems to relax at my words. "Whats your name?" She is a white she-wolf. "Dewkit." I meow. "Dewkit." She repeats. "Nice to meet you, Dewkit. Im Snowstorm." She meows. "Well, I need to get back to my Clan..." I meow. "They must be worried about me." 'No, they aren't.' I add silently. Snowstorm notices the wound on my shoulder. I didn't even know it was there until now. She goes into her den, which is underground, and comes out with two large, sweet-smelling leaves. She rubs them on the wound, and when she is done, I notice that it has a greenish tint to it. It doesn't hurt anymore. A wolf pup comes running out, and tilts its head to the side when it sees me. "Who's this, Mama?" He asks. "This, my dear Frostbite, is Dewkit." Snowstorm tells him. I nod. "Yup. Dewkit." I meow. I doubt that the Clan is even thinking abbout me. You know what? I take that back. They are. Im, what, six moons old and two cats are dead because of me. Wait, Im six moons old? I must be, if I think so.Not me, but Featherkit. She pushed me into the river. I bet none of this would have happened if she hadn't pushed me into the river. I look into Snowstorm's eyes. "I have to go." I meow. I walk slowly back to the camp. I have just walked in when I hear Petalcloud's yowl. "Attack!" I run, then stumble as her claws rake my back. I turn around, twisting my neck so I can see her. I leap at her, clawing into her throat. She lets out a cry of pain, then retreats to the nursery. <p>

    "Let all cats old enough to catch their own prey gather here beneath the Highstone for a Clan meeting!" Duskstar yowls. "Today, we have three new apprentices. Ashkit, from now until you receive your warrior name, you will be known as Ashpaw. Larkwing, you will be his mentor. Featherkit, you will be known as Featherpaw, and your mentor will be Petalcloud." There must be something wrong. Cats dont mentor their own kits. "I am quite reluctant to do this, but from this moment on, Dewkit, you will be known as Dewpaw." He looks down at the Clan. "Bluewind, how old are you?" Duskstar asks a blueish gray she-cat. "Twenty-nine moons." Bluewind replies. "No apprentice yet?" Duskstar meows sternly. Bluewind shakes her head. "Very well. Bluewind, you will mentor Dewpaw." <p>

    "FEATHERPAW! ASHPAW! Dewpaw!" No cat at all cheers very loud for me. I should be grateful that I am an apprentice. I cant be grateful that Larkwing mentors my brother, I was hoping that I would get her. I see that she is looking right at me, so I shrug my shoulders. It is almost inperceptible.

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