Matura: Six Plays: As Time Goes By, Play Mas, Independence, Welcome Home Jacko, Nice, and Meetings

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As Time Goes By, Matura's first play, is a satirical comedy of manners set among first-generation immigrants that won the George Devine and John Whiting awards.

Play Mas recreates the impact of the heady political momentum generated by the People's National Movement in Trinidad in the early fifties and won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award.

Independence is set in Trinidad in the pool bar of the Grand Hotel and charts ...

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Overview

As Time Goes By, Matura's first play, is a satirical comedy of manners set among first-generation immigrants that won the George Devine and John Whiting awards.

Play Mas recreates the impact of the heady political momentum generated by the People's National Movement in Trinidad in the early fifties and won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award.

Independence is set in Trinidad in the pool bar of the Grand Hotel and charts that country's troubled move towards self-governance: "Matura's fascinating play is a searching and moving examination of a political problem."—Nicholas de Jongh, Guardian

Welcome Home Jacko is a "very funny exposé of Rasta righteousness and absurdity with superbly animated argument. Touching, serious and funny."—Michael Coveney, Financial Times

Nice is a deeply ironic monologue by a recent immigrant commenting on his experience of the hypocrisy of British officialdom.

Meetings, set in independent Trinidad, is "a sardonic social satire which gradually grows darker and darker until it becomes a nightmare vision, something close to an apocalypse. The journey is as nimble as it is comic. Mr Matura is a gifted playwright."—Mel Gussow,
The New York Times

"What makes Mustapha Matura our finest dramatist of West Indian origin? A wry humor, warmth of feeling, a knack of observing human oddity and for embodying it in quirky, unpredictable dialogue, and the fundamental seriousness with which he writes of people who, like himself, have in some sense become severed from their roots. He ranges from the usefully mischievous to the wickedly funny."—Benedict Nightingale, The Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413660701
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: World Classics Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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