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Motortown
     

Motortown

by Simon Stephens
 

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Danny returns from Basra to a foreign England and a different kind of battle. He visits an old flame, buys a gun and goes on a blistering road trip through the new home front.
'I don't blame the war. The war was alright. I miss it. It's just you come back to this.'
Written during the London bombings of 2005, Motortown is a fierce, violent and controversial

Overview

Danny returns from Basra to a foreign England and a different kind of battle. He visits an old flame, buys a gun and goes on a blistering road trip through the new home front.
'I don't blame the war. The war was alright. I miss it. It's just you come back to this.'
Written during the London bombings of 2005, Motortown is a fierce, violent and controversial response to the anti-war movement - and to the war itself. Chaotic and complex, powerful and provocative, Simon Stephen's new play portrays a volatile and morally insecure world.
Motortown premieres at the Royal Court Theatre on 21 April 2006. It follows the critically acclaimed On the Shore of the Wide World (Manchester Royal Exchange/National Theatre), winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play (2005).


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472517685
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/27/2014
Series:
Modern Plays
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,070,837
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Simon Stephens has been the recipient of both the Pearson Award for Best New Play Play 2001 - 2 (Port) and the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2005 (On the Shore of the Wide World). His plays include Bluebird (Royal Court Theatre 1998), Herons (Royal Court, 2001, nominated for the Olivier Award for Most Promising Playwright), Port (Royal Exchange, Manchester, 2002), One Minute (Actor's Touring Company 2003); Christmas (Pavilion Theatre, Brighton, and the Bush Theatre, London, 2004), Country Music (Royal Court Theatre 2004), and On the Shore of the Wide World (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and the Royal National Theatre, 2005) for which he won the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2005. Simon Stephens was the Arts Council Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court in 2000 and the Pearson Play wright at the Royal Exchange in 2000-2001. He is currently the resident dramatist at the Royal National Theatre.
Simon Stephens began his theatrical career in the literary department of the Royal Court Theatre, where he ran its Young Writers' Programme. His plays for theatre include Bluebird (Royal Court Theatre, London, 1998, directed by Gordon Anderson); Herons (Royal Court Theatre, 2001); Port (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 2002); One Minute (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2003 and Bush Theatre, London, 2004); Christmas (Bush Theatre, 2004); Country Music (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 2004); On the Shore of the Wide World (Royal Exchange Theatre and National Theatre, London, 2005); Motortown (Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, 2006); Pornography (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hanover, 2007; Edinburgh Festival/Birmingham Rep, 2008 and Tricycle Theatre, London, 2009); Harper Regan (National Theatre, 2008); Sea Wall (Bush Theatre, 2008/Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2009); Heaven (Traverse Theatre, 2009); Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith, London, and Royal Exchange Theatre, 2009); The Trial of Ubu (Essen Schauspielhaus/Toneelgroep Amsterdam, 2010); A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with David Eldridge and Robert Holman; Lyric Hammersmith, London, 2010); Marine Parade (co-written with Mark Eitzel; Brighton International Festival, 2010); T5 (Traverse Theatre, 2010); Wastwater (Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, 2011); Morning (Lyric Hammersmith, 2012); an adaptation of A Doll's House (Young Vic, 2012); an adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre, 2012); Blindsided (Royal Exchange, 2014); and Birdland (Royal Court, 2014). His radio plays include Five Letters Home to Elizabeth (BBC Radio 4, 2001) and Digging (BBC Radio 4, 2003). His screenwriting includes an adaptation of Motortown for Film4 (2009); the two-part serial Dive (with Dominic Savage) for Granada/BBC (2009); and a short film adaptation of Pornography for Channel 4's 'Coming Up' series (2009). Awards include the Pearson Award for Best New Play, 2001, for Port; Olivier Award for Best New Play for On the Shore of the Wide World, 2005; and for Motortown German critics in Theater Heute's annual poll voted him Best Foreign Playwright, 2007. His adaptation of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.

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