If Only

If Only

by David Edgar

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Overview

An explosive, topical drama from one of the UK's top political playwrights.

It’s 16th April 2010, the day after the UK's first ever televised prime ministerial debate. Stranded in Malaga Airport by a volcanic ash-cloud, a Labour special adviser, a Lib Dem staffer and a Tory candidate consider their options. Can their parties survive without them? How will they get back home? And who’ll end up in government?

Fast forward to 4th August 2014. As the nation settles down to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War, the three politicians meet again. One of them knows something that could change the outcome of the 2015 election. Should they reveal it? And at what cost?

"Funny, gripping and bang on the money." - Telegraph

"Fascinating... clearly meticulously researched." - Guardian

"Witty and very clever... hilarious." - British Theatre Guide

"Luminously human rather than aridly theoretical... riveting, important." - Financial Times

David Edgar pioneered the teaching of playwriting in the UK, founding the Playwriting Studies course at Birmingham University in 1989. He is also a leading playwright, best known for his political plays and for his adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby for the RSC.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848423336
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David Edgar pioneered the teaching of playwriting in the UK, founding the Playwriting Studies course at Birmingham University in 1989. He is also a leading playwright, best known for his adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby for the RSC, for whom he also wrote Destiny, Maydays, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Pentecost and The Prisoner’s Dilemma. His plays at the National include The Shape of the Table, Entertaining Strangers, Albert Speer and Playing with Fire. His most recent plays are Testing the Echo, A Time to Keep, and the stage adaptation of Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George. His best-selling book How Plays Work was published by NHB in 2009. He lives in Birmingham.

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