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The play’s the thing, Laurie Atkinson

Two Plays  Dave Armstrong Playmarket, $23.07, ISBN 9780908607358 Two Plays David Geary Playmarket, $23.07, ISBN 9780908607372 Two Plays Sarah Delahunty Playmarket, $23.07, ISBN 9780908607365 An English blogger wrote recently about the prospect of attending theatrical performances at the Edinburgh Festival:

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Driven by secrets, Frances Edmond

When Sun and Moon Collide Briar Grace-Smith Huia, $21.88, ISBN 9781869693169 Sons Victor Rodger Huia, $21.88, ISBN 9781869693039 Why publish a play? Well, a book is a nice thing to hold, material and solid: a small package containing something intriguing,

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From stage to page, Laurie Atkinson

Three Plays Gary Henderson Playmarket, $24.95, ISBN 9780908607303 Two Plays Toa Fraser  Playmarket, $22.95, ISBN 9780907310 Does anyone read plays any more? Go into any of our major bookshops and you’ll have difficulty finding shelves devoted to “Drama” or “Theatre”.

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Walks on the wild side, Lynn Freeman

Grooves of Glory Alan Brunton Bumper Books, $30, ISBN 095822255X Cherish Ken Duncum Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 084673493X “This whole trip is like reading a cartoon strip, pictures you can’t understand without a caption.” Alan Brunton’s poetry is a

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Blueprints for performance, Lisa Warrington

Song-Plays William Direen Alpha Books, [price unavailable], ISBN 0958326622 Peace Plays Kathleen Gallagher Doygal Press, $29.95, ISBN 0473088088 Vagabonds Lorae Parry Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734352 Puppetry, pirates, conscientious objectors, big business, morality tales, land wars, popular songs, poetry,

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Play it again, John Smythe

Red Light Means Stop: Six Super Solos from Aotearoa NZ ed Vivienne Plumb The Women’s Play Press, $27.95, ISBN 0958231001 Readers of this potent volume of mostly solo plays may engage with them as literature, as texts “auditioning” for production,

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Confident variety, Phillip Mann

Love Knots Vivienne Plumb, $16.95 ISBN 0 9583393 1 7 Front Women Lorae Parry, $16.95 ISBN 0 473 02171 4 Cracks  Lorae Parry, $14.95 ISBN 0 958 339309 The Case of Katherine Mansfield  Cathy Downes, $16.95 ISBN 0 958 339333

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Staging the past, Phillip Mann

Passing Through and other Plays Mervyn Thompson, Hazard Press, Christchurch, $29.95 Daughters of Heaven Michelanne Forster, New Zealand Playscripts, Victoria University Press 1992, $12.95 Joyful and Triumphant Robert Lord, New Zealand Playscripts, Victoria University Press, $14.95 In a recent book

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Let’s moider mother, Shelagh Duckham Cox

Daughters of Heaven  a play by Michelanne Forster Daughters of Heaven has already been performed at Court Theatre in Christchurch and Downstage in Wellington. Now its author, Michelanne Forster, has received a joint commission from Television New Zealand and New Zealand

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June 1992: Music and the arts, House Notes

The Great New Zealand Songbook Les Cleveland, Godwit, Auckland, 1991, $29.95 Les Cleveland’s friendly and informal approach illuminates this collection of 60 New Zealand songs from early ballads to goldrush classics and Ruru Karaitiana’s ‘Blue Smoke’. An excellent introduction is

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