Knives in Hens

Knives in Hens

This new edition is published to coincide with the new production of this tense modern classic at the Donmar Warehouse in August 2017, directed by Yaël Farber.

Author: David Harrower

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350059658

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 48

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'I have no name for the thing which is in my head. It is not envy. It is more than envy. It does not scare me. I must look close enough to look at what it is.' A ploughman and his wife live a simple existence in a pre-industrial time until they, along with the hated local miller, are drawn into a struggle of knowledge, power and attraction. David Harrower's haunting play established him as one of the UK's leading contemporary playwrights. This new edition is published to coincide with the new production of this tense modern classic at the Donmar Warehouse in August 2017, directed by Yaël Farber.
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Dark Earth

Dark Earth

Dark Earth premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in July 2003.

Author: David Harrower

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571318612

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 128

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When Valerie and Euan's car breaks down in remote countryside near the Antonine Wall they have a problem. With their mobiles left at home and an evening out arranged in Glasgow, they have to find help fast. This comes in the form of Petey and Ida and their twenty-year-old daughter Christine, a farming family who live and breathe the history and traditions of the small area of earth they've made their home. Dark Earth premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in July 2003.
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Modernism and Scottish Theatre since 1969

Modernism and Scottish Theatre since 1969

I want to come on to Lies Pauwels production of Knives in Hens for the National Theatre of Scotland.125 We've been talking about Modernism, in this case it's postmodernism. What did you feel about that production? I admired it.

Author: Mark Brown

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319986395

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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This book argues that Scottish theatre has, since the late 1960s, undergone an artistic renaissance, driven by European Modernist aesthetics. Combining detailed research and analysis with exclusive interviews with ten leading figures in modern Scottish drama, the book sets out the case for the last half-century as the strongest period in the history of the Scottish stage. Mark Brown traces the development of Scottish theatre’s Modernist revolution from the arrival of influential theatre director Giles Havergal at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow in 1969 through to the advent of the National Theatre of Scotland in 2006. Finally, the book contemplates the future of Scotland’s theatrical renaissance. It is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary theatre and/or the modern history of live drama in Scotland.
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Bild der B hne Vol 2 Setting the Stage Vol 2

Bild der B  hne  Vol  2   Setting the Stage  Vol  2

And for “Knives in Hens”, we translated the protagonist's experiences into a particular experience for the audience. I built a church ruin in the Box and converted it into a stall. It was a spiritual world that, at the same time, ...

Author: Mirka Döring

Publisher: Verlag Theater der Zeit

ISBN: 9783957491831

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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Innerhalb der "Schwesterkünste", von denen Brecht sprach, hat sich das Bühnenbild in letzter Zeit einen souveränen Schauwert erarbeitet und nach allen Seiten geöffnet. Unabhängig davon, ob es an experimentelle Spielideen gebunden ist oder an Inszenierungen, die die Rekonstruktion realer und fiktionaler Welten fokussieren, ob sie von Minimal Art, Konzeptkunst oder Fluxus beeinflusst sind, beeindrucken die Bühnenbilder der Gegenwart durch ein intensives Formbewusstsein und die Berücksichtigung der Zuschauerperspektive bei ihrer Raumwahrnehmung. Das Arbeitsbuch stellt unverwechselbare Positionen zum Bühnenbild im zeitgenössischen Schauspiel vor. In ausführlichen Interviews und mit umfangreichem Fotomaterial werden anschauliche Einblicke in Arbeitsweisen, künstlerische Entwicklungen und Auffassungen ermöglicht. The theatre magazine Theater der Zeit has been following the developments of stage design for some years now in its "Kunstinserts". There we asked stage designers about their motivation, their working methods, the way they collaborate with directors, how their artistic practice unfolds in a theatre context. With a heuristic approach eschewing any claim to completeness, we promoted discussion, whether it was to mark a new production or because the artists in question were breaking new ground in the development of theatre. More than anything it is these direct statements from the artists which distinguish this workbook from the 1998 "Bild der Bühne", which presented such in uential artists as Robert Wilson, Achim Freyer, Jürgen Rose, Einar Schleef and Anna Viebrock. In "Setting the Stage" we have once again brought together seventeen of the most diverse artistic personalities; collectively they demonstrate how artistic considerations – at once purposeful and inevitable – function in the mode of an increas- ingly radical and con dent self-conception of the theatre as gesamtkunstwerk.
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Kill The Old Torture Their Young

Kill The Old  Torture Their Young

Kill the Old Torture their Young is an urban tragi-comedy from the acclaimed writer of Knives in Hens, one of Scotland's most talented new playwrights A documentary maker returns to the city of his birth.

Author: David Harrower

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472537133

Category: Drama

Page: 88

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Kill the Old Torture their Young is an urban tragi-comedy from the acclaimed writer of Knives in Hens, one of Scotland's most talented new playwrights A documentary maker returns to the city of his birth. His task, to film his impressions. An old man remembers a time when eagles flew over the city. A TV executive reaches breaking point in the city he loves. A struggle actor seeks fame in a city that doesn't seem to want him. A young woman ends her artistic dreams in a city that eludes her. A receptionist tries to break the mould of her life in the city where she's always lived. A rock star sings to himself in a city he's forgotten the name of...Each of them has a story to tell, but who will listen?
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Blackbird

Blackbird

Now, years later, she's found him again. Blackbird premiered at King's Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, in August 2005, and transferred to the Albery Theatre in London's West End in 2006.

Author: David Harrower

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571318841

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

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Fifteen years ago Una and Ray had a relationship. They haven't set eyes on each other since. Now, years later, she's found him again. Blackbird premiered at King's Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, in August 2005, and transferred to the Albery Theatre in London's West End in 2006. The production received the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. In 2007, the play opened simultaneously at the Manhattan Theater Club in New York and and at American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco.
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Gogol s Government Inspector

Gogol s Government Inspector

David Harrower's version of Nikolai Gogol's Government Inspector premiered at the Warwick Arts Centre in May 2011 and transferred to Young Vic, London in June.

Author: David Harrower

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571280506

Category: Drama

Page: 128

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The news that a government inspector is due to arrive in a small Russian town sends its bureaucrats into a panicked frenzy. A simple case of mistaken identity exposes the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the town in this biting moral satire. David Harrower's version of Nikolai Gogol's Government Inspector premiered at the Warwick Arts Centre in May 2011 and transferred to Young Vic, London in June.
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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights

won critical acclaim in any way comparable to Knives in Hens. Arguably Blackbird's success lies in its fusion of the other two elements highlighted by Simard – the popular and the political. The play opened at the Edinburgh Festival in ...

Author: Martin Middeke

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408159675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 544

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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights is an authoritative guide to the work of twenty-five playwrights who have risen to prominence since the 1980s. Written by an international team of scholars, it will be invaluable to anyone interested in, studying or teaching contemporary drama. Among the many playwrights whose work is examined are Sarah Daniels, Terry Johnson, Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane, Anthony Neilson, Mark Ravenhill, Simon Stephens, Debbie Tucker Green, Tanika Gupta and Richard Bean. Each essay features: A biographical sketch and introduction to the playwright A discussion of their most important plays An analysis of their stylistic and thematic traits, the critical reception and their place in the discourses of British theatre A bibliography of texts and critical material
Categories: Literary Criticism

Anglo German Theatrical Exchange

Anglo German Theatrical Exchange

Already in 1995 with Knives in Hens David Harrower had written a wonderful chamber piece about a ploughman, his wife and a miller which was as archaic as it was full of lyrical beauty. Critics couldn't even agree on the century it was ...

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Publisher: Hotei Publishing

ISBN: 9789004292307

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 432

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This volume makes a seminal contribution to an field at the intersection of literary and cultural criticism, comparative literature, and theatre as well as translation studies. From a broad variety of perspectives the exchange between drama and theatre of the Anglophone and the Germanophone worlds and their mutual influence are explored.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Theatre and Scotland

Theatre and Scotland

His debut, Knives in Hens (Traverse, 1995), is a compelling and subtle exploration of how patriarchal power relations are enforced through language. Set in an ill-defined preindustrial past and in no recognisable country, it features, ...

Author: Trish Reid

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137296641

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 120

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In this cutting-edge text, Trish Reid offers a concise overview of the shifting roles of theatre and theatricality in Scottish culture. She asks important questions about the relationship between Scottish theatre, history and identity, and celebrates the recent emergence of a generation of internationally successful Scottish playwrights.
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The Cambridge History of British Theatre

The Cambridge History of British Theatre

David Harrower's Knives in Hens (Traverse, 1995) – the remarkable professional d ́ebut of a poised and controlled writer – was quintessential of the new Scottish drama in its implicit challenging of dramaturgical orthodoxies.

Author: Baz Kershaw

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521651325

Category: Drama

Page: 598

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Explores the rich and complex histories of English, Scottish and Welsh theatres in the 'long' twentieth century since 1895.
Categories: Drama

Matt Ryan Actor Behind the Trench Coat Becoming Constantine

Matt Ryan  Actor Behind the Trench Coat  Becoming Constantine

Most recently Knives In Hens. Only saw it twice (could've seen it more times!) But especially the first time when he climbed that ladder - yeah that ladder; should've got our seats next to it as I said before!

Author: Mila Hasan

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780244677558

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Ciara

Ciara

By confronting the past, her future blows wide open. Ciara by David Harrower premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2013.

Author: David Harrower

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571311088

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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'I'm taking your eyes', he'd say, 'and keeping them safe.' 'I'm taking your ears and keeping them safe.' Ciara's father Mick kept her as his hidden treasure, making sure his only daughter was shielded from what he did and the men and women with whom he associated. Now Mick is dead and his legacy, so bound up in the landscape of Glasgow, that infamous no mean city, must be faced. As Ciara seeks to further the reputation of her art gallery, her world starts to fragment. Marked by the deep contradictions of her father, the art world and the place that made them all, she stands on a threshold. By confronting the past, her future blows wide open. Ciara by David Harrower premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2013.
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The Good Soul of Szechuan

The Good Soul of Szechuan

A programme text edition of Brecht's famous parable, this new translation by David Harrower was published to accompany the production at the Young Vic, London, in May 2008 and is based on a previously unpublished version of Brecht's play.

Author: Bertolt Brecht

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

ISBN: 1408109654

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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A program text edition of Brecht's famous parable, this new translation by David Harrower was published to accompany the production at the Young Vic, London, in May 2008 and is based on a previously unpublished version of Brecht's play. Three Gods are on a journey to find out if there are any good people left on earth. Only Shen Te, a good-hearted prostitute, offers them shelter. With the money they give her she opens a tobacco shop. At once everyone needs her help. Her livelihood is in danger. Worse, she is falling in love with Sun, a pilot, who is robbing her blind. Her hard hearted cousin Shui Ta arrives to protect her. Who is he and how can good people stay good in a world of poverty and cruelty?
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Violence and Son

Violence and Son

Other theatre includes: Tonypandemonium, A Good Night Out in the Valleys (National Theatre Wales); Cloakroom (Sherman Cymru); Knives in Hens (Theatre Royal, Bath); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Suddenly Last Summer, The Rabbit, King Lear, ...

Author: Gary Owen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781783198948

Category: Drama

Page: 136

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'People know, you're my boy. And they know better than to lay a fucking finger on you. See? You are safer here with me, than you have ever been.' Liam's 17 years old, loves Dr Who and has lost his mum. He has had to move from London to Wales, to the valleys, to the middle of nowhere, to live with a dad he doesn't know. Whose nickname isn't Violence for nothing.
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Scotland and Europe Scotland in Europe

Scotland and Europe  Scotland in Europe

Two personal studies of that play can be found in Etudes écossaises, issue nb.7, The Strange, the Mysterious, the Supernatural, Grenoble, Ellug, 2001 : « Irrationnel et étrange, outils de l'initiation dans Knives in Hens de D. Harrower ...

Author: Gilles Leydier

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443807043

Category: Political Science

Page: 325

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The aim of the book is to explore the long-standing and multi-faceted relationship between Scotland and the societies and cultures of the European continent, in various epochs and from a large diversity of view points and problematics. The book collects most of the contributions from the IVth annual conference of the Société Française d’Etudes Ecossaises, held in Toulon in October 2005. This international conference gathered fifty European academics, working in a wide range of research fields, from social history to art history, from language to literature, from politics to civilisation and cultural studies. The interdisciplinary ambition and cross-cultural perspective of the conference are reflected in the volume. The book is divided into four main sections: links with Europe, visions of Europe, voices in Europe, and current political issues within the European Union. It illustrates the richness and complexity of the dialogue between Scotland and the continent over the centuries, and underlines the open, fluid and dynamic character of the Scottish identity.
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What Girls Are Made Of

What Girls Are Made Of

The Last Witch; Damascus; Shimmer; Dark Earth; Outlying Islands; Heritage; Knives in Hens; Passing Places; and Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer (as co-director). Other recent work credits include: The 306: Day, The James Plays, ...

Author: Cora Bissett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781786825506

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 80

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It's 1992. In a small town in Fife, a girl is busting to get out into the world and see what's on offer. And an ad in the local paper declares: Band Seeks Singer. Grunge has just gone global, scruffy indie kids are inheriting the earth, and a schoolgirl from Glenrothes is catapulted to a rock star lifestyle as the singer in a hot new indie band. Touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur, she was living the dream. Until she wasn't. What Girls Are Made Of is the true story of Bissett's teenage years, based on her meticulously detailed, pull-no-punches diaries, which she found after the death of her father. It's a rollercoaster journey from the girl she was to the woman she wanted to be: rocketed into teenage stardom, suddenly dropped by their manager, and then the following of years of becoming an actor, writer and director. Described by Miro Magazine as "a glorious mixture of harrowing and life-affirming messages", the script also includes a play list of female-led soundtracks, that were played in the production.
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The Theatre Guide

The Theatre Guide

HARROWER, David Scottish dramatist [1966— ] PLAYS INCLUDE: Knives and Hens (1995), The Chrysalids (1996, from John Wyndham), Kill the Old, Torture Their Young (1998), Begin Again (1999), Presence (2001) Harrower established himself with ...

Author: Trevor R. Griffiths

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408103135

Category: Reference

Page: 448

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With over 500 entries on the most important plays and playwrights performed today, The Theatre Guide provides an authoritative A - Z of the contemporary theatre scene. From Aristophanes to Mark Ravenhill, The Alchemist to The Talking Cure, the Guide is both biographically detailed and critically current, while an extensive cross-referencing system allows for wider perspectives and new discoveries. Stimulating, observant and informative, The Theatre Guide is an essential companion and reference tool for anyone with an active interest in drama.
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Government Inspector

Government Inspector

The news that a government inspector is due to arrive in a small Russian town sends its bureaucrats into a panicked frenzy.

Author: David Harrower

Publisher:

ISBN: 0571280498

Category: Russia

Page: 114

View: 340

The news that a government inspector is due to arrive in a small Russian town sends its bureaucrats into a panicked frenzy. A simple case of mistaken identity exposes the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the town in this biting moral satire. David Harrower's version of Nikolai Gogol's Government Inspector premiered at the Warwick Arts Centre in May 2011 and transferred to Young Vic, London in June.
Categories: Russia

A Slow Air

A Slow Air

Between them, they have differing memories of their upbringing and their parents and definite opinions about each other. But these are left unsaid because Morna and Athol haven't spoken a word to each other in fourteen years . . .

Author: David Harrower

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571282128

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 64

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Morna works as a cleaner in Edinburgh. She spends her time drinking, attempting affairs and trying to work out the mind of the twenty-year-old son with whom she shares her flat. Her elder brother, Athol, lives near Glasgow airport with his wife. The owner of a floor-tiling company, with two grown-up children, he's proud of his hard-won achievements since moving west. Between them, they have differing memories of their upbringing and their parents and definite opinions about each other. But these are left unsaid because Morna and Athol haven't spoken a word to each other in fourteen years . . . When Morna's son Joshua travels to see his uncle, he sets off a remarkable and life-changing series of events. A Slow Air by David Harrower premiered at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, in April 2011, and transferred to the Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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