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A Christmas Carol

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year! Well, it is for everyone except the miserable Scrooge. He prefers to spend Christmas all alone in his large house, instead of celebrating with mistletoe and merriment. Bah, humbug! But one cold, dark Christmas Eve Scrooge is surprised by the ghost of Marley, his former business partner. Marley warns Scrooge that he will be called upon by three spirits - each will take him on a mysterious and magical journey to show him the error of his ways . . . Can Scrooge discover the true wonder and meaning of Christmas before it's too late? Adapted from Charles Dickens, by popular and acclaimed playwright Neil Duffield.

A minimum cast of 6 actors plus several children, the text contains traditional carols. Previous productions across the UK include Octagon Theatre, Bolton (2007); Dundee Rep (2009); Royal & Derngate, Northampton (2012); Edinburgh Lyceum (2013) and Derby Theatre (2014), plus numerous amateur and youth theatre productions.

Cinderella

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Type: Text

Cinderella is a play about a journey from darkness to light, from sickness to health. Everyone in the play is under the influence of some kind of loss, and the play explores these feelings and the sometimes painful route one must take to accomodate them and move on in life. 'This adaptation of the world’s best-loved fairytale is not to be missed. A Christmas treat for all the family, whether one is five or 95.’ Morning Star

Close To Home

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Type: Text

Jay's little sister is pregnant and he's livid – who's he going to punish?

collector of tears

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Type: Text

Unable to age until she has cried, Sunderland-born Tanya Sealt instead collects tears across 400 years of radical history, names her bisexuality and at long-last cries – tears of joy the day Margaret Thatcher resigns. 

Cordon

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Type: Text

A group of Special Police in Belgrade incite a riot at a peaceful protest, maliciously beating a student. A harsh indictment of the brutality and corruption of the Milosevic regime. Banned throughout Yugoslavia.

Crocodile Seeking Refuge

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

This play tells the stories of five individuals seeking asylum in the UK: Zakariya from Darfur; Destin from the Republic of Congo; Jalal from Iraq; Parvaneh from Iran and Marie-Elena from Colombia. Each has been forced to flee their homeland in the face of death, each is haunted in a different way by the past. Finding themselves in situations that veer between the comic and the tragic, they try to make sense of the British way of life. “Scars are like medals. They show we have taken part in the life.” Inspired by the real-life testimony of people who have sought refuge in the UK, Crocodile Seeking Refuge is an incisive look at the asylum stories behind the headlines.

In 1997 Sonja Linden set up the Write to Life Project at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, a creative and testimonial writing programme to enable survivors of torture and persecution to process their ‘heart of darkness’ experiences through the medium of writing. Real-life testimony therefore was the catalyst for Crocodile Seeking Refuge. Working with five individuals as part of the Write to Life project, the play was developed for three years. Pierre Junior N’Khiembet, a torture victim from the Republic of Congo, whose treatment in this country was a major, traumatising factor. Nasrin Parvaz from Iran, Doctor Qasim Albrisem from Iraq, Aziz Idris and later Sharif Barko from Sudan and Maritza Jubelly from Colombia. Many of the encounters in the final version of the play have been invented, but the back stories of what happened to each of the five characters and how they have been treated by the British asylum system are entirely accurate.

The Curious Lives of Shakespeare & Cervantes

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Type: Text

2016 marked the 400th anniversary of the deaths of two of the world's most famous authors, William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. This comic romp through the lives of literary masters William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes charts their influence on the modern world. It contrasts the fortunes of two contemporaries whose native countries' – England and Spain – went from alliance to enmity in a short space of time. Productions of The Curious Lives of Shakespeare & Cervantes include Adam House Theatre (Edinburgh, 2010), Bloomsbury Theatre (London, 2010), the Thai premiere (Bangkok Theatre Festival, 2014); and a staged reading at Tara Theatre (London, 2016).

Darker the Berry

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Type: Text

Set in a rich and vibrant Jamaican community, Norma and her half-sister fight, struggle to break free of their mother and escape the poverty of island life. A comic Caribbean Cinderella that explores class and racial divisions within the black community.

Dark Race

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Vietnam’s Nguyen Đăng Chương's satirical play which looks at personal integrity in business and political leaders.

Aurora Metro Books is an independent publisher of fiction, non-fiction, YA fiction and drama which was established by Cheryl Robson over 25 years ago. Based in Richmond-upon-Thames, near London, the company initiated the Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2009, in honour of Virginia Woolf, who lived for ten years in the same area that the office is based. With a growing list of high quality adult fiction, featuring both new and established novelists, the company has published select international authors and work in translation from around 20 languages.

With over 120 drama plays in print, including works from Robin Soans, Manjula Padmanabhan and Germaine Greer, as well as a formidable list of non-fiction books on theatre, Aurora Metro Books has built a wide-ranging and highly contemporary list of new drama, with collections of women’s drama, international drama and drama by black and Asian writers, proving to be popular with colleges and universities. Aurora Metro Books’ list of plays for Young People is the finest in the UK.