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Attempts on Her Life [Paperback]

Martin Crimp
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15 Mar 2007

Attempts on her Life17 scenarios for the theatre

by Martin Crimp

Attempts to describe her?

Attempts to destroy her?

Or attempts to destroy herself?

Is Anne the object of violence?

Or its terrifying practitioner?

Martin Crimpâ?Ts 17 scenarios for the theatre, shocking and hilarious by turn, are a rollercoaster of late 20th-century obsessions. From pornography and ethnic violence, to terrorism and unprotected sex, its strange array of nameless characters attempt to invent the perfect story to encapsulate our time.

Since its premiere 10 years ago, Attempts on her Life has been translated into more than 20 languages. This is its first major UK revival.Attempts on her Life17 scenarios for the theatre

by Martin Crimp

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (15 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571236693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571236695
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Martin Crimp was born in 1956. His plays include Three Attempted Acts (1985), Dealing with Clair (1988), Play with Repeats (1989), No One Sees the Video (1991), Getting Attention (1992), The Treatment (1993, winner of the John Whiting Award), Attempts on her Life (1997) and The Country (2000). He has translated or adapted work by Ionesco (The Chairs, 1997), Genet (The Maids, 1999) and Moliere (The Misanthrope, 1996).His work in the UK has been produced by the Orange Tree Theatre, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, the RSC, the Young Vic and the Royal Court, where he was writer-in-residence in 1997. In New York his work has been seen at the Public Theater and the Classic Stage Company, as well as on Broadway.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of Nineties Theatre 15 Mar 2001
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This is a remarkable play that very much plays with ideas of character, a category once considered fundamental to the theatre. The scenarios are amazing in their subtle understanding of contemporary consumer culture and the remains of the human being found therein.
The play starts as it means to go on: the first scene is called 'All Messages Deleted'. And they certainly are. The idea of communicating about A.N. Other is well and truly exploded. It is very difficult to say anything meaningful abot the central figure, 'Anne'. The reader is left with a host of impressions, none of which particularly tally with the others.
But the play isn't simply a remarkable work with respect to its content. It also challenges theatres by refusing to attribute character names to text, thus opening up the realization process and allowing actors to negotiate the text on their terms, not bowing to the authority of an author.
So, a wonderful play that truly engages the imagination in a way that so much contemporary UK theatre can only dream of.
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As an A Level student using Martin Crimps work as my practical piece, I feel I am a good source of judgment within this play inparticular. This sixteen scened dramatisation of a girl named Anne has been described by top critics as ultra-modern. Indeed it is with each scene, cut off from the rest, standing on there own. In the bigger picture Crimp cleverly threads the outcomes of each scene to create an image of this girl. But who is she and what are the attempts on her life? Are they simply attempting to kill her? No. I see this play more of an attempt to understand and explain an unknown girl. Maybe someone we all know, someone who walks in and out of lives each day. There are explanations to simply tell the audience of Anne, her life story and her personality yet through clever and interesting dialogue its something more. More of an insight into an extreme version of ourselves, if everything in your life was taken to its maximum.
Crimp's characterless piece lends well to the creative mind. However time is needed to work out exactly what the piece is explaining. Some seem to have little to do with an explanation of a girl yet somehow fit into this modern setting. Using over-lapping dialogue, not-otherwise stressed vocabulary and a sense of 'what is this all about?', Martin Crimp's use of unformatted scenes, little written direction and sometimes graphic imagery, the girl Anne (a.k.a Anna, Annie and Anushka) will leave the audience, actor and reader with a pondering thought - 'Oh?' Not very concluding Crimp's play starts its last scene with a summary of what the characters think of her. However as people do, conversations get lost, words get misunderstood and the final scene ends with a discussion about previously frozen fresh salmon.
Overall, a very entertaining, thought provoking and interesting piece, well worth reading as a modern altnerative to theatre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot Different 15 May 2014
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I love this play because it gives a lot of scope of how a director can put it on stage and which actors can deliver which lines. it could be performed differently each time you see it. I think the opening with the answer machine messages gets the audience and reader thinking which continues through out the play
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy 17 Oct 2013
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This script arrived wiyhin two days and was in a very good condition. A good price and was as said in the discription given on line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING play 24 Jan 2013
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Brilliant play, the book was in good condition and became really useful for my university course. Must read this play!
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