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  • Paperback: 107 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd; New edition edition (11 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840022515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840022513
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dangerous Corner was J B Priestley's first solo play, opening at the Lyric Theatre, London on 17 May, 1932. It is set in a drawing room. Dinner is over and four women in evening dress are listening to the end of a radio play, in which a gun is fired, a woman screams and there is the sound of a woman sobbing. A voice announces that they have just been listening to The Sleeping Dog by Humphrey Stoat. The women begin to discuss the play and then move on to the suicide of the brother-in-law of one of the women. Their men folk then join them. It is a cosy, seemingly relaxed group. The conversation continues. Then one of the women notices a cigarette box in the room and makes a fatal remark, fatal because it triggers a whole sequence of shocking revelations about the characters and their relationships with each other and with the dead man. They are shown to have turned a dangerous corner which has led to the truth - the sleeping dog - coming out. The action progresses to a climax in which, as in the radio play, a gun is fired, a woman screams and the sound of sobbing is heard. We then return to the beginning of the play itself complete with the end of the radio play. The conversational changes are substantially as before. The same character as before notices the cigarette box. But this time the fatal remark is not made, the sleeping dog has been left undisturbed. Dance music is heard on the radio. Gaiety reigns among the small group of people with all their secrets unrevealed. This first of Priestley's so-called Time plays (others being Time and the Conways and I Have Been Here Before)may be no more than a clever box of theatrical tricks - Priestley himself thought so - but as an ensemble piece it still packs a powerful dramatic punch, with some depth in the characterisation.Read more ›
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I bought this for a friend who was thinking of directing our Am. Dram. group in this play. However, he did not find it as useful as a French's Acting Edition as French's include stage directions, sound and lighting plot etc. This edition would be fine for someone new to the play who wanted to read it to see if they liked it, but not very good for directors or production teams.
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Scripts ordered for Local Oxon amateur production.
Arrived promptly in good condition. However does not have photo of the set which would be useful
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All round excellent play..
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This book was purchased by me for my son who is starting his 1st year of 3years at GSA in surrey and required this for his course.
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