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Elton Plays: 1: Popcorn, Silly Cow, and Gasping: "Gasping", "Silly Cow", "Popcorn" Vol 1 (Contemporary Dramatists) Paperback – 1 Oct 1998


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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama (1 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413736709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413736703
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ben Elton is one of Britain's most provocative and entertaining writers. From celebrity to climate change, from the First World War to the end of the world, his books give his unique perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time.

He has written twelve major bestsellers, including Stark, Popcorn, Inconceivable (filmed as Maybe Baby, which he also directed), Dead Famous, High Society (WH Smith People's Choice Award 2003) and The First Casualty.

He has also written some of television's most popular and incisive comedy, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Man From Auntie. His stage work includes three West End plays and the hit musicals The Beautiful Game and We Will Rock You.

He is married with three children.

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Popcorn: 'An enjoyable, intelligent, though-provoking play.' -- Independent. 'It thrills on stage precisely because it adopts the sick humour, sickening violence and downright sexiness of the Stone-Tarantino school of film-making that Elton is satirising.' -- Evening Standard

About the Author

Ben Elton studied Drama at the University of Manchester and has written three West End plays: Grasping (Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1990), Silly Cow (Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1991), Popcorn (UK and Australian tour), and Blast From the Past (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 1998). Popcorn won the TMA Barclays Theatre Award for best new play and the Olivier Award for best comedy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "stephen_sambrook" on 7 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
Anyone who's read the novel 'Popcorn' will know how brilliant the plot, dialogue and characters are. To see the book brought to life on stage is a great experience, if only to see how the expansive story in the novel was adapted into play material.
Of course, if you can't get to see the show, this book is worth getting. The 'Popcorn' script, whilst no where near the brilliance of the novel, is a riveting read, whether you're a fan of the book or not. Both hilariously funny and compellingly dramatic, the brilliant, satirical story is more intelligent than you'd expect from the writer of 'The Young Ones'. The other two plays are good, strong scripts based around interesting ideas with witty dialogue, but it's Popcorn that's worth purchasing this book for.
Highly recommended.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 2000
Format: Paperback
WOW! If only all plays were this good. I haven't felt so moved since 'The Crucible'-Arthur Miller. Ben Elton is a modern day genius (no I am not him or his mother!) Throw those dusty old Shakespears away and READ THIS!
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 1998
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where to begin?
there was a time when the grass was green and the sky was blue. there was also a time when ben elton made me laugh out loud in uncontrollable fits and spurts. the time has gone, but can be retreived................................................
nice otherwise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pass the Popcorn 23 Oct. 2001
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Ben Elton is perhaps more famous for his work on the BlackAdder series and his spot on saturday Night Live. Yet these plays are surely far the superior. Combining Gasping, Silly Cow, and Popcorn (my favourite) into one book, these plays have the typical Elton satyrical streak along with some more adult humour that most definately would not make it to TV. Forget Baldrik, give me Scout and her boyfriend, the psycopathic serial killers and media darlings. Could you turn of your TV to save a woman's life. Would youi miss the television event of a life time out of human kindness ? Confused ? Better give them a read then.
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