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Find Me [Paperback]

Olwen Wymark
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Jan 1980
At the age of twenty, Verity was charged by the police with damaging a chair by fire in the mental hospital were she was a patient. Later, she was committed to Broadmoor "from where she may not be discharged without permission of the Home Secretary." Using a technique of multiple characterization, Find Me seeks to investigate in depth the personality of the young girl - to 'find her' - and at the same time studies the effects of her behavior on those around her.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French Ltd (1 Jan 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0573111367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573111365
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, captivating but yet true to life. 5 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Olwen Walmark has an amazing gift allowing him to provide an enchanting play, but showing the truth about how hard it is to live with a person with autism. I am going to perform this play in a few days and I am mother one and Nicky the younger brother. My brother has autism and this play has really helped me try to understand his feelings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive,touching and, at times, funny 28 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I went to see the 'Odd theatre' company's adaption of 'find Me' with an open mind. Having not previously read the play, I did not know what to expect. As a theatre studies A'level student, I have seen plenty of terrible 20th Century plays and somewhat expected this to be similar. However, from the moment the play started, I was hooked. Olwyn Whymarks fast-paced, sympathetic portrayal of a family trying to deal with an autistic child in an era where mental illness was still rare was touching, sensitive and, at times, extremely funny. Whymark's unique style of writing was engaging from start to finish, so much so that I returned to see the play the following week, bought the script, and am now studying part of the play for my A'level Individual skills! A definate must see/read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I first saw this play as an A-Level performance in my school, going to see the performance as a way of deciding if i should do drama or not. This play persuaded me completly. If I'd had any doubt...then this swashed it. Completly. The way of this entire play was amazing, it was written sensitivly, but Olwen Wymark is determined not to molly-coddle the audience or performers. You're either there to observe this true story or you're there to re-enact it and teach others. Each way is hard, and trying on each individual. There were times I cried when trying to perform this, realising just how misunderstood she was, or still is, and were unable to be Verity I. If you're after a nice about happiness and friendships, you're in the wrong place. it's strong-willed and determined to show up the social services and mental health systems of its time. Six years for setting light to a chair? Now days you wouldn't even get an ASBO.

I reccomend you read it, feel it, love it, laugh, cry, frown, get angry...whatever it is you do. Admire it. And admire the author. And feel for Verity.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching, insightful and unique 6 Oct 2003
By Ally
Format:Paperback
Having performed part of this play for my A level performance a few years back I feel inclined to advise anyone with interests in theatre or anyone who is related to or knows anyone with a disorder like Verity's to read this play. It is not a case study (as shown through five differant Verity's) and can be related to a number of differant experiences. It is bold yet sensitive Olwyn Wymark didn't feel the need to sugarcoat any of the events (as this was based on a true story) and the result is provocative and touching. You haven't lived till you've read this play.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating play 12 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am only a 15 yr old school student studying this play and having to act it out for my Gcse, but I feel this play has A LOT to offer. Never before have I felt more interested in a performance. The fact that it is a true story just sticks in your head all the time when the main character 'Verity' has her various outbursts. At times it is very moving and emotional as you imagine how her family must have felt. I have had to study her character a lot as I am playing her in some evry important scenes, e.g. A firwork scene with her family where you can see her explosive behaviour. I would not have come and written a review about it if I really did not think this play was excellent. Keeps you hooked right until the end. Even then, you feel satisfied and have to read it again.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging 6 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a difficult play for both cast and audience.
Difficult for the audience because the actors frequently swap characters. Invariably the role adopted is indicated by a scarf or a coat.
The author states in the preface that this is essential to the play - I assume this is so that the audience observe what is going on and do not get too involved with the individuals.
It is a demanding play for the cast as they are required to undertake a variety of roles and ages.
The play itself is quite damning of the role of social services in the 1960's and 70's and how society finds it difficult to cope with "difficult" children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent play! 15 Feb 2014
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This is a brilliant play for GCSE students. The subject matter is both engaging and thought provoking, and the theatre techniques used lend themselves to teaching dramatic form effectively.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars How much????
My daughter needed this for school - little more than a leaflet and lasts as long. Tiny text and very flimsy. How is the price justified????
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by dp
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I am an A-level student currently studying this amazing piece of dramatic but naturalistic peice of drama. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2011 by Bex.Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story of the worst kind ... brutal.
This play is by far among the best I have ever had the honour to perform in. Having done a lot of work with learning disabilities covering the spectrum I found this play impossible... Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2007 by A. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT PLAY!
i have just performed this piece for my A level, and i played the part of verity. I will never ever forget performing this play, and working with it from page to stage. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2007 by Amy Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect normality
This play is soo cool, I am playing Verity 2 for my AS and its a challenge to play someone mentally ill but the scenes are really interesting and exciting. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2002 by lizzymelba@hotmail.com
4.0 out of 5 stars One Line summary? How about a ONE WORD Summary: Intense
Verity Taylor is a problem child. Her parents don't seem to be coping too terrifically, and no-one she gets referred to seems to do any better. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Encaptivating
As the other two reviews writen about this play I found the play encaptivating. I performed Find Me for my AS level performance and found it both challenging and moving and has... Read more
Published on 23 April 2001
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