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London Road (NHB Libretti) [Paperback]

Alecky Blythe , Adam Cork

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Book Description

6 April 2011
Show of the Year. Time Out Theatre Awards 2011.

A groundbreaking new musical unlike anything you've ever seen. Premiered to huge acclaim at the National Theatre in 2011.

Playwright Alecky Blythe collaborates with composer Adam Cork to tell the true-life stories of a small community thrust into the spotlight by a series of murders in their midst. In the autumn of 2006 the everyday life of the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with the soliciting and kerb-crawling that they frequently encountered. As Steve Wright, the occupant of No. 79, was arrested, charged and then convicted of the murders, the immediate community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.

Adam Cork uses the melodic and rhythmic speech patterns captured on playwright Alecky Blythe's extensive recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create an experimental and challenging work which reveals the ways in which even the darkest experiences can engender a greater sense of our mutual dependence.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books; Reprint edition (6 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848421761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848421769
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 STARS. Captivating... A startling, magically original success. Evening Standard

5 STARS. One of the most exciting experimental pieces the National has ever presented. Independent

5 STARS. Extraordinary... An astonishingly daring and original piece of theatre. Financial Times

5 STARS. Excitingly innovative... Don't miss. --Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Alecky Blythe won a Time Out Award for her first play, Come Out Eli. In 2009 her play The Girlfriend Experience transferred from the Royal Court to the Young Vic; Do We Look Like Refugees?, won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010, in a co-production by the NT Studio/Rustaveli Theatre, Georgia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars powerful work 9 Mar 2013
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This is a completely unique theatrical endeavor--a verbatim musical, especially on such a dark topic? I also recommend ordering the original cast recording from the UK's National Theatre bookshop; I think it's really crucial to getting a more three-dimensional sense of the impact of the piece in performance. The National Theatre has been visionary in cultivating formally innovative drama that still maintains connections with popular audiences. If you're looking to keep up with new currents in contemporary British drama, this is a title you should definitely have on your bookshelf. I'm glad Amazon is making the title available in the US.
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