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Plays: "Shopping and Fucking";"Faust", "Handbag", "Some Explicit Polaroids" v. 1 (Methuen Contemporary Dramatists) Paperback – 1 Dec 2001


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama (1 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041376060X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413760609
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'There are few stage authors writing more interestingly than Mark Ravenhill... He is - it is now yet more evident - a searing, intelligent, disturbing sociologist with a talent for satirical dialogue and a flair for sexual sensationalism.' Financial Times; Shopping and Fucking: 'is a darkly humorous play for today's twenty-somethings... a real coup de theatre' Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard; Faust: '...an intelligent and witty reappropriation of the legend... alive, pertinent and disturbing' Michael Coveney, Observer; Handbag: '...combines urban grit with sly wit, and reveals Mark Ravenhill as a writer of real daring' Daily Telegraph; Some Explicit Polaroids: 'laudably ambitious, pulsates with energy... very funny' Financial Times

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Mark Ravenhill trained at Bristol University. His first full-length play, Shopping and Fucking, open ed at the Royal Court Theatre, Upstairs, in September 1996. It transferred to the West End in June 1 997 and opened in New York in January 1998. It has subsequently been produced all over the world. Hi s other plays include Faust, Handbag and Some Explicit Polaroids.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola A. Coulter on 13 Jan. 2009
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If you like shocking and witty Theatre, this is a fantastic collection of some 'In Yer Face' Plays. I am currently studying Performing Arts and I found this collection a challenging and enjoyable read. 'In-Yer-Face Theatre' by Alex Sierz is also a good read for students as it analyses and makes reference to a few of the plays in the Book.
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I don't rate Mark Ravenhill. I think he's a bit messed up in the head, and I only had to study him for two years. But the book itself turned up in amazing condition, and the plays aren't too bad as stories. If you like that kind of thing
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug. 2001
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It is fantastic to have all of these plays in one book. Each one is a gem, a dark gem at that. It catalogues Ravenhill's controversial debut with Shopping and F***ing - a tale of drugs, consumerism, scepticism and love in a disposable world. Very refreshing and witty. Handbag examines the role of parenting in this age of diverse sexualities, with everything from biological engineering to sperm banks - nothing is left untouched. Again, darkly humourous with searing wit. Faust puts the famous philosopher in the modern day - he arrives in Los Angeles as a major celebrity and appears on a number of chat shows, a very intelligent juxtopposition of time, just see what happens when Faust is introduced to virtual reality - what a philosophical can of worms. Over all, this is a fantastic collection of very witty, dark, humourous and intellectual plays. Each page should have the word 'genius' stamped on it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BRADLEY Helen on 20 April 2013
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The book arrived by return of post and is in perfect condition. thank you so much for such prompt service - it is for my son's University studies and we were hoping that it would arrive before he had to return after the Easter break. We needn;t have worried! Impeccable service and book in perfect condition
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Lingering and disturbing 13 Aug. 2004
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Mark Ravenhill, in the '90s, was one of the playwrights responsible for re-invigorating English, if not British, drama in what became known as in-yer-face theatre. These are not your average "let's talk about our relationship" plays, but try to enter the heart of what it is to live in the post-cold war world of economics and super-mediation. Some of the plays upon first reading may disappoint with a kind of elusiveness combined with superficial shock - but try again. On the stage as well as on the page these plays chisel away at our certainties and begin to help us understand the nature of humanity in recent times.
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