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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840029846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840029840
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a tour de force. It's terribly funny or rather, funny and terrible. It packs the nastiest punch. --The Observer

While Wade's play reminds us that many of the upper-class continue to enjoy the sound of broken glass, its success lies in harpooning the way power operates through a succession of nods and winks in our supposedly open, egalitarian society. 4 stars --The Guardian

The West End version of Laura Wade's Royal Court hit from two years ago is a significant improvement on the original thanks to a necessarily updated script and a rather sharper focus… Posh is a riot. --British Theatre Guide

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Laura Wade is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. Her first play for the Royal Court, "Breathing Corpses" played in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in 2005 and won her the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, the Pearson Playwrights Best Play Award, the George Devine Award and an Olivier Award Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. She also worked on a collaborative project, "Catch," for the Royal Court in 2006, with a group of female contemporaries. Her other plays include "Other Hands, " and "Colder Than Here" at Soho Theatre.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Morgan on 14 April 2015
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I saw the play, I am trying to forget the awful film in which the subject wasn't so much dissected as cuddled to death (it has Freddie Fox in it, always a bad sign). The story is slight: a Bullingdon-style - i.e. rich young undergraduates with a taste or debauchery - Oxford University dining society meets in order to indulge in literally conspicuous consumption involving roast birds within birds. They hire in a prostitute, they proposition the lovely daughter of the landlord whose pub room they hire (they patronize him rotten; they know too young that almost everything is allowed for those with money), they horse about; predictable consequences ensue. The chief interest is in the characters, a gay young poet (brilliantly played by David Dawson at the Royal Court debut), a fresher nervous of 'getting it wrong', a Greek often treated to a worrying condescension, a hapless organizer, a dashing but shallow 'looker', a scapegoat ....and the framing presence of an M.P. and former Riot Club member who deals with the awful consequences, in the way these things are dealt with. The dialogue is funny, as Wade has a good ear for the way these boys call each other 'mate' connoting no true friendship; these are the sort of people who don't have friends, only interests. She must know such people well, or have heard them speak at least.
Satirical in intent, we are complicit to the extent that we enjoy the excess until....well until we realise just how spoilt, how ghastly these young men are. The denouement demonstrates that they are quite ruthless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ekaterina on 4 Mar. 2013
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10 people on stage through the whole thing talking, and it never gets boring! Amazing dialogue. Very visual. Caustic. Worth reading.
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By N. Rajasansi on 4 Aug. 2014
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A great, decadent play about the most privileged. They live the lifestyle we all crave. A fun an entertaining play about the privileged. We all want to be them! A great read...soon to a film! Can't wait!
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Brilliant theatrical performance and even more flawless film (The Riot Club); emphasising the disturbing and hidden elitist young power players of the nation...
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By Sue on 31 Dec. 2014
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Brilliant play that ends with a huge gasp!
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Arrived quickly, daughter very pleased
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