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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571244211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571244218
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Polly Stenham's plays include That Face (Royal Court and the Duke of York's), for which she was awarded the 2008 Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright 2007 and TMA Best New Play 2007. Also at the Royal Court: Tusk Tusk and No Quarter. Hotel premiered at the National Theatre, London, in 2014.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE on 27 April 2009
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The reviews I'd seen of this play were so-so: good playwright-ok play sort of thing and detailing the general thematic background re-abuse, drugs and drink. So I was sure I was not going to reckon much to it. This was more especially true because I was going to read the text and not see a performance.

I shouldn't be so prejudiced; it is a really good play. Now I do want to see a performance of it and wish I had seen its original London run.

It's a play about damaged people and, as such, very much a contemporary piece, but unlike so many other contemporary pieces it has something to reveal about its characters. There are two important points in that last sentence.

Firstly the play has something to show. We are so often told by critics, directors and actors that a play has something to say. This one does what a play should, it shows us something. It shows us Mia, her behaviour and the possible reason for it. It shows us Martha, her alcohol related behaviour, its consequences and a possible reason for it. It shows us Henry, the fragmentation of his personality and the possible explanation for it. It shows us Hugh, how he appears to be in denial and we speculate on why this may be.

For want of a better phrase this is a well-made play. All the above thoughts are set to cross the audience's mind as it watches, caught up in the action. Here is a playwright who is using a familiar format - the entertaining play. Subject matter apart, that is exactly what this is. In this play Polly Stenham is following a trend set up in the fifties and sixties; it's a Naughties take on "kitchen sink", and not bad for that.

As a script it conjures character and stage action straight from the page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marnie Doble on 26 Feb. 2012
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I bought this script for use in a rehearsed reading. In fact I bought two copies within the space of two months, as the binding is so poor they both fell apart in rehearsal! The play is blindingly good - extremely satisfying to work on the character development (I was playing Martha) and pretty hard-hitting from an audience perspective too. This play provides an opportunity to really get under the skin of the characters, and provides ample scope for in-depth discussion. My only complaint is that the binding is of very poor quality, rendering the scripts useless in a very short space of time. We had three copies fall apart and would really expect better from Faber.
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I bought this for my drama ALevel and after my first read of the script it was in pieces... Its now being held together with sellotape! Although the script is incredible touching, hard hitting and in one or two places amusing the binding lets it down. Brilliant play to study though.
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It's very dramatic but I don't find the characters credible, they seem truly depraved with hardly any redeeming features.. The end hints at some kind of redemption but I don't find it convincing.
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By Liz Young on 11 Oct. 2014
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Interesting if derivative.
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