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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (9 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854599267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854599261
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"one of the most dazzling Royal Court debuts in years" Time Out "It's funny, it's sad, it's haunting and it is also strangely beautiful. Best of all, it is quite unlike anything you have seen before" Daily Telegraph"

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Jez Butterworth's previous plays, Mojo (1995) and The Night Heron (2002), were both premiered at the Royal Court. His films (as writer and director) include Mojo and Birthday Girl (2002, starring Nicole Kidman).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RWarwick on 2 Sep 2013
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With an audition coming up for a role in this play, my priority was making a purchase and having a read through. Going in to the play with no foreknowledge or preconceptions, I had no idea what to expect and was pleasantly surprised.

The scene is set as the main character West waits in an abandoned farm house in the country for his old friend and former partner in crime Wally. The farmhouse is surrounded by miles of Dartmoor countryside and the rain and snow and darkness provide an ominous feel which hangs over the whole play.Through later character descriptions the reader discovers that they truly are out in the wilderness surrounded by darkness. A very lonely and isolated place. The First act was very fast paced with a lot of short dialogue, and catching up on the characters' past, focusing more on back story through conversation and flash backs. Wally arrives with his step son Patsy to discover West in an icy cold mood mood neither of them can read. As West and Wally reminisce over old times. Patsy provides a welcome light comic relief to the tension already building inside the farm house. And the reader begins to wonder whether there's more to this setting than meets the eye.

The second half of the play is slightly slower paced, but this is where it really becomes interesting as the characters begin to show their cards a little more. Through probing dialogue the tension increases to a point where you feel that a breaking point is imminent, and I started to get a real sense of a George and Lennie scenario from 'of Mice and Men' occurring between West and Wally. And the two former partners in crime and old friends begin to discuss the real reason for their meeting.
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Jez Butterworth's new play. i was intrigued reading this more than anything, perfect for me, and i was very happy thanks.
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