- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: Nick Hern Books (3 Nov. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848422075
- ISBN-13: 978-1848422070
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,131,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Written on the Heart (Nick Hern Books) Paperback – 3 Nov 2011
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David Edgar's new play (about The King James Bible), Written on the Heart, is the most bracing and radical attempt so far to construe this masterpiece not just as an object of aesthetic veneration or historical significance but as a document that reflects the prejudices and preoccupations of its period. Premiered in Gregory Doran's powerfully involving and pungently acted production, the piece brings the Reformation and its ideological conflicts stingingly alive. --Independent
A learned, information-packed and engrossing play that sees the Authorised Version in its historical context. Like Howard Brenton in Anne Boleyn, Edgar also finds a hero in the outlawed William Tyndale, whose mission was to translate the scriptures into a readily understandable vernacular... in writing about religion, Edgar has acquired a new eloquence. --Guardian
Reckless faith, literary taste and political expediency collide and swirl in a tough, nourishing play... the Royal Shakespeare Company at its best: fine actors, swimming in great words and ideas. --The Times
About the Author
David Edgar has written extensively for the RSC, with other works including Destiny, Pentecost, The Prisoner's Dilemma and his hugely successful Nicholas Nickleby. Other plays include The Shape of the Table, Continental Divide, Albert Speer, and Playing With Fire. He has also adapted Ibsen's the Master Builder and Julian Barnes Arthur & George. He is the author of the best selling How Plays Work - a masterclass for playwrights and playmakers.
Top Customer Reviews
In any historical based play there is always a delicate balance to be gained between "preaching" the facts and making it a good story and there is sufficient personal humour here to balance the sometimes confusing facts that arise from the number of versions and view points of the translations up to the emergence of the King James Bible. It is, then, not only interesting but crucially entertaining. And using tricks that plays can do but conventional narratives cannot, the play brings back the spirit of William Tyndale several years after his death to illustrate the debt that the King James Bible owed to his works.
The text concludes with both a helpful time line of key events and a reproduced article from David Edgar originally published in the Guardian which details some of the inspiration for the story and provides some more conventional narrative of events. Perhaps the only downside is that relatively little is conveyed of Tyndale's remarkable life.