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on 19 February 2004
"New Anatomies" is a insightful piece, ideal for a cast of 5 women and takes us through the life of Isabella, a European girl who masquerades as a man in Africa. As with many of Wertenbakers pieces, this delves into feminist issues of the patriarchy in which we live but through the eyes of women in the past.
"The Grace Of Mary Traverse" depicts the oppressive male nature of society in the 18th Century. At times comical, at others brutal, Wertenbaker expertly takes us through a range of emotions all the while conveying the bleak nature of our society in a brechtian style.
"Our Country's Good" is undoubtedly one of Wertenbakers best pieces, delving into issues of class, gender, love and the civilising effects of the theatre. It is an emotional piece which presents the very best and very worst of human nature in a touching way. A joy to read, perform and watch.
"The Love Of A Nightingale" draws upon the myth of Philomele and the ideas of metamophosis. It is an incredibly touching piece that had me in tears half way through! It examines the bond between sisters, the often devastating effects of love and the nature of greek tragedies. A wonderful play to read if ever you have the chance. I would recommend it to everyone.
"Three Birds Alighting On A Field" is Wertenbakers most 'modern' piece in this collection, in that it is set in the 1980's. This catches your attetion at once with an immensely comical beginning and shows another aspect of Wertenbakers writing, a move away from her bleak, spare and poetical style of writing in the other plays. My least favourite play in the book yet still an amazingly insightful piece that is still very much worth a read.