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Cooking with Elvis & Bollocks (Modern Plays) Paperback – 1 Jan 2000
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Cooking With Elvis: 'That subjects of such sensitivity can be made even vaguely funny is a considerable achievement.' Mark Fisher, Guardian, 18.7.09 'Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall is one of Britain's most mercurial dramatists. He shifts between art forms...as quickly as he breaks from one genre...to another... Hall's ability to combine the sociopolitical with popular entertainment is well established.' Mark Brown, Sunday Herald, 19.7.09
About the Author
After his acclaimed play Spoonface Steinberg (1997), Lee Hall was appointed Writer in Residence at the RSC 1999/2000 under the Pearson Playwrights Scheme Award. Other plays include Cooking with Elvis (2000, Edinburgh Festival and West End) and an adaptation of Goldoni's The Servant with Two Masters (RSC 1999). He also wrote the screenplay to the film Billy Elliot (1999), receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His most recent play, The Pitmen Painters premiered at the Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2007 before transferring to the National Theatre 2008.
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I saw a recent amateur performance in Nottingham recently and it works really well on the stage. Needs brave actors and a singing Elvis impersonator.
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It's been a few years since I've seen the play, but I'll try to give a synopsis since Amazon doesn't really have any useful information. The action centers on a former Elvis-impersonator who was paralyzed in an accident. He cannot speak at all and he is wheelchair-bound. The toll his infirmity takes on his wife and daughter is the play's main subject matter, but at various moments during the course of the play we are also privvy to the comedic fantasies trapped inside the father's mind. In the production I saw, he leaped out of his wheelchair to give a rousing rendition of "Suspicious Minds." And he actually looked like 70s era Elvis. Just brilliant.
This is really a play that should be seen. It will definitely surprise you. However, since it's not exactly the most mainstream and popular stage production, you might have trouble finding a current run. If you are a fan of off-beat contemporary theater, it is worth checking out.
As for the other reviewer who has posted here, it should be obvious he's just wanking off. That's just my perspective, though. I'm only a kid, after all.
Still, his other book, "Sauces made from semen" was a real winner.
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