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Like a Virgin (Oberon Modern Playwrights) Paperback – 6 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd (6 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840021403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840021400
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bursting with wit and vitality...an incredibly moving play...wonderfully life affirming --Catherine Fellows, Scotsman

The Hull Truck Company...have discovered yet another remarkable new writer --Jack Tinker, Daily Mail

This is a direct, unfussy, touching stuff --Benedict Nightingale, The Times

About the Author

Gordon Steel's first play Dead Fish won a Fringe First, and was nominated for The Independent Theatre Critics Award. Like a Virgin was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival, before going on to receive further critical acclaim on a nationwide tour with the Hull Truck Theatre Company.


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Anyone who knows Gordon Steel, will know what he is like. He uses the same theme for many of his plays mainly centering round two females "A Pair of Beautys" and "studs" are other examples. This play is an hilarious take on two teenage girls how they deal with life, wanting to be loved and their love for Madonna. It's also heartbreaking when we find out one of the characters is dying of cancer. Truely original stuff!
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Good delivery, product arrived well packaged. No faults with the seller - service was good. The play itself is okay. It has some nice moments, but is perhaps a little self-indulgent. A bit of a marmite plot-line - you either love it or you hate it. Mostly well written, but some parts (especially Angela's monologue) seem a bit out of character. Still, glad I bought it.
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This is one of the most amazing plays I have ever come across. It manages to make you laugh out loud one minute and cry your heart out the next. I loved the play so much I decided to do the beautiful monologue by the character Angela for my audition piece for drama school, and I got in! With a scholarship! The writing is so easy to relate to and I truly believe if I hadn't read this play I wouldn't have had a wonderful three years at a brilliant Drama School and a career as an actress. I can not recommend reading this play enough, it is truly an outstanding piece of writing, that will never fail to effect you (unless you have a heart of stone) and one you will never forget!
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I have just been to see a performance of Gordon Steel's "Like A Virgin" at my local arts theatre and, credit where credit is due, there are a couple of half decent monologues that teenage actresses might enjoy getting their emotions and teeth into. However the play is nothing like "An hilarious romp through the bubble gum years of teenage life" as my programme promised. "Pedestrian teenage angst" would be a more accurate strap-line.

The first thirty minutes of the play were fairly inoffensive, if a bit tedious and over populated with screamy bitchiness and sighing pauses, although the sex positions scene felt unnecessary. However the confrmation of just how bad the play is comes when Angela, our heroine, goes for her latest, over long, dramatic pause and says to her semi-alcoholic and depression suffering mother, Viv, "I've got terminal leukemia." During the even longer pause following that announcement I felt my head sink into my hands in despair. My despair turned into a brief mania as I caught myself giggling during Angela's death throes in the dragged out ending. For this I can only apologise to the actresses who were struggling to make something of this terrible play.

I thought that The Sentimental Teenage Angst Cancer Play genre had been put down after the disaster was "Philidelphia." To discover that this play was written in 2005 was real shock. Not only is the main plot predictable and uninspiring, the play is limited by its naturalism and the popular culture references have dated extremely quickly.

If I haven't read them already I usually buy copies of plays that I have seen and keep them as a resource for my students. I will be breaking that habit in the case of Like A Virgin.
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I was doing a piece from this play for my LAMDA, so read the play. It was very helpful and gave me a good understanding of the characters and emotions in the piece I was doing, but I also very much enjoyed reading the play as well.
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The most heartbreaking play I have ever read. A truly powerful and moving story, but filled with humour! Gordon's ability to have you laughing one minute and then in floods of tears the next is incredible. Must read!! *****
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