Timberlake Wertenbaker: Plays 1

by Timberlake Wertenbaker


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The Grace of Mary Traverse (Royal Court)
Plays and Players Most Promising Playwright Award
A vividly imaginative story about the pretty, carefully-schooled daughter of a wealthy London merchant who becomes tired of her pampered life and goes in search of real-world experience on the streets of 18th Century London, with both comic and perilous results.

Our Country’s Good (Royal Court and Broadway)
Laurence Olivier Play of the Year Award
New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play
Now revived by Out of Joint, this much loved play is about convicts newly arrived in an Australian prison colony who are tasked with putting on a play for the King’s birthday.

Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Royal Court)
Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Writers’ Guild Award and London Critics’ Circle Award
We gave a rehearsed reading of this play recently alongside our production of Our Country’s Good, to an audience at the St James Theatre. It went down brilliantly: very fresh and funny. Three Birds… is a playful, smart satire on the art world. But it is also the touchingly-told story of a woman’s self-discovery through art, and of her Greek husband’s quest for Englishness – whatever that is.

The Love of the Nightingale (RSC’s Other Place)
Eileen Anderson Central TV Drama Award
“A stunning adaptation of the Philomele myth written with grace, authority and economy” Time Out

New Anatomies (ICA)
The story of the dramatic and eventful life of Isabelle Eberhardt, a turn-of-the-century, fiercely independent European adventurer who disguised herself as an Arab boy and traveled with nomadic tribes in Northern Africa

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