Day 11 - Nick Hern Books

Day 11 of our 12 Plays of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Nick Hern Books who are offering a HUGE twelve plays to be won!

No really, 12 plays. To be won. By you. Delivered straight to your door. What are you waiting for? Here’s a brief list of what’s up for grabs…

The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth. County Armagh, Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor. Premiered to huge acclaim at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in April 2017, before transferring to the West End.

All the Little Lights by Jane Upton. Joanne and Lisa were like sisters. Then Lisa left. Now they’re back together for one last birthday party by the railway tracks. But can they salvage their friendship, or will ghosts of the past haunt them forever? Joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, and was nominated for Best Play at the 2017 Writers’ Guild Awards.

Oslo by J. T. Rogers. A darkly funny political thriller, winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play. The play had a sell-out run in New York in 2016, and received its UK premiere at the National Theatre, London, in September 2017, prior to a West End transfer.

Angels in America by Tony Kushner. America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Originally premiered in Britain at the National Theatre, London, where it won the Evening Standard Best Play Award, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America went on to win two Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent, and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful ‘octoroon’. But the dastardly M’Closky has other plans – for both Terrebonne and Zoe. It won an OBIE Award when it was first seen in New York in 2014, and had its European premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in 2017, winning Branden Jacobs-Jenkins the Most Promising Playwright Award at the Evening Standard Awards.

Consent by Nina Raine. Why is Justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered? This powerful, painful, funny play, sifts the evidence from every side and puts Justice herself in the dock. It premiered as a co-production between the National Theatre and Out of Joint, directed by Roger Michell at the National Theatre in 2017.

Touch by Vicky Jones. A shamelessly funny and brutally honest play about sex, connection and control, from one of the brains behind hit play and TV show Fleabag. Dee’s sexual escapades are messy and temporary – just like her shoebox London flat. First produced by Soho Theatre and DryWrite at Soho Theatre, London, in July 2017.

Albion by Mike Bartlett. In the ruins of a garden in rural England, in a house which was once a home, one woman searches for seeds of hope. Premiered in October 2017 at the Almeida Theatre, London, in a production directed by Rupert Goold.

Girl from the North Country by Conor McPherson, with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan. Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge. Lost and lonely people huddle together in the local guesthouse. Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into a show full of hope, heartbreak and soul. It premiered at The Old Vic, London, in July 2017.

Woyzeck by Georg Büchner, in a new version by Jack Thorne. It’s 1980s Berlin. The Cold War rages and the world sits at a crossroads between Capitalism and Communism. On the border between East and West, a young soldier and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child. Jack Thorne’s version of Woyzeck premiered at the Old Vic Theatre, London, in May 2017, in a production starring John Boyega in the title role.

Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood. A play about families and particle physics. Premiered at the National Theatre, London, in July 2017, in a production featuring Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams, and directed by Rufus Norris.

a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun) by debbie tucker green. Three couples. What might be. What once was. What could have been. debbie tucker green’s play premiered in February 2017 at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, in a production directed by the playwright.

How To Enter

To win yourself twelve brand-spanking-new plays all you have to do is like and share our Facebook post or like and retweet our Tweet – couldn’t be simpler!

Entries close at 8am on December 13th. We will contact the winner of the competition through social media. Check out our Terms and Conditions here.

Good Luck!

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Where: Delivered to your door.

Tom Chivers

The Founder of How To Do Theatre, Tom is heavily involved in all aspects of this online theatre magazine and wants to help create a fantastic resource for everyone who may need it. He is also a graduate of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Young Writers course so when not writing for this website he is off scribbling plays of his own.