Gagarin Way

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Автор:Gregory Burke
Издателство:Gardners Books
Страници:91
Корици:меки
Година:2001
Броя:1
ISBN:978-0571212361 Тегло (гр.): Формат: 125 / 195 Състояние: Мн. добро
Gagarin Way / Gregory Burke

GREGORY BURKE
Gregory Burke was born in Dunfermline in 1968. After school and having dropped out of Stirling University he fulfilled a variety of vital roles in the minimum wage economy. GAGARIN WAY is his first play.

PREFACE

I wanted to write something about the Twentieth Century. That's usually how I begin an explanation of what I wanted to achieve when writing this play. It's not very helpful I know, but when I wrote the play it was the only century I had managed to live in. (Obviously, now, I feel like a weight has come off.) I also wanted to write a play about economics, it being the dominant (only?) theme in modern politics, and the source of real power in our increasingly globalised times. And finally, I wanted to write about men and our infinite capacity for self-delusion. So I wrote GAGARIN WAY.

The play is named after a street in the village of Lumphinnans in west Fife which was a hotbed of communism. As part of the Fife coalfield, its existence, and that of the towns and villages which surround it, was due solely to its proximity to coal. I moved to west Fife in 1 984 and The Miners' Strike was in full flow. Fife was, of course, a very staunch and committed region during the dispute, even though everyone, including the miners, knew that they were, eventually, going to be beaten. (Coal was cheaper in Poland after all.) However inevitable defeat was not something that was ever going to break the strike and the vast majority of miners and their families endured to the bitter end. The mines closed, the ex-miners were swallowed up by the electronics factories and service industries which followed (attracted by government subsidy to areas of high unemployment) as were the dockyard workers at Rosyth, when the defence industries were decimated when the West celebrated the end of the Cold War. (Russia couldn't afford the arms race.) Economics decides the fate of people, not their politicians. Governments are powerless when up against a multi-national, the vagaries of the stock market and history. But the people remain. That's the constant. We remain and we find other things to keep ourselves amused.

I wanted to write something about the twentieth, century and I wanted to write something about economics and I wanted to write about men and it turned into Gagarin Way. A comedy. I didn't expect it to be a comedy but when you consider the themes which emerged while I wrote it - Marxist and Hegelian theories of history, anarchism, psychopathology, existentialism, mental illness, political terrorism, nihilism, globalisation and the crisis in masculinity - then it couldn't really be anything else.
Gregory Burke June 2001

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BIOGRAPHIES
Terry King (fight director): Work for the Royal Notional Theatre: FOOL FOR LOVE, THE MURDERERS (Peter Gill), KING LEAR, THE SEA, OTHELLO, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (Sam Mendes),

CAROUSEL, THE CRIPPLE Of INISHMAN (Nick Hytner), THE RIOT (Mike Shepard), CHIPS WITH EVERYTHING, BATTLE ROYAL (Howard Davies), LONDON CUCKOLDS [Terry Johnson), WAITING FOR GODOT, TING TANG MINE (Michael Rudman), THREE MEN ON A HORSE, JOCOBOWSKI AND THE COLONEL IJonothon Lynne), THE HOMECOMING (Roger Michelle). For the RSC: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, RICHARD III (Sam Mendes), ROMEO AND JULIET, CYMBELINE (Adrian Noble), PERICLES, JULIUS CEASAR, CORIOLANUS (David Thacker), HENRY V, HAMLET (Matthew Warchus), A PATRIOT FOR ME (Peter Gill), THE WHITE DEVIL (Gael Edwards), COMEDY OF ERRORS, TWELFTH NIGHT (Ian Judge), OTHELLO, HENRY IV PARTS 1 & 2 (Michael Attenborough), BITE OF THE NIGHT (Danny Boyle), SINGER [Terry Hands), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM,

THE BROKEN HEART, ROMEO AND JULIET (Michael Boyd), AS YOU LIKE IT, MACBETH (Greg Doran). For the Royal Court: OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD, THE RECRUITING OFFICER, THE QUEEN AND I, KING LEAR (Max Stafford Clark), SORE THROATS (Nancy Duguid), SEARCH AND DESTROY (Stephen Daldry), ASHES AND SAND [Ian Rickson), OLEANNA (Harold Pinter), BERLIN BERTIE (Danny Boyle), OURSELVES ALONE, GREENLAND (Simon Curtis). Other theatre includes: THE FIFTEEN STREETS (Coventry/West End), PETER PAN (Leeds); TRUE WEST, FOOL FOR LOVE (Donmar); FENCES (Liverpool/West End); LYSISTRATA (Old Vic); BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS (Bristol); OF MICE AND MEN (Nottingham). Opera and musicals include: PORGY AND BESS [Trevor Nunn); OTELLO (Peter Stein); CARMEN (David Pountney); MARTIN GUERRE (Decían Donnellan); JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Gael Edwards); OLIVER (Sam Mendes); SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Arlene Philips); SPEND SPEND SPEND (Jeremy Sams); WEST SIDE STORY [West End); LAUTREC (Rob Bettinson). Work for television includes: THE BIU, CASUALTY, EASTENDERS, BROKEN GLASS, A KIND OF INNOCENCE, FELL TIGER, SCOLDS BRIDAL, FATAL INVERSION, NERYS GLAS, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, THE WIDOWING OF MRS HOLYROYD, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE, LUCKY JIM, BLUE DOVE.

Billy McElhaney (Gary): Theatre Work includes: PASSING PLACES (Greenwich/Derby Playhouse); THE MEMORY OF WATER (Southampton Nuffield/Guildford); CALEDONIA DREAMING, REVOLTING PEASANTS (7:84); YOU'LL HAVE HAD YOUR HOLE (West Yorkshire Playhouse); ALADIN [His Majesty's), WE ARE THE HIBEES (Brunton/Gallus); TRUMPETS AND RASPBERRIES (Borderline); VIRTUAL REALITY (Montgomery Media); CITY LIGHTS TOUR (City lights Touring); ANNUS HORRIBILUS (Wildcat); A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, THE BEVELLERS, MACBETH (Royal Lyceum) Television work includes: THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO BECOMING A ROCK STAR, THIS YEAR'S LOVE, LOOKING AFTER JOJO; THE ACID HOUSE; RAB С NESBITT,

THE WINTER GUEST, THE BALDY MAN, ATHLETICO PARTICK, STAR, BAD BOYS, RUFFIAN HEARTS, PARAHANDY, TAGGART, BLOOD RED ROSES, SHOOT FOR THE SUN, A SHADOW ON EARTH, BROND. Film work includes: COMFORT AND JOY, HEAVENLY PURSUITS, SILENT SCREAM, ROB ROY.

Michael Moreland [Tom): Trained: RSAMD. Theatre Work includes: STROMA (TAG); PASSING PLACES (Greenwich/Derby Playhouse); JUNK (Oxford Stage Company/Manchester library Theatre); THE COUNTRY WIFE (Bridewell); THE SEAL WIFE (Attic); WOOF! (Birmingham Stage); MACBETH (Chester Gateway). Television work includes: A TOUCH OF FROST, THE BILL, MAGIC WITH EVERYTHING, THIS LIFE. Film work includes: THE TRENCH, A TIME TO LOVE.

Michael Nardone (Eddie): Trained: Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh. For the Traverse: EUROPE, MARISOL, BUCHANAN, THE COLLECTION, WIDOWS, THE SPECULATOR (a coproduction with the Edinburgh International Festival), KNIVES IN HENS (also at the Bush). Other Theatre: WILDMAN, SHINDA THE MAGIC APE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, MERLIN (parts 1 & 2) and MIRANDOLINA for the Royal Lyceum; SPLATTER for 7:84; BOUNCERS, CAIN AND ABEL for Chester Gateway; ELIDOR and TOM SAWYER for Contact Theatre, Manchester; THE LEGEND

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