Our selection of multicultural books:
Since 1660 when actresses first began performing on the English stage, women have forged bright careers in theatre, while men called the shots. Four hundred years of women playwrights, from Aphra Behn to Caryl Churchill, yet plays by women make up less than a quarter of staged productions in the UK, leading to a lack of central roles for women. At a time when many theatres have closed their doors and others are looking to re-open, will they choose to move with the times or fall back on commercial revivals?
With an overview of influential women in post-war theatre and 25 exclusive interviews with leading women theatre-makers, this book inspires us to create a truly equal and inclusive theatre today.Read more
Thrown off the train for not having a ticket, Mona finds herself, alone, in a rural town at night. Although she is fashionably dressed, she has no money and nowhere to stay. Fortunately, the local schoolteacher, Marin, invites her to stay at his home while he sleeps over at a friend’s place.
However, an attraction soon develops. Marin, a keen astronomer, reveals that he has discovered a star which is not marked on any star chart. They share a wonderfully happy night together. But their idyll is soon shattered by the arrival of Mona’s boyfriend, Grig. Will Mona choose to return to her old life in the city or settle for a quieter life with Marin?
Introduced by Farindokht Zahedi, Associate Professor, College of Fine Arts / Theater / Faculty of Performing Arts and Music, University of Tehran.
Editors Aubrey Mellor and Cheryl Robson
- A new collection of plays from voices of Iranian heritage
- Covering a varied spectrum of themes, from modern relationships, to the effects of war in modern Iran
- An urgent and necessary insight into a misunderstood and highly topical region of the World
Seven freshly translated plays from new and established voices from today’s Iran and the global Iranian diaspora. Plays cover life in contemporary Iran, the aspirations of a burgeoning middle class, the frustrations of disaffected youth searching for a voice in traditional society, and the hopes of women finding new ways to assert their individuality in a time of great of upheaval. The plays shine a light on the profound social, economic and cultural flux taking place in a rapidly changing Iran, one that is vastly different from the misconceptions outsiders have of it.
Responding to a call-out, a repairman finds himself inexplicably drawn to an old woman and her house in the woods. At first it seems like a simple fix, but as a storm starts to close in, he is forced to confront the ghosts from his past.
A tale of guilt and childhood memory – can we ever really mend what is already broken?
Reversing the usual refugee story clichés, Homing Birds shares the hopes, fears and aspirations of a young man searching for a place in which he feels he truly belongs.
Young Afghan refugee Saeed desperately wants to reconnect with his roots and find his long-lost sister. So he leaves his adoptive family in London and returns home to Kabul to work as a doctor, eager to contribute to rebuilding a new Afghanistan.
But as past and present collide, Saeed must face up to the reality of his changed world. This captivating and evocative play asks if a place can ever be home without a connection to family and roots?Read more
A writing guide which includes poems, stories, essays and interviews with over 30 women writers, both emerging authors and luminaries of contemporary literature such as:
A.S. BYATT, KIT DE WAAL, CAROL ANN DUFFY, PHILIPPA GREGORY, JACKIE KAY, CLARE TOMALIN, MADELINE THIEN, SARAH WATERS, and the great-niece of Virginia Woolf herself, EMMA WOOLF.Read more
Introduced by Rebecca Kezia
Foreword by Muhammad Abe and Gunawan Maryanto
Editor Cheryl Robson
- First collection of Indonesian plays to be published in the UK
- Covers topics such as social justice, LGBTQ issues, sex trafficking
- Gives insight into a country which is a major economic force in SE Asia
Seven contemporary plays by established and emerging playwrights in Indonesia. The plays cover topics such as the aftermath of political clampdown, gay lives, sex trafficking and the effects of urban redevelopment.Read more
Award-winning play about the plight of refugees.
Three women, two children, one story…
Enforced migration and refugee status are the backdrop to this inspiring, uplifting and intertwined story spanning a time-frame of 60 years, of women’s determination to carry on and create a new life.Read more
Divided into four separate stories connected by one man, Women takes us from Ștefan’s amorous entanglements at an Alpine lake resort, to his life in Bucharest and Paris, as each of the women in his life opens up new worlds for him.
Women is a hymn to love in all its forms, romantic or platonic, sometimes reckless, often glorious and always, ultimately, ephemeral.Read more
The Portuguese visual artist Paula Rego has inspired this new trilogy of plays. Her paintings CrivellI’s Garden, The Prey and Breaking China became the catalyst for writing by theatre maker Fiona Graham. Commissioned by Theatre Centre and Komedia, these three new plays were developed for specific audiences through a series of artist/audience residencies and collaborations. These works have toured Britain and been re-staged in Portugal and Singapore.Read more
•First book to give overview of and interviews with women in the blues.
•With many exclusive colour photos taken at live concerts by esteemed music photographer.
•Perfect gift for music lovers.
Women have been at the dawn of the blues since Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey were singing about hard knocks and tough love in smoky bars. This book gives an overview of the early days of the blues and its development from the Mississippi Delta to the home of electric blues, Chicago, to becoming the vibrant global musical movement it is today. In addition, there are exclusive interviews with dozens of the women leading the Blues today.
Featuring selected highlights from Chicago blues photographer Jennifer Noble’s extensive colour collection and interviews with contemporary women in the blues now.
With an introduction by Dr Joanna Sperryn-Jones
How many women sculptors can you name? This book will challenge perceptions that sculpture is a male pursuit and help you to understand the work and lives of dozens of women sculptors – significant artists from the past as well as those working in the exciting and varied world of sculpture today. Dozens of colour photographs are featured alongside the words of the artists themselves.Read more
Split/Mixed Ery Nazaramba About the Book The genocide in Rwanda shocked the world. Back then, Ery Nzaramba was only a teenager and his family’s escape to Europe turned him into a “survivor”. How should he now respond to questions about who he is and where he comes from? In this autobiographical one-man play, performed toRead more
The Naturalists a new play by Jaki McCarrick Acclaimed Irish writer explores the aftermath of The Troubles To coincide with New York premiere production in September 2018 Ideal for drama students, colleges, amateur theatre groups, local theatres and play reading groups About the Play “Look, there’s no rules of the road out there. Not anyRead more
The Algebra of Freedom By Raman Mundair A taut political drama that asks questions about identity, faith and compassion in a society waging a war against terror. • Tony, a policeman, wishes he could turn the clock back. • Jack knows that what’s done is done. • Parvez, a young Asian man, can’t believe thatRead more
The Arab-Israeli Cookbook: The Play by Robin Soans About the play The Arab-Israeli Cookbook is a drama created from the everyday realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The project began when the Caird Company sent the writer Robin Soans and directors Rima Brihi and Tim Roseman to Israel, Gaza and the West Bank in 2003. There theyRead more
The Little Black Book by Jean-Claude Carriere Translated by Solvene Tiffou One fatal morning, Jean-Jacques’ door is left ajar. A strange woman slips through the crack in his orderly life. Is she a squatter, a wanderer or a woman from his past? As Jean-Jacques’ tidy flat is rapidly invaded, his inner space is also beseiged.Read more
Provence People, Places, Food – a Cultural Guide ed. Cheryl Robson Artists, painters, writers and discerning travellers from royalty to rock stars have long been attracted by the region’s bright light, perfect climate and joie de vivre. Take the road less travelled as you find out more about the extraordinary range of places and people who’ve found inspiration inRead more
Counterculture UK – A Celebration Edited by Rebecca Gillieron and Cheryl Robson The first comprehensive exploration of counterculture in the UK – from illegal raves to street art, alternative comedy and agit-prop theatre to pop-up galleries, as well as the larger agents for social change such as the green movement, feminism, disability rights and much more.Read more
Celluloid Ceiling: women film directors breaking through Edited by Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson Includes exclusive interviews with women directors Resource for students of film and gender studies courses, and film fans alike Now Kathryn Bigelow has made history as the first woman to win an Oscar for directing, is this a new era for women filmmakers?Read more
- Essential guide to Ang Lee the man, the filmmaker and his amazing work.
- Written by distinguished film writer and lecturer Ellen Cheshire it explores:
- Commercial, critical and award (Oscars, Golden Globes) success of Ang Lee’s films which have made him an international name.
- An introductory chapter highlights thematic and visual devices, followed by an exploration of all Lee’s films, from Pushing Hands (1992) to The Gemini Man (2019 US).
- Foreword by US film professor James Wicks
The Arab-Israeli Cookbook by Robin Soans About the book Simple recipes offering the best of Middle Eastern food and more. Gathered in Israel and Palestine from ordinary people going about their everyday lives, the author found that each person had a story to tell and a recipe to cook. Robin Soans tells of his movingRead more
Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to the Modern Edited by Julia Downes Contributions by Victoria Yeulet, Elizabeth K.Keenan, Sini Timonen, Jackie Parsons, Deborah Withers, Jane Bradley, Rhian E.Jones, Bryony Beynon, Val Rauzier, Elizabeth K. Keenan and Sarah Dougher A celebration of girl bands in all genres: girl bands who make music on their own terms. With a unique focus on the talented girl bandsRead more
David’s Story by Stig Dalager Translated by Frances Osterfelt and Cheryl Robson Separated from his parents who are deported by the Nazis, David struggles to survive, alone, hungry and scared, until he eventually finds his way to the city of Warsaw. There he learns from other Jewish boys how to work in the blackRead more
The Evolutionist tells of one man’s determination to seek out his own truths in his own unique way and the price he pays for being an outsider. From oppressive jungle to mid-Victorian London, this is a disturbing tale of money, class, faith and discrimination exploring the life of extraordinary scientist Alfred Russel Wallace.Read more
My Brother’s War by David Hill Winner of the Junior Fiction Award and Children’s Choice for Children and Young Adults 2013 (New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2013). Winner of The Lianza Librarians’ Choice Award, 2013. It’s New Zealand, 1914, and the biggest war the world has known has justRead more