Russell Plays : "Breezeblock Park", "Our Day Out", "Stags and Hens", "Educating Rita" v.1 Paperback
Part of the Contemporary Dramatists series
Breezeblock Park is set on a northern council estate and takes a look at the suffocating effect of possessions and possessiveness: "Trenchantly observed...hilarious, upsetting and somewhat seditious." (Variety); Our Day Out is about a school coach trip, an exuberant celebration of the joys and agonies of growing up - "a Dickensian fairytale...I have rarely seen a show that combined such warmth and such bleakness."(The Times); Stags and Hens "takes place in the gents and Ladies loos of a tacky Liverpool club, where Dave and Linda have decided, unbeknownst to each other to hold their stag and hen parties...a bleakly funny and perceptive study of working-class misogyny, puritanism and waste" (Guardian); Educating Rita: "one way of describing Educating Rita would be to say that it was about the meaning of education...another would be to say that it was about the meaning of life.
A third, that it is a cross between Pygmalion and Lucky Jim.
A fourth, that it is simply a marvellous play, painfully funny and passionately serious: a hilarious social documentary; a fairy-tale with a quizzical, half-happy ending." (Sunday Times)
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, music
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 12/08/1996
- Category: Plays, playscripts
- ISBN: 9780413702203