A first collection of plays by the winner of the 2001 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Drama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
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Made of Stone; Redundant; Lucky Dog; The Early Bird
London-based Leo Butler was awarded the 2001 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for his first full-length play Redundant. Since then he has had plays commissioned and produced by the Royal Court Theatre, the RSC, and the National Theatre's Education Department.
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Title: Butler Plays: Made of Stone, Redundant, Lucky Dog, The Early Bird , PB , Leo
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Butler Plays: 1 brings together into one volume four of the major plays by this award-winning author. Praised for the gritty detail and realism of his work, Leo Butler has quietly established a reputation in recent years as a potent and skilfull documenter of contemporary social and moral issues. Made of Stone produced in the Royal Court Young Writers' Festival 2000, was praised for its 'rock-hard characterisation with buzzing dialogue' (Evening Standard). In Redundant 'Butler boldly creates a psychologically complex female lead, surrounding her with unjudged dead-beats, each distinctively vocalising caustic Sheffield Vernacular.' (Evening Standard) Lucky Dog is a startlingly sensitive depiction of one couple's relationship. Michael Billington commented, 'I am still astonished by Butler's profound understanding of marital solitude. Nothing much happens on the surface, yet underneath a lot goes on as Sue and Eddie, a Sheffield couple in their late fifties, share a solitary Christmas.' (Guardian) The Early Bird taps into the darkest fears of any parent - the disappearance of their child - to brilliantly capture the nightmare of recrimination and loss. It premiered at the Belfast Theatre Festival in October 2006.
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