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The Slaves of Solitude (stage version) (NHB Modern Plays)

Patrick Hamilton

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1943, Henley-on-Thames. Miss Roach is forced by the war to flee London for the Rosamund Tea Rooms boarding house, a place as grey and lonely as its residents. From the safety of these new quarters, her war effort now consists of a thousand petty humiliations, of which the most burdensome is sharing her daily life with the unbearable Mr Thwaites.

But a breath of fresh air arrives in the form of a handsome American lieutenant and things start to look distinctly brighter. Until a new boarder moves into the room next to Miss Roach's - outwardly friendly, she soon starts upsetting the precarious balance in the house.

Nicholas Wright's play The Slaves of Solitude weaves a fascinating blend of dark hilarity and melancholy from Patrick Hamilton's much-loved story about an improbable heroine in wartime Britain. The play premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in October 2017.

'Brilliantly transformed for the stage by Nicholas Wright... although there is some wonderful sly comedy from the start, [the play's] strength is in a humane, rueful, oddly hopeful understanding of loneliness and of the way we try to make real connections... no character is all bad, nor all good; even the most minor of them, in fleetingly sketched moments, reveal both their handicap and their hope. It's lovely' - TheatreCat

'[A] witty, evocative, gnarly human drama... the home front is a hotbed here as people who look like heroes or villains reveal themselves to be more complex while they make their small but crucial claims for territory... wonderful' - The Times

'Nicholas Wright's adaptation captures the familiar emotional notes of Hamilton's fiction, the pervading loneliness, the melancholy, the use of booze as a crutch and a shield' - The Stage

Patrick Hamilton was one of the twentieth century's greatest novelists and dramatists, whose significant contribution to literature has often been overlooked. Born in Hassocks, Sussex in 1904, Hamilton spent his early years in Hove. His first novel, Monday Morning was published in 1925, quickly followed by Craven House (1926).

Among his novels are The Midnight Bell (1929), The Siege of Pleasure (1932), The Plains of Cement (1934), Hangover Square (1941), The Slaves of Solitude (1947) and The Gorse Trilogy, which is comprised of The West Pier (1952), Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse (1953) and Unknown Assailant (1955).

Hamilton's trilogy 20,000 Streets Under the Sky (1929-34) was adapted into a successful BBC Four series in 2005, directed by Simon Curtis.

His plays include the psychological thrillers Rope (1929) - on which Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film Rope was based - and Gaslight (1938), which gave rise to the term gaslighting: a form of psychological abuse in which a victim is manipulated into questioning his or her sanity. A successful revival of Gaslight, starring Keith Allen and Kara Tointon, toured the UK in early 2017.

Hamilton died in 1962 of liver and kidney failure, after a long struggle with alcohol.


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Seitenzahl 96 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 18.11.2017
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9781780019802
Verlag Nick Hern Books
Dateigröße 435 KB


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