Two plays: Shall Roger Casement Hang? is the encounter between the Irish radical Roger Casement and his interrogator, Reginald Hall at the time of the Easter Rising. Face is the contrast between two identical twin sisters whose lives and natures have taken them in very different directions - a witty examination of who we are.
Based on real events happening on two days in Ireland and London a hundred years ago, "Shall Roger Casement Hang?" is the story of an interrogation. It is a confrontation between two men that asks fundamental questions about history, the British State, and personal and national identity. For both of them, the stakes get higher and more personal as violent events elsewhere and the revelation of Casement's sexuality change the rules of their struggle. When this conversation is over, one of them will be condemned to death, while the Empire that both men served will never be the same again.In one and the same moment, two sisters with one face, identical twins Isobel and Morag each have a story to tell about family, money, sex, truth and happiness - and about each other. It should be the same story about the same people, but the sisters are as divided from each other as two people can be. The play explores the ways in which they inhabit the world. By giving two very different but connected sides of the same coin, through humour and vitriol, the sisters show us how we think of ourselves and the world around us, and the shapes we get ourselves into in order to survive that world, asking fundamental questions about what matters to us and why.
Customer Reviews - Shall Roger Casement Hang? / Face
'There's so much wickedly pointed humour in Peter Arnott's writing that we're constantly lured into politically incorrect laughter - a story steeped in love, loyalty, money and family dysfunction. Can't wait! Back-to-back these monologues would be a grand double bill - fingers crossed!' - The Herald; '...two faces, two attitudes to life ... profound and moving ... plumbs the depths of a complex relationship which is occasionally fond and affectionate, but for the most part lived as jealousy, rivalry, resentment, bitterness and even outright aversion. ... These are mighty plays, raising huge, disquieting questions, humorous in part but never whimsical, inducing in an audience that sombre, meditative silence which is a sign of respect.' - Scottish Review of Books
About Peter Arnott
One of Scotland's most established and prolific playwrights, Peter Arnott began his career at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh with his play White Rose in 1985. Since then he has written more than forty professionally produced plays, including Muir, Losing Alec, the TMA award-winning The Breathing House, A Little Rain (7:84) and Cyprus. Adaptations include Neil Gunn's The Silver Darlings. In 2013 he won a Fringe First in Edinburgh with Why Do You Stand There in the Rain? In the same year, Janis Joplin: Full Tilt debuted at Oran Mor and has just completed a run at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. His first novel, Moon Country, was published by Vagabond Voices in 2015.
Shall Roger Casement Hang? / Face by Peter Arnott
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