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This volume of Conor McPherson's collected plays, covering a decade of writing, celebrates a fascination with the uncanny which has led him to be described as 'quite possibly the finest playwright of his generation' (<i>New York Times</i>).
In <b><i>Shining City</i></b>, a man seeks help from a counsellor, claiming to have seen the ghost of his dead wife.
The play, premiered at the Royal Court, London, is 'up there with The Weir, moving, compassionate, ingenious and absolutely gripping' (<i>Daily Telegraph</i>)
<b><i>The Seafarer</i></b>, premiered at the National Theatre before going on to become a Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, tells the story of an extended Christmas Eve card game, but one played for the highest stakes possible.
'McPherson proves yet again he is both a born yarn-spinner and an acute analyst of the melancholy Irish manhood' (<i>Guardian</i>)
Set in 'the big house' in 1820s rural Ireland, <b><i>The Veil</i></b> is McPherson's first period play.
Seventeen-year-old Hannah is to be married off in order to settle the debts of the crumbling estate.
But when Reverend Berkeley arrives, determined to orchestrate a séance, chaos is unleased.
'A cracking fireside tale of haunting and decay' (<i>The Times</i>)
<b><i>The Birds</i></b>, hauntingly adapted from the short story by Daphne du Maurier, is 'deliciously chilling, claustrophobic, questioning, frightening; and with a twist' (Irish Independent).
It is published here for the first time, as is <i>The Dance of Death</i>, a new version of Strindberg's classic, which premiered at the Trafalgar Studios in London.
'A spectacularly bleak yet curiously bracing drama that often makes you laugh out loud' (<i>Daily Telegraph</i>)
Completing the volume is a Foreword by the author.
The Night Alive
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