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David Farr - Author

About the Author

David Farr is is one of the UK's leading screenwriters and directors for film, TV and theatre. In 2009, he was appointed Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where his productions of The Winter's Tale, King Lear and The Homecoming all opened to critical acclaim.

David is known for his work on Spooks and his 2016 BBC adaptation of The Night Manager, starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston.

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He completed his first feature film, Hanna, in 2009, and has since adapted it into a hugely successful series for Amazon Prime.

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The Hunt

The Hunt

Author: David Farr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2019

We are a small community. The happiness of our children is everything. Our hopes and dreams rest in these tiny souls. In a small town in northern Denmark, the children celebrate Harvest Festival. In the forest by the water the men of the lodge stand naked in the cold. This is their country. This is their song. In the shadows, a lonely child gives a strange man her heart. The hunt begins. Based on Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm's Danish film thriller Jagten, David Farr's The Hunt opened at the Almeida, London, in June 2019.

Oxford AQA History for A Level: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 1603-1702

Oxford AQA History for A Level: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 1603-1702

Author: David Farr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2015

Please note this title is suitable for any student studying: Exam Board: AQA Level/Subject: AS and A Level History First teaching: September 2015 First exams: June 2017 Retaining well-loved features from the previous editions, Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy has been approved by AQA and matched to the 2015 specifications. This textbook covers AS and A Level content together and covers in breadth issues of change, continuity, and cause and consequence in in this period of British history through key themes such as how far did the monarchy change during Stuart Britain, why were there disputes over religion, how effective was opposition, and how important were ideologies and individuals. Its aim is to enable you to understand and make connections between the six key thematic questions covered in the specification. Students can further develop vital skills such as historical interpretations and source analyses via specially selected sources and extracts. Practice questions and study tips provide additional support to help familiarize students with the new exam style questions, and help them achieve their best in the exam.

Major-General Thomas Harrison Millenarianism, Fifth Monarchism and the English Revolution 1616-1660

Major-General Thomas Harrison Millenarianism, Fifth Monarchism and the English Revolution 1616-1660

Author: David Farr Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2014

Thomas Harrison is today perhaps best remembered for the manner of his death. As a leading member of the republican regime and signatory to Charles I's death warrant, he was hanged, drawn and quartered by the Restoration government in 1660; a spectacle witnessed by Samuel Pepys who recorded him 'looking as cheerful as any man could do in that condition'. Beginning with this grisly event, this book employs a thematic, rather than chronological approach, to illustrate the role of millenarianism and providence in the English Revolution, religion within the new model army, literature, image and reputation, and Harrison's relationship with key individuals like Ireton and Cromwell as well as groups, most notably the Fifth Monarchists. Divided in three parts, the study starts with an analysis of Harrison's last year of life, the nature of his response to the political collapse of the Interregnum regimes, and his apparent acceptance of the Restoration without overt resistance. Part two considers Harrison's years of 'power', analysing his political activities and influence in the New Model, especially with regard to the regicide. The final part ties Harrison's political retreat to his initial emergence from obscurity; arguing that Harrison's relative political quietism during the later 1650s was a reflection of the development of his millenarianism. Unlike the only two previous full length studies of Harrison the present work makes use of a full range of manuscript, primary and secondary sources, including the huge range of new material that has fundamentally changed how the early modern period is now understood. Fully footnoted and referenced, this study provides the first modern academic study of Harrison, and through him illuminates the key themes of this contested period.

The Heart of Robin Hood

The Heart of Robin Hood

Author: David Farr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/11/2011

The notorious Robin Hood and his band of outlaws steal from the rich, creating a fearsome reputation amongst those who dare to travel through the mighty forest of Sherwood. But they do not share their spoils with the poor and are unloved by the people, who must also pay unfair taxes to the evil Prince John as he plots to steal his brother's crown. In this time of chaos and fear, it is down to Marion to boldly protect the poor and convince Robin that he must listen to his heart if they are to save the country. The Heart of Robin Hood, David Farr's spirited new version of the great English legend, was premiered by the RSC at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2011.

Ramayana

Ramayana

Author: David Farr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2007

Ramayana David Farr A dramatic retelling of the Indian epic Exiled from the serene palaces of their homeland and plunged into the deep forest of Southern India, the passionate love of Rama and Sita is put to the test as demons, goddesses and an army of monkeys do battle for their hearts. Playwright David Farr's new retelling of India's oldest and greatest epic dramatises the battle between spiritual austerity and secular freedom, and celebrates the transcending power of human love. Ramayana was first presented at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, in February 2007, in a Lyric Hammersmith, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Bristol Old Vic production.

The Queen Must Die

The Queen Must Die

Author: David Farr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2007

On the eve of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee celebrations, a papier-mache statue of Her Royal Highness stands in Margaret Chivers' living-room in preparation for the Jubilee parade. Two factions converge on the house with the aim of vandalizing the statue - three girls who can see no other way of escaping the embarrassment of having to dance in the parade, and three lads who want to make an anti-monarchist statement. Politics, friendship, body image, Oliver Cromwell and Britney Spears feature in this ingenious slapstick comedy.

Henry Ireton and the English Revolution

Henry Ireton and the English Revolution

Author: David Farr Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2006

A devout puritan, Henry Ireton was an immediate parliamentarian activist rising to the rank of Commissary-General of the New Model Army. Ireton shared Oliver Cromwell's religious enthusiasm and acted as one of his political mentors. Ireton, more than any other individual, even Cromwell, brought about the execution of Charles I. Indeed it was Ireton's influence, symbolised by his marriage to Bridget Cromwell, that did much to persuade Cromwell to become a regicide. Ireton's importance was through the theoretical and practical framework he provided for the revolution of 1647-9. As the 'penman' of the revolutionary army Ireton was an author of its significant political statements. Ireton was at the heart of the army's Heads of the Proposals, their attempt at settlement with the king in 1647, he was its chief negotiator with the Levellers at the Putney and Whitehall Debates and Ireton was chiefly responsible for the 1648 Remonstrance that justified the army's purge of Parliament and called for execution of justice on Charles I. In 1649 both Ireton and Cromwell embarked on the conquest of Ireland, Ireton remaining there asLord Deputy until he died on campaign in 1651.

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