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Oxford Playscripts: The Brotherhood of Smoke

Oxford Playscripts: The Brotherhood of Smoke

Author: Adrian Flynn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2017

Prisoner Five One Eight, Jack Wilson, has recently been released from jail, and is back roaming the streets of Victorian London. Despite his best intentions to stay out of trouble, mischief follows him everywhere he goes and he gets caught up with a band of rascals who have ambitious plans for the opening of the Great Exhibition. They are not the only gang of criminals, however, to be making plans for this event. Who will get there first, and who will be caught red-handed?

Oxford Playscripts: The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler

Oxford Playscripts: The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler

Author: Gene Kemp Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. When friend Danny steals a tenner and Dad stands for the local council, it's only the start of a turbulent term for Tyke Tiler. And with the discovery of a disused mill, a smelly old marrow bone, a runaway mouse called Fatty, and a conveniently abandoned stack of test papers, Tyke certainly makes this term one to remember... New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: The White Rose and the Swastika

Oxford Playscripts: The White Rose and the Swastika

Author: Adrian Flynn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2007

An engaging classroom playscript. Based on the true story of a brother and sister and how their initial enthusiasm for Hitler and the Nazi regime turned to brave resistance. In Munich, Hans, Sophie and their friends form The White Rose , producing leaflets which fiercely attack Hitler's Government. If the Gestapo find out who is responsible, they will undoubtedly be killed. As the leaflets appear far and wide, dissent begins to spread among students. The White Rose work tirelessly, determined to oppose Hitler at all costs - but where will it end? New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: The Crucible

Oxford Playscripts: The Crucible

Author: Arthur Miller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

This brand new schools' edition of Arthur Miller's classic tragedy brings the play alive for students whether in the classroom or drama studio. With activities that target exactly the right level plus in-depth biographical and contextual information to deepen students' understanding of the play, this edition provides comprehensive, relevant and engaging support for 14-16 students. The brand new design ensures that the text and supporting materials are the clearest and most accessible available. Set during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, The Crucible exposes the tensions caused by gossip and rumour within a tight-knit community, where eventually no one is safe from accusation and vengeance. Seen as a parallel to McCarthyism and the fear of communism in 1950s America, the play's themes of truth, justice, honour, mass hysteria and individuality still resonate with audiences around the world today.

Oxford Playscripts: Frankenstein

Oxford Playscripts: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. Frankenstein is the famous story of a young man who thinks he can change the world by making better human beings. Instead he creates a living monster with a mind of its own. New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: Brother in the Land

Oxford Playscripts: Brother in the Land

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2004

An engaging classroom playscript. When a nuclear bomb wrecks his hometown and rips his family apart, 15-year-old Danny has to learn the art of survival...and fast. Under constant threat from radiation sickness, starvation, and the men who have seized power, Danny struggles to protect himself and his brother. Then he joins the resistance and the real fight begins... New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: The Snake-Stone

Oxford Playscripts: The Snake-Stone

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2005

An engaging classroom playscript. Fifteen-year-old James is mad about diving and trains hard. He has a natural talent and his dad encourages him to aim high. But James has always known he is adopted, and now he decides to find his birth mother and his true identity. He sets out alone, on the journey of a lifetime... New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing

Oxford Playscripts: Blood Brothers

Oxford Playscripts: Blood Brothers

Author: Willy Russell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Twin brothers, Mickey and Edward, are separated at birth as their mother cannot afford to keep them both. Raised only streets apart in the heart of Liverpool, the boys' lives take two very different paths. However, following a chance meeting, the pair form an unlikely friendship. But what will happen if they ever find out the secret of their shared history?

Oxford Playscripts: Our Day Out and other plays

Oxford Playscripts: Our Day Out and other plays

Author: Willy Russell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

In Our Day Out Mrs Kay's 'Progress Class' embark on an anarchic school trip to Conwy Castle in Wales. Assisted by the authoritarian Deputy Headmaster, Mr Briggs, the students conspire to steal animals from the zoo and cause as much chaos as possible along the way. This edition also includes the following short plays: The Boy with the Transistor Radio, Terraces and I Read the News Today.

Oxford Playscripts: The Three Musketeers

Oxford Playscripts: The Three Musketeers

Author: Ken Ludwig Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2008

An engaging classroom playscript. Acclaimed Broadway playwright Ken Ludwig's humorous adaptation of this classic tale. First performed by the Bristol Old Vic in 2006. Based on Alexandre Dumas' timeless swashbuckler, The Three Musketeers tells the story of young d'Artagnan, who sets off for adventure in Paris and soon allies himself with the greatest heroes of the day - Musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis - to defend the honour of the Queen of France. New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: The Canterbury Tales

Oxford Playscripts: The Canterbury Tales

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer is dead! In a dramatic attempt to bring him back to life, four medieval alchemists invite a group of Chaucer's best-known pilgrims - the Knight, the Wife of Bath, the Pardoner, the Nun's Priest, and the Miller - to tell their Canterbury Tales. New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Oxford Playscripts: Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Author: Thomas Hardy, David Calcutt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2016

Tess Durbeyfield seems destined for a simple life. The daughter of simple people, in a simple town, she knows her place and is content. That is until her life changes when her drunken father discovers he is a member of an ancient aristocratic family, the d'Urbervilles. After an accident where the family's horse is killed, Tess's mother sends her to seek help from their wealthy 'relations', but will the acquaintance be a help, or send Tess and her family into further trouble and ruin?

Oxford Playscripts: Johnny & the Dead

Oxford Playscripts: Johnny & the Dead

Author: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. Johnny Maxwell, visiting the local cemetery, discovers that he can see the dead. He can talk to them, too - much to his friends' amazement. So when the news breaks that the local council plans to sell the cemetery to a property developer, Johnny learns that there are some things in life (and death) that are worth fighting for...

Oxford Playscripts: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

Oxford Playscripts: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

Author: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. Maurice is no ordinary cat. He's amazing. He can think, he can talk...and he has an amazing scam going. And all he needs to pull it off is an army of intelligent rats and one stupid-looking kid. But when his gang enter Bad Blintz, the town they have decided to con next, they soon realize that all is not as it should be - and decide to investigate. Three squads of rats spread out under the town, their mission to dismantle traps, bury poison, do some serious widdling, and to find out exactly what those resident rat-catchers are up to...

Oxford Playscripts: Dracula

Oxford Playscripts: Dracula

Author: Bram Stoker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. He is Nosferatu, the Undead. He can walk through locked doors, change his shape. Sometimes he looks like a man, sometimes a huge wolf-like dog, or a bat. He never grows ill, never dies And if you invite him into your home, he will take your life and your soul. New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing

Oxford Playscripts: Salem

Oxford Playscripts: Salem

Author: David Calcutt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2007

An engaging classroom playscript. In 1692, 19 people were executed for witchcraft and the whole village was engulfed in fear. But what actually happened in Salem? This play re-tells the Witch Trials by combining historical evidence with a healthy dose of imagination, and exploring the build-up of hysteria in the village. It covers important issues of prejudice and peer pressure, gang mentality, suspicion and fear. A more accessible version of events, Salem is ideal for preparation work for The Crucible. It also acts as an interesting comparison text to Miller's play, placing emphasis on different events and characters. New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: Flesh and Blood

Oxford Playscripts: Flesh and Blood

Author: Benjamin Hulme-Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2012

A modern gothic chiller inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's 'The Body Snatcher' Lost in the middle of nowhere, Emma, Caitlin, Zack and Danny seek shelter in an abandoned vicarage. Emma recognises the house from her nightmares and begs the others not to enter, but with a storm building they have no choice. As night falls, the vicarage begins to give up its chilling secrets, and century-old tales of murder, revenge and body snatching fill the air. Also included: The Body Snatcher - a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson Medical student, Fettes, begins to grow suspicious about the source of the corpses for his anatomy class. When the sinister reality becomes clear, he is forced to make a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life

Oxford Playscripts: Solace of the Road

Oxford Playscripts: Solace of the Road

Author: Siobhan Dowd, Mike Kenny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Holly Hogan is on the run. Fed up of life in foster care and longing to be reunited with her mum, she packs a bag and heads for the road, destined for Ireland. With only her mum's amber ring, a blonde wig and distant memories of a troubled childhood, Holly transforms herself into the feisty Solace the kind of girl who can take on anything. But just how far will Holly get before her past catches up with her? Solace of the Road features a detailed scheme of work including a range of inspiring activities and drama techniques, written by title consultants Paul Bunyan and Ruth Moore.

Oxford Playscripts: One of Us

Oxford Playscripts: One of Us

Author: Mike Kenny, Jeannie Waudby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2017

K is not scared of many things, but the Brotherhood terrify her. Caught in a bomb attack, she agrees to go undercover and spy on this young radical terrorist group. But K soon realises that things are not quite as black and white as she had originally thought and she begins to question who the enemy really is. Discovering the truth is difficult, especially when there's a love interest at stake. One of Us features a detailed scheme of work including a range of inspiring activities and drama techniques, written by title consultants Paul Bunyan and Ruth Moore.

Oxford Playscripts: Lady Macbeth

Oxford Playscripts: Lady Macbeth

Author: David Calcutt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2005

An engaging classroom playscript. Daughter of a Pictish king, Gruach is forced to marry her father's enemy by the new ruler, King Malcolm. Desperate, she turns to the Wyrd Sisters for advice. Meanwhile, Macbeth and Duncan join forces against the King, killing him and all his followers. Now a Widow, Gruach is free to become Lady Macbeth. New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: Doctor Faustus

Oxford Playscripts: Doctor Faustus

Author: Christopher Marlowe, Geraldine McCaughrean Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2006

An engaging classroom playscript. Doctor Faustus, a talented student in Wittenburg, Germany, wants to learn more than the university has to offer. Craving knowledge of things beyond his reach, Faustus turns to the study of magic. Tempted by the immense powers of the black arts, he makes a pact with the devil himself... New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing

Oxford Playscripts: The Demon Headmaster

Oxford Playscripts: The Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. A group of friends take a stand against the actions of their Headmaster, who wants to take over the world. Strange things happen at Lloyd and Harvey Hunter's school. When their new foster sister Dinah arrives she wants to find out why...but can she escape the Demon Headmaster? New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing

Oxford Playscripts: Across the Barricades

Oxford Playscripts: Across the Barricades

Author: Joan Lingard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. Kevin is Catholic. Sadie is Protestant. In Belfast they are supposed to be enemies - so what chance do they have when they fall in love?

Oxford Playscripts: Troy

Oxford Playscripts: Troy

Author: David Calcutt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2007

An engaging classroom playscript. The Greek champion Achilles is returning to the Trojan War. Intent on revenge for the killing of his friend Patroclus, he is determined to fight Hector to the death. The outcome of the war rests on this one fight and Troy 24, Olympus Broadcasting's most popular news channel, plans to get the world exclusive. New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: Cry, The Beloved Country

Oxford Playscripts: Cry, The Beloved Country

Author: Roy Sargeant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2008

An engaging classroom playscript. A moving adaptation of the classic South African novel by Alan Paton by acclaimed playwright Roy Sargeant. New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: King of Shadows

Oxford Playscripts: King of Shadows

Author: Susan Cooper, Mitchell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

An engaging classroom playscript. Nat is a young actor performing as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. As the rehearsals intensify, Nat's health begins to fail and the cast is horrified to hear that he has been rushed to hospital with bubonic plague. New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: Werewolf

Oxford Playscripts: Werewolf

Author: Flynn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2011

An engaging classroom playscript. Following the defeat of Charles I, the future of the villagers of Kilhope looks uncertain under their new Parliamentarian landowner. Scheming steward, Thomas Wishart, is the cause of a bitter injustice, resulting in tragic consequences. Sinister and unexplained happenings follow... Is the Kilhope werewolf really just a legend, or is it running rife within the village, wreaking its grisly revenge? New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: The Invisible Man

Oxford Playscripts: The Invisible Man

Author: Adrian Flynn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2012

An engaging classroom playscript. Blending science fiction with the dangers of human ambition, this is a story of scientific discovery turned nightmare. There are many whispered questions when medical student Griffin arrives at a small village wrapped in bandages; however, no one can guess the true reason for his disguise. Terror, revenge and chaos ensue as Griffin, and those around him, come to terms with the effects of his latest experiment.

Oxford Playscripts: Jekyll and Hyde

Oxford Playscripts: Jekyll and Hyde

Author: Adrian Flynn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2011

An engaging classroom playscript. Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of gothic horror has now been adapted for secondary students. Written by classroom favourite Adrian Flynn, the play will thrill students with its story of a doctor whose scientific experiments lead him to get in touch with his darker side... New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Oxford Playscripts: Dodger

Oxford Playscripts: Dodger

Author: Stephen Briggs, Terry Pratchett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2014

An exciting classroom playscript based on Terry Pratchett's best-selling novel Dodger. Dodger is a sewer scavenger who spends his days sifting through the murky underbelly of Victorian London. But when he rescues a young girl from a vicious assault, he begins to realise that things overground are even murkier than down in the sewers. As Dodger attempts to unravel the mystery of the attack, he finds himself ducking, weaving and dodging his way through high society with London's most famous literary and political figures. But can he find the attackers before they find him?

Oxford Playscripts: My Swordhand is Singing

Oxford Playscripts: My Swordhand is Singing

Author: Adrian Flynn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2014

In the bitter cold of an unrelenting winter Tomas and his son, Peter, arrive in Chust and despite the inhospitability of the villagers settle there as woodcutters. Tomas digs a channel of fast-flowing waters around their hut so they have their own little island kingdom. Peter doesn't understand why his father has done this, nor why his father carries a long battered box everywhere they go, and why he is forbidden to know its contents. But when a band of gypsies comes to the village Peter's drab existence is turned upside down. He is infatuated by the beautiful gypsy princess, Sofia, intoxicated by their love of life and drawn into their deadly quest. For Chust is a dying community - where the dead come back to wreak revenge on the living. Amidst the terrifying events that follow, Peter is stunned to see his father change from a disillusioned man to the warrior hero he once was.

Oxford Playscripts: Cowgirl

Oxford Playscripts: Cowgirl

Author: G. R. Gemin, Mike Kenny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2016

Growing up on the embattled Bryn Mawr Estate in South Wales, all Gemma sees are burglaries and boredom, as she holds onto times when happiness wasn't so hard to find. But when the legendary Cowgirl arrives abruptly in Gemma's life, it turns out they both have a mission on their hands. It's been a long time since anyone on the Bryn Mawr Estate ever saw a cow. But they're about to get a lot closer to home.

Oxford Playscripts: A View from the Bridge

Oxford Playscripts: A View from the Bridge

Author: Arthur Miller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

This brand new schools' edition of Arthur Miller's tragic masterpiece brings the play alive for students whether in the classroom or drama studio. With activities that target exactly the right level plus in-depth biographical and contextual information to deepen students' understanding of the play, this edition provides comprehensive, relevant and engaging support for 14-16 students. The brand new design ensures that the text and supporting materials are the clearest and most accessible available. Eddie Carbone is at first happy to help his wife's cousins, newly arrived in Brooklyn, New York, from Italy. However, as his niece begins to fall in love with one of them, family secrets are unearthed, loyalties are challenged, and Eddie himself is forced to play his part in the tragic finale.

Oxford Playscripts: All My Sons

Oxford Playscripts: All My Sons

Author: Arthur Miller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

This brand new schools' edition of Arthur Miller's powerful tragedy brings the play alive for students whether in the classroom or drama studio. With activities that target exactly the right level plus in-depth biographical and contextual information to deepen students' understanding of the play, this edition provides comprehensive, relevant and engaging support for 16-18 students. The brand new design ensures that the text and supporting materials are the clearest and most accessible available. Set following the end of Word War Two, All My Sons explores themes of guilt, loss and blame as a family comes to terms not only with the death of their son and brother, but also their part in a far greater tragedy. The play is a chilling exploration of the tensions between self-interest and social responsibility.

Oxford Playscripts: Death of a Salesman

Oxford Playscripts: Death of a Salesman

Author: Arthur Miller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

This brand new schools' edition of Arthur Miller's award-winning masterpiece brings the play alive for students whether in the classroom or drama studio. With activities that target exactly the right level plus in-depth biographical and contextual information to deepen students' understanding of the play, this edition provides comprehensive, relevant and engaging support for 16-18 students. The brand new design ensures that the text and supporting materials are the clearest and most accessible available. Exploring the disintegration of WIlly Loman's mind and his inevitable drift towards suicide, Arthur Miller's dramatisation of the failure of the American Dream remains as poignant and relevant today as when it was first published in 1949.

Oxford Playscripts: The Valley of Fear

Oxford Playscripts: The Valley of Fear

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. John Douglas is a man with a past. Sherlock Holmes is the famous detective who finds puzzle-solving elementary. When Holmes and his faithful friend Watson are summoned to the country to investigate Douglas's murder, it begins to look as though the past might finally have caught up with him. New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

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