New Release Books by Moira Buffini

Moira Buffini is the author of Handbagged (2022), Manor (2021), NW Trilogy (2021), Gabriel (2021), Moira Buffini: Plays 2 (2015) and other 11 books.

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Handbagged

release date: Sep 15, 2022
Handbagged
I've spent a lifetime in the ebb and flow of power It brings its gifts But then it's an intoxicant One must beware lest one consumes too much The monarch. Her most powerful subject. Two women meet once a week for eleven years. One believes there is no such thing as society. The other has vowed to serve it. Moira Buffini's wickedly funny hit comedy imagines what the world's most powerful women, Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II, talked about behind closed palace doors. Winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, Handbagged was first performed in September 2013 and returned to Kiln Theatre, London, in September 2022. 'A phenomenon.' Sunday Telegraph 'Perfectly pitched between the comic and the serious.' Guardian

Manor

release date: Dec 02, 2021
Manor
This place is about to blow. A violent storm sweeps the coast. Diana Stuckley and her daughter are struggling to keep the roof on their run-down manor house, when neighbours and strangers begin to appear on their doorstep, seeking shelter from the floods. One of these unexpected arrivals is Ted Farrier, the charismatic leader of a right-wing organisation: he could be Diana's saviour - or could pull the fragile household to pieces. Stranded together, this explosive mix of people must survive the weather, and each other. Manor by Moira Buffini premiered at the National Theatre, London, in April 2020.

NW Trilogy

release date: Oct 18, 2021
NW Trilogy
Set amongst the vibrant, intense cacophony of North West London, NW Trilogy is a collection of three vivid stories, told over one performance, that remember and celebrate people who changed the course of history. The personal is political in these soulful explorations of what it means to be part of one of the most dynamic communities in the world. First, we reel to a dance hall in 'County Kilburn' in Moira Buffini's Dance Floor where the Guinness flows, the music never stops and for homesick Aoife, there's far more at stake than a dance. In Roy Williams' bittersweet Life of Riley, Paulette is on a journey to connect with her estranged father Riley, a reggae musician once part of the influential Trojan Records scene, who can't seem to let go of the past. And, Suhayla El-Bushra's Waking/Walking introduces us to Anjali, a wife, mother and newly arrived migrant following Idi Amin's expulsion of the Asian minority from Uganda, who is torn between not making a fuss and seizing her moment to take a stand as the Grunwick dispute unfolds. NW Trilogy is powerful, funny and epic and shows us how we can change the world from our doorstep. This edition was published to coincide with the world premiere as NW Trilogy at Kiln Theatre, London, in August 2021.

Gabriel

release date: Feb 09, 2021
Gabriel
In Nazi-occupied Guernsey, an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy, the Becquet family’s home is requisitioned by SS officers. As widowed matriarch Jeanne navigates the dangerous game of Major Von Pfunz’s attraction to her, her Jewish daughter-in-law discovers a strange and beautiful man washed up on the shore. Wracked by fever, the man can remember nothing, including his own name; with equal probability he’s a downed Royal Air Force pilot or an overboarded SS officer, Jeanne’s daughters convince her to shelter him until his memory returns. But harboring this fallen Gabriel threatens the modicum of safety and stability Jeanne’s wrung from her family’s dispossession.

Moira Buffini: Plays 2

release date: Dec 21, 2015
Moira Buffini: Plays 2
Dinner 'A cracking black comedy that has you laughing uproariously one moment and jumping with shock the next . . . For those with strong stomachs, Dinner offers a delicious feast of comedy and the macabre.' Daily Telegraph Dying for It 'A subversive Russian classic: one that addresses the ultimate question of "why live?"' Guardian 'The play, freely adapted by Moira Buffini, presents a glorious gallery of comic types.' Independent Welcome to Thebes 'It's thrilling. Moira Buffini's strange and daring play is moving, wise, funny, horrifying . . . Full of resonances you weren't expecting, jokes you didn't see coming . . . It raises huge questions with wit.' The Times Handbagged Winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 'A phenomenon.' Sunday Telegraph 'Perfectly pitched between the comic and the serious.' Guardian

A Vampire Story

release date: Apr 06, 2016
A Vampire Story
Two young women arrive in a nameless British small-town. Their names are not their own. They don't declare their ages. Their relationship with each other is not clear. Are they sisters, as their assumed identities declare? Or are they mother and daughter?

Loveplay

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Loveplay
Together ten chronologically-organised scenes offer a vision of love and sex in England across two millennia, from classical times to the present day via the Renaissance and the Swinging Sixties.3 women, 3 men

Greenland

release date: Feb 17, 2011
Greenland
What on earth is happening to our planet? And who knows what to do? Certainties are few: every living thing is related to every other living thing; our actions have consequences; change is continual and inevitable. The National Theatre asked four of the country's most exciting writers to investigate. The team spent six months interviewing key individuals from the worlds of science, politics, business and philosophy to create a fast-paced and provocative new play. Greenland premiered at the National Theatre, London, in February 2011.

Welcome to Thebes

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Welcome to Thebes
Set in a city named Thebes, somewhere in the 20th century, the play is introduced by a militia sergeant named Miletus and two child soldiers under his command, Scud and Megeara. They discover the body of Polynices, a warlord in the recently-ended civil war and brother of Antigone and Ismene. Meanwhile, Ismene and the new female president of Thebes, Eurydice, widow of Creon get ready for the arrival of Theseus, fi rst citizen of the powerful democratic state of Athens, to discuss rebuilding Thebes after the civil war.10 women, 10 men

Dying for it

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Dying for it
Hallway-dwelling Semyon is unemployed and disheartened with life. When his last hope at turning his life around disappears he decides to commit suicide, only to find that a number of people would like him to die on their behalf. On the night of the deed, a party grows towards a glorious climax. Moira Buffini has freely adapted Nikolai Erdman's 'The Suicide', which was banned by Stalin before a single performance, to create 'Dying For It'. It premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London in March 2007.

Plays 1

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Plays 1
Gabriel:'A richly themed, enthralling new play.' The TimesSilence (winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn award):'Silence is a beaut. Buffini is deliciously skilled at crafting lines.' Financial TimesLoveplay:'Delightfully quirky, funny and touching. A hit if ever I saw one. Buffini has an appetite for history, and the most beguiling of dramatic voices.' Daily TelegraphDinner:'A cracking black comedy that has you laughing uproariously one moment and jumping with shock the next . . . Dinner offers a delicious feast of comedy at its most heartless and macabre.' Daily TelegraphBlavatsky's Tower:'A refreshingly dizzying perspective on that cornerstone of dysfunction - the family.' Time Out 'A truly remarkable play. Buffini is a startingly original voice and an outstanding talent.' What's On

Dinner

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Dinner
An artist, a scientist and a sexpot are coming to dinner. The arrival of Mike provides an unexpected addition to the evening's entertainment.

Marianne Dreams

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Marianne Dreams
On her tenth birthday, Marianne is forced to bed with a fever. Picking up a pencil she starts to draw a house. That night she dreams. As Marianne s sleeps, she finds herself transported to the house she has drawn, and the mysterious world that lies beyond. Together with a strange but familiar boy, she embarks on an adventure that runs between reality and dream. Catherine Storr s classic children s novel is adapted for the stage by Moira Buffini. Marianne Dreams premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in December 2007.

Silence

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Silence
"A typical end of the millennium story involving cross dressing, hallucinogenic drugs, confused sexuality, alternative religions, and apocalyptic dreams ... end of the first millennium, that is." "A not-so-pure Maiden is sent to marry a not-so-manly Lord, who is advised by a not-so-celibate Priest, and protected by a not-so-insensitive Thug in an England ruled by a King who won't get out of bed." "Silence premiered at The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in October 1999."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Silence (Buffini)

release date: Jan 01, 2014
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