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November 07 , 2009

John Mortimer: Plays Two


Includes the plays The Wrong Side of the Park, Come as You Are and Edwin

This second volume of Oberon's new edition of John Mortimer's Collected Plays contains two full-length works, The Wrong Side of the Park and Edwin, and four short plays known collectively as Come As You Are and individually named after parts of London.

Mill Hill concerns a dentist, his wife and a friend who likes to dress up as Sir Walter Raleigh for the purpose of making love.
In Bermondsey, the well-adjusted life of a London publican, his wife and the man who loves him is disturbed by the presence of a young girl at Christmas time.
Marble Arch is the story of an ageing film atar who believes that her rich lover has died in her bathroom, and it's up to her to dispose of the body.
Knightsbridge deals with the misunderstandings and confusions that arise when the mother of a gril about to be married puts up a number of dunious advertisements in and around Knightsbridge.
In Edwin, young Edwin - whom we never see - is coming from Canada to meet the family; but is he the son of a retired judge who can't stop trying things, or of a free-living, opera-whistling potter? Views on this question change radically during the course of the play.

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