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Tamara von Werthern
Welcome to our July Newsletter!

We have a wealth of exciting new releases and other goodies for you.

Our Featured Play this issue is the very popular Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones. We've just had clearance from the agent to make the play available for performance in both the UK and the USA (apart from the New York area).

Our theatre book highlight is the wonderful Secrets of Stage Success by Louise Dearman and Mark Evans, who reveal how to get ahead in the business - the book is especially accessible, as it answers questions submitted by the public and is for Drama and Musical Theatre students and anyone starting out on a career in the Performing Arts.

And now what you've all been waiting for! Our play releases include the political drama  Feed the Beast by Steve Thompson, the tense futuristic drama Game by Mike Bartlett, the supremely funny Jeeves & Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense' by The Goodale Brothers, original author P.G. Wodehouse, of course, the colourful and magical Lionboy by Zizou Corder, adapted by Marcelo Dos Santos, Helen Edmundson's beautiful underwater tale Mermaid, Stef Smith's ensemble piece for young people Remote, The Three Lions by William Gaminara which imagines a meeting of David Beckham, David Cameron and Prince William, and the atmospheric and haunting play The Veil by Conor McPherson.

Our acquisitions include an adaptation of the heart-wrenching, best-selling novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, the sell-out hit from the Donmar Temple by Steve Waters, set during the Occupy London protest outside St Paul's Cathedral, and the moving and insightful play Now This Is Not The End by Rose Lewenstein, addressing cultural heritage, identity and belonging.

We have done some number crunching and can now bring you our Top Ten Most Performed Plays of last year in the News section.

Our Featured Production this time is Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, adapted by Nicholas Wright, at the Putney Arts Theatre, a gripping and psychologically astute crime drama - go see it if you can!
In Production News, we are very excited to present the eleven productions licensed by us which are going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015! Hope you will all have an exciting time up there, be it as audience or as participants!
Tamara von WerthernPerforming Rights Manager

Featured Play
Stones in his Pockets
Stones in His Pockets
by Marie Jones
Set: can be simply staged (black box setting is fine)
Has just become available again in the UK and USA!
A hit in Dublin, Edinburgh, Belfast and the West End, Stones in His Pockets is a 'sad, hilarious and irresistible' two-man show about the filming of a Hollywood epic in rural Ireland (Sunday Times). A pair of extras, Charlie and Jake, tell the story by taking on all the roles themselves - including that of the know-nothing siren playing the lead... 'Marie Jones pulls off an ingenious theatrical trick that has a political kick'. (Time Out)

Amateur rights: £75 per performance, plus VAT where applicable
Book Highlight
Secrets of Stage Success
Secrets of Stage Success
by Louise Dearman and Mark Evans

This book is for anyone who wants to improve their performance, particularly in musical theatre! As Louise and Mark say...

"This is the book for anyone who's seen a show and thought: 'That could be me...'

That's what we used to think growing up, dreaming of working in musical theatre. Now, after years of hard work, we've been lucky enough to star in some amazing shows, including Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Ghost: The Musical, Evita and Cats.

We've picked up lots of tips from other performers, and have developed our own strategies and solutions too. In this book, using this knowledge and our experiences, we want to draw back the curtain and shine a spotlight onto how you can follow in our footsteps.

What makes our book really different (and useful) is that we asked our fans worldwide to submit questions - and thank you to the hundreds of you who did. Dozens of the questions are featured in the book, covering every aspect of the industry:
  • What is it like training at drama school?
  • How can I improve my vocal range?
  • How do I prepare for an audition?
  • How should I find and select an agent?
  • How do I deal with rejection?
  • How can I progress from the ensemble to a leading role?
This is a tough and competitive business, but passion, determination, a clued-up approach - and our book - will help see you through. Read it to discover the secrets you need to know, and we hope that one day soon, up on stage, it will be you."
Now available for amateur performance:
Feed The Beast
Feed the Beast
by Steve Thompson
5f 7m doubling (large cast possible)

Set: can be simply staged
Feed the Beast is a fiercely funny look at the rocky relations between our press and politicians in a world of spin doctors and Leveson Inquiries. Michael is moving into 10 Downing Street and there will be no charm offensives with this Prime Minister, not with a country to run. There's no time for lunches with the press while there are children living in poverty. And there's certainly no time to comment on a minister's illicit affair while the country needs more nurses. But when his own family's private life is set to be the next big story, Michael's principles are sorely tested.
Amateur rights: £75 per performance, plus VAT where applicable
by Mike Bartlett
Cast: 7f 6m plus 1 boy
originally set in a built house, surrounded by audience watching through two-way mirrors, but could be staged much more simply

In a housing crisis, a young couple are offered a home of their own. It's clean and big and has even got a jaccuzi built in - there is no way they could afford this ordinarily, house prices being what they are. But there's this new deal available, which finally allows them a space of their own and the opportunity to start a family. The only drawback is that they will be watched through two-way mirrors and occasionally sedated with a harmless sedative by the people watching them. The game is a cross between Paintball and the Big Brother House, and nobody is coming to any harm, after all. A small price to pay, surely? This provocative play by Mike Bartlett invites us to spy on the family as they embark on their dangerous new way to live.
Amateur rights: £75 per performance, plus VAT where applicable
Jeeves & Wooster: A Perfect Nonsense
Jeeves & Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense'
by The Goodale Brothers,
original author P.G. Wodehouse

Cast: 3m who play a variety of roles
flexible (the more ingeniously inventive, the better!)

Available from 11 January 2016 worldwide apart from USA and Canada.
When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker - reconciling the affections of his host's drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can't pull off the wedding of the season he'll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl himself! Written for a cast of three, who play multiple roles, this Olivier Award-winning adaptation will suit any theatre company or drama group looking for a 'lovingly loopy' (Observer) play to perform.
Amateur rights: £75 per performance, plus VAT where applicable
by Zizou Corder, adapted by Marcelo Dos Santos
2-6f 6-13m
Set: Can be simply staged

Charlie Ashanti lives in a future where phones are powered by the sun, cars are banned and companies are more powerful than countries. Charlie is a perfectly normal boy, except for one thing: he can speak to cats. When his parents are kidnapped, he sets off on a rescue mission - with a little help from a floating circus and its pride of performing lions. Based on Zizou Corder's bestselling novels, Marcelo Dos Santos's adaptation fuses storytelling and circus in a gripping tale that provides great opportunities for amateur and school groups looking to perform a magical adventure.
Amateur rights: £75 per performance, plus VAT where applicable
by Polly Teale
Cast: 6-15f 2-9m
Set: can be simply staged

Beneath the ocean's waves there is no death or pain or separation. Above, the modern world is beset with war, poverty and desire. On her sixteenth birthday, a mermaid rises up to the surface, leaving her childhood behind for ever when she falls in love with a mortal prince. She knows that she can no longer live at the bottom of the ocean - but must she destroy herself in order to be loved? A bold re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen's tale of love, loss and longing, transported to a contemporary setting.
Amateur rights: £75 per performance, plus VAT where applicable
by Stef Smith
Cast: 4f 2m 1 f or m, non-speaking extras
Set: set in a park, with a tree you can climb

Antler steps out of her front door and throws her phone to the ground. She stamps on it. Then she climbs on the tallest tree in the park. She doesn't want to be found, not by anyone.
Over the course of one autumnal evening, seven teenagers' lives intertwine as they make their way through the park. And everything that seemed normal becomes extraordinary.
A play about protest, power and protecting yourself, Remote was commissioned as part of the 2015 National Theatre Connections Festival and proved enormously popular with youth theatres and college companies across the UK.
Amateur rights: £75 per performance, plus VAT where applicable
The Three Lions
The Three Lions
by William Gaminara
1f 5-6m
Set: Can be simply staged (setting: a hotel room)

David Beckham, Prince William and David Cameron are in Zurich the night before England's bid for the 2018 World Cup. Between them they thrash out a plan that will woo FIFA and bring the beautiful game home. But as precious minutes tick by things start to go disastrously and deliciously wrong. Whatever else is at stake, this is more, much more, than a question of sport. William Gaminara's topical comedy offers a glimpse behind the scenes of diplomacy in action, and offers the amazing opportunity to play three of Britain's best-known characters.
Amateur rights: £75 per performance, plus VAT where applicable
The Veil
The Veil
by Conor McPherson
5f 3m
Set: Single built interior

May 1822, rural Ireland. The defrocked Reverend Berkeley arrives at the crumbling former glory of Mount Prospect House to accompany seventeen-year-old Hannah to England. She is to be married off to a marquis in order to resolve the debts of her mother's estate. However, compelled by the strange voices that haunt his beautiful young charge and a fascination with the psychic current that pervades the house, Berkeley proposes a seance, the consequences of which are catastrophic. Set around a haunted house hemmed in by a restive, starving populace, The Veil weaves Ireland's troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental and the circularity of time.
Amateur rights: £75 per performance, plus VAT where applicable

We can now reveal our Top Ten most performed plays of 2014!
We are delighted by the wide range of plays in here. The figures relate to number of performances rather than productions in 2014 and are therefore an even more accurate barometer of these plays' popularity.
  • # 1: 2014 was the centenary of World War I, so David Haig's play about Kipling's son losing his life in the war, My Boy Jack, was a popular choice
  • # 2: Neck and neck with the same number of performances are Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale & Ladies' Day by Amanda Whittington
New Acquisitions
Plays newly acquired by Nick Hern Books - keep an eye out on this newsletter for release of rights.
by Steve Waters
Cast: 3f 3m
Now This Is Not The End
Now This Is Not The End
by Rose Lewenstein
Cast: 3f 3m
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne, adapted by Angus Jackson
Cast: 6-15f 2-9m
Production News

We are so excited to present the amateur productions NHB is licensing at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe - if you happen to be in Edinburgh this August, make sure to catch some of these! Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington is at Surgeon's Hall on 24 - 30 August. Boys by Ella Hickson is at the SpaceTriplex on 25 - 29 August. Forever House by Glenn Waldron is playing at Greenside @ Infirmary Street on 17 - 29 August, a Pentagon Theatre production. Dawn King's Foxfinder is at the Bedlam Theatre on 17 - 29 August, a Masters of None production. Scenes from The Kitchen Sink from Tom Wells's play is at theSpace @ Surgeonshall on 17 - 29 August, a EUTCo production. Another play by Tom Wells, Me, as A Penguin is at theSpace on the Mile on 24 - 29 August, an Eleventh Hour production. My Name is Rachel Corrie, by Rachel Corrie, edited by Katherine Viner and Alan Rickman, is at theSpace @ Surgeon's Hall on 24 - 28 August. Passing Places by Stephen Greenhorn is at Greenside @ Nicholson Square on 10 - 15 August, a Great Child Production. Jez Butterworth's The River is at C-Venues on 5 - 31 August, a Brodrick Production. Strawberries in January by Evelyne de la Chenèliere, adapted by Rona Munro, at C Nova on 16 - 31 August and last but not least The Wolves of Willoughby Chase adapted by Russ Tunney at SpaceTriplex on 10 - 14 August, produced by Eagle House School.  Hope you all have a smashing time in Edinburgh and all the best for your production!
Featured Production

Thérèse Raquin
by Émile Zola, adapted by Nicholas Wright
4 - 8 August 2015
Putney Arts Theatre
More info here


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