a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun)

By debbie tucker green

a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun)
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ISBN: 9781848426375
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 2nd March 2017
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Royal Court Theatre, London, 2017

'It's not always all about you.'

Three couples.
What might be.
What once was.
What could have been.

debbie tucker green’s play premiered in February 2017 at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, in a production directed by the playwright.

'debbie tucker green's words spool from the characters' mouths like inflected lines of the most patterned poetry, at once heightened and yet utterly true to the rhythms of normal speech. But as the words flow over 80 minutes, the piece comes together with audacious clarity… it is haunted by a deep emotional tug. Its lengthy title perfectly describes what happens in front of our eyes. It is very moving and very fine'

- WhatsOnStage

'Beautifully dark and recognisable... an insightful observation of how we dissect our relationships, how we talk about talking, and what 'silence' means between lovers'

- Independent

'The most eloquent play about men and women I've seen for years… debbie tucker green's latest piece not only suggests a maturing talent, but also the depth that comes with experience'

- Telegraph

'Oblique yet compassionate… debbie tucker green uses language as deftly as a composer might use notes'

- Financial Times

'debbie tucker green's text is visceral. No one captures the pattern of fractured speech quite like her… a writer digging deeper than most to reach something profound about what it means to love one another'

- Exeunt Magazine

'A lean, intimate triptych about language and love… in debbie tucker green's hands the stop-start patterns of everyday speech, interrupted thoughts and broken sentences, hesitations and repetitions, becomes a kind of poetry… a play about listening as much as it is talking, about speaking and not being heard; it’s a play about love, but also about bodies, the pleasures they can bring and the ways they can fail'

- The Stage

debbie tucker green is a playwright, screenwriter and director.

Her plays include: a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun) (Royal Court Theatre, 2017); hang (Royal Court, 2015); nut (National Theatre, 2013); truth and reconciliation (Royal Court, 2011); random (Royal Court, 2008); generations (Young Vic, 2007); stoning mary (Royal Court, 2005); trade (RSC, 2005); born bad (Hampstead Theatre, 2003; Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer); and dirty butterfly (Soho Theatre, 2003).

She wrote and directed the feature film, Second Coming (BFI/Film 4, 2014; International Film Festival Rotterdam Big Screen Award) and adapted her play random into a TV film for Channel 4, which won the 2012 BAFTA for Best Single Drama and the Black International Film/MVSA Award for Best UK Film.

Her work for radio includes: lament (Radio Academy Arias Gold Award), gone, random, handprint and freefall.

She was awarded the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize for Drama.

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