Maydays & Trying It On: two plays
Paperback, 240 pages ISBN: 9781848427327Publication Date:
27 Sep 2018
Size: 198mm x 129mm£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)
EPUB, 240 pages ISBN: 9781788501118Publication Date:
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Maydays & Trying It On: two plays

By David Edgar

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Two plays by David Edgar, written thirty-five years apart, both exploring the theme of youth and revolution.

Maydays tells the story of the twenty-somethings who came of age in 1968 and were drawn into revolutionary politics; of defection from East to West as well as from Left to Right. It is told through a number of interlocking stories, across three continents and twenty-five years of tumultuous history.

First performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican, London, in 1983, Maydays was revived in this new version, also by the RSC, in 2018.

Trying It On is an autobiographical monologue, written to be performed by Edgar, in which the author at seventy confronts the ideals of his twenty-something self. Does he still share the beliefs which once defined him as a person and as an artist? If not, is it he that has changed, or the world itself?

Presented by Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate, Trying It On toured the UK in 2018, including performances at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Midlands Arts Centre and at the Royal Court Theatre, London – as well as at the Royal Shakespeare Company, alongside the revival of Maydays.

This edition also includes a new introduction by the author.

Extra Content: Mark Lawson on David Edgar's updating of Maydays for the 2018 Royal Shakespeare Company production, in an article for the Guardian, 8 October 2018.

Press Quotes

'An epic, decades-spanning story of youthful idealism colliding with human nature... this timely revised version draws out moments of resonance between the seismic political shifts of the late sixties, and the polarising uncertainty of the present'

The Stage (on the 2018 revival of Maydays)

'One of distinguished playwright David Edgar's most coruscating gems... an invaluable historical treatise, Maydays undoubtedly possesses a timely resonance'

Telegraph (on the 2018 production of Maydays)

'David Edgar's magnificent new play for the Royal Shakespeare Company is an epic, brilliantly plotted piece of writing that takes revolution as its theme'

The Financial Times (on the 1983 production of Maydays))

'Witty, but never cynical… as charming as it is challenging'

The Times on Trying It On
Paperback, 240 pages ISBN: 9781848427327Publication Date:
27 Sep 2018
Size: 198mm x 129mm£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)
EPUB, 240 pages ISBN: 9781788501118Publication Date:
27 Sep 2018
£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)

Also by David Edgar:

Mothers Against
Daughters of the Revolution
A Christmas Carol (RSC stage version)
Albert Speer
Arthur & George (stage version)
How Plays Work (revised and updated edition)
Testing the Echo
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (stage version)
The Prisoner's Dilemma
A Time to Keep
The Master Builder
Trying It On
If Only
Maydays (2018 version)
Continental Divide
Playing With Fire
The Shape of the Table
Written on the Heart
Edgar: Shorts

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