By Dawn King

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ISBN: 9781848423497
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 17th October 2013
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Category: Drama, English, Family, Full length plays, Good role(s) for female performers, Modern drama (post-1945), Politics & war, Small cast (3-6 performers)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

Cast Notes: 2-4f 2-4m

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Staging: can be simply staged
Amateur rights performance fee: £75.00 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

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Downloadable Guide Sheet: Ciphers.pdf

A smart and provocative thriller about spies, double agents, and the opaqueness of the human soul.

A young woman is found dead. Her sister sets out to find out what happened - and stumbles into a world of secrets and subterfuge that makes her question who Justine really was. How well can you ever know someone who lies for a living?

An Out of Joint, the Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre co-production, Ciphers premiered at the Exeter Northcott Theatre in October 2013, directed by Blanche McIntyre, before embarking on a UK tour.

'an ingenious spy thriller... echoes of le Carré... the work of a natural dramatist who knows how to generate suspense'

- Guardian

'intelligent and stylish... absorbing'

- The Times

Dawn King is an award-winning writer who works in theatre, radio and film. She is a member of the BBC Writersroom 10, and Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theatre. Her play Foxfinder was the winner of the 2011 Papatango New Writing Competition; its subsequent production at the Finborough Theatre won her Most Promising Playwright at the 2012 Off-West End Awards, and was nominated for the James Tait Black Prizes' drama award.

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