Nights at the Circus (Oberon Modern Plays) (Paperback)

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Nights at the Circus (Oberon Modern Plays) (Paperback)

By Angela Carter, Tom Morris (Adapted by), Emma Rice (Adapted by)


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Of Angela Carter's novels, 'Nights at the Circus' is surely the best example of what this author can achieve when she plays alongside the sharp corners of nostalgia. Evoking the comforting reassurances of fantastical worlds and joyful circuses, Carter offers just enough safety to effectively astonish the reader in the dark spaces she creates. 'Nights at the Circus' follows world famous aerialiste Sophie Fevvers - a woman who, alongside the expected developments that puberty typically brings, grew wings from her back. A life spent exploiting her gift of flight and enchanting a public that's mystified by her abilities, Fevvers takes her aerial performance to the world. Light and airy in tone, 'Nights at the Circus' confronts us with the nature of exploitation and its deceptions. It is an incredibly intelligent work that allows Carter to play in the themes that she most loves, whilst also weaving an immaculate and compelling plot. Funny and devastating, this novel is utter perfection.

— Laura

It's 1899 and all of Europe is agape at the arrival of the new century. The world crackles with possibilities and people dance to the irresistible rhythms of money, sex, love and freedom. Swinging above them all is a showbiz sensation: a fierce, vulgar, pant-droppingly sexy trapeze artist called Fevvers.

In this dazzling homage to theatre Tom Morris and Emma Rice use a unique blend of story-telling, stage-craft and song to dramatise Angela Carter's popular and highly-regarded novel. Nights at the Circus opened at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith in February 2006 followed by a UK tour.

Product Details ISBN: 9781840026313
ISBN-10: 1840026316
Publisher: Oberon Books
Publication Date: January 1st, 2007
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: Oberon Modern Plays