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Stephens, Simon 1971-

Works: 69 works in 224 publications in 4 languages and 3,909 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Juvenile works  Drama  Young adult works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Study guides  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Translator, Contributor, Creator, Author of introduction
Classifications: PZ7.H1165, [FIC]
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Simon Stephens
Most widely held works by Simon Stephens
The Methuen Drama book of twenty-first century British plays( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title showcases five of the best new plays from the first decade of the 21st century. It presents some of the most exciting plays to emerge in recent years covering topics as diverse as the 7/7 terrorist attacks, gun crime in London and life in a mental hospital
Harper Regan by Simon Stephens( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a startlingly bright Autumn night in 2006 Harper Regan walked away from her home and her husband and her daughter and she kept walking. She told nobody that she was going. She told nobody where she was going. She put everything she ever built at risk. For two lost days and nights, until it looked as though her entire life might unravel, she didn't turn back
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christopher, stands beside Mrs Shears's dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington
Motortown by Simon Stephens( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Danny returns from Basra to a foreign England and a different king of battle. He visits an old flame, buys a gun and goes on a blistering road trip through the new home front
Punk rock by Simon Stephens( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and German and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everything human beings do finishes up bad in the end. Everything good human beings ever make is built on something monstrous. Nothing lasts. We certainly won't ... ' Based on his experience as a teacher, Stephens describes his play as 'The History Boys on crack'. It explores the underlying tensions and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen year old students. Contemporary and unnerving, with elements of The Catcher in the Rye, Punk Rock follows the story of seven sixth-formers as they face up to the pressures of teenage life, while preparing for their mock A-level exams a
On the shore of the wide world by Simon Stephens( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stockport 2004. Peter Holmes' dad is mastering his card tricks. His sons are plotting ways of leaving home. His wife has never looked so tired. And something is about to happen that will change all their lives irrevocable. Set over the course of nine months, On the Shore of the Wilde World is a play about love, family, Roy Keane and the size of the galaxy. It is also a play about recovery."--Publisher's description
Pornography by Simon Stephens( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Britain feels like the centre of the world. World-changing politics, gigantic charity concerts, the chance to host the Olympics; everything's happening, and everyone's talking about it. In schools, offices, streets, shops, parks and homes - there's a buzz in the air, a sense of anticipation. The world's eyes are focused on Britain and you can feel the energy and possibilities. But in less than an hour in central London, everything will change. 'Pornography' is a stark and shattering play that captures Britain as it crashes from the euphoria and promise of the 2012 Olympic announcement into the devastation of 7/7. Each monologue or playlet focuses on a different individual, walking in their shoes in the run-up to the tragedy. The play was first presented in 2007 at Hanover, Germany; the UK premiere was in 2008 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
One minute by Simon Stephens( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A child goes missing, vanishes into thin air, leaving a tender, fragmentary play about the inarticulacy of grief. 'One Minute', premiered at Sheffield's Crucible Studio in 2003, follows several connected characters through their struggles with Daisy Schults's disappearance. 'One Minute' is a disquieting portrait of the lives that are united in the single moment it takes for a child to disappear
Bluebird by Simon Stephens( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bluebird charts a night in the life of London mini-cab driver Jimmy McNeill. We share with him a night of his fares -- the despondent and delirious, the inspired, inspiring and insane. Jimmy is a surprising cabbie: a writer fallen from grace, an amateur philosopher, a man of real soul. He treats his customers with amusement and compassion; he fields their questions, hears their stories and touches their lives with as much grace as he can muster. And every fare chips away at the heart of Jimmy's past. Exactly five years ago tonight, Jimmy's life was changed forever. And tonight he is on a mission to atone."--Back cover
Country music by Simon Stephens( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Premiered at the Royal Court in 2004, 'Country Music' is a dramatic play about love, crime and possibly redemption, with a purity of structure that gives it great emotional force. The play dips in and out of the life of Jamie Carris over twenty years, showing him meeting with his girlfriend, his half-brother and his daughter. It is also the story of his crime - his flight, his time in prison and his attempt to find his way in the world once he is released. Jamie commits a crime, an act of vengeance which is the terrible pivot of the play's action, but Stephens focuses not on his violence but on his relationships and his humanity
A thousand stars explode in the sky by David Eldridge( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a farm in the North East of England a family gathers. Five brothers and four generations feature in an epic play about hope, love, fear and the very end of time. A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky is a refreshingly subtle and compassionate vision of the world on the edge of apocalypse. Within a cosmological context, the focus is on a single family, their relations with each other and their unreconciled regrets, soon to become permanent. With an ensemble of strong, engaging characters, there are knotty, realistic family dynamics and a palimpsest of recent family history. The characters and
Plays, 2 / Simon Stevens by Simon Stephens( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trial of Ubu : and, King Ubu by Simon Stephens( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Trial of Ubu, Simon Stephens takes the grotesque and amoral megalomaniac dictator from Alfred Jarry's proto-surrealist 1896 play Ubu Roi and places him before a twenty-first century international tribunal. Set in January 2010, at the International Criminal Tribunal sitting in The Hague, it is day 436 of the trial of the dictator Ubu. Sitting before a UN constituted International Tribunal, he is charged with Crimes against Humanity and other serious violations of international humanitarian law. Simon Stephens' virtuosic satire examines the often absurd legal wrangling of the international justice system. The Trial of Ubu is a savage comedy that interrogates the assumptions of a Court as it struggles to deal with defendants who are not only opposed to the morality of law, but exist in a different moral dimension altogether. Exploring the central legitimacy and effectiveness of international law, Stephens asks how a civilised society can deal with the perpetrators of unspeakable crime, and wherein lies the legitimacy of any internationally convened tribunal. Taking a wry and intelligent look at the international courts when reduced to senseless and convoluted legal altercations, this funny yet unsettling play asks important questions about legal against moral justice, and the futility of reasoned argument in the presence of a heinous malefactor
Plays, 1 by Simon Stephens( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christmas by Simon Stephens( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With a sharp ear for the verbal rhythms of conversation, Stephens glimpses the everyday weariness beneath the chat of men down on their luck, in a pub that has fallen out of time. It is a week before Christmas in Michael Macgraw's tired and empty pub in London. Michael adds a shot of whisky to his tea, and waits for some customers. Slowly, the regulars trickle in: twitchy, miserable 29 year-old Billy Lee Russell, who has just found out who his father was, and Giuseppe Rossi, a proud and elderly Italian barber, who has charged the same price for the last five years. They are joined by a series of strangers who only stay for one drink, and by Charlie Anderson who is on a lonely pub crawl with a cello, and they talk through the long night about what went wrong. 'Christmas' was first performed in 2003 at the Pavilion Theatre, Brighton
A doll's house by Henrik Ibsen( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House premiered in 1879 in Copenhagen, the second in a series of realist plays by Ibsen, and immediately provoked controversy with its apparently feminist message and exposure of the hypocrisy of Victorian middle-class marriage. In Ibsen's play, Nora Helmer has secretly (and deceptively) borrowed a large sum of money to pay for her husband, Torvald, to recover from illness on a sabbatical in Italy. Torvald's perception of Nora is of a silly, naive spendthrift, so it is only when the truth begins to emerge, and Torvald appreciates the initiative behind his wife, that unmendable cracks appear in their marriage
Morning : a play for young people by Simon Stephens( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I missed first time. I could feel his skull caving in. It was like a shell. ' Morning - a play for young people - is the latest offering from acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens, written after a workshop involving actors from the Young Company at the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Theater, Basel, Switzerland. It's the end of summer in a small, claustrophobic town and two friends are about to go their separate ways: one to university; the other will be staying local. But no matter what separates them, they will always share one moment: a moment that changed them forever. This dark coming-of-age pla
Port by Simon Stephens( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and German and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stockport 1988-2002. Racheal Keats is growing up in a town she doesn't like with a family in tatters and a future she cannot picture. As those she loves begin to let her down or leave her behind, can Racheal find the strength to make her own way in the world?"--P. [4] of cover
Wastwater ; and, T5 by Simon Stephens( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set on the edges of Heathrow Airport, Wastwater is an elliptical triptych--a snapshot of three different couples who make a choice that will define the fallout of their future. Harry is on the point of leaving England. Frieda knows she will never see him again. Lisa and Mark are on the point of a sexual betrayal that takes them into a place darker than they ever thought possible. Sian has a terrifying deal for Jonathan. She isn't going to take no for an answer. -- T5 portrays a road trip below the heart of London and follows a darkly magical flight out of the edges of the 21st Century
Three kingdoms by Simon Stephens( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and German and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the severed human head of an Estonian woman is found in a river in Hammersmith, two British detectives set off in search of her origins in Europe and how she came to be found dead. Fighting to cross international borders and language barriers, the pair enter a nightmarish world that will change one of them forever. Three Kingdoms tells the stories of trafficked women, the gangs and the police forces across Europe that attempt to control the trade
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The Methuen Drama book of twenty-first century British plays
Alternative Names
Simon Stephens British playwright

Simon Stephens englischer Dramatiker und Theaterschriftsteller

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Harper ReganMotortownPunk rockOn the shore of the wide worldPornographyOne minuteBluebirdCountry music