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Kops: Plays Three By Bernard Kops

Kops: Plays Three by Bernard Kops

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Three plays from the Jewish playwright Bernard Kops. Kops is one of the best known Jewish playwrights of his time. Also published by Oberon Books is Kops: Plays One and Kops: Plays Two

Kops: Plays Three Summary

Kops: Plays Three by Bernard Kops

The Dream of Peter Mann was first produced at the Edinburgh Lyceum in 1960 and is a bold exploration of what it is to live in a world threatened by nuclear annihilation. In Enter Solly Gold, an irreverent and much lighter work, Kops' protagonist fleeces a family of vulgar snobs, reducing them to penury but also introducing them to an enjoyment of life. Who Shall I Be Tomorrow? was a hit at the Greenwich Theatre in 1982 with Joanna Lumley as the frighteningly deluded woman trying to flee her own reality by building herself a world of daydreams.

Kops: Plays Three Reviews

I don't care much for the English avant-garde, altough I'm interested in the man Kops. I like Kops and T. S. Elliot and Christopher Fry. - Eugene Ionesco A joyous, remarkable play. And an affirmation of the love of life. - Mervyn Jones on The Dream of Peter Mann If it comes within twenty miles of your city don't miss it. - Ray Gosling, The Tribune on Enter Solly Gold Emotional candour and tragic passion. - The Observer on Who Shall I Be Tomorrow

About Bernard Kops

Bernard Kops was born in the East-end of London in 1926; into stark poverty and political chaos. He is one of Britain's leading playwrights. The youngest of seven children of an immigrant Dutch-Jewish family, Kops left school at thirteen during the Blitz. He tried his hand at acting and the second hand book trade, drifting through the then-bohemian world of Soho and won sudden, unexpected fame in 1957 with his East End play The Hamlet of Stepney Green. This was drama steeped in the Yiddish theatrical tradition: a sweet-and-sour comedy including brilliant poetry set to music, the play portrayed a dying working-class community through the frustrating relationship between an ailing father and his adult son. He was hailed for it by the critics of the day as a significant contribution to the-then fashion in England for 'kitchen-sink' dramas. It has been performed all over the world. His play about the anti-Semitic poet Ezra Pound was produced first at the Half Moon theatre with Ian MacDiarmid giving one of his finest performances as Ezra. Playing Sinatra, another of his favourite plays has also been produced around the world. It had an incredible reception when it went to Warehouse Croydon and Greenwich Theatre, and is soon to open in April 2012 in Washington D.C. In all, he has written more than 40 plays, nine novels and two autobiographies. He also runs a master-class for playwrights. Bernard lives in London. Five o'clock every morning you'll find him at his desk, working away. Writing is still his obsession. 'I would rate Bernard Kops with Sean O' Casey and Arthur Miller. As a poet, he ranks with the other great European poet/playwright, Federico Garcia Lorca: the same passion, directness and lyrical intensity. His poems about nuclear war, about the Holocaust (in which many of his family perished) and more recently about his love for his wife Erica and his immediate family, will be remembered for their shapely form and their personal force. He is a worthy literary descendant of the First World War poet Isaac Rosenberg.' Michael Kustow

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Kops: Plays Three by Bernard Kops
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