Lovefuries

The Contracting Sea; The Hanging Judge; Bite or Suck

David Ian Rabey

David Ian Rabey

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

112 pages | 11 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2008
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841501840 Published March 2008
David Ian Rabey is one of the most explosive, pioneering, and erotic playwrights ever to emerge from Wales. Lovefuries features three of his performance texts that flaut national and personal pressure to keep silent, committing instead to explore the shocking resurgences of life that break through grief. These plays tackle such issues as the nature of the feminine, surviving sexual abuse, and the boundaries of human language and physicality. This unforgettable collection will introduce American audiences to one of the most gifted contemporary playwrights working in Britain.
 
 
Praise for David Ian Rabey
 
“Stylish and stylistically challenging work. . . . A riveting and explosively physical performance.”—Irish Times
 
 “Breathtaking.”—Theatre in Wales
 
 “The struggle is fierce, suspenseful, and genuinely surprising in its outcome.”—Theatre in Wales
 
“A gem of concise, meaningful new drama which deserves to be seen more widely as an illustration of the sort of theatre Wales is capable of producing.”—Gill Ogden, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
 
 

 
 

 
 
Irish Times

“Stylish and stylistically challenging work. . . . A riveting and explosively physical performance.”

Theatre in Wales

“Breathtaking.”

Theatre in Wales

“The struggle is fierce, suspenseful, and genuinely surprising in its outcome.”

Gill Ogden, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

“A gem of concise, meaningful new drama which deserves to be seen more widely as an illustration of the sort of theatre Wales is capable of producing.”

George Hunka | Superfluities Redux

“Erasing traditional Western dichotomies of body and mind, emotion and intellect, Hermann Nitsch's work [and] the plays of Howard Barker, Sarah Kane and David Ian Rabey [share] an obsession with sexualised violence and sacrifice, calling attention to both their contemporaneity and status as the basis of ancient and tragic rituals of radical, catastrophic experiences. The more one opens oneself to these texts and performances, the paler seems most contemporary theatre (often paling to complete nothingness); images and texts linger in the imagination long after the direct experience. And all of them are quite of this time and this world . . .  the plays of those theatre practitioners mentioned above [are] not for the faint of heart or mind, nor for the weak of stomach. Others, however, will be moved.”

Contents
On Rabey's First Volume, The Wye Plays
 
Author's Introduction: All the Rage
David Ian Rabey
 
Lovefuries: Production Details
 
The Contracting Sea
 
The Hanging Judge
 
Shattering All Excuse: A Performer's Perspective on The Hanging Judge
Roger Owen
 
Bite or Suck
 
Afterword: The Lurking Truths of the Self
Karoline Gritzner
 
About the Author
 
Lurking Truth/Gwir sy'n Llechu Theatre Company
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