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Red Sun and Merlin Unchained


Red Sun and Merlin Unchained are the most recent original stage works by one of the most accomplished yet neglected dramatists of our time. Red Sun is a two-hander, tightly tethered within the classical unities of theme and space and the span of a single day. Merlin Unchained is an explosive, multitudinous epic, crossing continents and centuries and passing between worlds. Yet though technically so different, both works speak with the same distinctive voice, offering an exhilarating—and sometimes disturbing— challenge to the cultural and political perceptions of the contemporary audience, and exploring alien worlds that, alarmingly, begin to become recognizable as our own.

262 pages | 8 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2011


Literature and Literary Criticism: Dramatic Works

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“David Rudkin is an odd man out amongst modern British dramatists. His plays are a unique blend of ritual and realism, of Artaudian imagery and bloodshot language.”


"Our greatest dramatic poet."—Observer


". . . the finest language to be heard in the theatre today."

Times Literary Supplement

"[Rudkin] explores the connection between the inner recesses of the personality and social and political forms with a courage that no one else has."—Listener


Table of Contents

Red Sun: Dramatist’s Foreword

      David Rudkin

Red Sun

Red Sun and the Promise of Myth

      Karoline Gritzner

Merlin Unchained: Dramatist’s Foreword

      David Rudkin

Merlin Unchained

‘Broken Magic?’: A Director’s Perspective on Merlin Unchained

      David Ian Rabey

‘Only a Bard’: The Theatre of David Rudkin
      Robert Wilcher

About the Dramatist and Contributors

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