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Question of Attribution, A - Short Play, Drama

Question of Attribution, A

Alan Bennett

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Short Play, Drama

5m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573018916

"A true work of art...a theatrical metaphor turned into a play, a disruptive meditation upon our quest for certainty and identification. Anthony Blunt discovers, through research and X rays, what hidden faces are concealed beneath a painting's surfac…

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Based on Anthony Blunt's role in the Cambridge Spy Ring and, as Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures, personal art advisor to Queen Elizabeth II. It portrays his interrogation by MI5 officers, his work researching and conserving art works, his work at the Courtauld Institute, and his acquaintance with the Queen.
"A true work of art...a theatrical metaphor turned into a play, a disruptive meditation upon our quest for certainty and identification. Anthony Blunt discovers, through research and X rays, what hidden faces are concealed beneath a painting's surface. It is a process which resembles the exposure of the postwar network of spies within England. The gulf between appearance and reality...reverberates with resonance in the discussion between the Queen and Sir Anthony. It is as if both were agreeing that it is more politic to accept a painting which is a forgery (a spy) than to expose it." - The Guardian. SFI Premier-Comp Short No Maybe No No Questioning of Nick, The 19601 Title Short Play Drama Interior Two detectives are trying to break the story of a rough student suspected of being bribed to throw a basketball game. Playing on his pride, they learn bit by bit of his recent experiences, concluding with the fact he knows a certain racketeer. His boasting has betrayed him. Male: 3 Short Short No Yes No No Questions, The 29504 Title Short Play Drama Interior 10 minutes No intermission High School,College Theatre,Community Theatre,Professional Theatre,Shoestring Budget,Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups Adult,Teen (14 - 18) Mild Adult Themes Betrayal,Childhood,Love,Marriage,Memory,Parenting/Family 1990 Not Applicable Contemporary / Street Clothes Not Applicable Late at night in her kitchen in Munich, Anna confronts her estranged father, at whom she is very, very angry. James knows he's been very bad to her, and is trying, belatedly, to connect, but she has been hurt so much that she's very reluctant to trust him. Her experience with him has led her to believe that love between men and women is a lie. Somehow, her deeply compromised and highly untrustworthy father tries to make amends. A powerful and heartbreaking struggle between people who have lost each other. Published in The Zoar Plays.
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Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett has been one of the leading English-language dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage, including Forty Years On, The Lady In The Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King ... view full profile

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