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'Most of What Follows is a Complete Waste of Time' Monologues, Dialogues, Sketches and Other Writings

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'Most of What Follows is a Complete Waste of Time' Monologues, Dialogues, Sketches and Other Writings by N. F. Simpson

'a one-off from the word go, and no history of English humour could overlook him.' Tom Stoppard

N.F. Simpson (1919-2011) was a leading exponent of the Theatre of the Absurd, with the Royal Court classics A Resounding Tinkle (1957) and One Way Pendulum (1959) sealing his reputation as a comic master with a subtle philosophical undertow.

Emerging during a revolutionary period in British theatre, Simpson rose to prominence alongside Harold Pinter, John Osborne and Arnold Wesker. His work has been embraced and performed by comedy legends including Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes, Beryl Reid and Dick Emery. His influence spread widely, from Peter Cook's much loved character E.L. Wisty to Monty Python's Flying Circus, and helped spawn a generation of outstanding comic talent.

This authorised collection presents the best of Simpson's short works for audiences new and old. Featuring more than sixty pieces from across six decades, the full spectrum of an extraordinary career is brought together in one volume for the first time: monologues, sketches, criticism and poetry, written for radio, television, stage and print. It includes all of Simpson's anarchic collaborations with Willie Rushton for Private Eye, a generous selection of previously unseen pieces from his final manuscript, as well as a critical introduction by Simpson collaborator Simon Usher.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 176
Size: 1.8 MB
Publisher: Oberon Modern Playwrights
Date published:   2013
ISBN: 9781783195220 (DRM-EPUB)

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