A Marie Antoinette of the slums, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn refuses to learn how to be poor, priding herself on the piano which sets her apart from her working-class neighbours, even though she cannot afford to eat.
It's 1915 and there's a war on. When the entire city rises up in defiance of the government and goes on rent strike, Elizabeth stands alone. What price will she and her family have to pay for her individual stance?
Tracky is a teenage heavy metal fan with an alcoholic mother, a taxi driver father and a best friend who's after the loanshark who's after her father.
The father has started a new business as a tour-guide, and his crazy optimism deeply antagonizes his daughter. All day long she sets about sabotaging him - furious that he is unable to solve the fundamental problem in their lives - his alcoholic wife and her alcoholic mother.
Throughout the mayhem of the day she grabs onto his coat-tail and will not be shaken.
The result is a chaotic comic odyssey through the streets of a modern city which concludes in a violent epiphany.
Rome, 78 BC. The ruler of Rome, Sulla, has just died. He has been much loved and much hated. Loved, because he has cut inflation and interest rates and restored public order. Hated, because he has achieved this by repressing the working-classes and lowering expenditure on the poor. When he dies, the professional mourners who are asked to wail at his state funeral don't like the idea of weeping and tearing their hair for someone who caused them so much grief while he was alive, and they threaten to strike. This brings about massive retaliation from Pompey (Sulla's political heir) - which falls mostly on the head of the heroine, Macu, the woman who has led the wailers' protest. To teach the wailers a lesson, Pompey orders his followers to start a fire in the part of town where they live - a fire in which Macu's daughter dies.
Think of the carnival atmosphere of the Day of the Dead transferred to the streets of Glasgow.
At half six in the morning Charlie, who's homeless, turns up at his wife's door to borrow some dough. When his wife is reluctant to part with any of her small amount of cash, he pitches her the story that his mother is dying and he needs the money to get to the hospital - a story which has him in tears. Later, on this metaphysical day, he finds out his mother really is dying. Instead of going to see her he spends the day losing himself among strangers.
The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain is a new adventure from the annals of the musketeers.
It follows the fortunes of childhood sweethearts d'Artagnan and Constance from the woods of Gascony to the sewers of Paris and finally into a sinister forest - all on a quest to free France from the tyranny of the Cardinal and a baby-eating giant called Lord Mandible who suffers from violent mood swings.
The story begins with d'Artagnan as a child being tricked into crossing a mysterious fairy-tale stream which disconnects him from his memory and emotions, after which he has no desire in life other than to fight. He's a wild fighting machine, living in the woods isolated from other people.
"The state of things in heaven and on the earth. And the reasons why. An inquiry. There's a lack of loveliness in the world. There's a mood. It's like a giant rubbling around the cities of heaven and earth, crushing shops and cathedrals and stadiums beneath its feet as it searches for something lovely, having not the smallest idea what loveliness looks like."
The play begins with the expulsion from heaven of Clem the goddess of love. Her lover has been unable to make love to her unless she wears stockings and she is banished to earth, robbed of her sexual power and confidence.
In April 1968, Enoch Powell M.P. made a speech about immigration which electrified and divided a nation and which has shaped the debate about English identity ever since. It was called the Rivers of Blood speech because it predicted racial war.
In the speech Powell used the racist term picaninnies to describe immigrant children in a Wolverhampton street. One of those Wolverhampton picaninnies has grownup to become the brilliant black academic and writer, Rose Cruickshank, and in her next book she wants to confront the man who made the speech. But in the process she will also have to confront her childhood.