Shall Roger Casement Hang?/Face

By Peter Arnott

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Vagabond Voices

Founded in 2008 and based in Glasgow, Vagabond Voices is an independent publisher that is both Scottish and fervently European in its aims. Vagabond is committed to introducing new titles from Scottish authors and translating fiction from other languages. Our library reflects our aims to promote literary ambition and innovative writers, and to challenge readers.

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Based on real events happening on two days in Ireland and London a hundred years ago, "Shall Roger Casement Hang?" is the story of an interrogation. It is a confrontation between two men that asks fundamental questions about history, the British State, and personal and national identity. For both of them, the stakes get higher and more personal as violent events elsewhere and the revelation of Casement's sexuality change the rules of their struggle. When this conversation is over, one of them will be condemned to death, while the Empire that both men served will never be the same again.In one and the same moment, two sisters with one face, identical twins Isobel and Morag each have a story to tell about family, money, sex, truth and happiness - and about each other. It should be the same story about the same people, but the sisters are as divided from each other as two people can be. The play explores the ways in which they inhabit the world. By giving two very different but connected sides of the same coin, through humour and vitriol, the sisters show us how we think of ourselves and the world around us, and the shapes we get ourselves into in order to survive that world, asking fundamental questions about what matters to us and why.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Vagabond Voices
Publication Date 28 Apr 2016
ISBN 9781908251664
Number of Pages 146

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'There's so much wickedly pointed humour in Peter Arnott's writing that we're constantly lured into politically incorrect laughter - a story steeped in love, loyalty, money and family dysfunction. Can't wait! Back-to-back these monologues would be a grand double bill - fingers crossed!'

 '...two faces, two attitudes to life ... profound and moving ... plumbs the depths of a complex relationship which is occasionally fond and affectionate, but for the most part lived as jealousy, rivalry, resentment, bitterness and even outright aversion. ... These are mighty plays, raising huge, disquieting questions, humorous in part but never whimsical, inducing in an audience that sombre, meditative silence which is a sign of respect.'

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