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Scenes from the Big Picture

Scenes from the Big Picture

Owen McCafferty,

Nick Hern Books

Winner of the prestigious John Whiting Award for new theatre writing.

Scenes From the Big Picture,/i> takes place over the course of a hot summer's day in an imagined area of present-day Belfast. We see a day in the life of over twenty inhabitants of the district as their stories interweave and collide. In a tour de force of dramatic writing, a whole world is evoked in a couple of hours.

"The Northern Irish dramatist Owen McCafferty was one of the brightest discoveries of the National Theatre's Transformation season of new writing last year, and his promise is magnificently confirmed here. This stirringly ambitious piece is an epic that attempts to put the whole of life on stage - birth, death, love, sex, work, families, the whole damn thing. McCafferty is a writer of depth and subtlety, as well as palpable humanity, and constantly confounds the audience's expectations. His characterization is detailed, vivid and unpredictable, his dialogue pungent, and the piece constantly combined raw drama with quirky humor. Certain key ideas emerge strongly, too--about the control, or lack of it, that we have over our own lives, about the way most of us contain a mixture of good and bad."--Daily Telegraph

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