Codpieces by Perry Pontac
(Oberon Modern Playwrights)

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To be or not to be?' may be The Question, but it is not the only one.
Hamlet, Part II, for example, answers a question about Hamlet that has plagued scholars, readers and play-goers for over four hundred years: What happened next?

Prince Lear tackles yet another conundrum: What happened just before the start of King Lear, setting in motion the improbable events of Act I, scene 1?
And in Fatal Loins, the question answered by the play is directly posed in the prologue: 'If Juliet and Romeo survive / Will their eternal passion stay alive?'

‘I am no stranger to Shakespearean parody… but reading Pontac I am (only slightly) mortified to find that he can write cod Shakespeare much better than Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, Dudley Moore or myself’ – Alan Bennett, from the foreword

‘Perfect if you want something intelligent and hilarious to stage, perhaps with students. Each play is an accomplished, laugh-aloud Shakespeare parody.” – Susan Elkin, The Stage

‘Highly amusing… These works may be short, clearly designed to fit into a slot in 30 minutes or so, but the quality of the writing and intelligence of the playwright shines through… It is greatly to be hoped that a stage producer decides to take an option on these plays, as well as commissioning many more since they would surely delight any discerning theatrical audience’ - British Theatre Guide

‘a phenomenally intelligent and perfectly crafted trio of Shakespeare trilogies.. A delightfully witty and entertaining collection’ - Buzz Magazine

About Perry Pontac

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Perry Pontac was born in California. He has been living and writing in London for over forty years. His first play, The Old Man's Comforts, was produced in 1973 by Kenneth Tynan. Since then, he has written numerous plays and sketches including for the Royal Shakespeare Company (The Shakespeare Revue) and the National Theatre (Metropolis Kabarett). His many radio plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, three of which – in new stage versions – comprise Codpieces Bennett was born in Armley in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He decided to apply for a scholarship at Oxford University. He was accepted by Exeter College, Oxford from which he graduated with a first-class degree in history. He was born on May 9, 1934; he is an English author, actor, humorist and playwright. Bennett was made an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford in 1987. He was also awarded a D.Litt by the University of Leeds in 1990 and an Hon. PhD from Kingston in 1996. In October 2008 Bennett announced that he was donating his entire archive of working papers, unpublished manuscripts, diaries and books to the Bodleian Library free of charge, as a gesture of thanks and repaying a debt he felt he owed to the UK's social welfare system that had given him educational opportunities which his humble family background would otherwise never have afforded. He lives in Camden Town in London and shares his home with Rupert Thomas, his partner for the last 14 years.
Published June 18, 2012 by Oberon Books Ltd.. 260 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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