Dark Earth and the Light Sky by Nick Dear

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Synopsis

Deep in the Hampshire countryside Edward Thomas, disaffected husband, exhausted father and tormented writer, scrapes a living. In 1913 he meets American poet Robert Frost and everything changes. As their friendship blossoms Edward writes, emerging from his cocoon of self-doubt into one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. But he makes the drastic decision to enlist, confounding his friends and family.

The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in November 2012, delves into the life of this enigmatic and complex character in an era of change and destruction.

Nick Dear recently adapted the highly acclaimed Frankenstein at the National Theatre.

 

About Nick Dear

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Nick Dear's plays include Lunch in Venice, Power, The Villains' Opera, Zenobia, In the Ruins, Food of Love, The Art of Success, Pure Science, and Temptation. His adaptations include Summerfolk (after Gorky); Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (after Moli re); The Last Days of Don Juan (after Tirso de Molina). His screenplays include Persuasion, The Turn of the Screw, Cinderella, The Gambler, Byron, Eroica and Agatha Christie's Poirot. He has also written extensively for BBC Radio, beginning with his first play, Matter Permitted (1980).
 
Published November 20, 2012 by Faber & Faber Plays. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Dark Earth and the Light Sky

The Telegraph

Hattie Morahan is deeply moving as the free-spirited wife whose haunted husband is often cruelly unresponsive to her unconditional love and Pandora Colin is equally touching as the spinsterish children’s writer Eleanor Farjeon who also loves Thomas deeply.

Nov 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Dark Earth and the Light Sky

Historical Novel Society

The enigmatic story of tormented British writer and poet, Edward Thomas, is given a new lease of life in this powerful and emotive play by Nick Dear, which premiered in November 2012 at the Almeida Theatre, London.

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Mail Online

Rural poet Edward Thomas was 39 when killed during World War I.

Nov 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Dark Earth and the Light Sky

Huffington Post

Muddy ploughed fields, crisp clear mornings and all the birds of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire - a profound love affair with the English countryside fuelled writer Edward Thomas to produce a staggering 140 poems in the three years of his short-lived career.

Nov 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Dark Earth and the Light Sky

Hunts Post

Picture: Nobby Clark Nick Dear’s biographical play The Dark Earth and the Light Sky charts the last few years of Edward Thomas’s life, in which he finally realised his ambition to be a poet, writing his entire body of 143 poems in the three years before he was killed in the First World War at the...

Nov 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Dark Earth and the Light Sky

Londonist

Thomas is the first critic to approve of Frost’s work and, in turn, Frost encourages Thomas to move from essay writing to the more cadenced form of poetry.

Nov 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Dark Earth and the Light Sky

http://variety.com

01:53PM PTTelling the puzzling story of doomed poet Edward Thomas who died in World War One, playwright Nick Dear abandons constricting chronology and uses multiple and contradictory narrators.

Mar 29 2013 | Read Full Review of Dark Earth and the Light Sky

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