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Tony Harrison Plays 3

Tony Harrison

Tony Harrison Plays 3 includes Poetry or Bust, The Kaisers of Carnuntum and The Labourers of Herakles.

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This third collection of Tony Harrison’s theatre work contains three plays, all of which were written to be performed in specific places in the world. Poetry or Bust, performed in September 1993, is about the Airedale poet John Nicholson (1790-1843) and was devised for the former wool-combing shed at Salts Mill, Saltaire, not a hundred yards from where Saltaire drowned. The Kaisers of Carnuntum was performed on 2 June 1995 in the Roman amphitheatre of Petronell/Carnuntum in Austria and has the bloody Commodus, a Roman Emperor and son of the philosopher Marcus Aureliues, returning to the former Roman frontier town.


Tony Harrison was born in Leeds in 1937. His volumes of poetry include The Loiners (winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), Continuous, v. (broadcast on Channel 4 in 1987, winning the Royal Television Society Award), The Gaze of the Gorgon (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Poetry) and Laureate’s Block. Recognised as Britain’s leading theatre and film poet, Tony…

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