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Tony Harrison Plays 5

Tony Harrison

Tony Harrison Plays 5 includes The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus and Square Rounds – the former ‘One of the most brilliantly original things the National has ever done’ according to the Sunday Times, and the latter described by the Boston Globe as ‘clearly a work of genius.’

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This fifth collection of Tony Harrison’s masterly poetry for the stage contains introductions by the author to each of the plays.

The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus was voted one of the best 100 plays of the twentieth century by the National Theatre Millennium Poll:

‘One of the most brilliantly original things the National has ever done.’ Sunday Times

‘A wonderfully witty, provocative piece of theatre.’ Guardian

‘Harrison has created a glorious piece of total theatre.’ Time Out

Square Rounds is clearly a work of genius . . . It’s so brilliant you leave the theatre in a kind of exhilarated pessimism.’ Boston Globe

‘It would be a stony soul who didn’t salute Harrison’s reckless theatrical audacity . . . A stunningly original piece of theatre.’ Guardian

‘Let’s hand it to Tony Harrison: when it comes to taking theatrical risks, he has no rival.’ The Times

Tony Harrison is the recipient of the Northern Rock Foundation Writer’s Award 2004.


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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