Page extent: 224
ISBN: 9781849431521
Binding: PaperBack

The Bomb: A Partial History

Colin Teevan, Ron Hutchinson, Ryan Craig, Lee Blessing, Amit Gupta, David Greig, John Donnelly, Elena Gremina, Zinnie Harris, Diana Son

PaperBack (16 Feb 2012)

THE BOMB – A Partial History is a season of plays from leading contemporary dramatists, charting the political history of the Nuclear Bomb and its proliferation from 1940 to the present day.

FIRST BLAST (1940 – 1992) features plays by John Donnelly, Elena Gremina, Amit Gupta, Zinnie Harris & Ron Hutchinson. It is the first year of World War II, and in Whitehall two émigré Jewish scientists are waiting for a meeting to get the British establishment to take their nuclear research seriously. The following plays then trace the history of the Labour party wrestling with the decision to build the Atomic Bomb, the Cuban missile crisis from a Russian perspective, China’s war with India and the subsequent development of India’s bomb, the break-up of the Soviet Union and the unilateral disarmament of Ukraine.

SECOND BLAST (1992 – 2012) features plays by Lee Blessing, Ryan Craig, David Greig, Zinnie Harris, Diana Son & Colin Teevan. A contemporary take on the non-proliferation debate looking at Israel and Iran’s nuclear capability, the 'axis of evil' speech and its affect on North Korea, the U.K.’s continuing reliance on Trident in the post Cold War era, through to the current negotiations with Iran and weapons’ inspections there.

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ISBN13 9781849431521
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 224


'An entertaining, provoking dossier, with admirable nuance and real purpose' Time Out

'Bold and political… a probing account of the history of nuclear weapons - and their future' Evening Standard

'An exercise in creating simple, entertaining and crucial polemical theatre.' The Stage

'An astonishing achievement… The Tricycle has once again started a debate that our politicians would prefer to suppress.' Guardian

'A characteristically ambitious and penetrating collection of short plays… the best pieces are superb examples of powerful one-act drama… One leaves the theatre thrilled, chilled and deeply fearful about what the future may hold.' The Telegraph

'A vivid, serious examination of one of the most pressing issues of our time.' The Financial Times