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Monday, July 16, 2012

She Opened the Door - Press Release


PRESS RELEASE – Hardy play hits the pages




Acclaimed Dorset playwright Peter John Cooper has been writing and directing plays for the past 40 years. But for him writing a book is something new. With the help of local publisher Roving Press, his hugely successful play She Opened the Door, together with notes on the historical context and what inspired Peter to write the play, is now available in book form, providing a fascinating insight into the troubled relationship between Hardy and his first wife Emma.
Acclaimed Dorset playwright Peter John Cooper has been writing and directing plays for the past 40 years. But for him writing a book is something new. With the help of local publisher Roving Press, his hugely successful play She Opened the Door, together with notes on the historical context and what inspired Peter to write the play, is now available in book form, providing a fascinating insight into the troubled relationship between Hardy and his first wife Emma.




‘What’s unique about this book,’ says Julie Musk from Roving Press, ‘is that it combines the complete script of the play with Peter’s research, thoughts and inspiration – showing something of how a playwright’s mind works. Moreover, I loved seeing the play performed, but the intricacies and subtleties of plot are clearer on the page, as you have more time to digest them.’

Peter’s play is a fantasy set one afternoon in September 1895 when the manuscript for Jude the Obscure needs to be returned to the publisher. Emma is threatening to burn it in the garden of Max Gate and, but for the intervention of Thomas’s Mother, the Maid and ‘the Other Woman’, the book might be lost forever.
The play is witty, poetic and occasionally shocking, with hidden references and quotations from Hardy’s own works. Peter says, ‘I wanted to show that Hardy was truly a man of his time, a cutting-edge, contemporary writer, who was caught up in the feminist movement’. Peter’s attempt to understand something of the man by looking at the women who surrounded him is both original and ground-breaking. 
Full colour pictures of the AsOne Theatre Company performing on stage bring the play to life. The book is being launched at Max Gate on 17 August and books will be available direct from Roving Press (www.rovingpress.co.uk, tel 01300 321531) and locally, priced £7.99.
END: 26 July 2012

For information contact
Julie Musk
Roving Press
info@rovingpress.co.uk
01300 321531
www.rovingpress.co.uk

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She Opened the Door - The Book of the Play




The book of my play  "She Opened the Door" is due to be published by Roving Press in August.  A launch date is set for 17th August at Max Gate, the house in Dorchester that Thomas Hardy built and where he wrote some of his greatest works.  Launching at Max Gate is an extremely exciting prospect.  The play was written about Emma, Hardy's first wife and is set in the garden there.  There was also an emotional performance of the play last August in the very place where it was set.
The book comprises the updated text of the play plus essays about the characters and the thoughts and processes that went into the writing.
The launch is by invitation only but if you think you deserve and invitation then email Peter peterjohncooper@spyway.co.uk

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Field of Fantasy - Science 2 The Video

I have just uploaded a video of Field of Fantasy - Science 2  to YouTube. This is part of a series in which I am experimenting with poetry in visual form.  In this case I have constructed the piece on Powerpoint using only the elements that are available to any user.  I'm aiming to produce something that is both literary and visual withiout the pictures being mere illustrations of what the words are trying to say.  This is a dense piece of work.  Words layer upon layers. You are not expected to take in every word but to absorb some meaning subliminally.  Sit back and enjoy.