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Incarcerator Five Visions of the Faithful Silence and Violence the Last Days of Desire; The plays collected in this volume mark a radical change in the direction of Betts' writing as he moves away from social realism and black comedy towards language rich, theatrically-ambiguous tragedy. His hugely popular verse drama Incarcerator (White Bear and BAC) was a Time Out Critics choice, while his Five Visions of the Faithful (White Bear), is a series of uncompromising narratives exploring freedom, faith, death and desire. In Silence and Violence the wife of a war hero seduces a much-reviled sculptor as Betts examines the artist's quest for self-expression in a Philistine state. Betts' first radio play, The Last Days of Dosire, was commissioned by the BBC.
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Torben Betts read English Literature & English Language at the University of Liverpool before training and working as an actor. Works include: The Unconquered, Best New Play 2007 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Tron/Traverse/Arcola/Brits-off-Broadway); A Listening Heaven, nominated for Best New Play at the 2001 TMA Awards (Edinburgh Royal Lyceum); Lie of the Land, nominated for Edinburgh Fringe First Award, 2008 (Edinburgh Pleasance/Arcola); Clockwatching (Orange Tree Theatre); The Company Man (Orange Tree Theatre); The Biggleswades (Southwark Playhouse); Five Visions of the Faithful (Edinburgh Festival); The Lunatic Queen (Riverside Studios); The Error of Their Ways (HERE Arts Center, New York); The Swing of Things (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough).

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"Betts is an immensely promising talent destined for great things" What's On 'just about the most original and extraordinary writer of drama we have...a boldly visionary poet...a political Beckett...a flamingly original writer we ignore at our peril.' LIZ LOCHHEAD, NATIONAL POET OF SCOTLAND 'an uncommonly talented playwright'. TIME OUT 'Betts has a profound and highly original theatrical voice.' DAILY TELEGRAPH

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