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DNA Play Notes for teachers and students

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School Edition of Dennis Kelly's DNA, including notes for teachers and those studying the play for GCSE English, as written by Anthony Banks, theatre director and Associate Director of the National Theatre Discover Programme.

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Dennis Kelly's plays include Debris (Theatre503/Battersea Arts Centre, 2003), Osama the Hero (Hampstead Theatre, 2004), After the End (Paines Plough/Traverse Theatre/Bush Theatre, 2005), Love and Money (Young Vic/Manchester Royal Exchange, 2006), Taking Care of Baby (Hampstead Theatre/Birmingham Repertory, 2006), DNA (National Theatre, 2008), Orphans (Paines Plough/Traverse Theatre/Soho Theatre/Birmingham Rep, 2009), The Gods Weep (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2010), The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas (Royal Court, 2013), Matilda the Musical (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2010) and Pinocchio (National Theatre, 2017).


Dennis Kelly's cruel teaser of a play; Anthony Banks's snappy production sets the temperature at chilling. FOUR STARS * The Sunday Times *
Dennis Kelly's short, sharp shocker of a play cleverly piles on the twists... [his] sharp, reflective writing gets inside the characters' heads. FOUR STARS * The Guardian *
Tension so gripping you could almost taste it. Highly recommended. FOUR STARS * What's On Stage *
A taut, compelling thriller and a modern-day spin on Lord of the Flies, exploring group behaviour and moral equivocation. * Financial Times *
One of the best plays we have read this year...perfect for Key Stage Three students... If you don't teach this play at least buy a copy for your students to read. Rarely do you find a play that upon reading just the first two pages, you know that your students will love...not much will top this one for Key Stage Three, even for GCSE. * EHd Ltd *

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