King Arthur's Night and Peter Panties (Paperback)

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Among the first by a writer with Down syndrome, these two plays demonstrate an ability to riff and shift perspective, with disarming, hilarious, and occasionally heart-stopping results. Based on the iconic stories of King Arthur and Peter Pan, they are modern-day mash-ups that meld the fictional, the meta-fictional, and the real in ways that are counter-intuitive and absurd. And they're musical Both feature songs by beloved Vancouver musician Veda Hille, with lyrics by the playwrights.

King Arthur's Night is a musical extravaganza in which King Arthur banters with Merlin and romances Guinevere. An upside-down world ... a betrayed love ... an unwanted child ... a revolt by the subjugated masses ... a kingdom come undone. It leaves one pondering mysteries both absurd (how did the Round Table get to Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia?) and profound (what is the link between the soul and intelligence?).

Peter Panties is a radical re-imagining of the Peter Pan story in which Peter Pan and Captain Hook (or is he Macbeth?) drink lattes, the Lost Boys hang with detectives from CSI, and Tinkerbell and Wendy duke it out at Skull Rock. Peter is conflicted about growing up - "Fuck that No mustache " - but he also desperately wants to have sex with Wendy and make a baby. The situation is funny, but aching; sexual exclusion and the denial of full adulthood are no laughing matters for people whose lives include Down syndrome.

McNeil's singular voice and imaginative inner landscape are at the centre of these works, and in them entirely new worlds and languages are invented. Through dialogue and play, through the power of association, he subverts expectations. In these plays McNeil and Youssef challenge the classifications that "neurotypicals" presume must be the only legitimate means of perceiving and naming the world.

King Arthur's Night: cast of TK].

Peter Panties: cast of TK].

About the Author


Niall McNeil has been involved with theatre from an early age through his long association with the Caravan Farm Theatre. As a youngster he performed in Romeo and Juliet, Bull by the Horns and Strange Medicine. Niall acted with the Leaky Heaven Circus Theatre in Vancouver since its inception in 1999. He performed in many of its shows including Leaky Heaven Circus -Part One, Typhoon, Conference of the Birds, Birthday Boy, King Llyr, Zigguart, Bonobo and Salome. In 2010 Niall travelled to Ottawa to perform in Christmas Carol as a member of the English Acting Company of the National Arts Centre. In 2011 Leaky Heaven and Neworld Theatre co-produced 'Peter Panties' a play written by Niall and Marcus Youssef which was performed in the Vancouver Push Festival. 'Peter Panties' won a Jesse Richardson 'Critics Choice' Award for Innovation in theatre. Niall's most recently acted in Marie Clements short film 'Pilgrims' in Fall 2012. Niall loves researching new ideas, writing music and writing plays. Niall also enjoys teaching acting with his friends at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. / Marcus Youssef's plays include Winners and Losers, Leftovers, Jabber, How Has My Love Affected You?, Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil, Everyone, Adrift, Peter Panties, Chloe's Choice and A Line in the Sand. They have been performed across North America, Australia and Europe, including the Dublin Theatre Festival, Soho Rep (Off-Broadway), Festival Trans Ameriques, PuSh Festival (four times), Noorderzon (Netherlands), Ca Foscari (Venice), Brno Festival (Czech), Aarhus Festival (Denmark), On the Boards (Seattle) the Magnetic North Festival (five times). Awards include: 2017 Canada Council Staunch-Lynton Award, Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts, Chalmer's Canadian Play, Seattle Times Footlight, Arts Club Silver Commission, and Vancouver Critics' Choice (three times) and numerous local awards in Vancouver. Toronto and Montreal. Marcus is Artistic Director of Vancouver's Neworld Theatre, editorial advisor to Canadian Theatre Review, an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and a Canadian Fellow to the International Society of Performing Arts. neworldtheatre.com, @marcusyoussef, marcusyoussef.com


Product Details
ISBN: 9781772012033
ISBN-10: 1772012033
Publisher: Talonbooks
Publication Date: May 4th, 2018
Pages: 160
Language: English