The historical perspective both real and imagined is forensically astute and the narrative thrillingly inventive. Ben eltons multiaward winning career as both performer and writer encompasses some of the most memorable and incisive comedy of the past thirty five years. In a single night they find out the hard way whats real and whats not, whos. The play version of the novel is used by the ieb independent education board in south africa as one of their postmodern setwork plays for dramatic arts. This collection of ben elton plays includes three works. Ben elton, author of the novel popcorn, was born in south london, and studied drama at manchester university. Its oscar night, and bruce delamitri has just garnered best director accolades for his ironic masterpiece ordinary americans body count. Jul 01, 2003 the whole backbone of the book is the discussion of whether violence in movies propogates violence in real life. During the war his family had been forced to flee prague when hitler invaded. Ben eltons plays in one volume for the first timegasping. Jan 28, 2014 ben elton, author of the novel popcorn, was born in south london, and studied drama at manchester university. Ben elton was born on may 3, 1959 in london, england as benjamin charles elton. Jan 01, 1996 ben elton turns the sharp end of his pen towards slasher movies in popcorn. Ben elton has remained englands secret too long, it is time america discovered him.
Ben elton was born in south london, and studied drama a manchester university. From celebrity to climate change, from the first world war to the end of the world, his books give his unique perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time. The whole backbone of the book is the discussion of whether violence in movies propogates violence in real life. A play acting edition by ben elton 19981001 and read popcorn. Popcorn is a 1996 novel by the british writer ben elton. Check out other translated books in french, spanish languages. Daily telegraph this is ben elton at his gruesome, satirical best. Ben elton live 2019 more than 30 years ago, ben elton exploded into the national consciousness hosting channel 4s ground breaking saturday live.
Gasping is a satire on yuppiedom, advertising and corporate greed. Daily mail winner of the 1998 laurence olivier award for best new comedy and. He was recently commissioned to write a screenplay of popcorn for warner brothers studios, who optioned the book for director joel schumacher. Oct 07, 2009 scenes from tiny house productions version of popcorn by ben elton. Ben elton turns the sharp end of his pen towards slasher movies in popcorn. In addition to his hugely influential work as a standup comic, he was cowriter of tv hits the young ones and blackadder and sole creator of the thin blue line and upstart crow. In popcorn 1996 ben elton tries to juxtapose an oscar winning directors violent movie with the actions of a modern day bonnie and clyde who are terrorising the country. This taut and darkly funny novel also poses a serious question.
Ben elton was a central figure in the choice dramatization scene in britain in the 1980s, and his thriving has continued as he spread out onto the stage, the novel composed work, and musicals. Ben attended godalming grammar school, joined amateur dramatic societies and wrote his first play when he was 15 years old. Hugh laurie time and time again is an exceptional thriller. A play acting edition by ben elton 19981001 online books in format pdf.
Andrew lloyd webber as a writer, ben elton is a fizzing delight. London sunday times first rate entertainment, funny, gripping and genuinely thought provoking. Ben elton the best ive read of eltons many bestsellers the timesimagine a world where no one you have ever known or loved has been born yet. Popcorn, a novel from british sitcom writer ben elton blackadder, the young ones, is the satirical novel done 1990s style. He is a writer and actor, known for the young ones 1982, much ado about nothing 1993 and maybe baby 2000. In a society addicted to murder, is there anything such as a responsible person. Sep 14, 2019 ben elton live 2019 more than 30 years ago, ben elton exploded into the national consciousness hosting channel 4s ground breaking saturday live. This acclaimed book by ben elton is available at in several formats for your ereader. Popcorn ebook published november 15th 2012 by transworld digital. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read popcorn. Very much the theme of this novel is societys aversion to responsibility.
Ben elton first presented at the nottingham playhouse in 1996, popcorn is a fastpaced and thrilling satire of violence in film, crackling with one. His goal was to be a stagehand at the local theatre, but instead studied theatre and drama at manchester university. British comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He has written three hit west end plays gasping, silly cow and popcorn plus the beautiful game with andrew lloyd weber and six novels stark, gridlock, this other eden, popcorn, blast from the past and inconceivable. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or. In godalming grammar school young elton participated in amateur dramatics and wrote his first play when he was fifteen years old. Popcorn ebook by ben elton 9781466863323 rakuten kobo. Now, after a 15 year absence, the godfather of modern standup returns to the medium he did so much to define.
Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read chart throb. Born may 3, 1959 in catford, south london, ben elton began life as a member of an upperclass academic family. Ben elton is a champion amongst the best and whole deal comedic creators and performers on the planet. In addition to his standup work, ben eltons tv credits include the young ones, blackadder and the thin blue line. A badboy hollywood director is terrorized by a pair of mass murderers inspired by his violent films, in this tepid satire from british playwright and first novelist elton.
Ben eltons multiaward winning career as both performer and writer encompasses some of the most memorable and incisive comedy of the past thirtyfive years. Benjamin charles elton born 3 may 1959 is a british comedian, author, playwright, musical librettist, actor and director. Ben elton is an english author of humour, dystopian fiction and historical fiction novels. It shares themes with a number of movies from the mid1990s, most notably natural born killers by oliver stone and pulp fiction and reservoir dogs by quentin tarantino. Popcorn by ben elton is an international success, prevailing at number one for five weeks on londons sunday times bestseller list. Buy ben elton ebooks to read online or download in pdf or epub on your pc, tablet or mobile device. Ben elton first presented at the nottingham playhouse in 1996, popcorn is a fastpaced and thrilling satire of violence in film, crackling with oneliners and edgeoftheseat standoffs.
Ben elton is one of britains most provocative and entertaining writers. Time and time again by ben elton nook book ebook barnes. His numerous television writing credits include the thin blue line, the blackadder, and the young ones. Ben elton the best ive read of elton s many bestsellers the timesimagine a world where no one you have ever known or loved has been born yet.590 1038 1062 479 1540 1010 1276 423 489 200 1213 1222 1258 386 1194 1317 137 16 587 406 688 1035 664 1409 120 969 1186 869 892 305 520 653 234 306 982 1454 1139 1457 361 422 1000 622