The Ostraka Plays - Volume One - Unearth

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A small archaeological team on a desolate alien planet stumbles into trouble when one of its members is found murdered. It is left to Special Operative Unwith to arrive and attempt to solve the deepening mystery. Time and the alien planet conspire to propel Unwith into a world unilke any he has encountered before. More

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About Francis Hagan

I have been writing on and off since I was a shy lad hiding under the bed and scribbling in an out of date diary (I think it was about my space travels). Most of my works have been either plays populated with grotesques who stumble around ruins and those odd places we forget about or epic tales of those last Roman legionaries as they falter and fall at the end of Empire.

Over the last three years, I have embarked on a series of plays which I have entitled 'The Ostraka Plays' and in which I am exploring that space where the irrational and the seductive collide. I remain fascinated by a poetics which allows an imagination to populate a forgotten nook in history outside our conventions and expectations. In these plays, the audience is invited into worlds which remain provisional and insecure - and where freedom is that release from convention.

The other side of my writings could not be more opposite - in these stories, the dying light of Rome flutters one last desperate time as I seek to follow the last of the Eagles down into their fates. Here, archaeological record, literary fragments, and my own invention intertwine to set a stage ripe for heroics and betrayal.

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Review by: John Mason on Jan. 31, 2012 :
A thought provoking play with an unusual, and I would say refreshing, hard sci-fi setting, harking back to the days of Arthur C.Clarke, Asimov and even dystopian futures like those described by Zamyatin.

Archaeology and space exploration have always been favourites of mine, so I found this to be very appealing. I particularly liked the revelation concerning the team on the planet, and the issues of identity it raised. I felt unwith provided a very effective contrast with the other characters - and a certain irony, as I felt at times he was more 'with' them than they ever were themselves.

My only fault would be the expectable if slightly cliched ending, but that is indeed it. All in all a very good play that I would pay to see on stage!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
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