By Noel Coward
This choice of ten one-act performs was once written through Noel Coward as a car for his personal appearing skills in addition to an bold try to revive the one-act play shape. First played in 1935, the performs completely exhibit Coward's skills as a playwright and his trademark panache for glowing, subtle, witty discussion. the quick shape additionally shows Coward’s versatility with topics that diversity from comical farce to darkish satire, performed out in plots approximately wrong identities, unconsummated affairs and love at the start sight. those performs are set among the Victorian period and the rising sleek interval of the Twenties and 30s.
This variation beneficial properties Coward's personal preface and an creation by means of Barry Day, editor of The Letters of Noel Coward. Included are all ten performs initially written for the gathering: Red Peppers, We have been Dancing, Shadow Play, family members Album, The Astonished Heart, palms around the Sea, Fumed Oak, methods and Means, nonetheless Life, and Star Chamber.