By Noel Coward
This selection of ten one-act performs was once written by means of Noel Coward as a car for his personal appearing abilities in addition to an formidable 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 subject matters 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 gains Coward's personal preface and an creation via 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, kin Album, The Astonished Heart, fingers around the Sea, Fumed Oak, methods and Means, nonetheless Life, and Star Chamber.