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"That day, that long-forgotten Saturday

the eighth of June, at five-fifteen, I changed.

I altered. I evolved from earth. I became

this man of cold dark silence. Hm.

And yet you still stand there. I've nothing for you.

Nothing for any man."


- Adrian Aguecheek from Masters Are You Mad?



Pugnacious, farcical, deceptive, self-consolatory... Glyn Maxwell's Speeches from the End of Things is for anyone who appreciates the poetry of people and theatre.


Mostly written in verse, these 28 monologues have been selected from Maxwell's impressive archive of plays and librettos spanning 30 years. Each voice is spirited and relevant, providing  a valuable resource for both actor and reader, with lyrical and colloquial turns through history, fairytale and the 'could have been yesterday'.


Characters include King Arther, Adrian Aguecheek, Zelda Nein, Papgeno, Captain Macheath, Mary Queen of Scots, Cyrano de Bergerac, Lily Jones, Coraline, Andromache and Duke Orsino.

Speeches from the End of Things

Glyn Maxwell

ed. Tondut (Tiffany Anne), 2019



Format: paperback

Size: 135mmx210mm

Pages: 47

ISBN: 978-0-9955243

Published: 19-12-19



about the book

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the author

Glyn Maxwell's poetry collections include Pluto, Hide Now, The Nerve and The Breakage, all of which were shortlisted for the Forward, T.S Eliot or Costa Prizes. His new collection How The Hell Are You will be published by Picador in 2019. His epic poem based on the Flying Dutchman, Time's Fool (2000), is in production as a feature film with Fox Searchlight.


His plays include Liberty (Shakespeare's Globe, 2008), Babette's Feast (Coronet, 2017), The Lifeblood (British Theatre Guide's 'Best Play' on the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004) and The Only Girl in the World (Time Out Critics' Choice at the Arcola in 2008). Several of his plays have been staged in New York City by the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. He has adapted many classics for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre in Chester, including Wind in the Willows, Masters Are You Mad? - a sequel to Twelfth Night - and Cyrano de Bergerac, which was broadcast by BBC Radio in 2015. His new versions of Alice in Wonderland and The Beggar's Opera opened Chester's new Storyhouse Theatre in the summer of 2017. In 2020 he will direct his own play City of Tomorrow at the Barn Theatre in Welyn Garden City in celebration of the town's hundredth anniversary.


His prose includes the critical guidebook On Poetry (2012) and its fictional sequel, Drinks with Dead Poets (2016). Among his opera libretti are The Firework Maker's Daughter (2013, nominated for an Olivier) and Nothing (2016, nomiated for a Sky Arts award) both for the composer David Bruce; The Lion's Face for Elena Langer (2010); and Seven Angels for Luke Bedford (2011). He new libratto for Mozart's The Magic Flute was staged by Opera UpClose in 2017.


He has taught at Columbia, Princton, Amherst, NYU and The New School in the USA, at the Universities of Essex and Warwick in the UK, and he currently teaches on the MA at The Poetry School in London.