Alexander Matthews
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Do You Love This Planet?

Do You Love This Planet?

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Do you really love this planet? Enough to be a whistleblower? Because that is what is required if you answer YES. We’ve come to such critical times; so threatened by Armageddon, that you whistleblowers must rise up and ruin your lives and those of your loved ones, to sacrifice them for an indefinite future. That is what Schumann (at age 46) thinks.

He puts this question in various ways not only to his family – who like most of us – are unwilling to consider it – but also increasingly - as the play progresses, directly to the audience. Yes you. Why are there not more whistleblowers? Would you be one. Is it the ONLY way to be adult on this beautiful but damaged planet? Is Armageddon so critical that doing anything else – poetry drama – irrelevant? Schumann thinks so. But do you. And if you don’t do you really really love this planet? Rachel SAYS she loves this planet, but she is too busy being mayoress of their small town. Alan her son (Schumann ‘s stepson) has an outrageously uncontrollable Oedipus complex, and acts on it. Sarah, who according to Schumann dresses as the personification of Armageddon, is too busy skyping a killer whale called Gudrun. Let this be an example to you, to chill your very spine. Schumann is so carried away by his whistleblowing – while still challenging the audience to love this planet, that he tears the house apart looking for bugs, dresses in anti radiation gear and explores radiation leaks in the house with a geiger counter. Finally he is interviewed by a psychiatrist and thinks the latter is mad. In the end he is carried away by the boys in white coats still challenging the audience. While the mayoress has a party for the council.
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Glass Roots

Glass Roots

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This is a play about bullying. What do you do when you’re being bullied and you’re physically helpless to prevent it? This is about an Indian couple, who run an Indian restaurant and cope with the problem. The bullying is racially oriented. The couple emerge, scarred and triumphant, from their ordeal.
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Screaming Secrets

Screaming Secrets

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Suppose your life were curtailed by a terminal illness. Would that alter a moral decision between doing exactly what you want or helping your father? Does a truncated life change the moral balance of that choice? This is the dilemma that Antonio has to face.

There is a poignant scene in the play where he turns down his father; and also a very moving scene when he says that he has to part from his pregnant girlfriend, Monica, even though he can’t tell her. Her distress is her love for him and it is pitiable and moving to see. There is catharsis and reconciliation towards the end of the play. The plot is entirely character-driven. There is also the sexually frustrated relationship between Antonio’s sister and his father. Incestuous desires are expressed, sometimes in hatred and sometimes in stymied love. Undercurrents also flourish between Antonio’s doctor and his would-be publisher, Hugo.
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Screaming Secrets

A Diagram of Definition

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This book shows how we resolve the paradoxes inherent in definition and in communication, and so learn to use language. It offers new versions of perception and reference, and schematic models of definition and communication. Anyone interested in language and how it got started, and what a prelinguistic state might be like, should be interested in this book.
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Do You Love This Planet?

Physics Essays

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This paper argues that there could not have been a Big Bang, there is possibly time reversal, and that E=MC2 is not the fundamental equation of the universe. Also that mathematics can only be applied subjectively to physics, and so it is not the cutting edge tool of scientific research that it is made out to be.
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Screaming Secrets

The Chairman and Other Poems

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The poems enclosed were among those written over a thirty year period.The longer dramatic poem is an early attempt (1966) to combine poetry and drama.
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Screaming Secrets

Current Affairs

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A dramatic poem dealing with the threat of consumerism to the individual.
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Screaming Secrets

Mr. Swehttam

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A poetic novelette which considers the threat of big city life on the individual.
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Screaming Secrets

A Traveller's Maze

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A comic account of the downsides of travel.
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