By Liz Lochhead
Five performs from the the makar (national poet) of Scotland, one of many country's best-known (and best-loved) residing playwrights.
Liz Lochhead is the writer of many hugely artistic unique performs, diversifications and translations, all crafted together with her specified mix of the vividly colloquial and the energetically poetic. This quantity brings jointly 5 of her top unique performs ranging over 3 many years and several other, contrasting styles.
Her first play, Blood and Ice (1982), is ready the production of Frankenstein, and weaves a spider's net of connections among the literary monster and Mary Shelley's personal turbulent life.
The glossy vintage Mary Queen of Scots obtained Her Head Chopped Off (1987) retells the wide-spread story of enmity among Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, with Lochhead's personal model of ferocious iconoclasm and boundless wit.
Quelques Fleurs (1991) is a portrait of a wedding, either humorous and tragic, and instructed via interlaced monologues.
The final performs, Perfect Days (1998) and Good Things (2004), mark a woman's worry of turning, respectively, 40 and fifty. within the first, Barbs, 39, a star hairdresser, determines to do anything to drown out the ticking of her organic clock. within the moment, Susan, forty nine, units out to discover love the second one (or is it 3rd or fourth?) time round'
This wealthy choice of performs consists of a brand new and candid creation via the writer, particularly written for the volume.
'Funny, feisty, lady, packed with feeling' Liz Lochhead possesses the deeply Scottish characteristics of independence, inquisitiveness and inventiveness' Carol Ann Duffy
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