Plays by Women:

Plays by Women: "Vinegar Tom", "Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi", "Tissue", "Aurora Leigh" Volume 1 (Play Anthologies): v. 1

by Caryl Churchill (Author), Michelene Wandor (Author), Louise Page (Author), Caryl Churchill (Author), Louise Page (Author), Michelene Wandor (Author), Pam Gems (Author)

Synopsis

Included in this volume are Caryl Churchill's Vinegar Tom, about witchcraft in the seventeenth century; Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi, an account of the lives of four young women by Pam Gems; Louise Page's Tissue, about breast cancer; and Aurora Leigh, adapted by Michelene Wandor herself from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's verse novel. Each play has an afterword by its author, and the volume opens with an introduction by the editor.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 140
Edition: Vol 1
Publisher: Methuen Publishing
Published: 13 May 1982

ISBN 10: 0413500209
ISBN 13: 9780413500205
Book Overview: The collection represents women writers who were emerging at the time when feminism and feminist writing was really starting to take off. The selected plays offer an indication of the wide range of style and subject matter tackled by women playwrights in the 1970s and 80s. Caryl Churchill's plays are still performed all over the world and this collection brings us one of her less well-known plays. The plays in the collection continue to have an extended performance life; in stage productions, on radio, abroad.

Author Bio
Michelene Wandor is the author of Understudies, published in 1980. She has been Poetry Editor and a regular theatre reviewer for Time Out since 1971 and has also written on theatre for Spare Rib, Plays and Players and The Morning Star. Since 1970 she has been writing poetry and plays of her own - for theatre, radio and television - often in close collaboration with feminist and gay theatre groups, such as Monstrous Regiment. She has also compiled an anthology of British Women's Liberation writings, The Body Politic (1972), edited a collection of feminist plays, Strike While the Iron is Hot (1980) and contributed to a collection of feminist short stories, Tales I Tell My Mother (1978).