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Liz Lochhead - Five Plays

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Liz Lochhead

Published by Nick Hern Books

Five plays from the makar (national poet) of Scotland, one of the country's best-known and best-loved living playwrights

Liz Lochhead is the author of many highly inventive original plays, adaptations and translations, all crafted with her special blend of the vividly colloquial and the energetically poetic

This volume brings together five of her best original plays ranging over three decades and several, contrasting styles

Her first play - Blood and Ice (1982) - is about the creation of Frankenstein, and weaves a spider's web of connections between the literary monster and Mary Shelley's own turbulent life

The modern classic Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1987) retells the familiar tale of enmity between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, with Lochhead's own brand of ferocious iconoclasm and boundless wit

Quelques Fleurs (1991) is a portrait of a marriage, both funny and tragic, and told through interlaced monologues

The last two plays - Perfect Days (1998) and Good Things (2004), mark a woman's fear of turning, respectively, forty and fifty

In the first, Barbs, 39, a celebrity hairdresser, determines to do something to drown out the ticking of her biological clock

In the second, Susan, 49, sets out to find love the second (or is it third or fourth?) time around

This rich collection of plays carries a new and candid introduction by the author, specially written for the volume

"Funny, feisty, female, full of feeling ... Liz Lochhead possesses the deeply Scottish qualities of independence, inquisitiveness and inventiveness" ~ Carol Ann Duffy

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