Good Things

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DOI: 10.5040/9781784601065.00000002
Acts: 3. Roles: Male (7) , Female (8) , Neutral (0)

Liz Lochhead's Good Things is a bittersweet romantic comedy about finding love later in life. It was conceived by Lochhead as a loosely thematic sequel to her earlier play Perfect Days (Traverse Theatre, 1998). Good Things was first performed by Borderline Theatre Company, in association with the Byre Theatre, St Andrews and Perth Theatre, at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow on 16 September 2004, prior to an extensive national tour.

The play is set in a charity shop where Susan – newly single and approaching fifty – works as a volunteer. She also has to cope with a father in his second childhood, a daughter in the throes of aggravated adolescence, a blind-date stalker and an ex who, unfortunately, still has the power to wound. So when David comes in to drop off a bag of his late wife’s possessions, Susan barely has time to notice him or how he keeps coming back. The play is written to be performed by two male and two female performers, with one male actor playing all the male parts except for David, and one female actor playing all the female roles except for Susan.

In her Foreword to Liz Lochhead: Five Plays (Nick Hern Books, 2012), Lochhead writes that Perfect Days and Good Things were 'conceived as part one and part two of a loose trilogy of popular comedies, romantic comedies, about the lives of modern women as they approached what the women’s mags would have us regard as big milestones – fear of forty, Perfect Days, and fear of fifty, Good Things.'

Lochhead also explain that 'The extensive doubling, originally for reasons of economy, done by two of the actors, which means that they are literally never off the stage except for the most bravura of quick changes, well, this doubling was for me the point of it, the structural fun in the writing of it.'

The Borderline Theatre Company production was directed by Maureen Beattie and designed by Finlay McLay. It was performed by Annette Staines, Vincent Friell, Molly Innes and Kenneth Bryans.

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Nick Hern Books

Liz Lochhead

ISBN: 9781854598547

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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