DOI: 10.5040/9781784601034.00000002
Acts: 2. Scenes: 10. Roles: Male (3) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Liz Lochhead's play Perfect Days is a romantic comedy about a 39-year-old Glaswegian hairdresser who desperately wants to have a child. It was first performed on 7 August 1998 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The play is set in a 'large and very stylish Merchant City Loft in Glasgow' belonging to Barbs Marshall, a celebrity hairdresser. She is successful, has her own show on local TV, a nice apartment in a trendy part of the city, but she is 39 years old and almost deafened by the ticking of her biological clock. To make matters worse, her mother is a nag, her best friend is holding out on her and her ex-husband Davie has a new 22-year-old girlfriend. Then she meets 26-year-old Grant, who seems more than ready to oblige. But the complications are by no means over.

The Traverse Theatre premiere was directed by John Tiffany and designed by Georgia Sion. It was performed by Siobhan Redmond, Anne Kidd, Ann Scott-Jones, John Kazek, Vincent Friell and Enzo Cilenti.

The production was revived at Hampstead Theatre, London, on 6 January 1999 and then transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End on 21 June 1999.

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Nick Hern Books

Liz Lochhead

ISBN: 9781854594372

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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