The Devil's Gateway

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408182758.00000022
Scenes: 12. Roles: Male (4) , Female (6) , Neutral (0)

Second floor flat in Bethnal Green, and the world is looming large over the lives of Betty and her neighbours. If it's not Social Services, then it's Social Security; if not's unemployment, then it's the bomb. Betty and her old friend Enid, who is trapped in an abusive marriage, are mirrored across town by Enid's daughter Linda, and Linda's lover Fiona, while Betty's daughter Carol tries and fails to duck in and around the whims of her bullying husband.

And all the while on Greenham Common, women are taking action. Against the bomb; and against the patriarchal system that would drop it. We're used, Daniels writes, to seeing men go off to war but we should get used to women going off for peace.

The Devil's Gateway was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, Upstairs, London, in 1983.

From Daniels Plays: 1

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Sarah Daniels

ISBN: 9780413649300

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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