Sharman Macdonald

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Plays by Sharman Macdonald

The Girl with Red Hair

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Life gives you presents. You have to know to recognise the presents life gives you. They don’t come twice.

In a small town on the east coast of Scotland, three generations are profoundly affected by the death of seventeen-year-old Roslyn. But strangers, friends and family find themselves unwittingly united as the summer warms their skin and revives their hearts. The Girl With Red Hair is an enchanting, humorous and sensitive portrait of a community’s recovery from bereavement, and love rediscovered.

The Girl with Red Hair was commissioned by the The Bush Theatre and received its world premiere at The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in February 2005.

Born in Glasgow, Sharman MacDonald became an actress on graduation from Edinburgh University but gave it up to write. Her plays include When I Was a Girl... (Bush) which won her the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright of 1984, The Brave (Bush), When We Were Women (National), All Things Nice (Royal Court), Shades (Albery), The Winter Guest (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Almeida), which was adapted into a film with Alan Rickman, Sea Urchins (Dundee Rep), Borders of Paradise (Watford Place) After Juliet (National) and The Girl with Red Hair (Bush/Royal Lyceum). She is the author of two novels, The Beast and Night, Night.