DOI: 10.5040/9781784605315.00000002
Roles: Male (3) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

Linda McLean's play Any Given Day is a drama about urban isolation, our fear of the unknown, and our guilt and responsibility towards ourselves and others. It was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, on 29 May 2010.

The play is divided into two acts or 'plays'. In Play One, we meet Bill (fifties) and Sadie (forties), a couple with mental disabilities, who live in a council-owned flat in the city. They are eagerly expecting a visit from their niece Jackie, but instead their day takes a turn for the worse, and their world is turned upside down when a stranger intrudes. Then, in Play Two, we meet Jackie (forties), who is working in a bar after having to give up her job as a nurse. When the bar's owner, Dave, passes on a phone message from her son, it leads Jackie to reassess her priorities and her emotional needs, and to throw caution to the wind.

The Traverse Theatre production was directed by Jonathan Fensom and designed by Lizzie Powell. It was performed by Kathryn Howden, Lewis Howden, Kate Dickie, Phil McKee and Jamie Quinn.

From Any Given Day

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Nick Hern Books

Linda McLean

ISBN: 9781848420939

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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