DOI: 10.5040/9781784605360.00000002
Scenes: 4. Roles: Male (0) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

Rona Munro's play Bold Girls is a drama about the harsh realities of life, particularly for women, during the Troubles in Belfast in the early 1990s. It was commissioned by 7:84 Scottish People’s Theatre and first performed at Cumbernauld Theatre, Strathclyde, on 27 September 1990, and subsequently toured. The play won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for 1990-91.

The play is set in 1991 in West Belfast. With their husbands either locked up or killed, Marie, Cassie and Nora are trying to get on with their lives, despite the bombs, burning buses and soldiers trampling the flower beds. Life must go on – after all, there's still laundry to do and kids to feed. But when a mysterious young woman turns up on Marie's doorstep and disrupts their girls' night out, the devastating revelations which ensue will shatter dreams and threaten their friendship irrevocably.

The 7:84 Scottish People’s Theatre production was directed by Lynne Parker and designed by Geoff Rose. It was performed by Andrea Irvine, Paula Hamilton, Joyce McBrinn and Julia Dearden.

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Rona Munro

ISBN: 9781848427785

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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