DOI: 10.5040/9781784602192.00000010
Acts: 2. Scenes: 4. Roles: Male (0) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

Rona Munro’s play Fugue is a psychological horror story about a woman suffering a mental breakdown. It was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, on 28 April 1983.

The play's first act takes place in an isolated cottage in the Grampian Mountains in Scotland. Kay, a secretary, about 24 years old, frightened and depressed, is on holiday, getting away from it all, but is confronted there by a ghost, and also by traumatic memories of her past. In the second act, which takes place in a hospital ward a few days later, Kay is being treated by a young psychiatrist, played by the same actress as the ghost. The psychiatrist attempts to find her way in the labyrinth of Kay’s mind but encounters tragedy instead.

The Traverse Theatre premiere was directed by Les Waters and designed by Helen Turner. It was performed by Gaylie Runciman, Kath Rogers and Evelyn Langland.

From Your Turn to Clean the Stair & Fugue


Nick Hern Books

Rona Munro

ISBN: 9781854592484

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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