DOI: 10.5040/9781784605339.00000002
Scenes: 5. Roles: Male (5) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Linda McLean's play strangers, babies is a drama about a woman trying to escape the sins of her past. It was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, on 23 February 2007.

The play is structured as five independent dialogues. The central character, May, appears in each of them, and in each one she is talking to a different man. In the first, she and her husband Dan have a disagreement over what to do about an injured baby bird on their flat's balcony; while May doggedly insists on rescuing the bird, Dan is resistant to the idea. With each subsequent encounter, we discover more about May's troubled background, her history of violence, and her instinct to nurture.

The Traverse Theatre production was directed by Philip Howard and designed by Lisa Sangster. It was performed by Gillian Kearney (as May), Liam Brennan, Sean Scanlan, Gavin Marshall, Iain Robertson and Garry Collins.

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Nick Hern Books

Linda McLean

ISBN: 9781854599773

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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