DOI: 10.5040/9781408161098.00000009
Roles: Male (2) , Female (8) , Neutral (0)

Sue Townsend delights in smashing the grim silence of the hospital waiting room in a charming and comic short play, as Rita whirls into a drab gynaecology clinic and smokes, rearranges the furniture and frightens away the clerk.

Rita’s sparky no-nonsense attitude quickly livens up the sheepish patients: she gets Audrey to stand up to her husband for the first time, persuades Mrs Conelly to finally take off her corsets and hands everyone their own medical files. With the Assistant Hospital Administrator giving up and joining in with the general gin-drinking, and with no doctors anywhere to be seen, Rita takes charge and proves that there is sometimes no better tonic than wit, candour, and treating patients as people.

Womberang was first presented in 1979 at the Soho Poly Theatre Club, London.

From Townsend Plays: 1


Bloomsbury Publishing

Sue Townsend

ISBN: 9780413702500

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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