Pam Gems' play Deborah’s Daughter explores the fragile relationship between the West and the developing world seen through the prism of a mother/daughter relationship. It was first performed at the Library Theatre, Manchester on 3 March 1994.
Deborah Pedersen has been recently widowed. Her husband was an enormously powerful oil tycoon to whom Deborah was devoted. She even sacrificed her burgeoning career as a scientist to enable his ambitions. Now she is left to pick up the pieces after his death in an unnamed North African country with strong business ties to Pedersen Oil. The trouble is, she is largely unacquainted with the country and its people. Along with her precocious and privileged daughter, Stephanie, and her short-tempered mother, Rhoda, the women find themselves caught up in a violent coup. When Deborah becomes romantically involved with Hassan, an army Colonel with a poetic streak, her life begins to unravel.
The Library Theatre production was directed by Sue Dunderdale and designed by Shimon Castiel. The cast was Anna Carteret, Jane Freeman, Mia Fothergill, Raad Rawi, Peter Yapp, Philip Darling, Nasser Memarzia and Royce Hounsell.