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Adult Child/Dead Child

Written by

Claire Dowie

~playauthor~Written by~ Claire Dowie

Methuen Drama, 1996

Modern Plays

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...How do we cope without love? The need for love and care, and the trauma that’s brought about by its absence is at the heart of Claire Dowie’s Adult Child/Dead Child. The unnamed protagonist of this one-person show...

Easy Access (For The Boys)

Written by

Claire Dowie

~playauthor~Written by~ Claire Dowie

Methuen Drama, 1998

Modern Plays

Playtext

Roles: Total (5), Female (1), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...Easy Access (For The Boys) is a hard-hitting and uncomfortable play about victims of child abuse, and the challenging complexity of their relationships with their abusers. Michael and his friend Gary were both sexually...

All Over Lovely

Written by

Claire Dowie

~playauthor~Written by~ Claire Dowie

Methuen Drama, 1998

Modern Plays

Playtext

Roles: Total (2), Female (2), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...All Over Lovely is a two-character play, which frames a furious debate about politicising feminism and sexuality and darts between the intellectual and the deeply personal. Two women who grew up together meet before...

Death and Dancing

Written by

Claire Dowie

~playauthor~Written by~ Claire Dowie

Methuen Drama, 1996

Modern Plays

Playtext

Scenes: 2, Roles: Total (2), Female (1), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...In a spiky, angry duologue between ‘She’ and ‘He’, Dowie interrogates the labels with which society constricts everyone – gay, lesbian, straight, man, woman. ‘He’ has come over from America to study at a London University,...

Leaking From Every Orifice

Written by

Claire Dowie

~playauthor~Written by~ Claire Dowie

Methuen Drama, 1996

Modern Plays

Playtext

Scenes: 2, Roles: Total (1), Female (1), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...Leaking From Every Orifice is a forthright monologue about motherhood, told by a woman who thinks womanhood is crap, and being a mother is insufferable. The story begins, she tells us, when she was performing Dowie’s own earlier play about...

When I Fall … If I Fall  

Written by

Claire Dowie

~playauthor~Written by~ Claire Dowie

Methuen Drama, 2019

Modern Plays

Playtext

Roles: Total (1), Female (0), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...I don't understand it. I've still got muscles, tendons, sinews, whatnots – nothing's changed skeleton wise, body wise. It's still all intact. Yet it doesn't work. It won't move itself...

Why Is John Lennon Wearing A Skirt?

Written by

Claire Dowie

~playauthor~Written by~ Claire Dowie

Methuen Drama, 1996

Modern Plays

Playtext

Scenes: 2, Roles: Total (1), Female (1), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...Dowie’s best known ‘stand-up play’ is a fierce and subversive monologue about gender expectations and stereotypes, spoken by someone who doesn’t want to be a ‘girl’, doesn’t want to wear skirts, wants to be John Lennon. What begins...

Drag Act

Written by

Claire Dowie

~playauthor~Written by~ Claire Dowie

Methuen Drama, 1996

Modern Plays

Playtext

Roles: Total (1), Female (1), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...Drag Act is a proud and punchy monologue spoken by Rose, a fifty-two year old lesbian who can’t stand being told how she should dress. She was told by her mother that she should be more girly and feminine, and now she finds she’s being told...

Designs for Living

Written by

Claire Dowie

~playauthor~Written by~ Claire Dowie

Methuen Drama, 2001

Modern Plays

Playtext

Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (3), Female (3), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...Terese and Louise are on their way to a 'pot-pourri' party: a place where, Terese assures Louise, there will be straight people to talk to. Louise is tired of hanging out with Terese's lesbian-only crowd, and is not expecting much. So when...

The Year of the Monkey

Written by

Claire Dowie

~playauthor~Written by~ Claire Dowie

Methuen Drama, 2001

Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 4

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...The Year of the Monkey is a collection of four short plays by comedian-author Claire Dowie. Each play takes the form of a long, narrative monologue. In Bonfire Night, the speaker, a woman caring for her elderly father...