The Poetess

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The Poetess is a drama with music. The story is drawn from real lives and investigates the impact of abusive relationships on a young woman’s hopes of a career as a writer. It is about how society imposes expectations on her, and about the search for the inner strength she needs to find in order to live her own life.

The work started out in 1983 as a rather different piece for music theatre which never reached the stage due to financial constraints. Thirty-three years on, the piece has been reimagined, the music has been reworked, and I have written an entirely new script.

It is dedicated to many women; friends, colleagues and women I have never met, who dared to dream.


Original languageEnglish
Media of outputMusical Score
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 5 May 2016