Plays and performance texts by women 1880-1930

An anthology of plays by British and American women from the Modernist period

Edited by Maggie B. Gale and Gilli Bush-Bailey

Plays and performance texts by women 1880-1930

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8204-7
  • Pages: 672
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: March 2012
  • BIC Category: Anthologies: general, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: women, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Literature: history & criticism
  • Series: Women, Theatre and Performance


This groundbreaking anthology, part of the Women, Theatre and Performance series, brings together an extraordinary mix of one-act and full length plays and solo performance texts written by women. Included in the volume are texts by Beatrice Herford, Ruth Draper, Zora Neale Hurston and G. B. Stern, originally performed across commercial and amateur theatres in Britain and America. Some of the plays have remained unpublished since their original performance - Georgina Weldon's Not Alone, Clothilde Graves' Mother of Three, Rachel Crother's Ourselves and Marie Stope's Our Ostriches. Others are anthologized here alongside plays with which they connect aesthetically and historically, for example, Edith Lyttelton's Warp and Woof, Elizabeth Robins' Votes for Women, Elizabeth Baker's Edith, Sophie Treadwell's Machinal and Aimée Stuarts' Nine Till Six.

The volume, for students and scholars, provides an accessible collection of texts exemplifying the range and breadth of women's theatre writing from the 1880s to the early decades of the twentieth century.


List of illustrations
Section I: Plays
Edited with an Overview and Introduction by Maggie B. Gale
1 Georgina Weldon, Not Alone (1886)
1.1 Clothilde Graves A Mother of Three (1896)
1.2 Edith Lyttelton, Warp and Woof (1904)
1.3 Elizabeth Robins, Votes for Women (1907)
1.4 Elizabeth Baker, Edith (1912)
1.5 Rachel Crothers, Ourselves (1913)
1.6 Marie Stopes, Our Ostriches (1923)
1.7 Sophie Treadwell, Machinal (1928)
1.8 Aimée and Phillip Stuart, Nine Till Six (1930)
1.9 Zora Neale Hurston, Lawing and Jawing and Poker (1931)
1.10 G. B. Stern, The Man Who Pays The Piper (1931)
Section II: Monologues
Edited with an Introduction by Gilli Bush-Bailey
2 May Isabel Fisk 'The Art of Giving a Monologue' (Date of Publication: 1914)
2.1 May Isabel Fisk, At the Theatre (Date of Publication: 1907)
2.2 Beatrice Herford, At the Opticians (Date of Publication: 1927)
2.3 Josephine A. M. Morris The Home-Coming of Jack O'Neill (Date of Publication: 1913)
2.4 Mabel Constanduros, Cheering up Maria (Date of Publication: 1927)
2.5 Jackie 'Moms' Mabley, from Live at the Greek Theatre
2.6 Ruth Draper Doctors and Diets (Date of Publication: 1960)


Maggie B. Gale is Professor and Chair in Drama at The University of Manchester. Gilli Bush-Bailey is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Drama and Theatre Department at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Plays and performance texts by women 1880-1930

Edited by Maggie B. Gale, Gilli Bush-Bailey

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