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The Stepmother

Full-Length Play  /  5f, 4m

Lois Relph, a young stepmother with two stepdaughters for whom she cares
deeply and her own thriving business, appears contented and in charge.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 4m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
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Summary
Lois Relph, a young stepmother with two stepdaughters for whom she cares deeply and her own thriving business, appears contented and in charge. But this is 1924, so does she really have control of her own money, or even her life, and what will she be able to do if things are in danger of going wrong both personally and professionally? It needs courage and determination to define what being a wife, mother and businesswoman means and it is not easy. A story whose resonance is still felt today.
History
First performed professionally at the Orange Tree Theatre in March 2013
  • Time Period 1920s
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Media

"Sowerby... writes with a power and precision about social injustice." - Guardian

"...the real delight lies in seeing the restoration of a knotty problem-play that demolishes the myth that British drama between the wars was an exclusively male affair." - Guardian

"A wonderfully reptilian account of masculinity." - The Telegraph 

"...an important moment for feminist theatre." The Stage

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Githa Sowerby

Katherine Githa Sowerby was born in 1876 in Gateshead, England. Her first play, Rutherford & Son, was an outstanding success when originally performed in 1912. Published under her initials G.K. Sowerby, it was generally assumed that the author was a man. When her true identit ...
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