Maggie and Me

Maggie and Me

Maggie and Me

Maggie and Me


Brighton, 2008: Damian Barr celebrates getting a deal to write a memoir about his chaotic childhood in 1980s Lanarkshire. But as soon as he opens the door to his troubled past, everybody comes rushing through, including his younger self and the woman who forever changes his family, community and country: Maggie Thatcher.

Soon, revisiting his past turns into reliving it – the fear and the joy. From the furnaces of the Ravenscraig Steelworks to the sanctuary of Carfin Grotto, there’s trauma and triumph, coming of age and coming out. Can Damian survive his past again, find his voice and finally tell his story?

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  • Genre: Adaptations (Literature)
  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Cast Attributes: Expandable casting, Roles for Teens
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


James Ley

James Ley is a playwright and screenwriter living in Glasgow. His plays include Wilf (Traverse Theatre), Ode to Joy (Stories Untold, Summerhall), Love Song to Lavender Menace (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Summerhall, SoHo Playhouse, New York), Emma and Gill (Catherine ...

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Damian Barr

Damian Barr is an award-winning writer. His memoir, Maggie & Me, won Stonewall Writer of the Year and Sunday Times Memoir of the Year. It is a Scottish classic. His debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here, was a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and Book of the Year in the Observer, Gua ...
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