Maggie Gale's West End Women uncovers groundbreaking material about women playwrights and the staging of their performances between the years 1918 and 1962.
It documents a dynamic era of social and theatrical history, analysing the transformations that occurred in the theatre and the lives of British women in relation to specific plays of the period. Focusing on the work of playwrights such as Dodie Smith, Clemence Dane, Gordon Daviot and Bridget Boland, Maggie Gale examines the cultural and political context within which they enjoyed commercial success and great notoriety.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Introduction: West End Women, A Force to be reckoned with Chapter 2. Women Society 1918 - 1962: An Overview Chapter 3. The London Stage 1918 - 62: An Historical context for Women in Theatre Chapter 4. To Work or not to Work: Representations of Working Women Chapter 5. Motherhood and the Family: From Matriarchs to Refusing Mothers Chapter 6. Dramatising History: The Search for National Heroines Chapter 7. Spinsters and Widows: Women without Men Postscript Notes Appendix 1. Table of Plays by Women on the London Stage 1917 - 1959 bibliography