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Pam Gems launched her playwrighting career in 1972 at the age of forty-seven. She went on to create a number of strong female roles, often recasting historical figures in unromanticized terms. In addition to her own twenty-plus plays, one of which she wrote for children, Pam Gems adapted and translated ten foreign plays, and wrote two novels and several television screenplays.
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1 August 1925 Iris Pamela Price (later PG) was born at Bransgore in Hampshire (which is also in the New Forest), the eldest in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.
1961 PG's "A Builder by Trade", one of her several early television screenplays, was produced and broadcast. Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1976 PG's all-woman play "Dead Fish" was first performed at Edinburgh's Kundry's Theatre for the Edinburgh Festival; its title was subsequently changed to Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 September 1977 The Royal Shakespeare Company first performed PG's play Queen Christina, at their small Stratford theatre named The Other Place. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 October 1978 PG's play Piaf, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, opened at The Other Place in Stratford. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 October 2009 A rehearsed reading was given at the Drill Hall in London of PG's "Winterlove", about the relationship of Elisabeth of Austria and her cousin and lifelong friend Ludwig II of Bavaria. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 May 2011 PG died at St Mary's Hospital, Westminster in London at the age of eighty-five, "of bronchopneumonia secondary to breast cancer." Bibliographic Citation link.
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