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Githa Sowerby's first full-length play, Rutherford and Son, was received in 1912 as a work of major importance. After this initial success, however, she produced only a handful of plays, only one more of which reached print. Her plays deftly exploit realist techniques to address social and economic problems, often from a feminist perspective. She began her writing career with a number of books for children (illustrated by her sister Millicent), as well as some plays for young audiences. She also supplied the lyrics for a few songs composed by F. Paolo Tosti.
6 October 1876 Katherine Githa Sowerby was born at Gateshead, just south of Newcastle upon Tyne. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By 19 October 1906 GS published through J. M. Dent her first book of verse for children, The Wise Book, with illustrations by her sister Millicent Sowerby. Bibliographic Citation link.
31 January 1912 GS's realist drama Rutherford and Son was first produced at the Court Theatre in London, where it had four matinée performances. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 March 1912 Rutherford and Son by GS re-opened at London's Little Theatre. It became a critical success, and moved on to the Vaudeville, bringing its total run to 133 performances. Bibliographic Citation link.
About 1937-8 GS wrote her last play, entitled "Direct Action". It has not been (in 2010) staged or published. Her biographer, Patricia Riley, discovered the manuscript in a hatbox of memorabilia at the apartment of Sowerby's daughter. Bibliographic Citation link.
30 June 1970 GS died in London at the age of ninety-three, having outlived all her siblings. There were no obituaries. Bibliographic Citation link.
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