Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Baker, Elizabeth
Birth Name: Elizabeth Baker
Married Name: Elizabeth Allaway
's drama often deals with feminist and economic issues facing struggling middle-class families. Her casts of characters include feisty, independent young women seeking emancipation and sympathetic men burdened with supporting a family on a limited income. Her plays were performed at several important venues during the early twentieth century, including the Court Theatre
in London, the Gaiety Theatre
in Manchester, and BirminghamRepertory Theatre
also became involved with a new performance troupe, a Sunday Society called the 1930 Players
. This group seems to have kept up some if its earlier suffrage connections by performing such plays as...
The plays of Henrik Ibsen
, nineteenth-century Norwegian poet and dramatist, were both controversial and enormously influential in Britain; their use of realist techniques to address contemporary social problems helped to bring about a revolution...
The play reflects the prevalent influence of Ibsen
in the British drama of this time, not only in its realist approach to social and ethical problems but also in its stifling atmosphere and oppressive Northern...
She had worked on it during a visit to Sutton Courtenay just before she was married, and finished it in late 1913. Curtis Brown
had wanted her to produce something more light-hearted, but several theatre...
According to Patricia Riley this play was influenced by Elizabeth Baker
's Chains, which opened on 18 April 1909—but in Baker's play the love between husband and wife is real and deep.
Riley, Patricia. Looking for Githa. New Writing North, 2009.