Timberlake Wertenbaker

Standard Name: Wertenbaker, Timberlake
Birth Name: Lael Louisiana Timberlake Wertenbaker
TW , an American-born European who writes for the British stage, is an experimental dramatist, adaptor, translator, and radio dramatist. Central topics in her work are the efforts of individuals, particularly women: pursuing quests, seeking change, breaking boundaries, and constructing or challenging gender roles. A central technique is the revisioning of actual or imaginary lives from the past, sometimes remote in place as well as in time.


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Publishing Cecily Mackworth
CM thanks various scholars, contacts, and elderly people who have given me the benefit of their personal reminiscences.
Mackworth, Cecily. The Destiny of Isabelle Eberhardt. Routledge and Paul.
It was, she says, a copy of Eberhardt 's Dans l'Ombre chaude de l'Islam, offered...
Textual Features Ruth Fainlight
Fainlight and Sillitoe ingeniously embed a performance of Lope de Vega 's play in a playlet of their own (slightly in the manner of Timberlake Wertenbaker 's later and better-known Our Country's Good). Theirs...
Textual Production Gillian Slovo
In dedications she thanks her daughter Cassie for the idea of the dog and her sister Robyn for the idea of the laudanum addiction.
Slovo, Gillian. An Honourable Man. Virago Press.
Among the first outside readers she thanks are Cora Kaplan


About October 1973: The Women's Theatre Group (still in being...

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About October 1973

The Women's Theatre Group (still in being as the Sphinx Theatre Company ) was founded in London as a feminist and socialist theatre group; its twin organization the Women's Theatre Company proved short-lived.


Wertenbaker, Timberlake. Abel’s Sister. 1984.
Wertenbaker, Timberlake. After Darwin. Faber and Faber, 1998.
Wertenbaker, Timberlake. Case to Answer. 1980.
Wertenbaker, Timberlake. Jefferson’s Garden. Faber and Faber, 2015.
Wertenbaker, Timberlake. Our Country’s Good. Methuen, in association with the Royal Court Theatre, 1988.
Clough, David et al. Plays Introduction: Plays by New Writers. Faber and Faber, 1984.
Wertenbaker, Timberlake. The Break of Day. Faber and Faber, 1995.
Wertenbaker, Timberlake. The Grace of Mary Traverse. Faber and Faber, 1985.
Wertenbaker, Timberlake. The Love of the Nightingale and The Grace of Mary Traverse. Faber and Faber, 1989.
Wertenbaker, Timberlake. The Thebans. Faber and Faber, 1992.
Wertenbaker, Timberlake. Three Birds Alighting on a Field. Faber and Faber, 1992.
Wertenbaker, Timberlake. Timberlake Wertenbaker: Plays 1. Faber and Faber, 1996.
Wertenbaker, Timberlake. Timberlake Wertenbaker: Plays 2. Faber and Faber, 2002.