Claire Luckham

Standard Name: Luckham, Claire
Birth Name: Claire Luckham
Claire Luckham's career as a playwright was launched in 1976, when the feminist theatre group Monstrous Regiment selected Scum (a play on which she and her husband collaborated) to open their first season. Her plays often make use of songs and monologues. Her best-known piece, Trafford Tanzi, which began its life in Liverpool pubs two years after Scum, features a theatrical wrestling match between husband and wife over social and domestic roles. Other, historical plays take famous women as their subjects: Fanny Kemble (1990), Anne Boleyn (1998), and Catherine Cookson (2005).


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Anthologization Bryony Lavery
This play, like all those BL has written with and for theatre groups, is a work of collaboration, much of which emerged during workshops and rehearsals. It was published in 1990 in The Wild Bunch...
Textual Production Jean Plaidy
In the novel Murder Most Royal, JP viewed Henry VIII 's serial marriages through the eyes of two of his wives (both executed at his command), Anne Boleyn and Catherine (sometimes Katherine) Howard ...
Textual Production Michelene Wandor
Methuen 's drama catalogue for 1981-2 had listed seventy-five playwrights, only two of them women (as was pointed out by Mary Remnant , who succeeded to MW as editor after the next three volumes in...


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Luckham, Claire. “Afterword to ’The Choice’”. Plays by Women: Volume Ten, edited by Annie Castledine, Methuen Drama, 1994, pp. 113-14.
Sandford, Patrick, and Claire Luckham. “Introduction”. Plays, Oberon, 1999, pp. 7-10.
Luckham, Claire. Plays. Oberon, 1999.
Luckham, Claire et al. “Scum”. Monstrous Regiment: Four Plays and a Collective Celebration, Nick Hern, 1991.
Luckham, Claire. “The Choice”. Plays by Women: Volume Ten, edited by Annie Castledine, Methuen Drama, 1994, pp. 67-112.
Luckham, Claire. “Trafford Tanzi”. Plays by Women: Volume Two, edited by Michelene Wandor, Methuen, 1983, pp. 77-97.