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Selected for The Rum Diaries Presents (2020) and Around the Globe in 80 Plays (2020)

(Short) Novelist Charles Dickens and his wife Kate Dickens speak about the legal separation Dickens initiated after twenty-two years of marriage and nine children—narratives that differ substantially from each other. A play about power and women's lives.
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  • Cheryl Bear:
    7 Aug. 2020
    A heartbreaking and beautifully done portrait of the discarded woman in a patriarchal marriage. Great work.
  • Victoria Z. Daly:
    26 Jan. 2020
    So much is conveyed between the lines in this lovely duo of overlapping monologues. Each monologue would be gorgeous by itself; but, woven together, they magnify each other. Laid out through precise, poetic detail, the story leads us to feel for a woman whom the whims and injustices of a patriarchal society have left completely isolated. If only we could say these whims and injustices were a thing of the nineteenth-century past.
  • Doug DeVita:
    21 Dec. 2019
    Heartbreaking and beautifully rendered, this is a perfect ten.

Character Information

  • Catherine "Kate" Dickens
    Mid-40s.,
    British.
    Wife of novelist Charles Dickens.
  • Charles Dickens
    Late 40s.,
    British
    Well-known novelist

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Rum Diaries Presents
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Fractured Time Productions
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Caravan Theatre
    ,
    2020

Awards

Shortlist
,
Pint-sized Plays
,
2020