In New England Maggie a fifty year old mother of nine is just starting a life of independence when she learns she has terminal liver cancer. Her daughter, Margaret, tells how she and Maggie come to terms with the disease; how they turned to homeopathic medicine to fight against it. It is an exciting and startling blend of poetry, prose, music and visual imagery, a powerful affirmation of life out of the experience of death.
BBC Radio 4 broadcast, 24 May 1982, produced by Kay Patrick; Mary McCusker joined the cast, sharing doctors' voices with David Bradford
‘A play of extraordinary sensitivity… a remarkably honest and unsentimental picture of the onset of death.’
Peter Hepple The Stage March 1981
‘Music is effectively used both to create atmosphere and to dramatise the play’s reflective soliloquies. But the ultimate success of this introspective elegy as drama depends on Monstrous Regiment’s no-nonsense magic touch.’
Ros Franey Time Out March 1981