Mourning Pictures

1981

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.

  • Written by Honor Moore

Cast

Chris Bowler
Abigail
David Bradford
Doctors Rumbach/Cassidy/Berryman/Potter
Aviva Goldkorn
Maggie
Gillian Hanna
Margaret
Stephen Ley
Philip
John Slade
David
Tony Haynes
Musician
Josefina Cupido
Singer/Musician

Production Team

Penny Cherns
Director
Gemma Jackson
Designer
Tony Haynes
Music
Veronica Woods
Lighting Design/Technical Director
Sheryl Crown
Technician
Claudine Meissner
Graphics
Kay Patrick (BBC Radio May '82)
Producer

Places and dates

Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton
10/02/1981 - 14/02/1981
St Luke's College, Exeter
19/02/1981 - 21/02/1981
Aston University Arts Centre, Birmingham
04/03/1981 - 07/03/1981
Tricycle Theatre, London
10/03/1981 - 16/03/1981
BBC Radio 4, The Monday Play
24/05/1982 - 24/05/1982

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

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Words

Programme

Mourning Pictures Script

Press cuttings

A selection of reviews

Publicity