Author(s): Rebecca Lenkiewicz
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"The Night Season is unusual; no politics, no issues, no history - just a bold attempt to grapple with the messy nature of living. It's also delightfully, rudely funny". ("Financial Times"). "Look out for the name Rebecca Lenkiewicz. It's once in a blue moon that a writer gets her second-ever play staged at the National. It's even more remarkable when you wander away at the end, walking on air...Lenkiewicz is quite extraordinarily talented". ("Independent on Sunday", Shoreditch Madonna). "A strong absorbing work, full of passion, pathos and sly humour, set in the hip art scene of London's East End...There is a rare combination of pain, wit and originality in Lenkiewicz's writing". ("Daily Telegraph", Her Naked Skin). "It is shocking to think that this is the first full-length work by a woman to be seen on the Olivier stage. But Lenkiewicz makes up for lost time by exploring the hunger for political and personal emancipation that fuelled the suffragette movement in 1913...Her play colonises this daunting space with bravura confidence. Her power lies in her ability to recapture the triumphs and tribulations of a history movement...Lenkiewicz's play plants a defiant feminist flag on the Olivier stage". ("Guardian"). "This is a big play with a big heart and I recommend it with a matching warmth. Lenkiewicz is making history here and, in so doing, demonstrating that she's got a great future". ("Daily Telegraph", The Painter). "An intimate portrait of Turner...Understated and quietly superb". ("Independent on Sunday").
Rebecca Lenkiewicz was the first living female playwright to have an original work produced by the National Theatre London on the Olivier Stage. That play, Her Naked Skin, in included in this collection and is a fascinating piece about suffragettes. Also included is the funny, family-based The Night Season, the witty and painful East End London-set Shoreditch Madonna and a play about JMW Turner, The Painter - Elisa, Book Grocer
Rebecca Lenkiewicz's The Night Season premiered at the National Theatre in 2004, received the Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award and was nominated for the Charles Wintour Evening Standard Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her Naked Skin premiered at the National Theatre in 2008, the first play by a living female playwright to be staged on the Olivier. Other plays include The Painter (Arcola Theatre), The Typist ( Riverside Studios), The Lioness (The Tricycle), That Almost Unnameable Lust, Shoreditch Madonna, Blue Moon over Poplar (Soho Theatre), A Soldier's Tale (Old Vic), Invisible Mountains (National Theatre Education), Faeries (Royal Opera House), Justitia (Peacock Theatre) and adaptations of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (Arcola and Manhattan Theatre Club, USA) and Ghosts (Arcola). For BBC Radio 4: Fighting For Words, Caravan of Desire, Sarah and Ken (Special Commendation for the Tinniswood Award), Dracula and The Winter House.