Drama

As a postgraduate and, later, as a tutor in Higher Education for many years, I  specialised in sixteenth and seventeenth-century drama, particularly the plays of Shakespeare, Webster, Middleton, Ford, and Aphra Behn. Details of my book, Stage Images and Traditions: Shakespeare to Ford, can be found in the ‘Criticism’ section, along with other essays and articles. Details of my editions of Ford and Behn are below.

Drama has also been an influence on my poetry: see ‘A Jacobean Fragment’, ‘Isabelle of France’ (Richard II’s young queen), or ‘Gruoch’ (known as ‘Lady Macbeth’ in Shakespeare’s play). Several poems are dramatic monologues: see ‘The Forked Tree’,  ‘Mrs Mackie’, and ‘Gruoch Considers’. The last two are written in dialect (north-east and early Scots, respectively). All can be found in New Wings.

roverAphra Behn’s The Rover ed. (New Mermaids) A&C Black, 1995 (revised ed. 2012)

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pity sheJohn Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and other plays ed. (4 plays) (World Classics) Oxford University Press,1995 (repr. 2008) (first published as Marion Lomax)

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Libretto

Beyond Men and Dreams: a chamber opera (composer: Bennett Hogg). Commissioned by the Royal Opera House (Garden Venture); performed at the Riverside Studios, June 1st- 8th 1991