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Pam Gems, born in 1925, is the author of about 40 stage plays. Her first major success was Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi staged in 1976. Among her other best-known works are Piaf, Camille, The Danton Affair, The Blue Angel, The Snow Palace, and Stanley, based on the life of the painter Stanley Spencer, first produced at the National Theatre.

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Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi
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Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi

Pam Gems
Commemorating the centenary year of the death of suffragette martyr Emily Wilding Davison, the first full professional production in more than thirty-five years of Pam Gems' feminist classic Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi.

Four determinedly 'liberated' – and very different – women ricochet around a tiny shared flat, while trying to pull together the shattered strands of their lives: Dusa is struggling to regain her children from their father, Fish is losing her lover to another woman, Stas is on the game to finance the course she wants to study at university, while Vi steadfastly refuses to eat....

A bitingly sardonic modern classic, widely regarded as an historic icon of early feminism, Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi was first seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1976 under the title Dead Fish, Michael Codron transferred the play to the West End under its new title where it enjoyed a huge success and established Pam Gems as a major new voice in British theatre.

Cast : 4F, singer and musicians
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-78319-043-0 | Australia/NZ
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Pam Gems

A moving and truthful portrait of Stanley Spencer, the wayward genius of modern British painting.  Stanley recreates both his huge appetite for life and his naive attitude towards women, in particular his long-suffering wife.

Winner of the Olivier Best Play Award 1996 and the Evening Standard Best Play Award 1996

'Highly plausible, deeply moving.'  Guardian

Cast : 6M, 6F (2 boys)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-254-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB