A contemporary classic set during the Glasgow Rent Strike of 1915, with one of the best women’s roles ever to emerge from Scottish theatre, an unforgettable tragicomic heroine with an extraordinary power to repel and attract.
The Quinn family live in a Glasgow tenement so poor the only floor covering is old newspapers. But Elizabeth Gordon Quinn is indomitable in the face of poverty and rising rents. Furthermore, she is harbouring a son who is wanted by the police for desertion.
Chris Hannan’s play Elizabeth Gordon Quinn was first staged at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in 1985. This radically revised version was published alongside the major revival by the National Theatre of Scotland in 2006.
‘You expect a play set in the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915 will be a model of dour social realism, but Chris Hannan confounds all expectations. The result is both startling and provocative’