The Sugar Wife


ISBN: 9781839043475
Author: By Elizabeth Kuti
Publication Date: 20/06/2024
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 96pp.
Availability: Available

SKU: BK3526 Category: Tags: ,

‘We choose the world we live in. We make it, day by day…’

Dublin, 1850. The delicate balance at the heart of an affluent couple’s marriage and family business is challenged when two visitors – a former enslaved woman and her emancipator – come to Ireland to speak to the public about trade, money and the abolition of slavery.

Exploring the dark side of global commodities, Elizabeth Kuti’s’s play The Sugar Wife offers an engrossing examination of sexual politics and political morality.

The play won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2006. It was first produced by Rough Magic, and performed at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, in 2005, before transferring to Soho Theatre, London. It was revived, in the version published here, at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 2024, directed by Annabelle Comyn.

‘Marvellous… intelligent and affecting’
Sunday Tribune

‘A moving play whose themes of charity, colonialism and morality resonate deeply’

‘A consistently intelligent and beautifully shaped play’
Irish Times

Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

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