Hi friends, it’s 8th February and it’s a red letter day in the world if female playwrights: Happy Birthday to Sharman MacDonald ??.
In case you’re not familiar with the Scottish born writer, here’s the lowdown … so far.
? MacDonald studied at the University of Edinburgh before moving to London to work as an actor. A job she did for seven years until stage fright led to her leaving.
? Her first play, ‘When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout’, was performed at The Bush Theatre in 1984. It won her the Evening Standard Award for most promising playwright.
? ‘When We Were Women’ was first performed at the Cottesloe Theatre, which is now The Dorfman.
? She is also screenwriter, novelist and librettist. Oh and the mother of Keira Knightley.
? Among her other works are two novels (‘The Beast’ of 1986 and ‘Night Night’ of 1988), a libretto for ‘Hey Persephone!’, an adaptation of Penny Vincenzi’s ‘PiVotal Pictures’ and many radio plays including ‘Sea Urchins’ and ‘Gladly My Cross Eyed Bear’.
? Her film work includes ‘The Winter Guest’ starring Emma Thompson and directed by Alan Rickman in 1997 and ‘The Edge of Love’ in 2008.
HER FULL STATS: Born 8 February, 1951 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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