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Skirmishes, by British playwright Catherine Hayes (1949-*)[1]. A realistic play dealing with the bitter emotions of two sisters while their mother lies dying, after being bedridden for a period of time. Although realistic, the play has its moments of absurd humour which emphasise the sad situation of the three women.

The playwright was awarded the 1982 London Critics' Circle Theatre Awards (Drama Theatre Awards) for Most Promising Playwright of 1981 this play.

The original text

Published by Faber and Faber, 1982 and Dramatists Play Service, 1983.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

Performed by students of the Technikon Natal at the National Arts Festival, 1984, directed by Patricia Rapson, stage manager Helen Barton, lighting Janet Wilson. The cast: Christobel d'Orthez, Julia Faddy, Jenny Parton.

Directed by Lucille Gillwald starring Sandra Prinsloo, Lorna Cowell, Mary Dreyer at the Market Theatre in October 1983.


National Arts Festival programme, 1984.

Photographs taken during the production of Skirmishes at the Market Theatre (NELM [Collection: MARKET THEATRE]: 2004. 30. 5. 128).

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