When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout

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When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout is a play by Scottish-born playwright Sharman MacDonald [1].

The original text

The play is set on a rocky beach on the east coast of Scotland and recounts the sexual misadventures and misconceptions of Fiona, growing up with her repressive mother and best friend Vari in 1950s Scotland.

The play was first performed at the Bush Theatre, London, in November 1984 and the text published in 1985.

Performance history in South Africa

1987: Presented by Des and Dawn Lindberg, 1987, starring Melody O'Brian, Gina Benjamin, Gaby Lomberg and Cole Cameron. Performances at the National Arts Festival, The Adcock-Ingram Auditorium, Loft Theatre, Durban, and the Baxter Studio. Original incidental music by Peter Mclea.

Translations and adaptations


Theatre programme, 1987.

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