A nun speaking medieval English and an inner-city drop-out on remand find themselves sharing this bleak place. The bald contrasts of their origins and personalities is the source of some humour; the Nun's religious intensity a foil for the Boy's nihilistic despair. This highly imaginative, award-winning play raises complicated issues with dramatic aplomb.
Head is an original reworking of Keats' macabre 'Isabella, or the Pot of Basil'. On a bleak modern estate, Ella retrieves the head of her murdered lover and buries it in a herb pot, and revenges herself on the killer, her brother, with a frying pan. Out of this implausible material, Gough creates a frequently haunting and savagely funny drama.
A dramatic poem controlled by rhythms, Our Lady of Shadows is a dark and thought-provoking play, inspired by Tennyson's 'Lady of Shalott', which explodes our expectations of the myth.
Lucy Gough is the author of sixteen plays, and has also been a scriptwriter on Hollyoaks for Mersey TV. Her plays are much broadcast on radio.