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Rutherford and Son - Full Length Play, Drama

Rutherford and Son

Githa Sowerby

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780413689504

Rutherford and Son
by Githa Sowerby

Rutherford & Son was written in 1912 and is Githa Sowerby’s most celebrated play. Ahead of it’s time, the play challenges the role and expectations of women in the male dominated, industrial North of England.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period

Time Period - 1910s / WWI

Settings Of Play - A living-room

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Rutherford & Son was written in 1912 and is Githa Sowerby’s most celebrated play. Ahead of it’s time, the play challenges the role and expectations of women in the male dominated, industrial North of England. Rutherford is the owner of a glass works, an oppressive patriarch who, blind to his children’s hopes, has bullied and undermined them without questioning that one day they will take over the business. 

This is the story of a family on the brink of collapse.

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CASTING

4m, 4f

M4 (20s, 40s, 60)
F4 (26, 36, middle age, 60)
Author
Githa Sowerby

Githa Sowerby

Katherine Githa Sowerby was born in 1876 in Gateshead, England. Her first play, Rutherford & Sons, was an outstanding success when originally performed in 1912. Published under her initials G.K. Sowerby, it was assumed that the author was a man. When her true identity was revealed she became an overnight sensation. It ran for one hundred and thirty-three performances in London and sixty-three ... view full profile

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Patricia H Riley 3/15/2016 12:58 PM
"Rutherford & Son" was a smash hit in London's West End in 1912, a remarkable achievement for its female playwright in an era where women were widely considered incapable of creative work.  In it, Githa Sowerby, a descendant of a wealthy industrialist family but herself a Socialist and a believer in the values of the Arts and Crafts Movement, illustrates in this play the effects on a family of its history of worshiping profit and upward social mobility above family.  The glass-works dominates the lives of every member of the Rutherford family, and how each member feels about that also determines how they relate to one another and the outside world.  It is at the same time a gripping family drama and a clever and subtle political play.

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