When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout

by  Sharman MacDonald

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 3f

"While you’ll feel cleansed by the healing conclusion, getting there requires immersion in a churning sea of teenage sexuality, parental expectations and maternal sacrifice." - The New York Times

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When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout

by  Sharman MacDonald

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When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Morag is on a vacation with her daughter Fiona while slightly perstering her for a grandchild, or at least a "proper" grandchild. The request comes as a bit of a shock considering a torrid past of Morag lecturing Fiona about the sin of sex. In fact, it's Morag's decision to take a lover that caused Fiona to make a firm and vengeful decision of her own. Macdonald's play explores sexuality and the affecting bonds of a relationship between a mother and her daughter.

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Accolades

  • WINNER! 1984 Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Reviews

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"...while you’ll feel cleansed by the healing conclusion, getting there requires immersion in a churning sea of teenage sexuality, parental expectations and maternal sacrifice." - The New York Times, Read More

"...a sharp, naughty but exceptionally thoughtful play." - CurtainUp.com, Read More 

"MacDonald recounts with sympathy and delicious detail the sexual misadventures of Fiona, growing up with her repressive mother and best friend Vari in 1950s Scotland. She shows how the girls' excitement and expectations atrophy, so that in their thirties they have become sober stereotypes of the modern woman." - Time Out

Videos

  • When I was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout - Fallen Angel Theatre Company in rehearsal
  • When I was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout - Fallen Angel Theatre Company
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s, 1960s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: A Scottish beach
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

1m, 3f
MORAG - a divorced mother
FIONA - 32, daughter of Morag
VARI - Fiona's old friend, mother of three
EWAN - immature boy from Fiona's school
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Sharman MacDonald

Sharman MacDonald

When I was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1984. 

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