Plowman, Gillian (British playwright, 19__-____),
“Cecily,” a __-minute drama in English, set in the living-room of Sheila’s and Cecily’s home, England, in the present [possibly 1991] and flashbacks to very recent past,
© 1991 by Gillian Plowman;
• in Gillian Plowman’s Cecily: A Play for Women (London; New York: Samuel French, 1991), 21 pp., ISBN 0573132275, LCCN 92161952;
• also, in Gillian Plowman’s Cecily (Woodstock, Illinois, U.S.A.: Dramatic Publishing Company, 1992), ISBN 0871291320;
• script/rights available from Dramatic Publishing Company, P. O. Box 129, 311 Washington Street, Woodstock, Illinois 60098, U.S.A., telephone 800-HIT-SHOW, fax 800-334-5302, DPC C83;
• also, script/rights available from Samuel French, Ltd. 52 Fitzroy Street-Dept. W, London W1P 6JR, England, telephone (44207) 387-9373, fax (44207) 387-2161, http://www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk/sf/Pages/acted/sfactingeds.html;
• Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
Cecily (f), an invalid, wheelchair-bound; Sheila (f), Cecily’s mother; Ellen (f), Cecily’s sister.
“Mother and aunt cope with daughter/niece, brain-damaged and crippled in motorcycle accident.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 312.
"Cecily, destined to spend her life in a wheelchair following an accident, is the center of the universe for Sheila (her mother) and Ellen (Sheila’s sister). On this particular afternoon when Ellen comes to visit, the conversation between the sisters is laced with frustration over their relationship and their different viewpoints of handing the physically and mentally effected Cecily.”—Catalog of Plays and Musicals (Woodstock, Illinois, U.S.A.: Dramatic Publishing Company, 1996), p. 294.
“Following a motorcycle accident in which her boyfriend was killed, Cecily is brain-damaged. Her lone parent, Sheila, is struggling to cope while her aunt, Ellen, tries to distance herself from the situation. Ellen, elegant and married, comes to visit and gradually intense and complicated family relationships are revealed when Sheila confronts Ellen with her responsibilities. The problems of careers are sharply highlighted—‘I love her, I love her, but I don’t know what to do with her!’—and we are shown flashbacks of Cecily before the accident, her lively personality contrasting cruelly with the wheelchair-bound reality.” [from the back cover of the published script]
“A young girl has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and is being looked after by her mother. Her aunt visits and we learn the secret of their background.”—Gillian Plowman, http://www.uktw.co.uk/homes/GillianP/plays.html, accessed February 20, 2003.
• Premiered by Runneymede Drama Group at the QE 2 Theatre, Woking, England, October 6, 1990, with Judith Dolley as Sheila, Frankie Godliman as Ellen, and Claire Dolley as Cecily, directed by Colin Dolley.
• Imagine Imogen is a full-length version of this play.
• Gillian Plowman offers for conferences specially written scripts to be staged for delegates, including a series of scenes throughout the day to give speakers a reference point and to encourage delegate participation.
• Photograph from http://www.legat.clara.net, accessed August 6, 2006.
brain damage, family, flashback, handicapped, mother-daughter relationship, motorcycle accident, secret, sister-sister relationship, wheelchair-bound.