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Bryony Lavery
(1947 - living) U.K.

Bryony Lavery

Theatrical director, performer, playwright, and teacher of playwriting


Lavery was brought up in Dewsbury. She started writing three plays in her spare time when a student. Her career began in teaching. As her work with the Women's Movement increased and fringe theatre grew in the early 1970s she and friends, Gerard Bell and Jessica Higgs, formed a collective group, Les Oeufs Malades, which performed her plays in small venues around Britain.

She has written and/or performed in five Christmas pantomimes for the Drill Hall, and has been writer-in-residence at the Unicorn Theatre, a director of Gay Sweatshop and tutor-lecturer on the Birmingham University MA in Playwriting course. She has been a performer and writer with many key groups including Monstrous Regiment, Dramatrix, Theatre Centre, Clean Break, and Women's Theatre Group. In 1990 Gay Sweatshop commissioned her to write the play Kitchen Matters.


Source: excerpts from: The Knitting Circle, U.K. - http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html - et alii

Her work include:

  • I was Too Young at the Time to Understand Why My Mother was Crying (1976)
  • Sharing (1976)
  • Grandmother's Footsteps (1976)
  • The Catering Service (1977)
  • Helen and her Friends (1978)
  • Bag (1979)
  • The Wild Bunch (1979)
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1979)
  • Family Album (1980)
  • Missing (1981)

  • Götterdämmerung (1982)
  • Calamity (1984)
  • Witchcraze (1985)
  • The Mummy (1987)
  • Kitchen Matters (1990)
  • Her Aching Heart (1991)
  • Nothing Compares to You (1995)
  • Ophelia: A comedy (1997)
  • Frozen (1998)
  • A Wedding Story (2000)
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